We’re less than three weeks away from the Trump administration, and Democrats who cheered on President Obama’s various usurpations of power are looking forward to a lot of regrets.

But already, one major Democratic abuse — taken not by Obama but by Democrats hoping to empower him — has Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., feeling some buyer’s remorse:

“I argued against it at the time,” Schumer said today of the so-called nuclear option, which abolished the 60-vote requirement in the Senate to move most presidential nominations. “I said both for Supreme Court and in Cabinet should be 60 because on such important positions there should be some degree of bipartisanship. I won on Supreme Court, lost on Cabinet. But it’s what we have to live with now.”

Schumer kept his opposition to himself, though. He still voted for that change in November 2013, which passed 52-48. This fall, when asked about the possibility of expanding the nuclear option to end the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees as well, Schumer merely said, “I hope we won’t get to that. And I’ll leave it at that.”

But some other Democrats were rather out-and-proud about their accomplishment, and were threatening to expand their power further right up to their recent stunning election loss. On Oct. 28, just a week before the election, Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine was threatening to expand the nuclear option to confirm Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court nominees in 2017 and thereafter.

“I was in the Senate when the Republicans’ stonewalling around appointments caused Senate Democratic majority to switch the vote threshold on appointments from 60 to 51. And we did it on everything but a Supreme Court justice,” Kaine said. “If these guys think they’re going to stonewall the filling of that vacancy or other vacancies, then a Democratic Senate majority will say, ‘We’re not going to let you thwart the law.'”
Democrats, Kaine ultimately predicted, “will change the Senate rules to uphold the law.”

Once again, what goes around really does come around. Thanks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s D-Nev., decision, and the support of Kaine, Schumer and others at the time, President-elect Trump will now be able to appoint his entire cabinet without a single Democratic vote. He will also be able to replace about 15 percent of the judges on the lower courts right off the bat when he takes office, and thanks to the nuclear option Democrats’ input will be limited to whatever mercies the Republicans decide to give them.

Republicans, if they are wise, will take a lesson and give themselves no more power than they would want Democrats to have.

Ivanka Trump buys D.C. home

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Ivanka Trump has purchased a home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington D.C., putting her just two blocks away from where the Obama family is expected to live.

The daughter of President-elect Trump and her husband Jared Kushner will move into 2449 Tracy Place, according to Washingtonian magazine.

The house sold on Dec. 22 for $5.5 million, according to the report.

After moving out of the White House, President Obama is expected to move his family into a nearby eight-bedroom residence.

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Ryan re-elected as House speaker

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Paul Ryan’s election was far smoother than John Boehner’s in 2015.

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