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July 22, 2013 10:50 AM Why Didn't the Democrats Just End the Filibuster?

Last Tuesday’s announcement of a deal to end an institutional crisis in the Senate gave the Democrats almost everything they were asking for: approval of President Obama’s nominees for Secretary of Labor, EPA Administrator, Ex-Im Bank President, and Richard Cordray...

By Gregory Koger

July 22, 2013 10:25 AM The Nuclear Senate, Defused

All three senators of the Great Triumverate of Senate history at one point in their careers endorsed stronger limits on Senate debate. So I have no doubt that their ghosts had a great week: Eavesdropping on the senators in...

By Sarah Binder

July 17, 2013 10:11 AM Appointments: The Goal Isn't to Defeat Nominations; It's to Delay Them in the Senate

Following the Senate nominations deal, which seemingly happened late last night or early this morning, the White House needed replacement nominees for the two NLRB picks who were the losers in the compromise. And what do you know: they were...

By Jonathan Bernstein

July 11, 2013 9:58 AM Judicial Nominations: Nuclear Retaliation Revisited

Showdown July in the Senate! With the possibility that Democrats will attempt majority-imposed reform should Republicans continue to block executive branch (and perhaps judicial) nominations, we're getting a rehash of some of the old arguments surrounding it. So, here we...

By Jonathan Bernstein

June 28, 2013 9:00 AM Ed Markey

I haven't done a post yet on the new Senator from Massachusetts, mainly because there was no surprise here, and he's presumably about as predictable a new Senator as is possible. I have talked about how Ed Markey is a...

By Jonathan Bernstein