President Trump and the Republican Congressional leadership have suffered a stunning defeat.

American humorist Will Rogers once quipped, “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”

Today the “hammer” seems to be the Congressional filibuster even though Congress doesn’t seem to exactly know what to do with this tool and often appears to be aiming for the foot.

Leaders, typically in the majority...

An era has ended. The last of the “Watergate Babies” has left the Congress. The nickname was applied to the class of House Democratic freshmen elected in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal. There were 75 elected. (17 Republican freshmen also entered the House that year).

Powerful House committee chairmen George Miller and Henry Waxman, both of California, th...

Nearly a year ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the trigger on a parliamentary maneuver many have labeled the “nuclear option.” Democrats were able to change the way Senate Rule XXII, which governs how filibusters can be ended, is interpreted in the Senate. The rule clearly states that a three-fifths vote, normally 60, is required. However, under the p...

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Richard A. Arenberg

Brown University