Mitch McConnell froze at a lectern in July 2023 and again more recently in August.
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In the wake of two public episodes of Mitch McConnell appearing to ‘freeze,’ a longtime Kentucky journalist explains how an uncharismatic Kentucky lawyer came to rule the Senate.
The U.S. Supreme Court is seen behind security fencing on June 28, 2022.
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The combination of crumbling democratic norms in the U.S. Supreme Court appointments process and an ideological court out of step with mainstream America raises questions of how it could be reformed.
Bills have a long journey that includes going through the parliamentarian’s office in the Senate. Here, a corridor in the Senate.
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The Senate has a lot of rules, and its parliamentarian interprets what those rules allow – and what they don’t. That can mean a bill will face either huge obstacles, or very few obstacles to passage.
Political pressure is focusing on the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Many states have found ways to remove partisan politics from their court systems.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, launches a filibuster in 2016.
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The US system was designed with more checks and balances than many other successful democracies – the filibuster’s main function is to give undue power to a vocal minority.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats meet with reporters before the House voted to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package on Feb. 26, 2021.
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In 1974, Congress invented the reconciliation process to reduce deficits. More recently, reconciliation has been used in ways that increase the deficit. A public policy scholar explains the process.
Joe Biden at a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware, in January.
Endless filibustering has paralysed the US Senate, and with it all of Congress. Will this form of obstructionism be one of the main challenges facing Biden, as some Democrats fear?
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris meet Feb. 1 with Republican lawmakers, including Sens. Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, to discuss a coronavirus relief package.
Politicians say they want it, but how often, and under what circumstances, does bipartisanship really happen?
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.
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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…