OP-ED

Not only has the process been accelerated, but increasingly the minority in the Senate has been cut out of the process. This encourages a president to appoint more partisan and ideological judges. Until recently, most federal judges were confirmed by voice vote in the Senate: 98 percent of George H.W. Bush’s nominees to Circuit Court were confirmed by voice vote....

Today the Senate teeters on the edge of that black pit once again. Can the highly polarized and poisonously political current Senate show such higher purpose? It seems unlikely.

Such bipartisan resolve might be welcome if the objective were not so misguided.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is a national hero.

That statement has been valid for decades, dating back to his valiant service in the Vietnam War. So, it was true before we learned of the tumor in his brain and the surgery to remove it.

It was true before he so bravely flew back to Washington, D.C. to cast a critical vote to begin debate on the effort to dismantl...

It should be no surprise that when Donald Trump looks at the U.S. Senate, he sees a body he wants out of his way.

Historically, the Senate has taken a dim view of being told what to do about Senate rules by presidents.

Trump should see, as Reagan did, that cooperating with a bipartisan thorough investigation is the best route to clearing up the mess.

If nominations are to be one-party affairs when the president's party controls the Senate and a president’s nominees are to be held hostage until the next election when it does not, the Supreme Court will become permanently politicized and polarized.

Ted Cruz is calling on Vice President Mike Pence to take action which would undermine the Senate

Democrats, led by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), yesterday used the unique rules of the Senate to launch a filibuster demanding legislation to require universal background checks for gun sales and to prevent people listed on the no-fly list from purchasing firearms.

Murphy declared that he would "remain on this floor until we get some signal, some sign that we c...

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Richard A. Arenberg

Brown University