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A Nuclear End to Denial

With their dramatic decision, Senate Democrats have frankly acknowledged that the power struggle over the judiciary has reached a crisis point and that the nature of conservative opposition to President Obama is genuinely without precedent.

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The Fili-Baster

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Mr. Nice Guy

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Nuclear Option

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Big Mean Democrats

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Democrats Finally Off the Filibuster on Executive Nominees

Republicans filibustering seemingly every second to obstruct the Obama administration’s agenda has gotten under Democrats’ skin at last. Thursday, after being dared by the GOP to go nuclear, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the plug on filibustering, allowing presidential nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote for the remainder of this Congress.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Countdown to Shutdown, Ted Cruz and Friendly Iran

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Senate’s bill to restore funding for Obama’s health care law and avert a government shutdown, what will happen when Obamacare goes into effect and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s “sort-of filibuster.” Also, the cooling of tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

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Filibuster Fanboy

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Thawing the Senate’s ‘Deep Freeze’

For all the railing against dysfunction in the nation’s capital, very little had actually happened to overcome it—until this week. That’s why the agreement to begin putting an end to Senate filibusters of presidential nominees is a very big deal. It is an acknowledgement that the only way to stop political bullying is to confront the bully.

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Where Are the Voices of GOP Senators Who Still Care About Democratic Institutions?

Before January 2009, the filibuster was used only for measures and nominations on which the minority party in the Senate had their strongest objections. Since then, Senate Republicans have filibustered almost everything, betting that voters will blame Democrats for the dysfunction in Congress as much as they blame the GOP.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Texas Sen. Wendy Davis

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became a hero to hundreds of thousands of Americans when she stood up for women and against their political opponents in an 11-hour filibuster Tuesday.

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Wendy Davis Filibuster: Bullshit Called on Texas Republicans (Video)

After Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst stopped the Democratic state senator two hours short of her attempted 13-hour filibuster of a strict anti-abortion bill, pandemonium erupted in the gallery.

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Wendy Davis Mounting 13-Hour Filibuster Against Abortion Bill

The Democratic Texas state senator is single-handedly trying to block an extreme anti-abortion bill being pushed by Republicans that would significantly reduce access to the procedure and ban it outright after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the U.S.’ second most populous state. (UPDATED)

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A Time for Harry Reid’s Backbone

Don’t be sidetracked Wednesday with the news of Michele Bachmann’s decision not to run again. That’s small potatoes relative to the biggest political and economic issue—and showdown—emerging in Congress.

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Hostage Situation

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Rand Paul Weighs In on Drug Punishments, LaPierre Blasts ‘Insane’ Bloomberg, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Ted Cruz’s attempt to repeal Obamacare and why the debate on gay marriage may be over even before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a pair of cases on the issue this week.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Rand Paul

The confirmation of John Brennan, the man tapped by President Obama to head the Central Intelligence Agency, appeared to be a slam dunk. That is, until Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor to begin a lengthy filibuster of Brennan’s nomination that served as a scathing indictment of the Obama administration’s targeted killings policy.

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Rand Paul Filibuster

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Rand Paul’s Filibuster Win, Bill O’Reilly Apologizes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new poll reveals the early favorite for the 2016 presidential race and a possible culprit is named in Los Angelenos’ apathy toward this week’s mayoral election. 

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Jon Stewart Praises Rand Paul’s Filibuster of Brennan Nomination

On “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night, host Jon Stewart applauded the efforts of Sen. Rand Paul’s epic “old-school style” filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Rand Paul Filibusters John Brennan’s CIA Nomination

Telling his colleagues he would “speak until I can no longer speak,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to mount an old-school filibuster of John Brennan, President Obama’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Senate Confirms Hagel, GOP Lawmaker Says Cheney Going to Hell, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Chris Christie being omitted from a major conservative event and Stephen Colbert breaks character to make his first political endorsement.

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Hagel Nomination Stalled

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German Spies’ Sex for Secrets Replaced by Free Love

The location of a former training camp where Stasi operatives were taught to retrieve secrets through sex now houses a free-love commune; filibuster reform was blocked and now, for the first time in history, a secretary of defense nomination has been filibustered; meanwhile, Al-Jazeera has been accused of developing a political agenda since the Arab Spring. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Hagel Attack

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Republicans Block Hagel, Stewart Ridicules Rubio, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the retirement announcement of a longtime U.S. senator and a tea party group comes under fire after details of a Hillary Clinton “sex tape” emerge.

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Budget Report Proves Krugman Right, Coulter Says ‘Screw You’ to Obama, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Republican flip-flop on immigration reform and Chris Christie pokes fun at himself on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

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Lawmakers Seek to Legalize Pot, Trump Sues Maher, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the government’s pending legal action against S&P and Joe Scarborough becomes the latest conservative to smack down the NRA.

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Eliminating the Silent Filibuster

There was just one filibuster in the six years that Lyndon Johnson served as Senate majority leader in the late 1950s. In Harry Reid’s tenure, the stalling tactic has been used almost 400 times, Larry Cohen, a leader of the Democracy Initiative, told Bill Moyers on the latest edition of “Moyers & Company.”

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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

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Race to Fix the System

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Filibuster Reform

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Rand Paul Talks Marijuana Legalization, O’Reilly-Stewart Feud Heats Up, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how federal authorities could soon have warrantless access to your private emails, and the latest ridiculous venture from the conservative who brought us “Unskewed Polls.”

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Nancy Pelosi’s Outrage, Nate Silver’s Next Step, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Barney Frank and Ron Paul’s request about new marijuana laws and a look at the most bizarre post-election freak outs of 2012. 

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‘Colbert Report’: Sanders v. Citizens United

The thrilling showdown that was the Iowa caucus race wasn’t the only hot political action that went down on Tuesday. It’d be a shame if those eight precious Romney-friendly votes overshadowed this important appearance of Sen. Bernie Sanders on that evening’s edition of “The Colbert Report.”

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‘Daily Show’: Bernie Sanders, No Chaser

Yes, Wednesday night’s “Daily Show” skewering of the Trump vs. Obama birtherversy was funny. You can watch it here. We’d rather focus on a more substantial segment from that show, featuring straight-shooting Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Filibuster This Plan

Liberal activists are demanding filibuster reform—now. They should be careful what they wish for.

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Dream Act Is Dead for This Year

The U.S. Senate has failed us again. On a 55-41 vote, the proposed Dream Act, an immigration reform measure aimed at paving the way to citizenship for undocumented students who attend college, has effectively been killed for this year.

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Tax Cut Bills Run Into a Buzz Saw

Republicans stood fast in the Senate to shoot down two attempts by Democrats to extend tax cuts for the middle class and let rates rise for wealthier taxpayers. Said one Democrat after the votes: “This is the ultimate game of chicken.” 

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Tax Cut Extension Survives House Vote, Boehner’s Ire

According to a clearly disapproving Rep. John Boehner, the House of Representatives’ vote Thursday in favor of keeping tax cuts for people earning less than $250,000 a year was tantamount to “chicken crap.”

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Filibuster May Thwart ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

President Obama should make a mental note that whatever he announces that he’s going to do by a certain point in time is also duly noted by his opponents. For example, his mention of finally reversing the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy ... (continued)

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4.5 Steps to Building a Better Filibuster

My approach on the filibuster is the same as Bill Clinton’s on affirmative action: mend it, don’t end it. Here are four and a half steps to a better filibuster.

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Sen. Bunning Stalls Jobless Benefits Bill

Sen. Jim Bunning was not a popular man among his Democratic colleagues this week. The Kentucky Republican, apparently so concerned about the federal budget deficit that he thought it unwise to allow the passage of legislation extending unemployment and health care help to jobless Americans, enacted a “one-man filibuster,” as the Los Angeles Times put it, and didn’t budge on Friday.

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In Defense of the Filibuster

This won’t comfort Democrats mourning the loss of their filibuster-proof majority, but the existence of the filibuster is, on balance, a good thing.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Dodd Confirms Retirement Rumors

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd announced Wednesday that he won’t seek re-election this November, making him the third high-profile Democrat to talk retirement in just one 24-hour news cycle. Despite Democrats’ worries about the 2010 elections, Dodd’s potential replacement from his party may have a fighting chance to score his Senate seat.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


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GOP Fails in Bid to Filibuster Military Spending Bill in Senate

If it wasn’t crystal clear before that Senate Republicans will stop at nothing to make sure their Democratic rivals don’t pass a health care reform bill by Christmas, or anytime, it should be now. On Friday, GOP senators attempted, unsuccessfully, to filibuster a huge military spending bill that needed to be passed before midnight ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE



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Lieberman Looms Large in Senate Health Debate

If it didn’t look like Senate Democrats were going to face some serious obstacles in passing health care reform legislation, Sen. Joe Lieberman is poised and ready to remind them, as he proved this past weekend with his ongoing rumblings to the press about joining the apparently inevitable Republican filibuster. Sen. Harry Reid and his cohort have their work cut out for them.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE


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