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I'm Strongly (For) (Against) Filibusters

Richard Brodsky | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

What Senate Republicans have done is to intentionally turn the filibuster into a tool to stop the function of government. Put aside that the filibusters are fake. Mitch McConnell and his Tea Party caucus figured out that the filibuster can be used to shut down disfavored government agencies.

Senate Ends Filibuster On Obama Nominee

AP | Alan Fram | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

BY ALAN FRAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The Senate has voted narrowly to end a filibuster against President Barack Obama's nominee to hea...

Dave Jamieson

Ousted Obama Nominee To Land Safely | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After losing his nomination to the National Labor Relations Board this week as part of the Senate filibuster deal, Richard Griffin is ex...

A Law Was Passed a Distant Moon Ago Here...

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Mind you, this is only one small action, and I don't expect it to manifest itself in Republicans in the Senate starting to act for the good of the nation and not just blocking everything unanimously that the president proposes, just because the president proposed it.

The "Filibuster" Fight Was Really About Our Core Values -- And It's Not Over

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This week's battle should be a learning moment for the American people. Who'll have the courage and honesty to tell them the truth? Who will lead the battle to restore American democracy?

Obama Praises Senate Deal On Filibuster

AP | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has welcomed a Senate agreement that dislodges long-stalled administration nominees. Obama says his choices ...

Why the Senate Filibuster Should Be Abolished Entirely

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The whole idea of democracy is government by the people, of the people, and for the people, so why is it that anything but the votes of the people are allowed to decide political measures?

The Filibuster: No More Half-steps, Please!

Dale Eisman | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Dale Eisman

Tuesday is shaping up as D-Day in the Senate's battle over the filibuster, with Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Mitch McConnell squaring off in a conflict that most Americans are ignoring but which has important implications for our government.

Michael McAuliff

Senators Reach Tentative Agreement In Filibuster Showdown | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate began stepping back from the "nuclear" brink Tuesday as leaders were said to be close to cutting a deal to approve seven of P...

Reid's Nuclear Disarmament Meeting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
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.

If You Want to Breathe Clean Air, Senate Reform and Democracy Matter

Philip Radford | Posted 09.14.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

Grinding the federal government to a halt by abusing the filibuster is just one of the strategies that a handful of fossil fuel companies are using to undermine our democracy to keep their near-monopoly status in politics.

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid Ready For Filibuster Reform: 'It's Time For Course Correction' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his toughest talk yet on the matter, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Monday that a change to Senate filibuster ru...

How the GOP Hopes to Take Away Americans' Right to Collective Bargaining

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

By standing up to Republican abuse of rules in the Senate, Democrats will be standing up to the economic abuse inflicted on most Americans by a tiny minority of unelected, wealthy speculators and CEOs who think they are entitled to be "masters of the universe."

Half-Baked Filibuster Reform: Democrats Poised to Screw It Up, Again

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Half-measures hand power to the opponents: They make the positive impacts of law or procedural change murkier, but stir opponents to action nonetheless.

Reid, McConnell Spar Over Filibuster

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Proposed changes to Senate rules would either ease the way for President Barack Obama to assemble his second-term team or permanent...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Vows Payback In Filibuster Showdown | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared Thursday that he intended to push ahead with a "nuclear option" rules change in...

Dave Jamieson

GOP's Preposterous Offer To Democrats On Blocked Nominees | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate is locked in a filibuster fight that GOP leaders claim could ultimately destroy the chamber. At the center of this showdown s...

Friday Talking Points -- Drop The Nuke, Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Go ahead and drop that nuke, Harry! Start approving President Obama's nominees, as the Constitution says you are supposed to. Republicans will be Republicans no matter what you do, and you've already been suckered twice by "handshake agreements" that they won't.

The Future of the Senate

Carl Pope | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Carl Pope

The history of how the filibuster has been used in American history shows it to be a tool heavily weighted towards reactionary minorities, short-sighted isolationists, and those who oppose a strong national government.

Reid To Address Nuclear Option With Senate Dems

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will meet with his Democratic caucus on Thursday to decide how hard they will press for filib...

Where Are the Voices of Republican Senators Who Still Care About Democratic Institutions?

Robert Reich | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Harry Reid may now be able to summon 51 votes to abolish the filibuster, at least for cabinet officials and other high-level policy makers. But that shouldn't be considered a victory. It's a sad commentary on where we've come to.

Filibuster Fix

Jonathan Richards | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Give Us a Senate That Works

Dale Eisman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Dale Eisman

Virtually every Obama nominee at every level has been judged qualified by a majority of senators, including Republicans, but dozens have been denied a vote because a single senator or small group decided to exploit the rules and use a filibuster threat to block them.

Michael McAuliff

Reid Tees Up Filibuster Fight | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Tuesday that his Democratic caucus members are becoming so frustrated with Republica...

Senate Showdown Coming on Consumer Protection

Preeti Vissa | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Consumer protection should not be a partisan issue. No party or political ideology that I'm aware of endorses consumers being ripped off.