The U.S. Senate: Things you didn’t learn in school

Filibusters and arcane obstructions in the Senate : The New Yorker

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/09/100809fa_fact_packer?currentPage=all

This is a wonderfully in-depth article about the most recent batch of disfunction in the U.S. Senate. For those who’ve been following the shenanigans closely, it’s a good recap. For those who are only peripherally concerned about the day-to-day activities of the ‘higher’ legislative body, it serves as a wonderful introduction as to why it appears nothing gets done and how they all hate each other (both of which are about 75% accurate in the 21st century version of the Senate).

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