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Senate Democrats should apply nuclear option in face of Republican obstructionism

Senate Democrats should apply nuclear option in face of Republican obstructionism

November 20, 2013


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

For the third time in the last month, Senate Republicans have filibustered a qualified judicial nominee from a seat in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Why? Because President Barack Obama appointed him. Judge Robert Wilkins, like previous nominees Patricia Millett...

House Republicans should support Senate debt ceiling proposal

House Republicans should support Senate debt ceiling proposal

October 16, 2013


Filed under Opinion

The government shutdown that has resulted from political brinkmanship may hopefully end soon, as Senate leaders are nearing a bipartisan deal to raise the nation’s borrowing limit and fund the federal government. House Republicans, pressured by the Tea Party, have been unclear about supporting the...

Congress at odds over April Fool’s Day prank on president

Congress at odds over April Fool’s Day prank on president

April 1, 2013


Filed under Opinion

  The Senate has been deadlocked in negotiations for days over their annual April Fool’s Day prank on President Obama. Although the prank is usually ceremonial, Senate Republicans have been pushing for more elaborate pranks to “make it clear to the American people how seriously we tak...

Filibuster is abused in modern politics

Filibuster is abused in modern politics

March 10, 2013


Filed under Opinion

John Brennan, the former counter-terrorism advisor to President Obama, was finally sworn in last week as the director of the CIA. But the path from nomination to confirmation wasn’t without strong opposition. Early in February, anti-drone protesters interrupted his Senate hearing and last week, Sen....

Violence Against Women Act wrongly rejected by Congress

Violence Against Women Act wrongly rejected by Congress

February 25, 2013


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  The last two Congresses — the 111th and 112th — made history with near record lows of number of bills passed during their respective tenures. While their ineffectiveness is wasteful and harmful to the country, our representatives had good reason to disagree so strongly on many of the bills...

Chuck Hagel subject to unnecessary scrutiny

Chuck Hagel subject to unnecessary scrutiny

February 4, 2013


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The Senate battle over Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense last Thursday was disappointing and arguably unfair to Hagel. Republicans made it their priority to tear into Hagel by asking leading — and misleading — questions. Democrats were also hesitant to refocus the discussion on...

FISA Amendment Act overlooked by public, grants government too much power

FISA Amendment Act overlooked by public, grants government too much power

December 29, 2012


Filed under Opinion

I watched CSPAN2 Thursday morning. I wasn’t sick. I wasn’t playing a drinking game. And I’m not turned on by monotonous politispeak masqueraded as sagacity. Rather, I was interested in how debate would proceed concerning the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments...

Sexton addresses study abroad concerns at student senate meeting

Sexton addresses study abroad concerns at student senate meeting

October 5, 2012


Filed under News

The University Senate, which includes students, faculty and staff, gathered Thursday for the first meeting of the 2012-2013 academic year. The meeting began with a swift vote to ratify Yankee Stadium as the site for the 2013 all-school commencement ceremonies. Then, NYU President John Sexton began...

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