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Nuclear Option

Death of a Justice

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the November election may decide the fate of all three branches of the United States government. That's a pretty unique situation, and it may boost turnout on both sides of the aisle.

What Happens Next If The Iran Nuclear Talks Fall Apart

Associated Press | Posted 06.29.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) — The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn dis...

McCain: GOP Stonewalling Of Obama Nominees Is Payback For 'Nuclear Option'

POLITICO | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

Sen. John McCain has an explanation for Obama administration appointees whose confirmation votes are languishing in the GOP-led Senate: It’s payback...

Amanda Terkel

Progressive Senator Won't Let Democratic Losses Stop His Fight For Filibuster Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Skeptics of last year's filibuster reform told Democrats that they'd be sorry with what they had wrought once Republicans regained power...

Contemplating a Republican Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.

When Going Nuclear Makes Sense

Doug Kendall | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The invocation of the nuclear option last November addressed a real problem with the functioning of the Senate, paved the way for a new generation of insightful legal minds to join the ranks of the federal judiciary, and has allowed the president to address the nation's judicial vacancy crisis by accelerating the pace of confirmations. We are all better off for it.

Friday Talking Points -- Prelude To Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Paul Ryan is attempting to address poverty, once again. What he's really doing is trolling the media to write "compassionate conservative" columns about him (which, so far, doesn't seem to be working very well), to bolster his chances to get the Republican presidential nomination.

Why the Hastert Rule Is Bad for America

David Catalan | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
David Catalan

The Hastert Rule is the lower chamber's analog of the filibuster. It's also a shrewd and politically strategic play to maintain the status quo. On the other hand, the Tea Party is an acerbic bunch for whom "compromise" is anathema.

My 2013 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column! Part one of this column ran last week, just in case you missed it. We've got a lot to cover, so let's jump right in with no further introduction.

McCain Threatened To 'Kick The Crap Out' Of Harry Reid

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

Infuriated with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) November decision to trigger the “nuclear option,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appro...

Senate Confirms Another Noncontroversial Nominee

Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

By HENRY C. JACKSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to serve as Secretary of the A...

Senate Dems Flex New Muscle

Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are demonstrating their new ability to thwart Republican filibusters with a vote that would make judges appointed...

Half Measures

Bob Seay | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Seay

The Republican definition of bipartisanship is that Democrats have accepted the Republican demands. A Republican nuclear option, which is almost sure to follow if Republicans gain control of the Senate, will almost certainly follow their scorched earth policy.

There's nothing nuclear about the nuclear option

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Harry Reid and Senate Democrats made waves last week when they detonated the "nuclear option." Thanks to this change in Senate rules, ending debate on...

Going All Nuclear

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Mr. Toronto had been nominated a year-and-a-half ago, and Republicans had been blocking it. Yet when at last the vote came to the floor, he passed by a vote of -- are you ready? -- 91--0!!!

They Did It 86 Times To Every Other President Combined. 82 Times To Obama Alone.

Upworthy | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics

The Senate Democrats just announced their plans to go forward with the so-called "nuclear option," which means they're changing the filibuster rules t...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

That explosion you heard this week was Harry Reid going nuclear, as the Senate voted 52-48 to eliminate the ability to use filibusters to block most Judicial and Executive branch nominees. Republican Senators hysterically decried the move as "a raw power grab," "Obamacare II" and "scary and dictatorial." In fact, it was Republican senators who forced the issue by filibustering nominees at an unprecedented rate, including -- for the first time ever -- a cabinet nominee. Half the nearly 170 filibusters of presidential nominees in U.S. history have happened since Obama -- who was accused of "packing" the DC district court simply for trying to fill vacancies -- took office. It's still unlikely any real solutions will come out of our gridlocked congress, but at least now the Senate can't make our other two branches of government just as unproductive. Ka-boom!

Friday Talking Points -- Harry Reid's Explosive Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In fact, it was even a big week just for political anniversaries. Fifty years ago this week, an event of no little importance happened. I speak, of course, tomorrow's 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who by the BBC.

Michael McAuliff

Nuclear Option Raises Stakes For 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made one party in the Senate significantly more powerful when he ended filibusters on presidential app...

Stop Worrying - Love the Bomb

Jeff Danziger | Posted 01.22.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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'It's Like Hiroshima... Of Voting!'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

Jon Stewart opened Thursday's "Daily Show" with the biggest news of the day: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoking the so-called "nuclear option"...

Ryan Grim

Nuclear Fallout: The Real-World Consequences Of Senate Filibuster Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Harry Reid came in through a side door to the Mansfield Room Thursday afternoon, the majority leader was met with a raucous standin...

Dave Jamieson

The Union That Pushed For - And Won - The Nuclear Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For Larry Cohen, the president of the Communications Workers of America union, the Senate Democrats' decision Thursday to go "nuclear" o...

Ryan Grim

Senate Votes For Nuclear Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled the trigger Thursday, deploying a parliamentary procedure dubbed the "nuclear option" ...

History Of The Filibuster Explained

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

In February 2013, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) sat down with The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim to explain the origins and the long, contentious history of...