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Constitutional Option

Drunk And Disorderly: How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle the GOP Claims to Uphold

Joe Conason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Joe Conason

Republicans used to tell us, often with a self-righteous air, that they were the true upholders of constitutional order, the rule of law, fiscal probity, personal responsibility, majority rights, and market principles.

Reid's Nuclear Disarmament Meeting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2013 | Home
Chris Weigant

An extraordinary meeting is taking place today, which all 100 senators have been invited to attend. This should really not be an extraordinary thing -- you'd think that all senators meeting together would just be an actual floor session in the Senate -- but it is because it's actually a political meeting, with the doors closed.

No More Lucy Filibuster-Fix Footballs

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.28.2013 | Home
Dave Johnson

There is a chance to reform the filibuster in January, with a proposal to "make them talk." Will the Charlie Browns in the Senate let Lucy pull away the football yet again? As George W. Bush said, "Fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again."

Ryan Grim

Weak Filibuster Reform Offer Rejected By Progressive, Labor Coalition

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.29.2012 | Home

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.29.2012 | Home

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

Behind-The-Scenes Talks Could Derail Filibuster Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.19.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON -- A small bipartisan group of senators opposed to broad filibuster reform are closing in on a compromise package that would derail the bui...

Sam Stein

Rep. Louie Gohmert On Debt Ceiling: 'That's Our Leverage'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.30.2012 | Home

NEW YORK CITY -- One of the only new proposals that President Obama introduced in his opening bid to resolve the impasse over the so-called fiscal cli...

Sam Stein

Debt Ceiling Showdown: Obama, Boehner Diverge On Demands

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.29.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Once again, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President Barack Obama find themselves in a standoff over how to raise the nation's debt c...

Reid Blasts Republicans For Blocking Jobs Bill

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.11.2011 | Home

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized Republicans for holding up President Barack Obama's jobs legislation and defended his precedent-...

Bill Clinton Backs 14th Amendment Option

The National Memo | Joe Conason | Posted 09.17.2011 | Home

Former President Bill Clinton says that he would invoke the so-called constitutional option to raise the nation’s debt ceiling “without hesitation...

How to End the Filibuster and Drive the Republicans Crazy

Bart Motes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bart Motes

Ezra Klein posts a fantastic piece on how the filibuster could be easily ended with 51 votes. Conventional wisdom suggests 67 votes are necessary, yet Klein observes this conventional wisdom may be misguided.