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Filibuster news and analysis from The Nation
June 11, 2021
Dianne Feinstein Is an Embarrassment
The senior California senator's defense of the filibuster is shameful—but she’s not alone, and she’s got more company than just Manchin and Sinema.
June 8, 2021
Joe Manchin Cares More About ‘Bipartisanship’ Than Fighting Jim Crow
The senator says he won’t back a crucial voting rights bill because it’s too “partisan.” What he means is that white conservatives don’t like it.
June 4, 2021
Sinema’s Position on the Filibuster Echoes Goldwater’s Case Against Civil Rights
Her claim that the Senate must change “behavior,” not “rules,” calls to mind her Arizona predecessor’s argument that fighting racism required changing “hearts,” not laws.
June 1, 2021
Pro-Trump Crackpots’ Talk Gets More Dangerous. Should We Worry?
The GOP’s antidemocracy agenda gets clearer by the day. Is Joe Manchin paying attention?
May 12, 2021
Chuck Schumer: ‘I Believe That Democracy Is at Risk and We Cannot Fail’
The Senate majority leader talks in a
exclusive about the night before the insurrection, his weekly leadership conference, and his timeline for passing major legislation like S 1.
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May 5, 2021
Republicans Will Punish Democrats for Every Reform They Make
But that shouldn’t stop Democrats from embracing big and sweeping changes while they can.
April 29, 2021
Reform the Filibuster!
Senator Mazie Hirono on changing the Senate and the Supreme Court, plus Tim Schwab on Bill Gates, and Katha Pollitt on Dr. Seuss.
Start Making Sense
April 27, 2021
The Confounding Fathers
Republicans want to be graded on a curve.
March 22, 2021
How Kyrsten Sinema Sold Out
The origin story of the Senate’s newest super villain.
March 19, 2021
Border State Voters Support Humane Immigration Reform
A poll of Arizona voters shows that, unlike their elected officials, they care more about policy than congressional procedure.