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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...

Launch the 'Nuke,' Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's an old adage in politics that the way to win political struggles is to "bring a gun to a knife fight." If this imagery isn't violent enough for you, the subject on the table now is whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering what is called the "nuclear option."

Harry Reid Can Move Obama's Nominees Without Changing the Filibuster

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It would be best to change or eliminate the filibuster. Failing that, there is a way to get floor votes for the president's nominees.

Congress Hurtles Toward Another Constitutional Crisis

New York Magazine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Earlier this month, House Republicans provoked a constitutional showdown with President Obama over the debt ceiling, a confrontation in which Obama pr...

Mel Watt's Confirmation and the Senate at a New Low

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

It is ironic that the trade deals that have ravaged jobs for millions of Americans likely met the original test as treaties, given their long range implications and participation of numerous foreign governments, yet if they are fast tracked they cannot be amended and are adopted by majority vote.

Friday Talking Points -- Two Obama Promises

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Although it's been a week heavy on Obamacare, we're going to (mostly) look forward this week, to the upcoming budget battles. Because buried in the Obamacare stories this week was one very important bit of news.

Michael McAuliff

Biden: 'Worth Considering' Nuclear Option Filibuster Reform | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden, long a defender of tradition in the United States Senate, said Thursday it might be time to change the institu...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Filibuster Deal Nearly Crumbles Over ATF Nominee | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The carefully crafted deal to avoid the so-called nuclear option against the Senate filibuster nearly crumbled Wednesday over President ...

More Veterans In Congress Would Make 'Nuclear Options' Less Likely

Chris Marvin | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Chris Marvin

Veterans bring skills for leadership, team building and problem solving. They understand strategy and tactics. They have a global perspective, yet can relate to everyday Americans. They are good leaders.

Ryan Grim

McConnell Filibusted In Embarrassing Deal | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats not only got much of what they wanted in Tuesday's deal to move some of President Barack Obama's nominees through the Senate, ...

Why the Senate Filibuster Should Be Abolished Entirely

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The whole idea of democracy is government by the people, of the people, and for the people, so why is it that anything but the votes of the people are allowed to decide political measures?

Michael McAuliff

'Nuclear' Threat Eases In Senate Showdown | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate appeared to be stepping back from the "nuclear option" Tuesday morning, with a group of Republicans led by Sen. John McCain (...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Edges Closer 'Nuclear' Filibuster Fight | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate edged closer to a historic showdown over presidential appointments Monday night, with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pre...

Reid's Nuclear Disarmament Meeting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An extraordinary meeting is taking place today, which all 100 senators have been invited to attend. This should really not be an extraordinary thing -- you'd think that all senators meeting together would just be an actual floor session in the Senate -- but it is because it's actually a political meeting, with the doors closed.

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid Ready For Filibuster Reform: 'It's Time For Course Correction' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his toughest talk yet on the matter, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Monday that a change to Senate filibuster ru...

Half-Baked Filibuster Reform: Democrats Poised to Screw It Up, Again

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Half-measures hand power to the opponents: They make the positive impacts of law or procedural change murkier, but stir opponents to action nonetheless.

Michael McAuliff

GOP Vows Payback In Filibuster Showdown | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared Thursday that he intended to push ahead with a "nuclear option" rules change in...

Friday Talking Points -- Drop The Nuke, Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Go ahead and drop that nuke, Harry! Start approving President Obama's nominees, as the Constitution says you are supposed to. Republicans will be Republicans no matter what you do, and you've already been suckered twice by "handshake agreements" that they won't.

Dem Senator Counters GOP On Filibuster 'Falsehood'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) circulated a memo to his Democratic colleagues on Thursday outlining the history of the use of the so-called nuclear option...

Ryan Grim

Reid Puts Finger On Button For 'Nuclear Option' | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) squared off with his Republican counterpart Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a rema...

Reid To Address Nuclear Option With Senate Dems

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will meet with his Democratic caucus on Thursday to decide how hard they will press for filib...

Reid, Dems Issue Filibuster Threat

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, frustrated by a dysfunctional and unpopular C...

Time to Go Nuclear on the Filibuster

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

It does not matter that Obama has been elected and reelected president. Republicans have made a decision that they will use the filibuster, the hold, and other tactics to ensure that he is simply unable to place people into the judiciary and various executive-branch positions.

Use the Nuke, Harry, Use the Nuke

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans have abused the filibuster process at a record rate. They've manipulated Senate recess to unprecedented levels. They've delayed and appealed decisions. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can hobble this right-wing campaign against working people by deploying the nuclear option.

Sabrina Siddiqui

John McCain Battles With Tea Party | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain's latest feud with the tea party senators he infamously branded "wacko birds" has prompted many to question why the Ari...