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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Mitch McConnell Didn’t Just Steal A Supreme Court Seat

When history gathers the men who made the presidency of Donald Trump possible, lingering in a corner behind the blinding glare of Julian Assange and the massive 6’8” frame of James Comey will be Mitch McConnell, his corners mouth shaped into a smile that resembles a twisted mustache. McConnell will want you to believe that history […]

April 10, 2017
danziger on the nuclear option

Danziger: They Bombed The Senate To Save It

Like everyone else who isn’t a politician, Danziger is bemused by the Senate Republicans’ decision to further curtail the traditional filibuster — the “nuclear option” they piously profess to regret, because it will permanently diminish the institution. But extreme partisanship now trumps any such truly conservative qualms.

April 6, 2017
Gorsuch filibuster

Senate Democrats Amass Support For Gorsuch Filibuster

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on Monday amassed enough support to block a U.S. Senate confirmation vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, but Republicans vowed to change the Senate rules to ensure the conservative judge gets the lifetime job. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines to send Gorsuch’s […]

April 3, 2017
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It’s Time For Outrageous Obstruction Against Gorsuch

Republicans have spent decades weaponizing the Supreme Court as a political tool and are on the brink of a payoff that Trump’s creditors never could have imagined. But they also did something dangerous: They proved there is no price for creative obstruction. Democrats need to understand they have the people on their side. And to keep them there, they have to be willing to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous obstruction. Our democracy depends on it.

February 3, 2017
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5 Reasons The GOP Needs To Be Punished For Trump

How could a party that gave us a sober-minded guy who looks like he escaped from a razor commercial be blamed for the sudden rise and imminent fall of a brutally bombastic bigot?

October 23, 2016
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) (center L) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) (center R) depart the Senate floor directly after ending a 14-hour filibuster in the hopes of pressuring the U.S. Senate to action on gun control measures, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

More Than A Moment of Silence: A Late-Night Show

Senate Democrats are showing gumption and backbone over the Orlando bloodbath, the worst mass shooting in American history. You could read their faces: No surrender until two simple gun measures are voted upon.

June 17, 2016
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) (center L) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) (center R) depart the Senate floor directly after ending a 14-hour filibuster in the hopes of pressuring the U.S. Senate to action on gun control measures, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Senate Republicans Agree To Vote On Gun Control

Republicans, who currently have a 54-person majority in the Senate, have over the years blocked gun control measures, saying they step on Americans’ right to bear arms as guaranteed under the Constitution.

June 16, 2016
Senator Chris Murphy leads Democrats filibustering for gun control

Sen. Chris Murphy Leads Democrats Filibustering For Gun Control

Murphy has been a strong advocate for gun control since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy, where 6 adults and 20 children died, in his home state of Connecticut.

June 15, 2016

Rand Paul’s Anti-NSA-Spying ‘Filibuster’ Lasts 10½ hours

Though civil libertarians heralded Paul as a hero, skeptics dismissed his move as symbolic at best, largely aimed at boosting fundraising for his nascent presidential campaign.

May 21, 2015

Paul Hopes His Opposition To Patriot Act Boosts Campaign Support

Rand Paul’s vow to fight the Patriot Act sets up a showdown with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and it’s an important moment for his campaign.

May 19, 2015
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Senate Democrats Filibuster Obama-Backed Trade Measure

Senate Democrats fight on behalf of the U.S. dollar and the middle-class by voting against Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership.

May 12, 2015
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Republican Senators Pushing To Stop Filibusters, House Member Says

Unable to pass an immigration bill, Republicans are pondering a nuclear option.

February 13, 2015

Why The Democrats Should Unilaterally Disarm And Kill The Filibuster

How giving up their biggest weapon could help Democrats win a majority that actually works.

November 10, 2014

Immigration, Taxes, Health Law On The Line In Tuesday’s Battle For Senate

Here’s exactly what is at stake in the battle for the Senate.

November 3, 2014

Senate Republicans Block Democrats’ Paycheck Fairness Bill

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — With sought-after women voters at stake, Senate Republicans blocked election-year legislation Wednesday aimed at ensuring that female workers receive equal pay for doing the same work as men. A high-profile campaign for the Paycheck Fairness Act, orchestrated by the Democratic-controlled Senate and the White House, did little to […]

April 9, 2014

Will The Senate Filibuster Be Nuked In 2015?

Over at the Monkey Cage yesterday, former Senate staffer Richard Arenberg worried that in the case of a tied Senate after the 2014 elections (with Vice President Joe Biden serving as the Democrats’ tie-breaker), the filibuster might be doomed. In this view, the Democrats would go nuclear, reorganizing the Senate to allow legislation to pass […]

February 13, 2014
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5 Ways The GOP’s Obstruction Is Unprecedented

From the night of the president’s inauguration, the GOP has plotted to deny Obama any successes.

July 12, 2013