By Associated Press | 11/23/13 11:28 AM
As Democrats watched Senate Republicans use filibuster powers to thwart more and more of President Barack Obama's agenda and nominees, they wondered how much worse it could get.
By Timothy P. Carney | 11/22/13 06:30 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s recent decision to scrap the filibuster is the culmination of a long escalation of partisan tensions in Washington. You could place the origin of this war where you like: Ted Kennedy’s smearing of Robert Bork, Mitch McConnell’s expanded use of...
By Michael E. Baroody | 11/22/13 06:13 PM
Health care may not end up being President Obama's biggest failure after all. And his oft-repeated "if you like it you can keep it" pledge about health care plans may not turn out to be his most consequential broken promise. Each may be far outdone by the fact that he is disillusioning a...
By Charlie Spiering | 11/22/13 08:34 AM
The New York Times editorial Friday praises Senate Democrats for ending the Senate filibuster on Thursday, but that wasn't the case when Republicans considered the idea in 2005.
By Editorial Writer | 11/21/13 05:38 PM
Transcendentalist poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid must have a very big mind indeed. Otherwise, how to explain the fact that Reid made both of the...
By Sean Higgins | 11/21/13 05:21 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's, D-Nev., action to end the Senate filibuster may not only help speed President Obama's judicial and executive branch nominations through Congress, it may also take much of the drama out of one of the Supreme Court's most anticipated cases, Noel Canning v....
By Joel Gehrke | 11/21/13 05:01 PM
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., excoriated his fellow partisans for breaking with Senate tradition to change the rules regarding filibusters, a move he said threatens "the hard-won protections and benefits for our people's health and welfare." Democrats voted to change the Senate rules by a simple...
By Sean Higgins | 11/21/13 04:27 PM
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka applauded Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's action to end the filibuster for judicial and executive branch nominations. Big Labor had pushed hard to change the filibuster, which they saw as preventing union-friendly appointees. In a statement to reporters,...
By Philip Klein | 11/21/13 03:39 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Thursday move to weaken the filibuster is supposed to be limited to federal judicial appointments and executive nominations rather than Supreme Court appointments or actual legislation.
By Meghashyam Mali | 11/21/13 03:24 PM
President Obama on Thursday backed the Senate's decision to trigger the “nuclear option” and change its filibuster rules, saying it was necessary to stop the Republican Party's “pattern of obstruction.” “I support the step a majority of senators took to change the way Washington is...
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