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Obama To Set Up Showdown Over Court Nominees

The New York Times | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics

President Obama will soon accelerate his efforts to put a lasting imprint on the country's judiciary by simultaneously nominating three judges to an ...

Ryan Grim

Harry Reid Punts Key Vote To July, Setting Up Filibuster Fight | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The likelihood of a knockdown fight over the filibuster this summer increased on Tuesday as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) p...

Reid Goes 'Nuclear'

The Washington Post | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is increasingly focused on the month of July as the time to exercise the so-called “nuclear option” and revisit ...

Dream Action Coalition and John Cornyn

Ryan Campbell | Posted 07.06.2013 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

The DREAM Act may have been controversial before, but it is considered a safe bill on both sides of the aisle now: border security is where the controversy has migrated to after the DREAM Act has been so thoroughly accepted by the American public.

How to End the Filibuster. Tomorrow.

Paul Abrams | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Although well-understood as a key element in D.C.-dysfunction, it is not so widely appreciated just how destructive the filibuster, as abused by the Republicans, has been.

Fix the Dysfunctional Senate Rules, Harry!

Allan Brawley | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Allan Brawley

How Harry Reid managed to miscalculate the consequences of his having chosen not to change the Senate rules in January when he and the Democratic majority had the opportunity is hard to fathom.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Filibuster Attack Renewed | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive and labor groups on Thursday renewed calls for Senate leaders to reform filibuster rules that have allowed Republicans to re...

When Senators Vote Against Voting (And Reporters Don't Report It)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The NYT got a key fact wrong when it wrote that Mark Begich, the Democratic senator from Alaska, "voted against a measure to expand background checks" for gun purchases.  But we doubt that Begich will complain: The truth is much worse.

The Disconnect: Democracy Abroad and at Home

Caitlin Klevorick | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Caitlin Klevorick

The fact our country first is not even able to pass a law that more than 50 senators voted for, and second is unable to enact a law that more than 90 percent of Americans agree on, is not only deplorable at home, but must be perplexing abroad.

Gun Safety, Gridlock, and the Demise of Congress

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

The fact is that Congress does not need some sort of invitation from the White House in order to do their job. To take affirmative action toward addressing our nation's problems, Congress should put aside its letterhead and stop writing letters to the President and federal agencies asking them to take action.

Barney Frank Blasts 'Extreme Right-Wing' Takeover Of GOP

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) blasted the Republican Party on Sunday for creating gridlock in Washington and rooting for government failure, pinn...

Save American Democracy - Do It Joe!

Richard Greener | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Richard Greener

In February 2010 I wrote in the Huffington Post, "We Have A Crisis, Mr. Vice-President." I wrote of the damage being done to American representative d...

Minority Rule and What We Can Do About It

Brian Levin | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

The gun purchase background checks proposed in the Manchin-Toomey amendment are supported by over 90 percent of Americans. So why couldn't this proposal even pass the Democrat-controlled Senate? We're living under minority rule, and there are a few culprits.

Gunning for Senate Reform

Rek LeCounte | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Rek LeCounte

That this travesty of process is a resounding failure on all sides is a burden we all bear with appropriate shame. But the way forward is not through escalating antagonism -- if further escalation is even possible at this point.

Why 90 Percent Isn't Enough: The Real Reason Gun Control Failed

Monica Bauer | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Monica Bauer

Ending the filibuster should be a national rallying cry. No issue with 90 percent national support should be able to be defeated in the U.S. Senate.

Supermajority: Supercollosal Senselessness

Lance Simmens | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Lance Simmens

I cannot figure out why we as a society must be saddled with the burden of watching our democratic processes held hostage to an unreasonable standard of success that dictates a supermajority of 60 votes in the most debilitative body in the world.

We Have Ceased to Be a Representative Government

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

If a senator or group of senators consistently and persistently blocks all debates and votes on legislation proposed by the opposition party, and thus abuses the right to filibuster, does such conduct violate the commitment to "well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office"?

Ryan Grim

Senate Gun Vote Reignites Filibuster Debate | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday's vote on expanding background checks for gun sales would have led to headlines in many other countries about a landslide vict...

Why Attempts to Obstruct Gun Violence Bill Will Damage the GOP

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Conventional wisdom continues to hold that, while the vast majority of Americans support universal background checks, in many areas it is still smart politics not to antagonize the NRA and their relatively small number of very passionate -- supporters. Conventional wisdom is wrong.

Friday Talking Points -- Ding Dong

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Speaking of Ding Dongs and the New York City mayor's office, Anthony Weiner is now exploring his own... um.... chances of winning the mayor's race, apparently. Late-night comics everywhere are rejoicing, one assumes.

Fuzzy Gun Math: How 90 Percent Became 51, But Is Really Just 49

Ian Bassin | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Ian Bassin

Ninety percent -- a super, super, super majority -- becomes a narrow minority as a result of gerrymandered districts, a flood of money into the political system and the misuse of the Senate filibuster. And this isn't the only issue where this happens.

Kids with Guns a Good Thing?

Susie Sampson | Posted 06.12.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

I am so happy to shed light on what fellow conservatives feel about gun control! Obviously, it's no good. I mean, why not give guns to kids?

They Deserve an Up-or-Down Vote

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

DREAM Act kids? They deserve a vote. Judicial nominees? They deserve a vote. As long as the "they" being referenced are sympathetic to the vast majority of the American public, then the logic works.

Senate's Filibuster Riot Destabilizes Government, Imperils Foreign Purchase of U.S. Bonds, Violates the Constitution

Merton Bernstein | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Merton Bernstein

After unprecedented, repeated use of the filibuster, thirteen Senate Republicans threaten to block a vote on gun safety legislation which appears to enjoy wide popular support. It is nip and tuck whether they can pull it off.

On Gun Control, Rand Paul Shows His Stripes, But No Stars

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Another filibuster and another headline for Rand Paul. The junior senator from Kentucky seems to be on a roll. First there was his attention-grabbing filibuster of America's drone policy, and now he is threatening the same on gun control.