First watch: Remembering JFK, Dr. Who turns 50, filibuster fallout

McClatchy Washington BureauNovember 22, 2013 


A 10-mile drive through Dallas and a speech on national security at the Trade Mart awaited President John F. Kennedy, as he, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Gov. John Connally and Nellie Connally, departed Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963. Less than a hour later, gunshots would shatter the president's plans, and plunge the nation into profound grief. Take a trip back to that fateful day, 50 years ago.


Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of John F. Kennedy Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago today. The images of that day shaped the country. Jacqueline Kennedy’s iconic appearance was shaped on that day of national grief.

British science fiction phenomenon "Dr. Who" almost did not premiere 50 years ago tomorrow because of the JFK assassination. But the show must go on, and has ever since. Anniversary celebrations begin today -- including this UK Google Doodle in honor of the Doctor (all 11 of them).

And after the drama on Capitol Hill Thursday, judicial nominees will now be approved with an up-down vote in the Senate, taking away opportunities for opponents to filibuster. Majority Leader Harry Reid did what leaders from both parties have threatened for years -- changed the rules of the Senate. "With a 52-48 vote, the Senate agreed to consider all executive branch and judicial nominees, expect for Supreme Court picks, under a majority-rules system," report William Douglas and Anita Kumar. After returning from Thanksgiving, the Senate will "reconsider the nomination of Patricia Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, one of three judicial nominees recently blocked by filibusters."

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