How to Fix the Filibuster Without Breaking Congress‬

The filibuster is a historical accident. Many experts believe that it is ruining Congress and hurting democracy.  It allows a small political minority to run roughshod over the majority and stop things that the American people need and want. But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says that if Democrats get rid of it, Republicans will grind everything to a halt and leave a “scored earth Senate.”  Is there any way out of this mess? Norman Ornstein is one of the leading scholars in America on Congress.  He has three ideas for fixing the filibuster without creating a total meltdown in American government. read more

Ryan, McConnell Fight As GOP Election Strategy Crashes

Republicans are fighting among themselves again in the U.S. Congress, and this is a bad sign for their chances in November’s midterm elections.

Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) is pushing hard to get another misguided and harmful tax cut passed in the next few months.  For some reason he thinks this will fire up the Republican base of voters and will make it more likely that Republican candidates will win elections this year. read more