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GOP Planning 30-Hour ‘Talkathon’ On Senate Floor

The “talkathon,” besides wasting time and taxpayer dollars, will be for the purpose of protesting the implementation of the nuclear option. The GOP protest, which could extend into the weekend, will throw a wrench in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) hopes of wrapping up legislative business for 2013 as soon as possible. Republicans will […]

 Tuesday saw long-delayed up-or-down votes on two nominees put forward by President Obama: The Senate slowly began working its way through a backlog of presidential nominees on Tuesday now that Republicans are virtually powerless to block confirmations, approving a once-stalled judge to a powerful appeals court and a new director for the agency that oversees […]

The chart above (h/t Kevin Drum) shows that filibusters of Obama nominees are in a whole other class than what came before.  And remember Obama still has three years of nominees to go. But it was Republican filibusters of judicial and executive branch nominees that finally drove Democrats to act on Thursday. Democrats had struck […]

From Ryan Cooper in the WaPo: With Democrats on the D.C. Circuit Court, the rules in the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill (both existing and ones yet to be finalized) will have a much greater chance of surviving frivolous court challenges. The success of financial regulation is crucial to the success of the Democratic Party in […]

Harry Reid Goes Nuclear

An historic Senate rule change means that jut 51 votes will be needed to approve many executive and judicial nominees. Fifty-two Senate democrats voted with Harry Reid to end the filibuster rule. Three Democrats, Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Carl Levin of Michigan, opposed the change. The rules change […]

The latest obstruction of an Obama nominee to a federal court occurred Monday afternoon: Judge Robert Wilkins has been filibustered by Senate Republicans. In a 53-38 (one voting “present”) vote Monday afternoon, the Republicans made good on their threat to refuse to allow any of President Obama’s three nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court, the […]

The statement by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is another sign that change is likely come quickly to the Senate’s archaic rules. Here’s what she said: Republicans now hold the dubious distinction of having filibustered all three women that President Obama nominated to D.C. Circuit. Now, collectively, these three women have diverse experiences in private practice, […]

UPDATE: Looks like the Senate Dems are at Defcon 2: From young newbies to the old guards, Democratic senators are clamoring for filibuster reform, and insist that a mass Republican blockade of three judges to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals may be the final straw before going nuclear. “It would mean they’ve totally gone […]

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It can be difficult to operate at full capacity when struggling with severe sleep deprivation, I know. Still, the complete lack of self-awareness that it takes for a person who just completed a 21-hour speech on the Senate floor (which accomplished nothing other than splashing his own name […]

The people who give big money to the Republican Party aren’t falling in line with Ted Cruz and are, in fact, embarrassed by him. That’s not going to help him raise the kind of money he’ll need to satisfy his political ambitions. According to several Republican sources, most of whom declined to disparage a rising […]

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