Lots of chatter about the filibuster these days… Washington Post, Politico, NYT, to name a few.
Tom weighs in on the Wisconsin 14 boycott.
This new website examines the current state of the filibuster. Check it out.
The Filibuster FAQ: Fact, Fiction, Historical Cases and Practical Arguments for Reform | The Nation.
Daily Kos has started a petition to end the filibuster. A good idea, if you ask me.
The case against the filibuster is catching on.
In These Times has a good article on the firm’s recent efforts with the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the New York Times published an op-ed on the filibuster, which has generated a fair amount of discussion.
Christopher Hayes at the Nation weighs in on the filibuster.
The undersigned citizens of the United States hereby petition the House of Representatives of the United States Congress to lay upon the House the proposed resolution for a vote of the House:
1. That the use of the procedural filibuster as currently practiced by members of the Senate pursuant to Senate Rule 22 is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States.
2. That the use of the procedural filibuster as currently practiced by members of the Senate pursuant to Senate Rule 22 is harmful to the security of the United States and the effective day to day operation of the government of the United States for the reasons set forth above,
3. That the use of the procedural filibuster as currently authorized by Senate Rule 22 should be suspended temporarily until such time as the people of the United States have had an opportunity to determine whether to adopt the procedural filibuster by amendment to the Constitution of the United States
4. That the members of this House request the members of the United States Senate to suspend Senate Rule 22 in this manner or take such other action by legislation or otherwise to address this problem.
On Tom’s Bookshelf
Barbara Ehrenreich - Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War
Jefferson Cowie - Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class
Simon Johnson and James Kwak - Thirteen Bankers
Richard Rorty - Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
Olivia Manning - Fortunes of War: the Balkan Trilogy