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nuclear option

noun

  1. the use of or power to use nuclear weapons
  2. the use of or power to use a measure considered to be particularly drastic

    the nuclear option of a confidence vote



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Page redirects are the nuclear option of digital protests, as they sacrifice major traffic to make a political statement.

The “nuclear option” was a drastic step—though, arguably, it returns the Senate to its pre–2009 status quo—but it was fair game.

Republicans will spin the nuclear option as a power grab, but they started this fight.

After a year of provocation, Harry Reid has finally pulled the trigger on the nuclear option.

A year's worth of Republican obstruction have pushed Harry Reid to consider the "nuclear option" and end the judicial filibuster.

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