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Paul Waldman: Elizabeth Warren calls for eliminating filibuster, and some good could come of that

While people in both parties think it’s in their self-interest to retain the filibuster, each party’s self-interest is profoundly different.


Dana Milbank: Mitch McConnell undid 213 years of Senate history in 33 minutes

Mitch McConnell’s move to limit debate on presidential nominees jettisoned 213 years of U.S. Senate wisdom.


UPDATED: Sun., March 10, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee in Austin, Texas, calls on rivals to scrap filibuster

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on a campaign stop in Austin, Texas, said the U.S. Senate’s filibuster stands in the way of progress on climate change and should be abolished.


New litmus test for 2020 Democrats: Shake up Senate rules

The newest pressure point in the Democratic presidential primary isn’t health care or climate change – though it could make or break future progress on those issues. It’s an overhaul …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:49 p.m.

Trump calls for border legislation using ‘nuclear option’

Trump administration officials said Monday they’re crafting a new legislative package aimed at closing immigration “loopholes,” hours after the president called on Republicans in Congress to immediately a pass border …


McMorris Rodgers: End filibuster in Senate for spending bills

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the Senate should end the fillibuster for spending bills. But Sen. Patty Murray says the filibuster (or threat of one) forces cooperation on bipartisan legislation.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

Alabama Sen. Strange reverses position on Senate filibuster

Alabama Sen. Luther Strange reversed course Tuesday and sided with President Donald Trump in seeking to change Senate rules to make it easier for Republicans to push through legislative priorities.


Charles Krauthammer: Nuclear option is political karma

Why have we had almost half a century of massive street demonstrations over abortion? Because the ballot box is not available. The court has spoken, and the question is supposedly …


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

McConnell claims votes to bust Supreme Court filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claimed the votes Tuesday to bust a planned Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee as a showdown neared that could change the …


Top Senate Dem Chuck Schumer opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans …


Despite Cruz, Senate heads toward Obamacare vote

WASHINGTON — Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz’ all-night talkathon to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law surpassed the 20-hour mark Wednesday with a harsh reality looming — a test vote …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2013, 2:26 p.m.

Senate steps back from brink in nominations fight

WASHINGTON — The Senate stepped away from the brink of a meltdown on Tuesday, clearing the way for confirmation of several of President Barack Obama’s nominees long blocked by Republicans, …


Texas senator filibusters against abortion bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Wearing pink tennis shoes to prepare for nearly 13 consecutive hours of standing, a Democratic Texas state senator on Tuesday began a one-woman filibuster to block …