What triggered the recent rash of bipartisanship in Congress? In the past week or so, Congress has passed the “doc fix” for Medicare payments, moved toward giving President Obama trade negotiation authority, confirmed a federal judge, scheduled a vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general, and reached a deal on a human-trafficking bill. Some political observers credit the bipartisanship to the removal of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., as majority leader, while others note that Republicans, who now are in charge, are no longer filibustering nearly every bill and instead need to show they can govern. Whatever the cause, here’s hoping lawmakers keep it up – at least for a little while longer. – Phillip Brownlee
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