March 8, 1917: Senate Introduces Cloture

Woodrow Wilson was no fan of Senate filibusters: “The Senate of the United States is the only legislative body in the world which cannot act when its majority is ready for action. A little group of willful men, representing no

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The Day After

In the aftermath of the best electoral night for the Republicans since the age of flappers, I thought I would share a few reflections on some of the common memes that have sprouted up over the past 24 hours. Evidently

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Robert Byrd, Requiescat In Pace

Kristina Peterson of the Dow Jones Newswires writes for the Wall Street Journal this synopsis of Robert Byrd’s life: Robert Byrd, the 92-year-old West Virginia Democrat who served in the U.S. Senate for 51 years, died Monday. A spokesman for

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Lying to Join The Band of Brothers

I have never served in combat or been in a warzone for which I thank God.  However, many of my friends are veterans of combat in conflicts stretching from World War II to Iraq.  Such an experience marks them.  They tell

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Stevens to Retire

Get ready for Obama appointment, Round 2. Supreme Court Justice Stevens announces he will retire in the summer. Not sure how the timing will work on this, especially as Obama and the Democrats try to avoid being too contentious right

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Politics The Illinois Way

Illinois politics has always had a rather corrupt and colorful flavor about it.  Sort of Louisiana with bad winters.  Two examples: 1.    Alexi Giannoulias is the Democrat nominee for Obama’s old senate seat.  As the bare knuckles Republican ad above indicates, Giannoulias has

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Biden: Don't You Want To Follow In My Footsteps Son?

On Sunday Harry Thermal of Delaware Online ran a story that said he had the following conversation with the Veep: Now, one year later, he is dismayed by what has happened to the Senate, and he is trying to convince

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