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The filibuster started as an accident. Today it lets the losers rule Congress.

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The US Senate is supposed to pass laws. But today, it’s broken. And it’s broken because of something called the filibuster, which has been part of Senate tradition for over 200 years. But the filibuster came into being by accident. And today, some politicians are suggesting we should get rid of it entirely.

Further reading:

* My colleague Matt Yglesias does a great job breaking down the 2020 Democrats’ debate over the filibuster:

* Ezra Klein dispels some myths about the filibuster:

* The book “Politics of Principle?” from Sarah Binder and Steven Smith from the Brookings Institution, really helped me understand the Senate filibuster:

* The book “Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate” from Gregory Koger, a University of Miami political scientist, puts the filibuster in a broader context:

* Lastly, this article from the Stanford Law Review answered some basic questions about the Senate filibuster:;The

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trailerpark ninja
This is wats wrong with our gov they do not represent us only that which furthers thier career, holding a position in the government shud b civic duty, meaning a fair balanced wage for that service not a scheme for making themselves rich
Chis Neme
So... the US senate is just Canadians from South Park.
Very good.
David Hill
it was invented by a irishman Phil O'Buster
Gerd Aust
Just out of curiosity, wouldn't any motion to change the proceedings to stop filibusters also be filibustered?
Real Nova
This happens also in Italy and in many democracy, not filibuster but there is always one rule that give minority way to much power if they have the ruthlessness to abuse it
Nod Melon
After the dems lose again in 2020 Vox will be going back on this.
R Breymeier
This is how it was designed to be. Change was supposed to be hard not easy. That was so one party cannot become omnipotent and vote the other out of existence. I'd rather so NO legislation. Remember this simple fact. With every law written, your freedom is curtailed bit by bit, slice by slice. No matter which side your on.
William Farmer
The United States is not a democracy it is a representative republic.
Ian Vila
"Why actually decide on something when you can filibuster?" -The Senate
Jet Fighter
Want to know something Donald trumps will probably win again so what will change
Andrew M
No one:
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Dalia Canseco
Woah I didn’t even know something like this existed, Thanks
Figure out a way to keep it from being abused. The idea of it is solid, keeping one side from having too much power.
some guy on the internet
This makes me very depressed😟 what's the point
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Samuel Jett
Filibuster exists so the 51% doesn't bully the 49%.
Henry Edge
What’s the music at 1:00
An untrue definition
Never say "what does it mean to be a democracy" in the US. People will just say "US is a Republic". The laziest argumentation ever
Anonymous Q
What if the republicans would break the filibuster right now and pass laws? You would lose your mind. So why would you want it to do it for your party? Bec you disagree with the politics? So convince more of the people you know to vote for more senators who you agree with.
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The Hubble Space Telescope only takes photos in black and white. To make those beautiful space photos you’ve probably seen, scientists add the color later using a technique first developed around the turn of the 20th century that imitates how our eyes naturally perceive color.

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