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Paul Ryan's Dream Crushed

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ryan's dream now lies in tatters. It has become something of a nightmare, really. In fact, Ryan has had no more success in getting his caucus to agree on anything than John Boehner managed.

Occupy Congress!

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As I write this, a protest is occurring on the floor of the House of Representatives. Democrats, led by John Lewis, Jim Clyburn, Nancy Pelosi (and many others), are staging a "sit-in" to protest Republicans' refusal to even hold a vote on any gun control legislation.

Political Cash And Filibuster Rules Conspire To Prevent Gun Safety Laws

Michael Golden | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Michael Golden

The failure of the U.S. Congress to pass any meaningful gun-safety legislation in the wake of mass shootings is driven by far more than the heavily covered left-right ideological split in both our country and our U.S. House and Senate.

Dear America: Stop Signing Petitions

Lauren Leader-Chivee | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Lauren Leader-Chivee

While petitions are a feel-good and largely effort free mode of civic engagement, anyone if you want to see action from lawmakers, your time is better spent elsewhere. Your voice, your issues, your opinions matter. You just need to know how to make it heard!

A Senator Just Staged a Historic Filibuster for These 2 Gun Reform Proposals

Kicker | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics

For most of the day yesterday and through the early hours of this morning, Senator Chris Murphy and many of his Senate colleagues staged a dramatic filibuster--the 9th longest filibuster in US history.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week started off with the horror in Orlando. It was at once a hate crime, an act of terror and another tragic example of our lack of common sense gun control. Before the victims' bodies were even identified, Donald Trump was trying to fear-bait and scapegoat, bragging that he'd somehow been proven right and doubling down on his plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. But Trump's disgusting attempt to capitalize on a national tragedy didn't work. According to a CBS poll, only 25 percent approved of his shameful response, while 51 percent disapproved, and nearly two-thirds rejected his Muslim ban. Meanwhile, several members of Congress walked out of the now-traditional post-massacre moment of silence, with Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) calling them "an abomination" that does not "honor the victims" but "mocks them." Senate Democrats then took over the Senate for 15 hours demanding action on gun control. Whatever the outcome, it is heartening to know that the time of silence is finally over, and that voices for reform are being heard over racist, divisive dog-whistles.

Friday Talking Points -- No Magic Phrases

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The tragic news from Orlando dominated the week's media, as once again someone with easy access to military-style weaponry takes dozens of lives. According to Donald Trump and John McCain, this is all Barack Obama's fault (of course). Personally, we think if you want to go back and point fingers, you'd have to include George W. Bush.

Week to Week News Quiz for 6/17/16

John Zipperer | Posted 06.17.2016 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Before your poll numbers reach rock bottom, take some time to test your news skills with our latest Week to Week News Quiz. Here are some random but ...

The 11 Gun Bills Tulsi Gabbard Won’t Support

Shay Chan Hodges | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Shay Chan Hodges

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard took a selfie while watching the Senate Democrats filibuster on Wednesday: The filibuster was an effort by Senator Chris Murphy an...

The Most Powerful Moment Of The #HoldTheFloor Marathon Was The Last

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), after pleading on the Senate floor for nearly 15 hours for Congress to do something about America's mass mu...

Filibustering Senator Has Poignant Words For Son After Missing Pizza Night

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics

When his young son entered the gallery on Wednesday night, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), was waging a filibuster in an attempt to force a gun reform vo...

Guns, Terrorists, And The Constitution

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If America does have a consensus that we're all basically OK with the concept of governmental blacklists, and that we further approve of curtailing constitutional rights for people on such lists, then it should be relatively easy to get the necessary votes in Congress and the statehouses.

Democrats Filibuster For Nearly 15 Hours On Gun Reform

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Led by the senators who represent Newtown, Connecticut -- where a gunman fatally shot 26 people, including 20 children, in 2012 -- Democ...

How the Duel Between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Led to the Supreme Court Vacancy Stalemate

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

The champions of gridlock who are blocking action on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee are basing their obstruction on a canard. They know it - which must be why they are previewing their next line of attack. It's one that Alexander Hamilton warned about.

The GOP Has Assaulted Our Constitutional System

Andy Schmookler | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The Republican Party most loudly proclaims its deep allegiance to our founding document. Yet in recent years, the leaders of the GOP have engaged in an assault on our constitutional system in ways unprecedented in American history:

Record-Breaking South Korea Filibuster Runs Beyond 115 Hours

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 02.28.2016 | World

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean opposition lawmakers seeking to block a government-backed "anti-terrorism" bill pushed their record-breaking filibuster...

I Sincerely Hope That I Represented The Korean People's Voice During My 10-Hour Filibuster

Eun Sumi | Posted 02.28.2016 | World
Eun Sumi

I sincerely do not want the length of my filibuster to be highlighted, or to be praised for setting a record. I want to know if I represented the people's desires on the podium.

Recess Appoint a Supreme Court Justice: Obama Needs to Find His Inner-Trump to Replace Scalia on SCOTUS

Victor Williams | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Victor Williams

I also suggest that Obama should use this opportunity to fill many of the other executive, regulatory, and judicial offices remaining empty due to partisan obstruction and normal Senate indolence.

Death of a Justice

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the November election may decide the fate of all three branches of the United States government. That's a pretty unique situation, and it may boost turnout on both sides of the aisle.

Marco Rubio's Pathetic Excuse For His Terrible Voting Record

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For Marco Rubio, a U.S. Senator who is setting his sights towards a higher office on the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue, there is a lot more to the job than simply casting a vote and walking back to your office.

Senate Republicans Eye Change To Filibuster

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are eyeing new changes to Senate rules that would make it easier for the majority party to take up and pass legislati...

Go Big or Go Home

Michael Golden | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Michael Golden

The conservative House Freedom Caucus, Has given a whole new meaning to "raucous." They took down Leader McCarthy, Humiliating the Grand Old Party.

Friday Talking Points -- New Job Vacancy: Chief GOP Cat-Herder

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boehner certainly picked an interesting time to step down. Before his announcement, we were facing the possibility of a government shutdown as early as next week. However, the Senate doesn't seem to be backing the "shut it down" caucus on this particular fracas.

GOP Gang Still Can't Shoot Straight

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress is back, and they're already moaning about how much they have to do in September. After all, they've got an upcoming budgetary train wreck to create, the Pope is going to visit and -- first on their list of looming deadlines -- they're supposed to vote on the Iran nuclear deal.

Friday Talking Points -- North, To Alaska!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama had some fun this week, and by doing so actually forced the media to tackle a serious subject on his agenda.