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The Senate filibuster explained – and why it should be allowed to die

  • Written by Daniel Wirls, Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz
The filibuster is like a stoplight that's always red. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the latest Democrat to argue an arcane Senate rule governing debate stands in the way of passing a progressive agenda, such as meaningful gun control.

The procedure, known as the filibuster, allows a 41-vote minority in the Senate to block...

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