The importance of one verb and one noun
A word we should use more frequently ("filibuster"), and one we should use less ("tough")
What's the word I was looking for—the one that starts with "F" and applies when a bill gets 59 votes? Oh, yes, now it comes back to me: "Fail."
Defining obstructionism down
"Now that the shutdown is nearing the end of its second week, further consequences are coming into view ..."
What 32 committed people, and one timorous speaker, can do to everyone else
Applying, and mis-applying, history to our current predicament
Only one thing is harder than agreeing on blame for the current morass. That is imagining a way out.
"How many times do we have to refight the Civil War?"
Studies in the self-lobotomization of a modern system
If Congress could vote on a "clean" bill, it would end the shutdown tonight. So why isn't it allowed to vote?
One proposal got 40 votes; another got 51; both of them "failed."
See, it's not that hard just to say "filibuster"!
The Senate's abuse of the filibuster "could end America's ability to govern itself." And other interview outtakes.
Senators bravely overcome a filibuster -- so that they can filibuster a bill.
The political press doesn't like to "take sides." But it is enabling a destructive partisan strategy.
"If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought."
The war that goes on, and that most Americans can ignore
A "real" filibuster illustrates what is wrong with all the fake ones.
The mainstream media struggle to find their footing in this new landscape.