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The Pulse: Democrats use "nuclear option" in the Senate

In Thursday's edition of "The Pulse," the Senate Democrats "nuke" the filibuster; a new FCC proposal to allow mobile use in flight; and JFK's enduring legacy.
In Thursday's edition of "The Pulse," the Senate Democrats "nuke" the filibuster; a new FCC proposal to allow mobile use in flight; and JFK's enduring legacy.

In the Senate today-- the Democrats have triggered the so-called "nuclear option." They voted to end the filibuster of presidential appointments to top courts. Now, most of those nominees can be approved with a simple majority of 51 votes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the move was needed to end obstruction. But Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the move a power grab-- and an attempt to distract from the ailing Obamacare website. Supreme Court nominations would still be subject to filibusters.

You could soon be texting and making calls on your cell phone in flight -- at least, if a new proposal at the FCC gets off the ground. The measure would allow mobile services above 10,000 feet -- you'd still have to shut your devices off during takeoff and landing. If approved-- it would be up to individual airlines to provide mobile services to travelers-- and planes would need special antennas for phones to work in the air.

It's the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, and many are looking back at his legacy and enduring impact. As a popular president, he and his family became a kind of royalty. He challenged the Soviets, set America's path to the moon -- and to Vietnam. He was killed in broad daylight, shocking the nation and ending an era of innocence. His death continues to be shrouded in myth and mystery, adding to his enduring memory.

Last night in Kansas, a big plane made a big mistake. The Boeing 747 Dreamlifter was headed to the McConnell Air Force Base near Wichita from New York. It missed its mark, though, landing instead at a much-smaller airport, which wasn't meant to accommodate such a big cargo plane. Taking off was in question, but engineers later gave it the green light. It's now at the correct airport, unloading the cargo it was carrying.

Actor Hugh Jackman has his wife to thank after a recent cancer scare... The 45-year-old "Wolverine" star announced today he had a cancerous growth removed from his nose recently. The actor only got it checked when his wife told him to. He urged fans to wear sunscreen and to get suspicious spots checked by a doctor.
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