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A Bernie Sanders Talking Filibuster Could Help Stop the Fast Track to Greater Inequality

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

It would be very healthy for the Republic right now if Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would lead a "talking filibuster" of Fast Track.

Rand and Bernie: Running Plays on Patriot Acts and Plutocrats

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

In the plays for the presidency 2016, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is a Libertarian running as a Republican. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is a Socialist running as a Democrat. Each subscribes to an ideology that the American two-party system eschews.

Rand Paul Stands Firm

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rand Paul is leading on an issue that is near and dear to his political philosophy. You may not agree with where he's leading, and you may not think this is going to help him politically, but you've got to at least admit that he is showing leadership. And that, to me, is admirable.

Friday Talking Points -- Spinning Straw (Polls) Into Gold

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's one of those rare weeks in Washington where Congress deigns to actually do their job and vote on some stuff... before lapsing back into their default status, which is of course: "taking weeks and weeks off, on vacation."

Jessica Schulberg

Rand Paul Ends Daylong NSA 'Filibuster'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who took to the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to demand a halt to National Security Agency collection of ordi...

Zach Carter

Senate Trade Compromise May Doom Efforts Against Currency Manipulation, Forced Labor

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders on Wednesday found a way to revive President Barack Obama's controversial trade agenda, but in the process may have doome...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Here's The Senator Who United Democrats To Block Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been the public face of the Democratic Party's feud with President Barack Obama over his trade agend...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Democrats Knock Down Obama's Trade Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats dealt a stinging blow to President Barack Obama Tuesday by blocking legislation that would grant him authority to fast-...

Zach Carter

Bernie Sanders Is Kind Of Filibustering Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is filibustering President Barack Obama's trade agenda -- sort of. Early Wednesday, Sanders forced the Se...

The Reid Rule

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

It's been freezing in Washington for the past few months, but it wasn't the nuclear winter some predicted when Sen. Harry Reid ushered in the most important changes to Senate procedure in a generation.

Much Ado About Nothing: Chuck Schumer's Rise Won't Salve The Senate

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision not to seek reelection in 2016 will mark the end of his impressive 30-year career in the Senate. Mr. Reid, one of the least charismatic politicians to rise to his post but who mastered the Senate arcane rules to his party's advantage, anointed Chuck Schumer as his successor.

GOP House Majority Leader: Get Rid Of The Filibuster

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics

The No. 2 Republican in the House said on Sunday that the Senate should exercise the "nuclear option" and get rid of the filibuster to resolve the sta...

Big Bills vs. Little Bills

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is amusing for Democrats to watch the "Ted Cruz wing" of the GOP try to defend their big DHS bill, just as it will be amusing to watch them howl later this week when it gets split in two. All a Democrat will have to do to really rub it in will be to say, "But you've been saying all along that immigration reform can only be done one tiny step at a time!"

Republicans' Losing Game on Homeland Security Bill

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress have, once again, successfully painted themselves into a corner. Even though they've done exactly this previously (in exactly the same way), they now have absolutely no idea how to get out of this dilemma (which they created for themselves).

What to Expect From the 114th Congress

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Personally, I'm not holding my breath waiting for rousing choruses of "Kumbaya" to be echoing through the Capitol any time soon.

The 3 Fixes Our Government Needs Most

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.05.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

The 114th Congress in this country's history begins this week with little support behind it and the American political system as a whole. The Republic...

Senate Dems Should Invoke 60-Vote Rule

Larry Hirsch | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Larry Hirsch

Now the Republicans control the Senate and the House and will try and pass a radical legislative agenda. How can Democrats put the brakes on it? Filibuster. It is time to give the Republicans a dose of their own medicine.

U.S. Senate Rules Reform at One Year: A First Step, But a Long Road Ahead

Larry Cohen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Since last November, Senate obstruction hasn't disappeared, it simply has taken a different form.

Republican Claims About Judicial Nominations Combine Gross Inaccuracies With Banal Observations

Nan Aron | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Nan Aron

In addition to the quantity of judicial confirmations, Hatch and Gray persist in their bizarre view that it was improper for President Obama to fill longstanding vacancies on the D.C. Circuit, and they complain that rules reform has led to "controversial judges."

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Challenging Senate Filibuster

AP | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a public interest group and four members of Congress who challenged the Senate...

Contemplating a Republican Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.

Grimes: A True Clinton Dem

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

When Grimes says she is a Clinton Democrat, she is telling the truth, and when McConnell labels Grimes an Obama Democrat rather than a Clinton Democrat, he is bearing false witness. Shouldn't allegedly liberal-friendly media outlets such as MSNBC and the New Republic report this?

How an 'Independent Caucus' Could Form in the Senate and End Gridlock

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

If Republicans win control of the Senate, there will be the gridlock -- only much worse. It will be so bad that the American people will look back on this current Congress as "productive". Suppose, however, that independents actually control the balance of power. If they act together, they can break the gridlock.

#2: The Republican Party's Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In the conduct of today's Republican Party, we can see a pattern of destructiveness. It displays an insatiable lust for power and wealth, an impulse to prey upon the vulnerable, a preference for conflict over cooperation, a persistent dishonesty, and a willingness to sacrifice the greater good for selfish advantage.

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.