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Our country has basically stagnated for the last four years under two of the most unproductive Congresses in the nation’s history. Why does it seem that so little is getting done in Congress? Why does it seem that so few of the bills that get introduced in Congress actually make it to becoming law?
In this episode we examine the role the filibuster has played in bringing regular business in Congress to a halt. We discuss the filibuster’s role in the larger Republican strategy of obstructionism and examine why Republicans came to use it as a governing strategy. We also discuss the dangers that may lie in using it as a governing strategy for the country going forward.
One of the oldest and most storied traditions of the Senate made a sudden return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday when a junior senator seized control of the chamber with an hours-long filibuster involving rambling speeches aimed at blocking a vote on President Obama’s choice to lead the CIA. Led by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) with help from other junior senators, the filibuster stretched nearly 13 hours — with the Senate adjourning at about 12:40 a.m. Thursday — and was aimed at drawing attention to deep concern on both sides of the aisle about the administration’s use of unmanned aerial drones in its fight against terrorists and whether the government would ever use them in the United States.
Part 1 - digby asks Marcy Wheeler about her investigations into the NSA: including denial of domestic spying, Snowden, political ramifications of the revelations and how all this relates to journalism.
Part 2 - Filibuster. What happens now that an up or down vote is a reality.
Plus commentary from political satirist Culture of Truth
More on filibuster.
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Tonight on the show: Sen. Rand Paul tries to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan to the head of the CIA. During Paul's time, he brought up many great points that I want to talk about tonight. Why has Brennan refused to answer the most important questions? Why has the President refused to answer simple questions like how many Americans have been killed and who is on the so-called "kill list".
Tonight we discuss the points brought up by Sen. Paul during his filibuster and if his actions were just a lost cause or if he was doing something good even if no one else would join in his cause. We will also discuss the President ending tours of the White House until further notice, blaming sequestration.
All of this and more tonight on Conservative T & T!
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Topics Today: Ted Cruz, the filibuster, and Obamacare.
Ted Cruz Push To Filibuster Bill Defunding Obamacare that he promoted?
The GOP has voted 40 times to defund Obamacare, and have failed. It was taken all the way to the Supreme Court, and it was given a stamp of approval. And Obama was ELECTED for a 2nd term, chosen over the candidate who said he didn't want Obamacare.
Now the GOP is threatening to default on our debt and shut down the government unless they get their way (after they failed over and over and over again legislatively), and you blame OBAMA? Keep on being crazy, Teabaggers. You're signing your own death certificate as a political movement, which if fine by me.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn't back the push by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to vote against bringing up a bill to defund Obamacare, a McConnell aide told The Huffington Post.
"Senator McConnell supports the House Republicans' bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny," McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said.
Joan McCarter and David Waldman discusses the implications of the Reid Rule, and the future of the filibuster in the Senate. David (KagroX) has been working on this issue for at least 6 years, as reported today by CNN.
The silly, inefficient and even paranoid US Senate filibuster rules have — depending on perspective — obstructed countless worthy appointments and bills or saved the nation from destrucive bills and appointments. Now two noobs, MA's Elizabeth Warren and ME's Angus King say enough. Both have pledged to reform the process.
As the filibuster is not a law, "merely" rules the Senate agrees to by majority vote at the start of each two-year session, filibuster would be mildly or radically changed in January.
We'll talk about what's likely and what's possible.
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