or the second day in a row, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday engaged in an increasingly vicious debate over filibuster reform. The two leaders spent an hour on the Senate floor sparring with each other, leading to concerns that they were blowing up the precious last remains of bipartisan comity that are necessary to reach a budget deal before the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. Reid says Republicans have abused the filibuster in Obama's first term, wielding it as a political weapon to prevent the government from doing anything to address the lackluster economy. McConnell argues that Democrats are flouting a longstanding Senate tradition in order to accrue more power to the majority.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 31 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion
- He said he was leaving. She ignored him.
- 14 wonderful words with no English equivalent
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Attack of the invasive species
- Why I'm a pro-life liberal
- These stunning travel photos remind us that we're all just amateurs with iPhones
- If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?
- The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy
Subscribe to the Week