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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 ...

Reid Threatens To Use 'Nuclear Option' On Judicial Nominations

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that he will consider enacting the so-called "nuclear option," or changing Senate rules by a si...

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid Will Not Carry Over Old Filibuster Rules | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratically controlled Senate will reform the filibuster within the next day and a half whether Republicans go along or not, Sena...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senate Reformers Claim 'Big Mo' On Bold Initiative | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate postponed debate on reforming the filibuster Thursday, as advocates cited the support of 48 senators for eliminating the sile...

Ryan Grim

Weak Filibuster Reform Offer Rejected By Progressive, Labor Coalition | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A broad coalition of nearly 50 progressive and labor organizations that have been actively lobbying for filibuster reform rejected a new...

Michael McAuliff

Weakened Filibuster Plan Unveiled | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a bid to head off the "nuclear option" for changing the Senate filibuster, a bipartisan group of senators Friday offered watered-down...

Ryan Grim

Behind-The-Scenes Talks Could Derail Filibuster Reform | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A small bipartisan group of senators opposed to broad filibuster reform are closing in on a compromise package that would derail the bui...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Conservatives Seize Veto Power | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a move likely to spur more calls for filibuster reform, a group of conservative Republican senators is demanding that other members o...

Reid Blasts Republicans For Blocking Jobs Bill

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized Republicans for holding up President Barack Obama's jobs legislation and defended his precedent-...

Ryan Grim

Harry Reid Busts Up Senate Precedent | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) led Democrats in a precedent-setting move on Thursday evening, shutting down an effort by Sen...

Harry Reid Makes Bold Move, Triggers 'Nuclear Option'

The Hill | Alexander Bolton | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

In a shock development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely-used procedural option informally called the "n...

Nuclear Option For Plugging Oil Well Gains Support, But U.S. Not On Board

New York Times | William J. Broad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The chatter began weeks ago as armchair engineers brainstormed for ways to stop the torrent of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico: What about nuking...

Ezra Klein: How To End The Filibuster With 51 Votes

The Washington Post | Ezra Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you can't manage the 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, you can't manage the 67 votes to change the rules and end the filibuster. At least in theor...

REVEALED: Nixon Considered Nuclear Option Against North Korea

NPR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Since March, South Korea and the United States have pondered how to respond to North Korea after the torpedo sinking of a South Korean naval ship that...

Why Americans Won't Give Up the Nuclear Option

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Over and over, policymakers say, "We must never use nuclear weapons," yet they endorse the two times the weapons have been used in a first strike. To make any exceptions means exceptions can be made in the future.

Colbert's Hammers GOP For Insane Euphemisms (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

As part his week-long look at health care (and the Republican's fear that Dems are ramming the bill down their throat), last night Stephen Colbert bro...

Were Laws of Gravity Passed Through Reconciliation?

Scott Blakeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Scott Blakeman

Skeptics say that if the earth were flat we would hear stories of people falling off constantly. But it's pretty hard for people who just fell off the earth to tell their story to the media, isn't it?

Hypocrite of the Decade Sen. Orrin Hatch Backed Breaking Senate Rules to Ram Through Judicial Noms

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Sen. Orrin Hatch called using Senate budget rules to pass health care an undemocratic affront to the Constitution. That's funny, because making up new rules on the fly is exactly what Sen. Hatch wanted.

Jason Linkins

Alexander: Budget Reconciliation Will 'End The Senate' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Anyone who has observed the goings-on in the U.S. Senate for the past couple of decades can tell you that the budget reconciliation process is a commo...

Should the Senate Go Nuclear?

Bill Lucey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Lucey

With Congress immobilized and bipartisanship apparently a foreign enemy, is there a way out of this stalemate and climate of inertia? Yes; but it's not easy, it never is in Congress.

Friday Talking Points [111] -- Use It Or Lose It

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama this week has successfully put the Republican Party on the defensive. This could be a fleeting thing, or it could be the start of a whole new way for Obama's administration to operate.

Sen. Phil A. Buster Turns Obama Into Mush

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The day after Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown achieved the unthinkable by winning Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, President Obama has demonstrated ...

The Democrats Need to Find Some Spine and Pass This Bill

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The Republicans, in the days immediately after being "thumped" in the 1998 midterms, didn't freak out and reevaluate their agenda. They impeached the president. The Democrats must find their spines.

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.

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.