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Sam Stein

Senator Talks Failure Of Rules Reform Package, Predicts Future Success | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), one of the chief proponents of the kind of rules reform that died in the upper chamber this week, said Friday t...

'Cleaning the Gunk' out of Washington With Transparency and Accountability

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

Accountability goes hand-in-hand with transparency--and Washington needs more of both. That's why I introduced two bills this week to boost accountability and shine more sunlight on government.

Sam Stein

Senate Dem, GOP Leaders Broker Rules Reform Deal | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have reached an agreement on a set of relatively ...

Sam Stein

Senate Democrats Forfeit 50-Vote Option For Rules Changes | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The window to change the Senate rules during this session through a simple majority vote ended without action last night as lawmakers in...

Sam Stein

Schumer Outlines Rules Reform Deal, Dems Divided | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) predicted on Tuesday morning that Democrats and Republicans would come to an agreement on revamping some bas...

Sam Stein

Aiming For 67 Votes, Dems Water Down Rules Reform Package | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hoping to craft a set of rules changes that will have the support needed to get through the chamber, Senate Democrats have begun scaling...

GOP: Do as We Say, Not as We Did

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Eric Cantor is a member of the GOP leadership team in the House. He is not known as the brains of that team. He is, however, clearly its smirk.

Filibuster: Make Them Talk

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Making filibustering senators talk all night gives the public an opportunity to rally, one way or the other. It also, frankly, puts on a show, which will engage the public, restoring interest in government. This is good and we should do it.

They Even Filibustered the Public Printer!

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

In a speech about the importance of filibuster reform, Senator John Kerry made the point that in the entire 19th century, fewer than two dozen filibusters were mounted.

What Will Immigration Advocates Learn From DREAM's Defeat?

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

Were advocates of comprehensive immigration reform too slow to shift to supporting piecemeal legislation? And, did these leaders advance the optimal piecemeal strategy by focusing exclusively on the DREAM Act?

We Must Fix the Filibuster

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wade Henderson, Esq.

What spurred civil rights advocates to mobilize around this filibuster issue remains true today: the basic civil rights of all Americans should never be subject to the whims of one person.

Pushing to Reform Senate Rules With Greater Transparency, Efficiency

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

I am leading a new effort to clean up Congress by boosting transparency and efficiency in the way the U.S. Senate debates legislation. This is the next step in bolstering accountability and cleaning up Washington.

Reforming the Senate

Sen. Michael Bennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Michael Bennet

Political games prevent Senators from even beginning to debate some of the most important issues. This week, my colleagues and I have begun a process to challenge the broken rules in the Senate and reform the filibuster.

Sam Stein

Senate Dems Introduce Rules Reform Package: Keep Filibuster But Make It Old School | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Reporting By Ryan Grim WASHINGTON -- The handful of Senate Democrats proposing to overhaul the upper chamber's rules and procedures released the...

A Presidential Rebound?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

So here's what we know: The president's job-approval rating is back up again, higher than it's been in months. And here's what we don't know: Why?

Amanda Terkel

Leading GOP Senator Calls Filibuster Reform A Democratic 'Power Grab' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED BELOW*** WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders launched a coordinated attack against Democratic proposals to reform Senate rules Tuesday, makin...

Fix the Filibuster

Sen. Mark Udall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Mark Udall

It's time to make sure that any senators who want to hold up the business of the Senate show up and own their obstruction -- instead of making empty threats while keeping our country from moving forward.

Shaking up the Senate

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

Senator Tom Udall (D, NM) gets ready to take on the filibuster and shake up the Senate. ...

The Urgency of a Senate Rule Change

Joyce Appleby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joyce Appleby

Pundits, public figures and the politically-oriented have awakened to the fact that a Senate procedural rule is undermining democracy in Congress. The opening of the 112th Congress presents an opportunity for course correction.

Amanda Terkel

Returning The Senate To Majority-Rule | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A group of reform-minded senators believe they have a strong chance of changing the way the Senate does business in the next year, wi...

Saving the Senate From Itself

Rep. Jim McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim McDermott

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's role confirms our government is not operating as a democracy ruled by the will of the majority, but as a strangled entity tightly in the grasp of the minority and its take-no-prisoners leader.

Session Not as Lame as All That

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

Barack Shellac hit the market to great fanfare in early November, the latest entry in the burgeoning Do-It-Yourself home-repair category. The early word: Here's a shellacking you won't find lacking. Our own findings: Don't be so sure.

Jon Stewart Did What Pundits and Reporters Should Have Done

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

By dedicating even a few minutes of his show to the 9/11 first responders bill and by interviewing key players in the saga, Stewart instantly lapped most of the Beltway press corps.

Amanda Terkel

White House: DREAM Act Passage Will Come From The 'Bottom Up' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House is preparing a major grassroots push to pass the DREAM Act next year, which President Obama said Wednesday was one of hi...

The G.O.P. Naughty List

Elizabeth Bisbee Silber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Bisbee Silber

As Santa is making his list this year, he need not check it twice when deciding which U.S. Senators have been naughty, and which have been nice.