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Talking Filibuster

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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.

Ryan Grim

Democrats' Filibuster Absence Leaves GOP To Defend Civil Liberties | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans took the floor on Wednesday, launching an historic filibuster in an attempt to extract an answer from the White House...

The Senate's Filibuster Fail

Zaki Hasan | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Zaki Hasan

If you were seeking any further proof that both of our political parties have just as much of an investment in perpetuating the stagnant swamp that is our state of governance, look no further than what happened Thursday.

Michael McAuliff

Dem Senator: Obama 'Might As Well Take A 4-Year Vacation' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) warned President Barack Obama that he "might as well take a four-year vacation" if the Senate fails to pass rea...

Senate Leaders Reportedly Close To Deal On Filibuster

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Senators may be nearing an end to their partisan dispute over curbing unlimited delays called filibusters. Whatever the resolution, it probably won...

Reid Backs Away From Talking Filibuster: Report

Politico | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) doesn’t plan to advance a “talking filibuster” proposal envisioned by liberals who want sweeping chan...

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...

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

How The Levin-McCain Filibuster Plan Could Hit Planned Parenthood | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A filibuster reform counterproposal put forward by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and six other senators includes a p...

Ryan Grim

Filibuster Reform Gets Boost On Sunday Shows | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In order to block a Senate rule change in January making the filibuster a more public act, Republicans have been hoping to peel off at l...

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

Silent Filibuster's Days Could Be Numbered | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Advocates of what's come to be called the "talking filibuster" are closing in on the majority needed to reform the rules, according to a...

Filibuster Reform Would Find Support, Polls Finds

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

Democratic arguments for reforming the filibuster could find traction with the public, according to a poll of 10 states sponsored by the pro-reform gr...

Ryan Grim

Rising Senator Sets Sights On Filibuster Reform | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley circulated details of his filibuster reform proposal to Senate colleagues on Wednesday, a copy of which was provided t...