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Frank Capra Jr.
Ending filibuster abuse
Ending filibuster abuse

The announcement last week that South Carolina's Jim DeMint is leaving his Senate seat to run the Heritage Foundation caused some in Washington to wishfully think that perhaps the move might usher in a more congenial, if not cooperative, outlook in the U.S. Senate. But while Mr. DeMint set the gold standard for ideological purity (denouncing his own party's candidates from time to time when they failed to measure up to his tea party, ultraconservative viewpoint), there are still plenty in the GOP with the flexibility of a ramrod. The Senate's legislative logjam was well-documented long before the "fiscal cliff" approached. Democrats may hold a majority —...

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