Democratic Senators Pushing For New Iran Sanctions Despite Deal

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 6:44 am

Despite the securing of a short term deal by the White House to with Iran, some Senators remain on the war path. None more so than Senator Chuck Schumer of New York who gave a bellicose speech on Sunday night pledging more sanctions for Iran and to defeat the Arab world and Palestinians. “Democrats and [...]


Filibuster Could Be Gone Permanently

By: Friday November 22, 2013 6:40 am

Yesterday Senate Democrats, under the leadership of Majority Leader Harry Reid, voted to junk the filibuster and approve President Obama’s judicial nominees by a simple 51 majority vote – the so-called “nuclear option.” While the move was in theory limited to judges – excluding Supreme Court nominees and bills – the cultural shift may be permanent.

Late Night: Fission for Compliments

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 8:00 pm

Harry Reid’s belated decision to eliminate (sorta) the filibuster today has rendered the lefty blogosphere and progressive talk radio all aflutter about how his move was so brave and wonderful, which is undoubtedly true as far as it goes.  But as Jon Walker aptly pointed out here earlier today, the swiftness and ease with which this supposedly “historic” move was made can only remind us that it was four years too late.

Filibuster Just Got Nuked

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 10:04 am

History was just made in the United States’ Senate. Democrats used the so-called nuclear option to stop a filibuster on a judicial nominee. It was in response to Republicans declaring they would filibuster any Obama nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals regardless of merit, so its conservative leanings would never change. The change was supported 52-48.

Harry Reid Says No ‘Grand Bargain’ Coming, Van Hollen Remains Open

By: Friday October 25, 2013 7:35 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, speaking on Nevada Public Radio, let it be known that there is not going to be a “Grand Bargain”. While the Senate bill that ended the shutdown seemed to open the door for a deal that would cut Social Security and Medicare, Reid was adamant that was not going to be the case.

It’s Time to Stop Digging

By: Friday October 18, 2013 3:45 pm

Well, the Republican Congressional Arson Committee was out-voted Wednesday and the government shutdown has ended and the debt ceiling has been raised. At least for a few months. Now come the analyses striving to set the Conventional Wisdom.

Late Night: Why DIDN’T You Shut Down the Government Over the War?

By: Monday October 7, 2013 8:00 pm

Would that we had a party that would fight that hard over an illegal war of choice that turned out to be based entirely on bullshit. Would that we actually had a party that stood in genuine and strident opposition to KILLING FOR NO REASON, that was willing to put its own ass on the line for an outcome rooted not in racism, greed and vanity but in genuine interest in the national welfare.

Reid Offers Boehner a Fig Leaf

By: Wednesday October 2, 2013 11:18 am

Senate majority leader Harry Reid has made a basically meaningless concession to Speaker John Boehner in an effort to end the government shutdown. In a letter Reid promised that if the House passed a clean continuing resolution to fund the government, he will name conferees to a budget conference.

Unions Sacrificed in Reid-McConnell Filibuster Deal

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 6:40 am

While some are trumpeting the deal reached between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on filibustered nominees, the devil is in the details. Part of the deal involved President Obama withdrawing nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, a move one union leader considers a betrayal.

Reid Gets Tentative Deal to Avoid Using the Nuclear Option

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 9:25 am

Once again after spending weeks threatening to fix the Senate’s insane rules it looks like Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will back down after a last minute deal. Instead of simply using the nuclear option to eliminate the filibuster on executive branch nominees and approving seven stalled nominees, Reid has tentatively agreed to a complex face saving move to get most of what he wanted.

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