Performance Of The Week

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In an effort to break the Democratic filibuster on President Bush's judicial nominees, REPUBLICAN SENATORS like Bill Frist, above, took in cots and blankets to launch a marathon session on the Senate floor. Mark Pryor read from Robert Caro's Master of the Senate; Rick Santorum quoted from Hamlet. The literary pajama party lasted nearly 40 hours, finally ending last Friday morning — after which the Democrats still managed to block three Bush nominees.