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Filibusters Should Promote Democratic Deliberation

Steven P. Croley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven P. Croley

Ideally, a filibuster ensures that narrow majorities cannot impose dramatic policy changes; in fact, the speechless filibuster doesn't test the strength of competing convictions.

Forget the Myth: 51 Senators Can End the Filibuster Today

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Parker

Fifty-one Senators can abolish or amend the filibuster rule at any time. They can do it today. They only have to summon the courage to act.

Barney Frank: 'God Didn't Create The Filibuster,' 'It Is Time To Shut It Down'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) suggested that the Senate abolish the filibuster in recent interview with Air America Radio. "It is time to shut it down,...

Lieberman Betrayal Illustrates Why Senate Filibuster Rules Must Change

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Lieberman's success in eliminating the public option from the Senate health reform bill makes one thing perfectly clear: to pass progressive reform, the Senate must change its filibuster rules.

Arthur Delaney

McCain Robocalls Prompt Ethics Complaint | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) broke Senate rules when he recorded a robocall touting his amendment to the health care bill, according to a complaint file...