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Dick Durbin Throws Weight Behind Effort To Reform Filibuster

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Okay, this could be significant: Senator Dick Durbin is now throwing his weight behind a new effort to reform the filibuster, a move that could give ...

Fixing the Filibuster

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

In the 1950s, an average of one bill was filibustered in each two-year Congress. In the last Congress, 139 bills were filibustered. The GOP's abuse of it is unprecedented, routine, and increasingly reckless.

Tom Harkin, Jeanne Shaheen Eye Fillibuster Reform

The Washington Monthly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nearly 15 years ago, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Joe Lieberman presented a plan to eliminate the Senate filibuster and allow Congress to pass bills b...

Eliminate Filibuster Now: A "First 100 Days" of Year 2, Avoid Supreme Court Fight, Win 2010 Elections.

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

While the Republicans bellyache about being steamrollered, Democrats can pass the agenda for which the nation voted in 2008, but soured on because of the dithering and dealmaking the existence of the filibuster created.

GOP Blinks: 27 Obama Nominees Confirmed After White House Threat

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate confirmed 27 high-level Obama nominees Thursday evening just days after President Obama threatened to use recess appoints. The Senate is sc...

March on Washington?

Norman Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Goldman

Unless and until there is a viable third party, Americans seem intent on just going back and forth between the two parties -- and both now appear to be awful in different ways.

Jason Linkins

Hatch: Super-Minority Is 'The Will Of The Senate' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama appointed a man named Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. Since Becker does not plan to have the sort of National Rela...

Michael Bennet's Labor Problems: Senator Votes Yes On Obama Nominee As Unions Endorse Dem. Rival

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

In a tough vote in the U.S. Senate Wednesday, Michael Bennet sided with Democrats and labor by voting to end a filibuster of an Obama nominee to the N...

Weak: Laying the Groundwork for Election Messaging

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

Laying the groundwork for election messaging. To see more of August J. Pollak's cartoon "Some Guy With a Website," check out the archive....

Bennet Votes To Block Craig Becker Filibuster As Jane Norton Goes On Attack

POLITICO | DAVID CATANESE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Appointed Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) stood with organized labor Tuesday on a tough vote over the Obama administration's nominee for the National La...

Ryan Grim

Carl Levin: Filibuster Could Fall 'After Massive Conflict On The Floor' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans made a persuasive case for abolishing or reforming the filibuster on Tuesday night when they blocked a routine nomination to the Na...

WWJD: What Would Johnson Do?

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Lyndon Johnson understood that legislative majorities are fundamentally impermanent, and that political capital should be spent rather than dissipated. Obama should take a page from his book.

Some Democrats Seek To Change Filibuster Rules

The Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A growing number of Democrats, from senatorial veterans such as Vice President Biden to freshman Sen. Tom Udall (N.M.), are calling for a rules change...

Why the Right Hates Democracy

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

In the United States, our democracy works through a representative process. That is, we elect individuals to represent us in the legislature and we ho...

Jeff Muskus

Scott Brown: 'I'll Be The 41st Vote, Not The 60th Vote" | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Less than an hour after Scott Brown was sworn in as the Republican junior senator from Massachusetts, he made it clear where he stands on bipartisan c...

End the Filibuster and Pass a Lot of Stuff

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

Harry Reid is getting rolled by a pugnacious Republican minority so bereft of ideas it has no choice but to filibuster every piece of legislation the Democrats put on the table.

Ryan Grim

Pelosi: Piecemeal Reform No Better Than A "Get Well Card" | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Amid the wreckage of the health care debate, some rescue workers have been searching for small pieces that could be salvaged. On Tuesday, House Speake...

No More Empty Threats: Filibuster, or Get Out of the Way

Patt Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patt Morrison

It's time to call the Senate's bluff. ''We're gonna filibuster! We're gonna filibuster!'' Fine. Make them deliver on the threat.

Ryan Grim

Dems Break GOP Filibuster Of Routine Nomination | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama issued the GOP a challenge. "If the Republican leadership is going to insist that 60 vot...

Forget the Myth: 51 Senators Can End the Filibuster Today

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Parker

Fifty-one Senators can abolish or amend the filibuster rule at any time. They can do it today. They only have to summon the courage to act.

State of Obama: Is "Obama fatigue" Setting In?

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

"I can't believe a word he says," said one of my family as we watched Obama's speech. "On the campaign trail he showed us one face, and now as president another."

51 Votes Should Be Enough

Larry Hirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Hirsch

If Republicans filibuster health care they will be overplaying their hand. Democrats should come up with a bill that reflects the principles of our party and stand up against the filibuster.

Ryan Grim

Double Standard For Bernanke: Only 50 Votes Needed In Senate | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

When it comes to progressive priorities in the Senate, there's one standard: 60 votes are needed. But for Ben Bernanke, there's a second standard: 50 ...

What Hollywood Can Do That Washington Can't

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

Thanks to George Clooney, I woke up with a smile on my face this morning. I know -- how many times has some woman said that? In this case, though, i...

Filibuster-Killing Legislation Due To Be Introduced In The Senate

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) soon intends to introduce legislation that would take away the minority's power to filibuster legislation. Sen. Tom Harkin (...