The "nuclear option" has been averted. Harry Reid has cut a deal with Senate Republicans to reform the filibuster without forcing through a unilateral Democratic bill.
The "nagging fears of progressives everywhere [are] about to come true," writes one disheartened Daily Kos blogger.
The deal involves "very modest" changes to the filibuster rules, according to the NYTimes.
It will probably allow the majority to avoid a filibuster if there are groups on both sides who wish to do so, the Times reports. That wouldn't do anything to prevent one side from acting in lockstep and holding every bill hostage, as we've seen so often in the last two years.
The deal also doesn't touch on some of the more radical filibuster reform ideas, like enforcing a "talking filibuster" – which would have made senators actually filibuster bills, rather than just say they're going to do so.
Via Politico and the NYTimes.