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Every citizen should be concerned about the Republican threat to end filibusters in the U.S. Senate. Our founding fathers knew all about the potential evils of absolute power, so they designed a system that contained checks and balances: three independent branches of government. Now Senate Republicans are threatening to end 200 years of excellent results by making it possible for one party to have absolute power over all three branches by eliminating the one tool that has kept the judicial branch reasonably independent of political whim. Please write or call Sens. Stevens and Murkowski and ask them to retain the filibuster for judicial confirmations. And put your personal politics aside; the majority today may well be the minority tomorrow.