The Monkey Cage: Senate

Posted at 11:20 PM ET, 03/13/2014

The CIA’s new ‘family jewels’: Going back to Church?

The CIA’s aggressive efforts to protect its secrets may wind up resurrecting its worst enemy -- the investigations embodied by the Church Committee of the 1970s

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  11:20 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CIA, intelligence community, Senate, torture

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/11/2014

A tied Senate could end the filibuster, once and for all

In the wake of a hard-fought election to determine control of the Senate, would the temptation to eliminate the filibuster in order to gain clear control using the simple majority (with the vice president’s vote) be irresistible?

By Richard Arenberg  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate procedure

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 01/29/2014

How the partial death of the filibuster will shape the federal courts

How will the partial death of judicial filibusters affect the composition of the federal courts? New research sheds light on the potential impact of the Senate’s nuclear move.

By Sarah Binder  |  02:55 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, filibuster, Senate

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 01/14/2014

6 points to ponder from the recess appointments oral arguments

The transcript of the oral arguments in the recess appointment case makes for fun reading.

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  04:20 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Presidential nominations, recess appointments, Senate, Supreme Court

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Is Recess Over?

The Supreme Court is about to consider recess appointments. Here’s what you need to know.

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  01:13 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NLRB v Canning, presidential power, recess appointments, Senate, Supreme Court

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Would new Iran sanctions help U.S. negotiators? Probably not.

It’s possible that new sanctions might strengthen Obama’s hand in the Iran negotiations. But that’s not the way you should be betting.

By Henry Farrell  |  08:38 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international security, Iran, Nuclear Weapons, Senate

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 11/23/2013

Was the nuclear option about filling the courts or filling the courts with Democrats?

The evidence suggests that partisanship, rather than efficiency, was the underlying reason for exercising the nuclear option.

By Tom Clark and Sanford Gordon  |  09:20 AM ET, 11/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Reid’s tactical nuke and the future of the Senate

Thursday’s events show that a simple majority of senators can restrict filibustering whenever they choose. What does that portend?

By Gregory Koger  |  06:14 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nuclear option, Senate, Senate procedure

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 11/03/2013

Memo to Senate Republicans: Your constituents want you to vote for ENDA

If senators listened to their constituents, the Employment Nondiscrimination Act would pass overwhelmingly.

By Jeff Lax and Justin Phillips  |  10:02 AM ET, 11/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Employment Nondiscrimination Act, Gay rights, public opinion, Senate

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 09/27/2013

The Senate can help Republicans choose their presidential nominee

The GOP could scrap its entire presidential primary system in favor of a trial-by-endurance system of concurrent filibusters on the Senate floor.

By Gregory Koger  |  04:26 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Presidential nominations, Rand Paul, Senate, Ted Cruz

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Filibusters and unicorns explained

By Gregory Koger  |  03:32 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, political science, Senate