WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led Senate, in a historic rule change, stripped Republicans on Thursday of their ability to block President Barack Obama's judicial and executive branch nominees. On a nearly party-line vote of 52-48, Democrats abruptly changed the Senate's balance of power by reducing from 60 to 51 the number of votes needed to end procedural roadblocks known as filibusters against all presidential nominees, except those for the U.S. Supreme Court. (Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Vicki Allen)
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took a stand for his home state on Thursday when he stepped out to buy Italian subs - for lunch with the boss - at a new branch of his favorite Delaware sandwich shop. "We don't call them hoagies in Delaware, we call them subs," said Biden, who represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate for 36 years. "This started in Union Street where I hang out, Little Italy." Calling the Capriotti Sandwich Shop fare "the best sandwich in America," Biden said he's been eating them for 40 years. For his lunch with President Barack Obama, Biden ordered two medium Italian subs - no onions, one with hot peppers, the other with the peppers on the side.