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How an 'Independent Caucus' Could Form in the Senate and End Gridlock

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

If Republicans win control of the Senate, there will be the gridlock -- only much worse. It will be so bad that the American people will look back on this current Congress as "productive". Suppose, however, that independents actually control the balance of power. If they act together, they can break the gridlock.

#2: The Republican Party's Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In the conduct of today's Republican Party, we can see a pattern of destructiveness. It displays an insatiable lust for power and wealth, an impulse to prey upon the vulnerable, a preference for conflict over cooperation, a persistent dishonesty, and a willingness to sacrifice the greater good for selfish advantage.

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.

McConnell's Reconciliation

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm using the word "reconciliation" in a very specific rules-of-the-Senate fashion. Because McConnell just revealed to Politico how he intends to govern, should his party take control of the Senate in November -- and it appears that the previously-arcane "budget reconciliation" maneuver will figure heavily in his playbook.

When Going Nuclear Makes Sense

Doug Kendall | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The invocation of the nuclear option last November addressed a real problem with the functioning of the Senate, paved the way for a new generation of insightful legal minds to join the ranks of the federal judiciary, and has allowed the president to address the nation's judicial vacancy crisis by accelerating the pace of confirmations. We are all better off for it.

Filibuster Reform Shrinking Judicial Vacancies

AP | By ALAN FRAM | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven months after curbing filibusters, Democrats are aggressively pushing President Barack Obama's judicial nominees through the ...

The Gross Obstructive Party (G.O.P)

Georges Ugeux | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

Time has come to rename the Grand Old Party. It might be old, it certainly is no longer grand. I am hereby trying to coin the new definition of the Gross Obstructive Party. Royalties will go to charities.

Civil Rights, 1964 and What We've Lost

Preeti Vissa | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

American society has progressed in many ways since 1964, and much of that progress stems directly from the Civil Rights Act. But we've lost something profound as well, particularly in the way our government functions.

Sam Stein

Mitch McConnell Opposes Changing Rules To End Filibuster Of Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that if he were to emerge as majority leader following this fall's elect...

My Conversation With Sen. Rand Paul Following Today's Filibuster Over U.S. Drone Strikes

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

I'm joined tonight on PBS by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Paul discusses his filibuster earlier today on the Senate floor outlining his opposition to the president's nomination of David Barron to the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rand Paul Invokes Stephen Colbert In Filibuster Rant

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to discuss his opposition to President Barack Obama's nomination of David Barron to the Firs...

Senate Electoral Dynamics in 2014 and 2016

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No matter the outcome -- whether Republicans gain control or Democrats narrowly retain it -- it is worth taking a look at the underlying dynamics of the Senate field for the next two election cycles.

Michael McAuliff

Senate Republicans Filibuster Tax Breaks They Want

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans filibustered a package of tax breaks that most of them want Thursday, saying they were mad because Senate Majority Le...

The Minimum Wage Index: Why the GOP's Filibuster Will Hurt Workers

Richard Kirsch | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Richard Kirsch

The Republicans who led this filibuster effort will claim a higher minimum wage would hurt the economy, but don't let them fool you: American workers are the ones left hurting as a result of their actions. Here are the real dollars and cents of the minimum wage debate.

Why the Minimum Wage Vote Failed

Heather McGhee | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Heather McGhee

The idea that minimum wage workers should be able to work their way out of poverty gets majority support across the board, but our system is dramatically skewed toward big donors who feel differently from the rest of Americans.

Dave Jamieson

Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats could not advance their bill to raise the minimum wage on Wednesday, failing by a vote of 54-42 to clear the filibuster...

Not Justice Ginsburg, But the Two After Her

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The real fight is going to happen when a conservative either dies in office or steps down. Ginsburg is currently the oldest sitting member of the Supreme Court. But not far behind her are three others: Stephen Breyer (who is 75-years-old), Anthony Kennedy (77), and Antonin Scalia (78).

Election-Year Posturing From Congress Defines Campaigns

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress is now doing what it normally does, in an election year. This is not intended to sound cynical, as I actually think it is a good thing for a divided Congress to stand up for its divided beliefs -- even while knowing that almost none of the bills it now votes on have a prayer of becoming law before the election.

Senate Democrats Quietly Fold to Allow Senator McConnell to Repeal Portion of Presidential Financing System

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The failure of Senate Democrats to challenge Senator McConnell on the legislation passed Tuesday while McConnell blocks all campaign finance reform bills raises serious questions about just how committed Senate Democrats are to addressing the nation's campaign finance problems.

Finally, the End of the Five-Year Armageddon Trade?

Terry Connelly | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Plenty of worry for the famous wall that markets often climb, but no Armageddon's on the horizon. Maybe we can get back to "normalcy" after all, even with increased market "volume" more to the upside.

The Ongoing Media Disaster

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

This week has witnessed yet another reminder of the frequently insidious incompetence of important segments of our mainstream media.

Michael McAuliff

Dem Senator Says She'll Filibuster Competing Sexual Assault Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The battle over how best to address sexual assault in the military hit a heated new pitch Thursday as Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said...

Why Extending Unemployment Benefits Must Be Paid For

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Wouldn't you love to see Democrats pointing out Republican hypocrisy as they have to defend the costs of their stupidity as well as of absurdly narrow corporate subsidies -- corporate welfare really --while Democrats are fighting for people looking for a job?

Why the Hastert Rule Is Bad for America

David Catalan | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
David Catalan

The Hastert Rule is the lower chamber's analog of the filibuster. It's also a shrewd and politically strategic play to maintain the status quo. On the other hand, the Tea Party is an acerbic bunch for whom "compromise" is anathema.

Will the GOP Get Away With Its Economic Sabotage?

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Republicans are betting that voters will blame the "party in power," which means the party of the president. Our corporate media is complicit in this strategy.