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Filibuster Congress

Filibuster Reform: The Stakes for 2014

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Senate Democrats' lond-deferred success in reforming the filibuster rule for executive branch and judicial appointments will have reverberations that are only gradually being appreciated. Not only will 76 long-blocked appointments -- a record -- now go forward in short order. Obama, if he chooses, will be able to appoint more robust progressives. One of the best pieces of news in the filibuster story was the report that Obama personally got into the act, working the phones to help enlist the last few Democratic votes for reform. This may bode well for more hands-on leadership by a president whose trademark has been reticence.

Shirts Versus Skins: Politics and the Cynical Use of Rule 22

Byron Williams | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

The day the president was sworn into office there was a corresponding Machiavellian plan to make him a one-term president.