Filibuster

Republicans Have a Choice: Their Donors, Their Right-Wingers, or a Government Shutdown
June 27, 2014

There's almost no chance anyone will shut down government over the Export-Import bank, but if it happens, it will be John Boehner who does it.

The Supreme Court's Recess Appointment Ruling Should Petrify Democrats
June 26, 2014

Thanks Supreme Court: If Dems lose the Senate in November, Obama will have a hard time confirming anyone.

The Filibuster Does Not Protect Minority Interests
And other reasons to reject supermajority requirements
January 14, 2014

The filibuster is worse than you thought. 

GOP: Ending Filibusters Is Unconstitutional and Un-American—and We'll Do it, Too
November 22, 2013

Republicans are so outraged by the Democrats' use of the "nuclear option," they're threatening to nuke back.

Democrats Will Pay for Nuking the Filibuster. But They Would Have Paid, Anyway.
November 22, 2013

After today’s Senate vote to eliminate the use of the filibuster for presidential nominees (except for the Supreme Court), Mitch McConnell vowed revenge. Evoking the tragicomic specter of unified Republican control over government, the minority leade

Nuking the Filibuster Is Great. Sanctimonious Beltway Types Just Won't Admit It.
November 21, 2013

Stop mourning bipartisan comity, sanctimonious Beltway scolds! It died a long time before the filibuster did.

Harry Reid Should Kill the Filibuster, for Real This Time
Democrats have all the leverage. Why won't they use it?
August 06, 2013

Up until three weeks ago, Senate Republicans had gone out of their way to block Obama’s highest-profile executive-branch nominees, typically for no other reason than that the president had selected them.

Kentucky Might Finally Turn on Mitch McConnell
July 22, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been having a rough couple of weeks—ever since an emboldened Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, declared in mid-July that he was willing to use the nuclear option to stop Republican filibusters of execu

The Winners—and One Big Loser—of the Filibuster Fight
July 16, 2013

As you’ve heard or read by now, perhaps from my colleague Alec MacGillis, the big standoff over presidential nominations and the filibuster is over.

The Real Reason Why Republicans Folded on the Filibuster
July 16, 2013

The constitutional crisis du jour has been averted.

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