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On February 10, 1966, the Senate failed to gain cloture on an attempt to appeal Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act, a sign of the limited power of labor unions in American politics, even at the height of their membership and influence in the United States. The 1947 Taft-Hartley Act had many terrible provisions. It […]

Filibuster!

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On March 7, 2013

Couple of thoughts about Rand Paul’s marathon filibuster. First, it should go without saying that Rand Paul is not on the side of progressives for any reason. Even on drones and extrajudicial ki

Do-Nothing Congress

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On September 22, 2012

This is pathetic: Barring a burst of productivity in the lame-duck session in November and December, the 112th Congress is set to enter the Congressional record books as the least productive body in t

Today in Green Lanternism

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On March 31, 2012
Robert Wright is wondering why the Affordable Care Act wasn’t just a straightforward use of the tax power, and his analysis is of course focused on the median votes of the Senate and the leverage these conservatives had over the legislative process. Hahaha, just kidding! When discussing the ACA, as Drew Westen has taught us, […]

The Useless Caucus

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On March 1, 2012
So, there was a debate in the World’s Worst Deliberative Body about whether to allow employers the right to deny employees health care coverage based solely on the religious beliefs of the former, an amendment targeted specifically at women. Some men who think that oral contraceptives produce abortions were about to vote on an issue […]

Snowe

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On February 28, 2012

Looks like the Tea Patry has chased her off. Good; would seem like an almost certain Dem pickup, and it’s not like having someone who added a moderate patina to the Republican Party while voting

Constitutional Hardball

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On January 4, 2012
Barack Obama has indeed been unduly timid when it comes to dealing with constitutional envelope-pushing by congressional Republicans, with the capitulation over the debt ceiling being the most recent example.   It is very encouraging, then, that he has given Richard Cordray a recess appointment, defying the use of “pro forma” sessions intended to nullify the […]
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