OP-ED

As the inept vice president on HBO’s “Veep,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus is fighting for a never quite defined filibuster reform bill. It’s the perfect foil for comedy, frustratingly unattainable, but directed at a target apparently richly deserving of ridicule.

In the real world, Majority Leader Harry Reid, frustrated by the latest Republican filibuster, recently apologiz...

It is tempting when confronted with the obstructionist behavior of the current Senate minority to focus on rewriting the Senate’s rules so that the majority can work its will. This would, if successful, treat the symptom but ignore the disease. The disease is a deeply polarized and inflexible political environment that frustrates the spirit of constructive comprom...

It is hard to disagree with the headline on Bill Galston and Mark McKinnon’s op-ed in The Hill on Jan. 17: “Time for up-or-down votes in Senate on appointees.” The recent, highly partisan tit-for-tat demeans senators and the president, intensifies the polarization of the parties and deepens the public’s cynicism about Washington. 

First, the Senate Republicans held...

If the thrust of the BDN’s Dec. 14 editorial “Senate filibuster’s sad, maddening history” is that Senate Republicans holding the nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to be the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s first director hostage is sad and maddening, I agree.

Objections center not on the qualifications of President Obama’s nominee, bu...

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Richard A. Arenberg

Brown University