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National Edition News cover for December 23, 2013 - Republicans find filibuster alternatives: Alejandro Mayorkas was confirmed as deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department on a simple majority, party-line vote despite being under an active inspector general's investigation. (Associated Press)

National Edition News cover for December 23, 2013 - Republicans find filibuster alternatives: Alejandro Mayorkas was confirmed as deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department on a simple majority, party-line vote despite being under an active inspector general's investigation. (Associated Press)

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