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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 ...

$30 Billion Is Being Allocated to Boost Small-Business Lending

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Big banks prefer making multimillion-dollar loans to large corporations instead of small-businesses because the fee income is greater and it allows them to hire experts in industries that they want to target.

McConnell Opens The November Window For Democrats.

James Boyce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Boyce

Make the Republicans filibuster and defend their tax cuts for the wealthy all day every day for the next seven weeks and maybe, just maybe there will be a window for the Democrats.

A Filibuster Fix | NORMAN ORNSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AFTER months of debate, Senate Democrats this summer broke a Republican filibuster against a bill to extend unemployment benefits. But the Republicans...

Republican Strategy for Victory: Stall Economic Recovery

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

For the last twenty months, Democrats have been pushing to get the economy out of the ditch. Not only have Republicans refused to lend a hand, they have been actively throwing rocks under the wheels.

It's Time To Reform The Senate

Paul Hodes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hodes

As I travel across the Granite State on this campaign, there seems to be one thing the people of New Hampshire can agree on - Washington is broken. It...

Dear Senate: Roll Out the Cots! People Need to See Cots!

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The latest obstruction: Senate Rejects Fed Nominee This is bullshit. "The Senate" didn't "reject" the Fed nominee, ONE Senator placed a "hold" on th...

Ryan Grim

Dodd Presses Senate Freshmen To Back Off Effort To End Filibuster | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Chris Dodd gathered with the Democratic Senate freshman class on Tuesday night at a dinner organized by Mark Warner to persuade them to back off their...

Hey Senate Dems -- F>@# the Filibuster!

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

When the majority tolerates the 41-member minority repeatedly thwarting legislation with the potential to help restore Americans' financial health, they are not serving their constituents well.

Ten Fights on Global Warming Now That the Senate Will Do Nothing

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

Unlike the Senate, no action on climate change is not an option for the rest of us. We have to change the battlefield because we must make progress.

After Kagan, Lower Court Vacancy Crisis Looms

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As we approach the final confirmation vote for Elena Kagan, we must not forget that Americans throughout the country desperately need district and circuit level judges to dispense justice.

Harry -- Roll Out The Cots! Again And Again And Again!

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF. Dear Senate Majority Leade...