Lauren Bell

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    The stakes are high in the looming fight to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court.

The stakes are high in the looming fight to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court.

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The death late last week of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has further complicated the 2016 presidential race and threatened to bring even more gridlock to Washington DC with Republican Senate leaders pledging not to confirm any nominee sent to them by President Obama to replace Scalia. Lauren Bell looks at the battle that Obama administration now faces in […]

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    Nuclear fallout: limiting the filibuster has led to more delays

Nuclear fallout: limiting the filibuster has led to more delays

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This week is the two-year anniversary of the introduction of the ‘nuclear option’ into the US Senate by the then Majority Leader, Harry Reid.  John D. Rackey and Lauren C. Bell reflect on the elimination of the filibuster for federal judicial nominations, writing that divided partisan control of the Senate and White House has made the former less efficient. […]

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    The difficulties over Michael Boggs’ confirmation in the Senate have been made worse by the Democrats’ filibuster reform.

The difficulties over Michael Boggs’ confirmation in the Senate have been made worse by the Democrats’ filibuster reform.

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Last year Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, forced the removal of the filibuster for judicial nominations except to the Supreme Court. This move may now be a headache for Reid and the Democratic Party, as the Senate considers President Obama’s nomination of Michael Boggs for the Georgia judiciary. Lauren C. Bell writes that Boggs’ nomination, vehemently opposed by many […]

The real danger of Harry Reid’s “nuclear” rules change in the U.S. Senate may be the fallout.

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On Thursday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, invoked the long-awaited ‘nuclear option’ to effectively eliminate the threat of filibusters on most presidential nominations. Lauren C. Bell looks at the history of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate, finding that its occurrence greatly increased after the last change to Senate rules in 1975. She argues that despite the appearance that […]

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