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Filibuster Proof Majority

An Open Letter to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein About Her Position on the Filibuster

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

The Senate has become a sclerotic, unrepresentative, elite club, like Britain's House of Lords, that is severely retarding the ability of our country to move forward. It is hardly the "world's greatest deliberative body."

Mr. Brown Goes to Washington

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Campion

No one saw Scott Brown's election coming, nor did anyone have any idea that it would be a national story, never mind a referendum or uprising.

Sen. Phil A. Buster Turns Obama Into Mush

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The day after Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown achieved the unthinkable by winning Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, President Obama has demonstrated...

Sen. Phil A. Buster Goes to Washington!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

His real name may be Scott Brown, the right-wing truck-drivin' former Cosmo centerfold and Massachusetts state senator. But from now on, his name might as well be Phil A. Buster.

Dem Leaders in 1965: "Filibuster Threat Is Too Daunting -- So Let's Just Drop This Civil Rights Crap"

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Lewis

It's March 16, 1965. We have a Democratic President. We have large Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate. It's long been part of the progressive and liberal platform...

Olympia Snowe: The Linchpin Of Obama's Pointless Quest For Bipartisanship

Newsweek | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Mount Olympus in Greece there were many gods, but on Mount Olympia in the District of Columbia there is one: Snowe of Maine, daughter of Spartan im...

Filibusters Could Be Fun

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

In the 19th century there were only 23 filibusters, while between 1970 and 2004 there were 191. The increase in number is attributable to the Virtual Filibuster.

Spineless Dems or a Dem-Trifecta Driven Filibuster-Proof Congress and a Media Carrot

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

If Obama and Harry Reid don't "spine up," they will deserve to lose their next elections.

Nate Silver: Republicans Now More Likely To Gain Seats In 2010

FiveThirtyEight | Nate Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After a couple of relatively quiet months, the Senate race rankings have undergone a fairly major shakeup, with 15 distinct contests receiving an upgr...

The Republicans, Sotomayor, and Cheney

Sandy Maisel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Maisel

Sessions' repetition seemed like piling on. What was the point? Was he trying to catch Sotomayor in a contradiction? To gain an admission? To score points back home?

The Sanders Rule: All Bills Get Up or Down Votes

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

What is the point of getting to 60 senators in the Democratic caucus if you can't keep the caucus together on all of the votes? Well, Bernie Sanders has the answer.

What 60 Democratic Senate Votes Really Means: Welcome to the Age of Ben Nelson

Dan Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Sweeney

Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe lost a huge amount of power yesterday. The battle to get to 60 votes was focused primarily on them, but now the focus will be on moderate Democrats rather than moderate Republicans.

"That's Me, Al Franken"

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Will Andy Samberg be the first politician to run for U.S. Senator armed with an array of provocative digital shorts starring him and Justin Timberlake?

Political Parties Are Not "Checks" Or "Balances"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm not worried about whether checks and balances will disappear if Republicans don't have more than 40 seats in the Senate. True checks and balances are more fundamental than party affiliation.