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Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 12/18/2013

More Senate drama

Republicans continue to block judicial nominations -- and that could lead to more reform..

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:42 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster reform, filibusters, Senate

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 12/12/2013

No, don’t shut up the minority on judges

Democrats had no choice about going nuclear, but they shouldn’t be eager to add more majority-imposed reforms

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:48 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, judicial nominations

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 11/22/2013

The right fight for Obama and Democrats

Use of the “nuclear option” sends a clear message about President Obama’s second term.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:26 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Democrats, filibuster, government shutdown, Mitch McConnell, Republicans

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Obama and Senate Democrats were right to go nuclear

Why today’s action -- despite the danger it poses if/when the Senate or the White House goes back to Republican control -- was necessary.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:58 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, filibuster, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 11/19/2013

The Senate reform we should get

Instead of constant confrontation, how about a deal to strengthen the Senate? Here’s one reform program.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:31 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Republicans’ low blow on Obama judicial nominees -- filibuster reform next?

Republicans haven’t produced any reason strong enough to justify the way they voted on Thursday.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  07:10 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster reform, judicial nominations, obama

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Why Democrats have to fight on filibusters now

Expect Harry Reid to go nuclear if Republicans don’t back down.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:07 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dc circuit court, filibuster, judicial nominations

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Another filibuster showdown — if Republicans want one

Democrats aren’t going to allow nullification on the DC Circuit Court any more than they allowed it for NLRB and other agencies.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:49 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster reform, U.S. Senate

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Senate deal holds!

Executive branch nominations are being confirmed -- but questions still remain about the deal going forward.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:12 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 07/12/2013

Carl Levin can save the filibuster

It's time for him to join with Democrats -- and offer Republicans a way to disarm the nukes.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:20 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Why Senate reform is needed

Republicans won't play by informal norms, and so rules change is required.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:08 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 07/08/2013

The best news in Senate reform

Reformers are moving towards different rules for different situations. That's progress.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:30 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, filibuster, Senate

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 06/10/2013

Of course there's a filibuster against the immigration bill

Too many reporters still get basic Senate procedure wrong.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  09:32 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, immigration

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 05/28/2013

The coming showdown on judicial nominations

Of course Barack Obama is stacking the judiciary. That's what happens when a party wins the White House and the Senate, and there's no justification for opposing it.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:01 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, judges, Senate

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 04/02/2013

The moment of truth on D.C. Circuit nominations

Are Republicans determined to stop every one of Obama's picks for the critical appeals court? We're going to find out soon.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:39 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, judicial nominations, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Those constant GOP filibusters

When it takes the Senate more than a year to confirm someone unanimously, there's something wrong.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Hagel and understanding the 60-vote Senate

It's a filibuster. It' not the first. It won't be the last.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:10 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel, filibuster

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/24/2013

The Reid reform package

There are two main types of obstruction in the Senate these days. Reform won't end the 60 vote Senate, but it will help with the other kind of reform.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Harry Reid, Senate

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 01/16/2013

The key remaining question on Senate reform

Are Democrats sending their senators back to Washington with an urgent interest in filibuster reform?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:28 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Transparency is not the problem with filibusters

Reformers should focus on the fact that it takes 60 votes to do anything.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  11:08 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 01/04/2013

The obvious filibuster compromise

More amendments and fewer filibusters -- that's how to get the Senate working again.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:03 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Moving to Senate reform

Even if they can't solve the 60 vote Senate, perhaps reform this year can make some progress

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:10 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Robert Bork and the modern Senate

The conservative judge was defeated by a majority. Back in 1987, that's what it took in the Senate.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:42 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Clarence Thomas, filibuster, Senate

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Obama should threaten more recess appointments

He should name as many as necessary unless the Senate restores the normal simple majority requirement for confirming nominees.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:49 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 12/13/2012

The best deal on filibuster reform

Democrats shouldn't fear a good compromise on filibuster reform -- but they should be prepared to act if no deal can be reached

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:42 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, senate