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Rand Paul's Filibuster

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Rand Paul's Message to Obama: Don't Drone Me Bro

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The most positive outcome of Rand Paul's 13-hour filibuster was giving the American public a sense of the treacherous path that President Obama's drone program could take. The biggest flaw, however, was Rand's refusal to strongly condemn the way drones are already being used.

Rand Paul Clearly Doesn't Run His Twitter Account

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 03.07.2013 | Technology

Senator Rand Paul spent what seemed like all of Wednesday speaking on the Senate floor in order to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan as CIA di...

'Talk Talk': A Longwinded Soundtrack for a Filibuster

David Wild | Posted 05.07.2013 | Entertainment
David Wild

As Clare Boothe Luce once noted, "They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men." Here then is a longwinded filibuster soundtrack for Rand Paul and all those who were part of the filibuster of John Brennan.

Conservative Editorial Tells Rand Paul To 'Calm Down'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Thursday for his almost 13-hour filibuster against John Brennan, t...

Rand Paul Ends Filibuster After Almost 13 Hours

Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

After nearly 13 hours on the Senate floor, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has ended his filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan as director of the Centra...

Ryan Grim

Democrats' Filibuster Absence Leaves GOP To Defend Civil Liberties | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans took the floor on Wednesday, launching an historic filibuster in an attempt to extract an answer from the White House...

McConnell Praises Rand Paul Filibuster

Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined fellow Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster of John Brennan's nomination for CIA director, pr...

Sequester's Sire

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

If Mr. Cordray's recess appointment is successfully challenged, the consumer will be the loser. The Republicans will be the winners. Winning, rather than governing, is apparently, the point.

For Israel's sake, Obama needs his security team

Joel Rubin | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

It's time to end the uncertainty for both the United States and Israel and to get our country's national security team -- especially his choice for secretary of defense -- in place. The president's crucial visit to help Israel during these difficult times deserves no less.

How the NFL Can Save the U.S. Senate From Filibuster Hell

Art Brodsky | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Art Brodsky

If there were unlimited timeouts, football games would go on forever. So the NFL limits the number of timeouts. With those rules, the timeout becomes an essential part of strategy. "Clock management" is essential. Now, apply clock management to the U.S. Senate.

Friday Talking Points -- Filibusted

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week was Representative Zoe Lofgren, who (with a Republican co-sponsor) this week introduced legislation to regulate the use of drones for domestic police work.

Quacks Like Duck

Jonathan Richards | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel Filibuster Draws Cries Of Hypocrisy | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense is caught up in a Republican filibuster, the self-serving use of the tactic is...

Sam Stein

GOP Taking Extraordinary Action Against Hagel | Sam Stein | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are following through on their threat to filibuster former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Barack Obama's nomine...

Michael McAuliff

John Kerry Farewell: Senate's Not Broken, The People Are | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Kerry bid farewell to the U.S. Senate Wednesday, insisting the institution isn't broken even as he detailed exactly how it is and p...

First Republican Comes Forward To Support Chuck Hagel Nomination

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

Mississippi GOP Sen. Thad Cochran on Tuesday became the first Republican to publicly back Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as President Barack Obama's defens...

Filibluster: Senate Rules Deal Yields Good and Bad News

Jonathan Backer | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Backer

Despite the severity of the problem and Harry Reid's apparent determination to fix it, the negotiated package of reforms is pretty tepid. Nevertheless, months of debate about Senate dysfunction and passionate grassroots involvement on the issue did achieve some progress.

The Senate's Filibuster Fail

Zaki Hasan | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Zaki Hasan

If you were seeking any further proof that both of our political parties have just as much of an investment in perpetuating the stagnant swamp that is our state of governance, look no further than what happened Thursday.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Obama Inaugurates Progressive Patriotism in the Speech

HuffPost Radio | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgVaried commentators think the Inaugural showed a "Democratic Reagan." So we ask an actual Democratic Reagan -- Ron -- and Nicolle Wallace their view and whether Obama was paradoxically Reaganesque in ending Reaganism. And will "Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall" be this era's "Ask not..."?

Friday Talking Points -- Obama's Second Inauguration

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Hussein Obama's second inauguration pretty much dominated the political news this week. Oh, wait, I meant to say "a lip-synching scandal" was what dominated the airwaves in what passes for "journalism" in America these days. Sigh.

A Missed Opportunity to Bring Back Jefferson Smith and Strom Thurmond

Byron Williams | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Byron Williams

If the minority wishes to stall the process, which is their right, they must hold the floor by reciting everything from their reasons for opposition, the Constitution, the book of Leviticus, to their grandmothers biscuit recipe.

Democrats: Even When They Win, They Don't Win

Seth Korman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Seth Korman

How is it that the increasingly popular Democrats refuse to wield the political cudgel that the voters have placed in their hand, while the increasingly unpopular Republicans have no qualms about pushing radical reforms to maintain a toehold on power?

What's The Point?

Salon | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

President Obama won widespread praise from the left for his inaugural address on Monday, offering a vigorous defense of the safety net, social equalit...

Flaccid Filibuster Reform Throws a Wet Blanket on 'Audacity'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Harry Reid talked a big game about taking apart the filibuster leading up to his Grand Bargain with Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky senator now promises to play nice. But like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, he has once again snookered the hapless Majority Leader.