filibuster

Wonkbook: Harry Reid’s bid to save the Senate

The only thing worse than a Senate where the majority has the power to govern is one where it doesn't.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Nov 22, 2013

Everything you need to know about Thursday’s filibuster change

Confused by what happened and what it means? Enlighten yourself.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 21, 2013

The world’s leading filibuster expert on what happened today and what to expect next.

Political scientist Gregory Koger lays out what happened today and what it means going forward.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 21, 2013

One huge effect of filibuster reform: Obama can actually fire people

Thursday's rules change makes it easier for the government to hire good people and fire bad ones.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 21, 2013

The D.C. Circuit is the court at the center of the filibuster fight. Here’s why it matters.

This little-known court is surprisingly powerful — and will play a key role in shaping environmental and financial regulations.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 21, 2013

Nine reasons the filibuster change is a huge deal

As of today, the entire filibuster is effectively dead.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 21, 2013

It’s official: The Senate just got rid of part of the filibuster

From now on, most judicial nominees and executive-branch appointments can be confirmed by a simple majority vote.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 21, 2013

Everything you need to know about the nominations fight — and why it might end the filibuster

Republicans have filibustered three Obama court nominees. That could be the end of the filibuster.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 21, 2013

Wonkbook: Three reasons filibuster reform might actually happen today

Filibuster reform is just another word for nothing left to lose.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Nov 21, 2013

How Ted Cruz’s ‘filibuster’ stacks up, in one graph

Strom Thurmond, Alfonse D'Amato and Wayne Morse all held the Senate floor for longer — in Thurmond case, for over 24 hours.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 25, 2013

There’s a good reason Republicans hate Obama’s labor board nominees

Want a lasting peace to end the nomination battles? Presidents need to appoint more independent nominees.

The Senate didn’t go nuclear. But, actually, it kind of did.

The Senate didn't actually go nuclear today. But the majority took out a nuke, put it on the table, and made clear they can detonate it whenever they feel like.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jul 16, 2013

Wonkbook: 10 facts that explain the filibuster fight

Want to understand why the Senate is clashing over the filibuster, and doing so now? Here's a quick guide.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Jul 16, 2013

One Senate staffer’s theory: Mitch McConnell actually wants to get nuked

A Senate Democratic staffer e-mails with an interesting -- and off-message -- theory.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jul 11, 2013

Mitch McConnell’s problem: How can he threaten to obstruct the Senate even more?

Why does a Senate majority rarely push filibuster reform? The minority can make the aftermath hellish.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jul 11, 2013

Wonkbook: Will Harry Reid really go nuclear?

There are two theories of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's threat to go nuclear and limit or even eliminate filibusters against executive-branch nominees.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Jul 10, 2013

Wendy Davis’s rules: a guide to legislative rebellion

A Texas-style filibuster isn't the only way to stop legislation when you're in the minority.

Here’s what Amazon commenters are saying about Wendy Davis’s shoes

Fans of the filibustering Texas state senator make their mark on the Amazon page for her famous shoes.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jun 27, 2013

Who is Wendy Davis?

The twice-divorced Forth Worth single mother who saved the right to an abortion in Texas.

How we broke the Senate without breaking any rules

Did you know there was a moment on Monday when Harry Reid could've done pretty much whatever he wanted?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 7, 2013
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