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Can Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Be Stopped?: "Trump Civics 101"

Richard Greene | Posted 02.04.2017 | Politics
Richard Greene

Simple answer:  Yes How? The Democrats in The Senate can "Filibuster" the nomination.  What does that mean? A "Filibuster" is a procedure in The...

Trump's Pick of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court: Back to the Status Quo

Adam Banner | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Adam Banner

Donald Trump ran his campaign on implicit, and sometimes explicit ("drain the swamp," anyone?) promises of an "anti-establishment" presidency. As we s...

It Only Takes 285 People to "Repeal and Replace" Donald Trump (And Other "Magic Numbers" for The Next 4 Years)

Richard Greene | Posted 01.22.2017 | Politics
Richard Greene

Now that millions have flooded streets across the world to send a message to Mr. Trump, it's time to act on that message. To do so, here's a quick co...

Here's The Way (The ONLY Way) That Democrats Can Surely Stop Donald Trump

Richard Greene | Posted 12.21.2016 | Politics
Richard Greene

If they can muster the political courage, Democrats can absolutely stop Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominees and every piece of legislation they don'...

Harry Reid Stands By Rule Change That Will Hurt Democrats Under President Trump

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics

Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) defended 2013 legislation that effectively eliminated the use of the filibuster to block a preside...

Key Republican Puts Dagger In Push To End Filibusters

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans hankering to end the filibuster so they can enact President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda without interference from Senate ...

Angry White Men Triumphant

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the past eight years, America has had an African-American president. Faced with the prospect of a white woman succeeding him, America instead just elected an angry white man as president. Call it the triumph of angry white men everywhere.

Tim Kaine: Democrats Will Nuke Filibuster For Supreme Court Nominees If GOP Won't Cooperate

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 10.30.2016 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio ― Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine warned on Thursday that his party would move to eliminate rules allowing a minority of Senate...

Will Hillary Face Bill's Mandate Problem?

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will she be hounded by the accusation that she doesn't have a true "mandate" from the people?

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
Kicker

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...