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President Obama will have an easier time filling the 15 slots on a controversial Medicare-cutting board, thanks to Harry Reid's successful bid last week to overhaul the Senate's filibuster rules.
The Senate Democratic leader, in a pre-holiday surprise, last week corralled Democrats to drastically change how the Senate deals with presidential nominees. Instead of taking 60 votes to confirm most appointees, it will now take just 51.
That means, as long as Democrats are in power, it smoothes the way for Obama to appoint people to the panel established under ObamaCare to hold down Medicare costs.