| Mar 7, 2013
| 1:12 PM
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...
| Feb 20, 2013
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...
| Feb 13, 1999
Suspenseful it was not. And yet, when Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist called for the verdict in President Clinton's impeachment trial, he suddenly placed the weight of history on 100 sets of shoulders in the hushed Senate chamber.
"Senators, how say...
| Dec 1, 2013
Senators have long considered any change to filibuster rules to be "the nuclear option." But the recent action by Democrats to limit the use of filibusters in blocking most presidential nominations didn't go nearly far enough.
Now is the time to get rid...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 5:20 AM
The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday, Nov. 24:
Former President George W. Bush won a big, if belated, victory on Thursday when the Senate voted to eliminate the use of filibusters against most presidential...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 5:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Senate is on a path toward defeating tea party attempts to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law, despite an overnight talkathon on the chamber's floor led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
| Aug 25, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Although Bayard Rustin was one of the chief architects and organizers of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the civil rights strategist existed for years mostly on the margins of history.
But earlier this month, the White House announced that...
| Jul 3, 2013
Frederick Douglass, the most important African-American in the 19th century, was loyal to the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln's day, even when it turned disloyal to him. I wonder how he would feel about today's Grand Old Party?
"I knew that...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 12:11 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown looming, Republicans and Democrats struggled without success Monday night in marathon, closed-door talks to resolve the fate of several of President Barack Obama's stalled appointees, a dispute that threatened what...
| May 22, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Sen. Frank Lautenberg died Tuesday at age 89, the Senate’s oldest member. He had missed most Senate votes since late 2012 because of declining health -- but managed to make it into the Capitol to vote for Gina McCarthy as secretary of...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Attorney Charles J. Cooper offers a lame, confused response in the Supreme Court today to the question of, if procreation is to integral to marriage, why do we let prisoners and the elderly marry? JUSTICE BREYER: What precisely is the......
| Mar 27, 2013
| 4:25 AM
Excerpts from the arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday about California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, from a transcript released by the Supreme Court:
On whether the case should be before them (Chief Justice John Roberts and...