Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with reporters, July 30, 2020.
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How an uncharismatic Kentucky lawyer came to rule the Senate and remake the federal judiciary from top to bottom.
The filibuster is like a stoplight that’s always red.
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Sen. Warren said the filibuster stands in the way of gun reform. It does, and so much more.
Just a little obstruction at the Senate.
Republicans were able to push through a tax plan and a flurry of judicial nominees after the Senate curtailed use of the filibuster. It's time to go all the way.
Colombians look on as House of Representatives prepares to vote on transitional justice framework after 10 months of delays.
Conservative congressional reps in Colombia have been stalling votes on key parts of the country's peace accords through endless petitions and nonstop debate. In short, they're filibustering.
‘Candidate’ has its roots in the word ‘candid’, to be frank. It’s hard not to believe that we’ve strayed a little from those noble aspirations.
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Many of the most commonly used election terms have a long linguistic history, stretching from ancient Rome to modern-day America and Australia.
‘As president, I will repeal every word of Obamacare,’ Ted Cruz proclaimed during the Feburary 25 GOP debate.
The leading GOP candidates all claim one of their top priorities will be to repeal Obamacare. An architect of the original law outlines the thorny – but plausible – path to repeal.
President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress in 2009
When Republicans took over Congress, many observers predicted a goodbye to gridlock. Not so fast, however. Politicians say they hate filibusters -- until they want to use them.
Harry Reid, the man behind the “nuclear option.”
Nearly a year ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the trigger on a parliamentary maneuver many have labeled the “nuclear option.” Democrats were able to change the way Senate Rule XXII, which…
Barack Obama has signed into law all but two of the bills to come before him, but is likely to use his power of presidential veto more often in the final two years of his term.
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Perhaps no sentiment better defines the American political psyche than distrust of government. It prompted the constitutional framers 226 years ago to create a system of national government that separates…