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Senate Votes to End Filibuster on Judge

AP is moving a story [1] I found on the ABC site that says in part:

WASHINGTON May 24, 2005 — The Senate voted Tuesday to end years of delaying tactics that blocked the nomination of Priscilla Owen to a federal judgeship, the first fruit of a bipartisan agreement to break the logjam over President Bush’s judicial choices.

The vote was 81-18 with opponents of the Texas Supreme Court justice falling well short of the 60 needed to continue their filibuster. A vote to confirm Owen could come as early as Tuesday.

(Eyebrow raises) Curious.

Something’s not right here, I think.  This is a bit bigger margin than the 14 votes involved in the breaking of the original impasse.