Fri Nov 22, 2013 AT 7:36 AM EDT
Harry Reid and Senate Democrats invoked the “nuclear” option yesterday by voting to eliminate filibusters for the vast majority of presidential nominations, reports the Washington Post. And the fallout will be immediate. Senate Republicans were furious. The New York Times reports Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas called it tragic, “We have weakened this body permanently, undermined it for the sake of an incompetent administration,” Roberts said. “What a tragedy.” Even liberal columnist Dana Milbank called it a “naked power grab.” Meanwhile, the Politico reports Obama is prepping for more controversial nominees and the Washington Post notes that changes to the D.C. Circuit Court and cabinet appointments should make it easier for Obama to push his agenda on climate change and financial regulation.