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Senate Filibuster

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...

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...

An Impertinent Question

Robert Reich | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Suppose a small group of extremely wealthy people sought to systematically destroy the U.S. government. Would you call this treason? If not, what would you call it? And what would you do about it?

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...

Where Are the Voices of Republican Senators Who Still Care About Democratic Institutions?

Robert Reich | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Harry Reid may now be able to summon 51 votes to abolish the filibuster, at least for cabinet officials and other high-level policy makers. But that shouldn't be considered a victory. It's a sad commentary on where we've come to.

Jennifer Bendery

Lamar Alexander Warns Harry Reid Against Breaking Filibuster Pledge, Despite Breaking His Own | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) spent most of Tuesday criticizing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for signaling that he may go...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Republicans Divided On Moving Obama's Judicial Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been signaling he may pick a fight on filibuster reform this summer, and a major litmus t...

Influential Conservative: Time To Bust The Filibuster

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may have just landed an influential ally on the right in his potential new bid to reform the Senate's filib...

A Time for Harry Reid's Backbone

Robert Reich | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Don't be sidetracked today with the news of Michele Bachmann's decision not to run again. That's small potatoes relative to the biggest political and economic issue -- and showdown -- emerging in Congress.

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell Spar Over Stalled Nominees As Filibuster Fight Looms | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Senate inches closer to a potentially explosive filibuster fight this summer, top party leaders sparred Wednesday over just how m...

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...

Minority Rule and What We Can Do About It

Brian Levin | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

The gun purchase background checks proposed in the Manchin-Toomey amendment are supported by over 90 percent of Americans. So why couldn't this proposal even pass the Democrat-controlled Senate? We're living under minority rule, and there are a few culprits.

Sabrina Siddiqui

GOP Successfully Defeats Obama's Judicial Nominee | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House officially withdrew President Barack Obama's nomination of Caitlin Halligan to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal...

Scalia: Recuse or Resign

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Scalia has a right to believe voting rights are a "perpetuation of racial entitlement" for blacks and Hispanics, but should promote this repellent and biased view on conservative talk radio, not the court.

Dem Leaders Strategize Over Senate's Big Problem

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

The Senate's Democratic leaders are discussing how to counter Republican obstruction of President Barack Obama's judicial and Cabinet nominees, Talkin...

Top Democrats Badly Blew It on the Filibuster

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Rand Paul deserves credit for one thing in his windy 13-hour one-man filibuster against the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director. He demonstrated that the deal that Harry Reid cut last January with Mitch McConnell to go easy on overhauling the filibuster rules was worthless.

Rand Paul Ends Filibuster After Almost 13 Hours

Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

After nearly 13 hours on the Senate floor, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has ended his filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan as director of the Centra...

McConnell Praises Rand Paul Filibuster

Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined fellow Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster of John Brennan's nomination for CIA director, pr...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Sen. Jeff Merkley Breaks Down History Of Filibuster (VIDEO) | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) spent the last few months tirelessly advocating for an end to the silent filibuster. Ultimately, the filibust...

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...

Ending Congressional Gridlock Requires Curbing Abuse Of The Filibuster

Nan Aron | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

Without reform, we're doomed repeat and amplify the exasperating gridlock of the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling talks. That's why Senate Resolutions 4 and 6 need the support of Democratic senators and the White House. The American people strongly support overhauling the filibuster.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Filibuster Reform Advocates Push For Talking Filibuster | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With just a week left to influence the looming debate over filibuster reform, Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Elizab...

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...

Senate Filibuster Reform Effort Sees Bipartisan Support

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators proposed Friday to clamp modest limits on filibusters, hoping to head off a bitter partisan fight ov...