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Restoring Democracy

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Rules of the Senate cannot trump the obvious intention of the Founding Fathers that legislation passed by majorities of both houses, except for the explicit exceptions for ratification of treaties, becomes the law of the land.

Both Sides Now: Taxes again? Filibusters forever? Is Palin a "Reverse Sexist"?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpgSitting in for Arianna, Joan Walsh and Mary Matalin buoyantly clash about the tax 'compromise' vote, whether filibusters sabotage democracy and is Palin for real or just a reality show? They agree NYC should get over losing LeBron and Lee.

Amanda Terkel

Bipartisan Support Building Around Three Changes To Senate Rules In New Congress | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats met for their second caucus meeting about reforming chamber rules Friday, beginning to converge on three changes that s...

Sam Stein

Senate Dems Set To Talk Filibuster Reform With Eye Toward Finalizing Package | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some Senate Democrats leading the push for filibuster reform say they plan to discuss possible rule changes during a full caucus meeting...

It's Another Ho-Ho-Horowitz Christmas!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You'd better sit still, You'd better not flee, You'd better just chill -- Don't shoot the TV! Bristol Palin's dancing with stars... She's missing t...

Tax Fight Loss Helps Reenergize Liberals

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Liberals may feel that the compromise negotiated by President Barack Obama is a kick in the teeth, but the debate over Bush-era tax cuts has offered p...

What Would Jesus Filibuster?

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

I took particular interest in a story that broke last week regarding a holy skirmish between ultra-conservative Christians and an ultra-conservative Jew, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus.

Sam Stein

Dem Senator Sets A Date For 'Fireworks' And Shot At Filibuster Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats will make a dramatic effort to reform the rules of the chamber when the next Congress begins, one of the body's primary...

Dems Struck Dumb (Or, "Messaging for Milquetoasts?")

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Plenty of liberals are plenty upset with President Obama for that tax-cut deal he made with the Republicans.

Weekly Audit: Sanders Filibusters Tax Cuts, Electrifies the Left

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Weekly Audit: Sanders Filibusters Tax Cuts, Electrifies the LeftBy Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a self-des...

Senate Rules Must Be Reformed in January

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Next year the Republicans will have ironclad control of the House. It would be outrageous if Democrats allowed a minority of Republican Senators to use the current rules to limit what the Democratic majority can do in the Senate.

Bernie Sanders Referenced 4 Books In 8-Hour Filibuster

GalleyCat | Jason Boog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

ou can now read the entire 124-page speech online. We combed the entire speech, collecting the Senator's scattered references to books. Follow the lin...

Key Questions as DREAM Debate Heats Up

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

Last Wednesday, immigration reform advocates cheered as the DREAM (Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act passed the House of Represen...

Friday Talking Points [149] -- Making Holiday Sausage

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The holidays are just around the corner, and the preparatory legislative sausage-making on Capitol Hill is in full swing. What a happy, happy time of...

Republicans to 9/11 Responders: Drop Dead

Matt Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Kane

Despite all of the rhetoric, all of the video tributes, and the supposed patriotism of the Republican Party in this country, the true colors of the Senate Republicans certainly shown today.

LIVE STREAM: My Filibuster of the Tax Deal

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

You can call what I am doing today whatever you want. You can call it a filibuster, a very long speech. I'm not here to set any great records. I am simply here to explain the fact that we have got to do a lot better than this agreement provides.

It's Time to Fix the Filibuster

Jeff Merkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Merkley

We all know that America is facing a number of big long-term challenges. If the Senate can't pass bills, it's not the Senators who will pay a real price -- it's the American people.

Real Republicans Don't Filibuster

Richard Painter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Painter

A Republican filibuster would be surprising, since many Republicans are on record against filibustering judicial nominees.

Proposed Tax Deal Shows Sharp Contrast in Republican and Democratic Priorities

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Let's be clear. The Republican Party has only one core value: massive economic benefits for the wealthiest Americans. And they'll sacrifice the welfare of everyone else who is gullible enough to vote for them in order to get it.

The Pirating Senate

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The modern filibuster has never been part of the Constitution or any law. It's not even in the original rules of the Senate. You could almost say it's an accident.

The Most Powerful 8% in America

Zach Friend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zach Friend

What do enhancements to food safety, paycheck equity and small business lending have in common? Hard as it is to believe, they've been targeted by the Republican filibuster.

Can the Senate Save Itself?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

A serious conversation has begun about making it possible for the Senate to function as our Constitution envisaged -- as a part of a balanced structur...

Make Them Filibuster

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

I want to scream. What in the hell is wrong with the Democrats? The House has done as it should and passed the extension of the tax cut for the midd...

Get Food Safety Done! Once the GOP Is in the Kitchen, Food Safety Is Toast

William Marler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Marler

To the chagrin of everyone who worked hard to get the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act passed out of the Senate Monday, the bill is now facing a significant uphill battle.

First Things First, Says McConnell

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Here in Priorityville, we know what matters, and Mayor McConnell has his priorities straight: Tax cuts.