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Filibuster

  1. congress
    Mitch McConnell Prefers Calamitous Debt Default to Helping DemocratsDemocrats helped McConnell raise the debt limit during the last administration, but he insists Republicans aren’t going to return the favor.
  2. voting rights
    What Would the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act Actually Do?The legislation, which just passed the House again, would slow down state voter-suppression measures. But it is opposed by nearly all Republicans.
  3. democrats
    If Democrats Don’t Exploit This Trifecta, Another Could Be Far AwayDemocrats will probably lose their governing trifecta in 2022, and it won’t get easier in 2024 or 2026. Historically, they don’t come along often.
  4. the national interest
    Why Mitch McConnell Is Giving Joe Biden a Bipartisan Infrastructure WinI thought Republicans would kill it. Here’s what I got wrong.
  5. voting rights
    Democrats Can’t Out-Organize a Gerrymander — or Outflank Joe ManchinVoting-rights advocates shouldn’t expect Biden to do the impossible in Congress, while Biden should understand there are laws you cannot out-organize.
  6. voting rights
    Kamala Harris Unveils Another Fallback Strategy for Voting RightsGetting voters to the polls despite hostile state laws is a valuable Plan B for voting rights, not a mere a gesture after failure in Congress.
  7. infrastructure
    ‘We Have a Deal’: Biden Endorses Senators’ Bipartisan Infrastructure PlanThe deal can only hang together if Democrats, including Joe Manchin, can unite around a reconciliation bill to enact the rest of Biden’s agenda.
  8. the national interest
    Dianne Feinstein’s Confused Nostalgia for the FilibusterThe system worked in the old days, before the filibuster was routine.
  9. the national interest
    Kyrsten Sinema’s Filibuster Defense Is Factually UntrueModerate senator loves the supermajority requirement, doesn’t understand how it works.
  10. the national interest
    Is This the Dumbest Filibuster Defense Ever Written?I cannot believe this column was published in a national newspaper.
  11. politics
    Manchin Says He’ll Oppose For the People ActDemocrats’ would-be landmark voting-rights legislation now officially appears to be dead on arrival.
  12. the national interest
    The Fake History of the Filibuster Won’t DieSenators keep repeating the made-up origin story for their peculiar rule.
  13. the national interest
    The Crazy New Republican Argument That the Filibuster Helped Civil RightsSomehow, delaying civil-rights laws for 50 years was helpful.
  14. politics
    Manchin Closes Door on Gutting the Filibuster, But It Gets WorseDemocrats have a West Virginia shaped thorn in their sides.
  15. voting rights
    Will Joe Manchin Save Voting Rights?Manchin’s state is afoul of many provisions of the For the People Act. A more modest bill might help convince him to support a filibuster exception.
  16. filibuster
    Trump Flip-Flops on the FilibusterTrump often said the filibuster was killing the Republican Party. Now, he says keeping it is the key to the party’s survival.
  17. politics
    Could the Atlanta Spa Shootings Break Congress’s Gun-Control Impasse?The Georgia killings add fresh urgency to two gun bills that just passed in the House, but the GOP Senate filibuster still stands in the way.
  18. the national interest
    Republicans: End the Filibuster, and We’ll Punish America by Enacting Our AgendaMitch McConnell’s strangest defense of the supermajority rule.
  19. the national interest
    Joe Manchin Says He Might Reform the Filibuster and Save American DemocracyDeciphering the most important policy statement of the year.
  20. the national interest
    How Never Trumpers Are Becoming Pro-Democracy RepublicansRepublicans who left the party over Trump are staying away over authoritarianism.
  21. politics
    Republican Senators Haven’t Represented a Majority of Voters Since 1996The anti-majoritarian nature of the Senate has helped Republicans block progress for many years.
  22. politics
    What the Filibuster Has Cost AmericaThe damage has been massive, and it’s past time for reform.
  23. u.s. senate
    Democrats Take Control After Striking Power-Sharing DealBoth Democrats and Republicans can claim a tactical win in the maneuvering over the filibuster.
  24. voting rights
    Why Democrats Must Keep the Filibuster From Killing Voting RightsWith red states racing to further restrict voting, some limited filibuster reform to allow voting-rights legislation to be passed is now essential.
  25. filibuster
    The Defining Battle of Biden’s Presidency Is Already Raging in the SenateMitch McConnell’s push for Democrats to rule out filibuster abolition — and thus, most of their policy goals — has triggered a standoff.
  26. president trump
    We’re Lucky the Trump Presidency Wasn’t WorseElecting an authoritarian reality star brought us mass death and insurrection. But it’s also left us with a fighting chance to fortify our democracy.
  27. vision 2020
    Biden Had One Job and He Did ItBiden took advantage of all Trump’s self-inflicted political wounds and now looks to be a necessary if limited transitional president.
  28. vision 2020
    Democrats Are Moving Fast on the Filibuster. Joe Biden Isn’t Yet.Nearly everything the party wants to achieve probably hinges on a procedural step their candidate may refuse to take.
  29. police reform
    Senate Democrats Stall Republican Police-Reform Bill to Force NegotiationsBipartisan negotiations will have to occur unless both parties are satisfied with their positions on this subject going into November.
  30. vision 2020
    If He Wants to Save the Country, Biden Needs to Understand Obama’s FailuresIf he wins, Biden will face challenges more daunting than those Obama faced, and failed to vanquish, in 2009. He’ll need to aim higher.
  31. vision 2020
    Elizabeth Warren’s One-Two Punch for Conquering WashingtonThe policy-oriented senator has at least a good start on a plan for enacting her plans.
  32. vision 2020
    Bernie’s Plan to Thwart the Filibuster Is Needlessly ComplicatedAt the debate, Sanders described a dubious strategy for circumventing the filibuster, borrowed from Ted Cruz. Warren has a simpler idea: abolish it.
  33. filibuster
    Today’s Republicans Use the Filibuster Just Like the Segregationists DidUntil Democrats show the moral outrage that overcame filibusters against civil rights, you can forget about gun, climate change, or immigration bills.
  34. the national interest
    McConnell Recruiting Senate Democrats to Destroy the Next Democratic PresidencyMcConnell says Senate Democrats should let him filibuster everything.
  35. vision 2020
    Is Beating Trump the Best Democrats Can Hope to Achieve in 2020?Maybe electability is the only candidate quality that matters if Democrats can’t figure out a way to enact their agenda.
  36. budget deal
    Trump, Pelosi Reach Budget/Debt Limit DealYes, the deal is a hamburger job that doesn’t satisfy anyone’s appetites, but that’s the price you pay for divided government.
  37. vision 2020
    Do Democratic Candidates Have a Plan B in Case the GOP Holds the Senate?Other than Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic candidates are a bit short on plans to cope with a Senate that blocks all their bold and progressive ideas.
  38. the national interest
    Bernie Sanders’s Love of the Filibuster Is His Craziest PositionFor some reason he wants to keep rules that would make his agenda totally impossible forever.
  39. vision 2020
    Without a Plausible ‘Theory of Change,’ Progressive Ideas Are Just FantasiesTurns out the last Democratic president didn’t have a durable idea of how to overcome Republican obstruction. The next better get one.
  40. vision 2020
    Why a Second Loss to Trump Would Be an Existential Crisis for DemocratsHellscape 2021.
  41. vision 2020
    Obama’s Call for Bipartisanship Failed. Why Do 2020 Dems Think They’ll Succeed?Candidates like Bernie Sanders seem to think they’ll get Republicans to go along with their agenda, though Obama couldn’t. They’ll need a plan B.
  42. filibuster
    Democrats Should Trust Democracy and Resolve to Kill the FilibusterA lot of Democratic senators running for president won’t challenge the filibuster. That’s a problem for Democrats.
  43. vision 2020
    The Democrats’ Irrational Love of the Filibuster Could Doom Their AgendaThe Senate’s supermajority requirement for all legislation is a gift to conservatism. And progressives are promising to maintain it forever.
  44. government shutdown
    Democrats Say They’ll Shut Down the Senate Until It Reopens the GovernmentTrump’s got his “national emergency” alternative, but Democrats could stop regular Senate business until the chamber deals with the shutdown.
  45. the national interest
    Trump Wants to End the Filibuster. He’s Right.The Senate rules make no sense.
  46. the national interest
    Senator Dick Durbin Wishes Trump Could Appoint Even More JudgesDemocrats believe things would be better if they had allowed Republicans to keep more judicial vacancies for Trump to fill.
  47. Senate Clears Farm Bill, Setting Up Fight With House GOP Over SNAPDonald Trump is the tiebreaker, and while he’s demagogued about SNAP work requirements, he’s not threatening a veto if they are missing.
  48. A Red State Finally Rejects an Abortion BanIn South Carolina a Democratic legislator mockingly asks Republicans to pass a total abortion ban they know to be unconstitutional. They nearly did.
  49. Congress to Vote on 2,232-Page Spending Bill Before Ink Is DryMore than halfway through fiscal year 2018, Congress still can’t fund the federal government in an orderly and timely manner.
  50. Pelosi’s ‘DACA-buster’ Speech Likely a Record-Setter for the HousePelosi can’t stop a spending deal that excludes DACA. But she can talk about it.
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