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Nuking Obstruction: This Could Be the Start of Something Big

Nan Aron | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

The Democrats needed to act, and they did. The threshold for ending debate is now a simple majority and not a super-majority. It was an astonishing and historic moment.

One More Koch Story

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 04.07.2013 | New York
Reese Schonfeld

One of Mayor Koch's greatest successes was putting an end to a Tammany Hall patronage system that rewarded its loyal supporters with judgeships whethe...

'Appalling' Rick Scott Choices Draw Concern

Miami Herald | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics

Gov. Rick Scott is on pace to appoint fewer African-Americans to judgeships in Florida than either of his two predecessors, Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush...

Jason Cherkis

Binders Ignored: Romney Had Dismal Record Naming Women Judges In Massachusetts | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it came to nominating female judges in Massachusetts, Gov. Mitt Romney all but ignored any binders full of women. By 2005, after...

The "Thurmond Rule" -- Another Blot on the Senate

Bob Edgar | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The only explanation senators offer for this nonsense is that this is the way they've always operated -- as if the tradition was a source of pride rather than an embarrassment. What a shame.

What About All Those Judges On The Ballot? A Voter's Guide

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's Election Day. You head into the voting booth, ballot in hand, and get to work. Senator and Governor, you know all about. You've got an opinion on...