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In Court Today, a Battle Over Whether the Filibuster Is Constitutional

Ari Melber | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Ari Melber

Over the past 20 years, and particularly the last four, something radical happened in our democracy. The filibuster has gradually transformed the legislative branch of government from a majoritarian democracy into a body frozen by a "minoritarian" veto.

Elise Foley

Dream Act Supporters Sue The Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Would-be Dream Act beneficiaries aren't just angry that the bill failed in the Senate in 2010: Some also are joining a lawsuit seeking a...

Coloradans Rally to End the Abuse, Change the Senate Filibuster Rules

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Supporters of Senate filibuster reform rallied Monday on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet sent representat...

Fix the Filibuster

Sen. Mark Udall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Mark Udall

It's time to make sure that any senators who want to hold up the business of the Senate show up and own their obstruction -- instead of making empty threats while keeping our country from moving forward.

Session Not as Lame as All That

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

Barack Shellac hit the market to great fanfare in early November, the latest entry in the burgeoning Do-It-Yourself home-repair category. The early word: Here's a shellacking you won't find lacking. Our own findings: Don't be so sure.

Lame-Duck Session: Only a Few Carping Days Left

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The meeting was gaveled to order. (But gently -- the poor dears were short of sleep.)

Restoring Democracy

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Rules of the Senate cannot trump the obvious intention of the Founding Fathers that legislation passed by majorities of both houses, except for the explicit exceptions for ratification of treaties, becomes the law of the land.

Key Questions as DREAM Debate Heats Up

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

Last Wednesday, immigration reform advocates cheered as the DREAM (Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act passed the House of Represen...

First Things First, Says McConnell

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Here in Priorityville, we know what matters, and Mayor McConnell has his priorities straight: Tax cuts.

Amanda Terkel

DREAM Act Closer To Becoming A Reality

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ryan Grim contributed to this report. WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced on Tuesday that he is moving on a major pie...

Nobel Prize Obstructionism

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is downright ludicrous to say that a Nobel Prize-winning economist is somehow not qualified to get a job running economic policy for the government. Until Sen. Richard Shelby realizes this, Obama and the White House should point it out.

Friday Talking Points [121] -- Swampy Muck

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Once you get started, it becomes quite easy to justify shaking people down for their papers. I think the police should pull over anyone who looks like they work on Wall Street, at any time.

Reid Leads

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

After three days of repeated cloture votes to bring Chris Dodd's Wall Street reform bill to the floor of the Senate for debate, it appears the Republicans are ready to blink.

Reid Calls Republicans' Bluff

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

By refusing to back down, and refusing to "compromise" (read: water the bill down and add loopholes for Wall Street) with Republicans, Reid is showing real strength, and real leadership.

Who Will Your Senator Stand With Now?

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

Once again, this financial "reform" process has brought into the light our politicians' brazen willingness to aid the same fraudsters who have brought a great nation to its knees.

The Lies and Reconciliation Commission

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Reconciliation may result in the passage of health care reform. But whether the public will think of that as a legislative triumph, or a commie, death panel Democratic coup will depend on the battle of the sound bites.

Analysis: Republicans Setting Filibuster Record

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The filibuster – tool of obstruction in the U.S. Senate – is alternately blamed and praised for wilting President Barac...

Senator Reid: Stop Folding Your Hand

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Senate Democrats are fighting for their electoral lives against the filibuster, and Harry Reid is folding the few cards left in his hand.

Obama's Newest Strategy Will Fail: Here's How to Turn the Tide Against the GOP

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

There are so many ways that Obama and the Democrats can do things and get things done and fight back. But that means taking a different path and new leadership.

Friday Talking Points [111] -- Use It Or Lose It

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama this week has successfully put the Republican Party on the defensive. This could be a fleeting thing, or it could be the start of a whole new way for Obama's administration to operate.

Forget the Myth: 51 Senators Can End the Filibuster Today

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Parker

Fifty-one Senators can abolish or amend the filibuster rule at any time. They can do it today. They only have to summon the courage to act.

Health Care: How About Filibuster Busting?

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Apparently, after his Massachusetts humiliation, President Obama has seen the light and he's heading back to the future...back to 1992 and that mantr...

Re Brown's Victory, Message to Obama: Making Nice Doesn't Work, Time to Play Hardball!

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

We have a president who understands the politics of campaigning but not the politics of governing.

Lieberman Betrayal Illustrates Why Senate Filibuster Rules Must Change

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Lieberman's success in eliminating the public option from the Senate health reform bill makes one thing perfectly clear: to pass progressive reform, the Senate must change its filibuster rules.

The 60 Vote Rule - What's Worse: An Oppressive Majority or an Obstructionist Minority?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The Constitution provides the circumstances under which more than a majority is required, and this type of legislation being considered for health care reform is definitely not on the list.