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Will Jobs Filibuster Be Reported As Emergency It Is?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

If a filibuster happens in the forest and no one is told about it, did it really happen? The GOP is said to be ready to filibuster the bill extending jobless benefits today. Will this be reported as the national emergency that it is?

Sloppy Pool of Tizzy in the Gobi Desert

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Durst

Perplexed as how to combat financial regulatory legislation, Republicans are bouncing back and forth between a filibuster and a compromise like a ping- pong ball in a stainless steel shower stall.

Blue America Welcomes... Kagro X

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

This morning's Blue America guest at Crooks and Liars isn't a candidate for office. It's David Waldman (Kagro X), one of the foremost strategic legisl...

Lucia Graves

Senators Move To End Secret Holds | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The opponents of a rule that allows lawmakers to anonymously delay Senate confirmation proceedings have garnered enough support to overturn the rule. ...

The Trashing of the President

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

I do not oppose criticism of the President, his goals or his methods. But I do not want him or his administration to fail, which is what I sense the conservatives, the Republicans and the Tea Party seek.

Bill Maher On BP Oil Spill: 'I Feel Oily ... I Feel Their Sh*t On Me' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Friday marked Bill Maher's last show of the season, and while the BP oil spill has been a subject on "Real Time" from week to week, this time Maher de...

No Justices, No Peace

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

To nobody's surprise, Senator Kyl made it clear that the filibuster will be on the table for Obama's eventual Supreme Court nominee -- who does not yet exist -- whomever he or she may be.

Ryan Grim

'Mr. Smith' Bill Would Force GOP To Talk Out Filibusters | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Why doesn't Harry Reid call the GOP's bluff and make them talk out their filibusters, reading from the phone book or "Moby Dick", like Mr. Smith did i...

Media Scare Tactics: Do They Create Controversy in the Guise of News for the Sake of Ratings?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

Is that the media's job? To invent scenarios that are for the most part implausible just to give them the excuse to have another ten minute panel discussion?

The Pulse: House Passes Health Care Reform

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Last night, the House of Representatives passed comprehensive health care reform after more than a yea...

How Does a Bill Become a Law? Scandals Required.

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

Would we today have laws on drug safety, auto safety, campaign finance ceilings without Sherri Finkbein, GM's detective tailing Ralph Nader, Watergate and Goldman Sachs? Are scandals to Congress what oxygen is to life?

The Filibuster and Its Consequences

Sen. Robert Byrd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Robert Byrd

A true filibuster is a fight, not a threat or a bluff. For most of the Senate's history, Senators motivated to extend debate had to hold the floor as long as they were physically able.

Do We Need to Break up California to Fix Democracy?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

The fact is the federal government isn't "broken" because of the filibuster rules. It's broken because of its two Senators per State structure, regardless of population, that is built into the U.S. Constitution.

Procedurally Correct: The House Can Decide How to Enact Health Reform

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Is it fair for the House to attempt to circumvent the filibuster by joining two pieces of legislation? Yes. Although the filibuster is part of current Senate rules it has not always been.

Unprecedented and Inexcusable Obstructionism

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

How does a small group of Republican Senators manage to hold up the confirmation process? They continually refuse to vote on nominations, force cloture votes, and place anonymous holds on nominees.

Environmental Groups: Stop the Push for Global Warming Legislation

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Kieschnick

This is a terrible political climate to insist that there must be a vote on climate change legislation. Anything that could get a supermajority would be a terrible bill.

Kagan Filibuster Unlikely

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are unlikely to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, but they do plan to pepper her with tough question...

GOP Tactics: They've Got a Lot of...Resolve

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

We, Senate Republicans, declare in this, the year of our Lord 2010. The American people have called on us to lay down our glass shards and nails. This we shall do, with consciences clear.

Abolish the Filibuster

Craig Barnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Barnes

It generally happens in world history that change comes to rural areas later than it comes to cities and that, no matter where you are on the plane...

The Will to Fix Senate Rules

Sen. Tom Udall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Tom Udall

The continued abuse of Senate rules is the kind of business-as-usual Washington politics that so frustrates the American people. Our rules are broken and we need to fix them, and I have offered a simple proposal -- the Constitutional Option.

System Corrections

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Sometimes we can find laughs in obscure places. An example would be the "Corrections" section of a newspaper, particularly one of those high and migh...

Chuck Schumer: Filibuster Rules Hearings Are Coming Soon

Roll Call | John Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Rules and Administration Chairman Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is planning a series of hearings on changes to the chamber's filibuster rules in res...

It Only Cost $31,000? Really?

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

There are few more vicious participants in the economy than the so-called "pay day lenders" -- those storefront practitioners of loan sharking that prey on the working poor.

The New Strategy for Jobs (Slow and Steady)

Cynthia Gordy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cynthia Gordy

When I interviewed Congresswoman Barbara Lee about health care last week, we also talked about the jobs bill the House voted on that same day. The bil...

Michael Bennet's

Politico | LISA LERER & MANU RAJU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

One vote shy of 60, frustrated Democrats are talking about changing Senate rules to make it easier for them to overcome Republican filibusters. It'...