Why Possibly Changing the Filibuster Brings Threats Of Political 'Nuclear' War
Additional resources to think about
About Filibuster and Cloture | Historical Overview
Read about a history of filibusters from the U.S. Senate Powers & Procedures page.
What's A Filibuster? | Ron's Office Hours
NPR's Ron Elving breaks down what a filibuster is, the history, and what it means for the Senate.
Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end
This report from the Associated Press details the filibuster's use in blocking Civil Rights and Voting Rights legislation.
The weird rule that broke American politics
This video from Vox explains how the filibuster came to essentially shut down any big bills in the Senate.
Most U.S. states don't have a filibuster - nor do many democratic countries
This article from The Conversation discusses how the filibuster works in the Senate and why many state legislatures and other countries around the world don't have the tool at their disposal.
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- What are the various elements (building blocks) that make up the whole?
What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?
- What do you notice (about the way the message is constructed)?
- What’s the emotional appeal?
- What makes it seem “real?”
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How might different people understand this message differently from me?
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Should the U.S. Senate eliminate the filibuster?
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