Republicans have shown time and again they don't play fair even when they lose popular vote elections and have much closer electoral accomplishments. With Obama's clear victory, he might well learn a lesson from them on how to govern.
Never has striking a hot iron been more important. It is time to hold our politicians and jurists to account. There is enough precedent and common sense to quickly put powerful legislation in place.
Currently, many filibusters happen on motions to bring legislation up for debate -- not in the context of actual deliberation on bills. The U.S. Senate is often described as "the world's greatest deliberative body" -- so let's give the senators a chance to deliberate.
Without reform, we've witnessed 386 silent filibusters during Sen. Harry Reid's six years as majority leader. Lyndon B. Johnson served six years as Senate majority leader with one filibuster.
With the sweeping health care reforms of coverage for all Americans, millions of senior citizens should receive qualitative care, and that's the bottom line. My concerns are the financial abuses of Medicare by health care professionals.
As the fortunes of Rome's aristocracy increasingly derived from foreign lands, Roman policy was shaped to facilitate these fortunes. American billionaires and corporations increasingly influence our elections.
Here is our 238th installment of valiantly attempting to get Democrats to occasionally speak with one voice, and not get lost in the weeds of rhetoric.
For anyone who needs the government to function, the filibuster is an obstacle. For undocumented immigrants, it is the reason why many have been offered Deferred Action by the Obama administration.
There is a simple fix that will stop obstruction -- except when obstruction is appropriate. This simple fix is to change the rules back to what people think the rules already are: make them actually filibuster in the way the public understands.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities' opponents seem stuck in a partisan twilight zone of UN black helicopters and conspiracy theories that undercuts U.S. influence in global affairs. They've perfected a method of defeating virtually every treaty that comes along.
I have just returned from watching Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and couldn't help reflect on the ironies of the Republican Party.
Unless the Senate fixes the filibuster at the start of the next Congress, the growing list of crucial national issues to resolve will continue to languish in a Senate where nothing gets done.
"I applaud the Senate for preserving our sovereignty." -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), after the Senate voted down a United Nations treaty on disability ri...
Mitch McConnell, the minority leader of the U.S. Senate, has for six years wielded the filibuster as a weapon in his rebellion against a founding principle of the United States of America -- self-governance by majority rule. The majority must seize back control.
I lost my first election by six votes. The next several races I won. My career in politics progressed: town councilor, state representative, state senator, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. All along, Carol was there. All along, we held opposite worldviews.
Well, the weather outside is not exactly frightful (it's a nice day where I live), but watching the politics of the week was certainly "so delightful." So many blowhards, so little time! "Let them blow, let them blow, let them blow!"