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Is Cap-And-Trade Dead This Year?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats are all but admitting that they're killing off cap-and-trade for this year's legislative season. When the time comes, they will be blaming the Republicans, even though their own cowardice is the real culprit.

White House May Seek To Bypass Filibuster Rule In Senate

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A top White House official threatened Tuesday to use a congressional rule to force some controversial proposals through the Senate by eliminating the ...

Sam Stein and Ryan Grim

How Labor Can Get 60 Votes On EFCA Without Getting 60 Votes | Sam Stein and Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The labor movement's mostly unspoken tactic to pass the Employee Free Choice Act -- its legislation of generational importance -- seeped out into publ...

GOP Mini-Me: No Pubes, No Punditry Please!

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Yup, this home-schooled Doogie Howser R.N.C. is the latest offering from the downward-spiraling Republican Party's public relations arm.

Jason Linkins

Matthews: Abolish Filibuster, Let Majority Rule (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The filibuster. Why is it that it has continued to bedevil the Senate's majority party, even though you hardly see these croaky-throated old men stag...

Harry Reid Promises Republicans He'll Never Call Their Bluff

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

After watching this absurdity playing out in the stimulus debate, people are calling on Sen. Reid to make the Republicans follow through and actually filibuster legislation and show this spectacle to the public.

Democrats Should Just Say No To Budget Filibusters

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A little-known rule in the Senate may dramatically change the balance of power between the parties during the upcoming budgetary process.

Progressives Call For Democrats To Abolish The Filibuster

The American Prospect | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The most important number in Washington this month is not the $827 billion price tag on the stimulus bill. Nor is it the eye-popping 598,000 jobs lost...

Grand Obstructionist Party

Aram Khayatpour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aram Khayatpour

These Republicans have relegated themselves to be the roadblocks on the path to a prosperous democracy; and as such we need to do whatever is within our power to get passed them.

Change vs. Bipartisanship: What Happens When You Throw a Bipartisan Party and Half the Guest List Stays Home?

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

The problem with a message of bipartisanship is that it makes it very difficult to tell the story of why things are so bad that we need dramatic change.

Jason Linkins

GOP-Leaning Business Lobby Worried Republicans Will Ruin Stimulus | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, way back when, then-candidate Barack Obama promised to do more to reach across the partisan divide and unite both parties around critical policies...

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: February 4, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As the dawn breaks on a hopeful 2009, it is great to see the rise of a figure who so perfectly encapsulates the sense of responsibility and leadership...

GOP Learns To Love The Filibuster

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans had no love for the filibuster when they were in the majority, even going so far as to discuss a "nuclear option" of abolishing it....

Georgia on Your Mind?

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Saxby Chambliss is at it again, spreading lies and innuendo about challenger Jim Martin who stands a real chance of winning.

Political Parties Are Not "Checks" Or "Balances"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm not worried about whether checks and balances will disappear if Republicans don't have more than 40 seats in the Senate. True checks and balances are more fundamental than party affiliation.

An Open Letter To Joe Lieberman

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

I submit to you, Sen. Lieberman, that you were punished yesterday more than you realize. Stick with me on this. I'll explain: it never fully occurred to me how Obama would use his strengths in a position of leadership. Until this week.

Journalists Spin for Republicans on the New "60-Vote" Senate Regime

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

The "60 vote" threshold is an artificial obstructionist creation of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and the Senate Republicans.

McCain's Choice: Dukakis or Gore?

David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Weiner

In the end, Barack Obama's win may have handed John McCain the keys he needed, if not necessarily wanted.

Obama Should Spill a Little Red Ink to Turn a Few More Red States Blue

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The enduring theme of Obama's campaign has been fundamental change. But, with victory in sight, the question becomes: how much change can he deliver without a filibuster-proof 60 seats in the Senate? Read More The Battle Over CA Prop 5: Special Interests Overwhelming the Public Interest Prop 5 follows a successful model, will lessen prison over-crowding, will save a cash-strapped state billions, will reform a "counterproductive and ill-conceived" parole system, and will shift criminal justice dollars from incarceration to treatment -- an effective approach favored by a majority of the public. Yet our leaders are opposing it, without offering any alternatives. Why? Read More Watch: Arianna Spars with Ben Stein and Michael Medved on Larry King Live over "Spreading The Wealth" Attacks and Khalidi Smears

"An Ungovernable Majority"

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

"While the Democrats have been ascendant in recent years, they have entered into a Faustian bargain. They're gaining seats, but in doing so they've made compromises."

Seeking 60 Seats

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

If Democrats want to increase their majority in the Senate to 60 so that Barack Obama's agenda would not be held hostage by Republican filibusters, they will have to gain 10 new seats.

Seth Colter Walls

Feingold: Why Can't Dems Can Be Tough On Security And Civil Liberties? | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATED BELOW: Sens. Feingold and Chris Dodd have announced their intent to "oppose efforts to end debate" on the FISA bill headed to the Senate for c...

Sam Stein

Democratic Congressman Raises Specter Of "Nuclear Option" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three years ago, the United States Senate nearly came to a stand still as the Republican majority, citing Democratic obstructionism over judicial appo...

Conservatives Addicted to Big Oil

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Scher

Conservatives are protecting oil companies from having to compete with other energy producers on a level playing field, denying consumers a real choice for their energy needs.

King Fossil Loves Global Warming & Removes McCain's Mountaintop

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

King Fossil Fuel has ruled: there will be no Senate debate on global warming this year. And Joe Lieberman's greenwashed campaign gift for John McCain is a no-go.