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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.

Why Exactly Is President Obama Acting Like George McFly?

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The president looks weaker than at any other time in his presidency. He's completely off the rails, following rules that no longer exist, and well beyond any notion of post-partisanship.

Amanda Terkel

Calling The Senate GOP's Bluff: Multiple Bills Likely To Come Up Before Tax Cuts | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate GOP's threat to filibuster every single piece of legislation until the chamber resolves budget and tax cut measures will like...

Amanda Terkel

Republicans Block Bill Preventing Wage Discrimination In The Workplace | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats were unable to overcome a Republican filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act on Tuesday, with the chamber falling two v...

How to Kill the Filibuster

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

If GOP leaders think they can retake the Senate in 2012 they should back filibuster reform now, while Democrats want it. To get anything passed, Democ...

Amanda Terkel

Incoming GOP Senator Embraces Filibuster Reform | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana's Senator-elect Dan Coats is endorsing filibuster reform, becoming one of the few Republicans to back a legislative proposal to ...

House Democrats Punished for Senate's Failures

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The Democrats lost the House, and Nancy Pelosi the Speaker's gavel, because of the Senate's dysfunction. Many, if not most, I would wager, of the 400+ bills passed by the House had simple majorities in the Senate.

What Yesterday's Election Means for Progressives

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The same forces that created the economic crisis, and profited from it, turned around and played off the fear that the crisis created to convince voters to vote out Democrats who reined them in.

Ending America's Polish Paralysis

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

President Obama needs to remind the American people that allowing a minority to block action, so that nothing can be decided, is a formula for national weakness.

Party Like It's 1994

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

In the 90s, the major "bipartisan" policies that Bill Clinton enacted when he faced a hostile Republican Congress were all disastrous for the country. What was needed then -- and now -- was nothing short of a wholesale reaffirmation of the role of government in society.

Nobel Prize Obstructionism

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is downright ludicrous to say that a Nobel Prize-winning economist is somehow not qualified to get a job running economic policy for the government. Until Sen. Richard Shelby realizes this, Obama and the White House should point it out.

A Unique Opportunity for the Democrats

Aaron Belkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

With control of the Senate up for grabs next month, the Democrats have a rare opportunity to eliminate the filibuster, one of the worst and most anti-democratic features of the American political system.

Killing the False Equivalency "Both Sides" Meme

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The Republicans of 2010 are all about ear-plugged "Lalalala! Can't hear you!" loud noises. The filibustering is unmatched on the Democratic side. The brazen, hubristic flaunting of obvious hypocrisy is unmatched. But still, it's "both sides."

Democrats Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Lead

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah Anthony Libresco

Like 75 percent of Americans, I was profoundly disappointed this week when the Senate failed to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. As an American, I'm asha...

I'd Like Your Vote

August J. Pollak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
August J. Pollak

Condensing the previous, current and future election. To see more of August J. Pollak's cartoon "Some Guy With a Website," check out the archive....

Ryan Grim

Maine GOP Senator Ignores Lady Gaga, Will Filibuster 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE - 3:05 p.m.: Senate Republicans, led by John McCain (R-Ariz.), have blocked the Senate from considering the defense authorization bill Tuesday ...