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  • Rand Paul's filibuster worked

    Rand Paul's filibuster worked
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul got a lot of attention Wednesday for mounting an honest-to-God filibuster of President Barack Obama's nominee for CIA director, John Brennan. The nation's political class marveled at his real-life Mr. Smith act, the funny stuff his fellow senators said as they took their turns in support — Sen. Marco Rubio, for example, referenced Jay-Z, Wiz Khalifa and "The Godfather" — and the reason he stopped 11 hours short of Strom Thurmond's filibuster record (it seems the late South Carolina senator was, if not stronger in his convictions, at least stronger in his bladder).
  • 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...

    A new twist to an intriguing family history

    Many people know that Democratic presidential candidate 's father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas. But an intriguing sliver of his family history has received almost no attention until now: It appears that forebears of his white mother owned...

    Plain talk from GOP senator

    WASHINGTON -- Twenty years ago, a young military lawyer defending an Air Force pilot on a drug charge landed himself on 60 Minutes, exposing widespread flaws in the Air Force drug-testing system that led to an overhaul of the program. Today, the same...

    CBS News appoints 2 to conduct outside review of report on Bush

    CBS News appointed a former U.S. attorney general and a retired chief executive of the Associated Press yesterday to investigate how a botched story about President Bush's military record was researched and approved for broadcast. Network executives...