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Strom Thurmond
If Senators want to talk it to death, they should have to open their mouths [Commentary]

Lately I've been fascinated, like many other folks who pay attention to national politics, by the wranglings in the U.S. Senate relating to blocking legislation via something called a filibuster. My trusty Concise Columbia Encyclopedia, which started out as a single volume but whose red cover is tattered and now consists of two packets of pages, notes that the filibuster in modern times makes reference to delay tactics used in a legislative body to keep a particular bit of legislation from coming up for a vote. Curiously, my handy-dandy two volume set that was once a single volume, gives the following bit of insight into the origins of the term as it applies to modern politics:...