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  • Why Woodrow Wilson hated the filibuster -- and why it still makes no sense today

     Why Woodrow Wilson hated the filibuster -- and why it still makes no sense today
    Senators have long considered any change to filibuster rules to be "the nuclear option." But the recent action by Democrats to limit the use of filibusters in blocking most presidential nominations didn't go nearly far enough.
  • Joe Biden: Vice president of the nation, but king of the eulogy

    WASHINGTON – Say what you will about Vice President Joe Biden – the man can deliver a eulogy. Just ask him. “I’ve spoken at more eulogies than I’d like to remember,” he said Wednesday at a service for Frank R....

    Force congressmen to retire at 75?

    Force congressmen to retire at 75?
    Sen. Frank Lautenberg died Tuesday at age 89, the Senate’s oldest member. He had missed most Senate votes since late 2012 because of declining health -- but managed to make it into the Capitol to vote for Gina McCarthy as secretary of...

    GOP turns against its own history

    GOP turns against its own history
    Frederick Douglass, the most important African-American in the 19th century, was loyal to the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln's day, even when it turned disloyal to him. I wonder how he would feel about today's Grand Old Party? "I knew that...

    Trice: Bayard Rustin was key to March on Washington

    Although Bayard Rustin was one of the chief architects and organizers of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the civil rights strategist existed for years mostly on the margins of history. But earlier this month, the White House announced that...