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Republicans Filibuster

Republicans Can Still Filibuster A Lot Of Obama's Nominees

The New York Times | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

The decision by Senate Democrats to eliminate filibusters for most judicial nominations only marginally enhanced President Obama's power to reshape th...

Sam Stein

Harry Reid Getting Serious About Filibuster Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Filibuster reform advocates have been here before. A Senate bogged down in procedural gridlock drives Democratic leadership to threaten ...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid Leaning Toward Filibuster Reform Vote This Week | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's looking more and more likely that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) isn't just ready for filibuster reform, but he's ready...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Democrats Eye Filibuster Reform As GOP Blocks Another Obama Nominee | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans filibustered President Barack Obama's third and final nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Mo...

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...

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...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Rand Paul mounted an old-fashioned, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-style filibuster against President Obama's nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan. The primary issue at hand was the new-fashioned issue of drone strikes. During the marathon monologue, Paul asked, "Where is the Barack Obama of 2007?" In fact, one could also ask: where were the Democrats of 2007? Paul was joined by only one Democrat, Sen. Ron Wyden, even though if the Bush administration had acted on drones the way the Obama administration is, there would have been dozens of Democrats up in arms. Of course, the hypocrisy extends to Republicans, many of whom -- after having supported the Patriot Act, warrantless wiretapping, show-your-papers laws, and torture -- have suddenly discovered civil liberties. Brennan wound up getting confirmed but, at least in the process, the bone-headed right/left way of looking at American politics was rather spectacularly scrambled.

Sam Stein

Anna Burger Exit Interview: Praises Obama But Calls Out Timid Aides | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Freed by her retirement to offer unbidden reflections on the state of politics, Anna Burger, one of the foremost figures in the labor community, paint...

Senate Republicans: Filibuster Everything To Win In November?

McClatchy | David Lightman | McClatchy Newspapers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are using the filibuster to limit and often derail Democrats' initiatives, paralyzing the Senate and making it nearly...

Sam Stein

GOP's Filibuster Use Casts Them Against Federalist Society | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Senate Republicans prepare to filibuster one of President Obama's first judicial nominees, it's important to note how the debate has reversed over ...