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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:51 PM
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THE EMPTY CHAMBER
Just how broken is the Senate?
by George Packer

This is just one of those days when you want to throw up your hands and say, What in the world are we doing? Senator Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat, said.

Its unconscionable, Carl Levin, the senior Democratic senator from Michigan, said. The obstructionism has become mindless.

The Senators were in the Capitol, sunk into armchairs before the marble fireplace in the press lounge, which is directly behind the Senate chamber. It was four-thirty on a Wednesday afternoon. McCaskill, in a matching maroon jacket and top, looked exasperated; Levin glowered over his spectacles.

Also, its a dumb rule in itself, McCaskill said. Its time we started looking at some of these rules.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/09/100809fa_...
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