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Things Really Are Getting Better

Looking up is not wrong. Scott Lemieux has an interesting but very important digression in his latest piece (against the filibuster) about the very serious problem with the reflexive assumption that the founding fathers were right until proven otherwise: Rather, my response would be even if the framers thought the…

Watch live: Rand Paul filibusters Brennan nomination for CIA director

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday took the the Senate floor to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). “I’m here to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination to be director of CIA,” Paul explained. “I will speak for as long as…

Common Cause: Hagel fiasco shows need to repeal Senate’s filibuster rule

The advocacy group Common Cause blasted Senate Republicans on Thursday for delaying the confirmation vote on Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. “Senators have every right to oppose Sen. Hagel’s nomination and to fully air their reasons for doing so. But there is no justification — none at all — for…

Up or down vote

Catching up on reading Balloon Juice, I saw that John Cole was thinking what I’ve been thinking: Democrats need to be saying the phrase “up or down vote” until they’re blue in the face. I’ve been amused all this past week, watching Rachel Maddow run a contest to see who…

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