How the Filibuster Emptied Out American Politics

If Congress can’t legislate, what exactly do congresspeople do?

The 111th U.S. Senate (public domain)

When did America’s problem with the filibuster begin?

Was it in 1805, when Vice President Aaron Burr — recently charged with the killing of Alexander Hamilton — suggested that the Senate clarify its rules? The Senate then got rid of the “previous…

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