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Fellows In The News

Charles Cushman Speaks With Voice of Russia On Filibuster

GAI | November 23, 2013

On Thursday, the Senate agreed to lower the amount of votes needed to break a filibuster from 60 to 51. Reid says the drastic decision was borne out of frustration from repeated Republican attempts to block President Obama’s judicial and executive nominees. Republicans have countered saying the Democrats will regret this move as soon as

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Expert Reactions to Government Shutdown

GAI | October 22, 2013

Senior Fellow Josh Huder followed-up to his October 4 post — written with Senior Fellow Marian Currinder on Speaker Boehner’s ability to negotiate a compromise — with a post on the budget outlook: “In the wake of the government shutdown and near default on the nation’s debt, one

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WaPo Roundup of House Vote Commentary

GAI | October 17, 2013

Jonathan Bernstein cited Josh Huder’s blog post on the outlook for the Boehner speakership following last night’s House vote. The House Vote 550 passed the Senate Budget Compromise bill which reopened all government functions. The bill passed with only 87 Republican votes; 144 Republicans voted against the bill.    

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Huder: On Federal Shutdown Affecting Travelers

Josh Huder | October 10, 2013

Christopher Elliott for the Washington Post explores how the federal government shutdown is affecting travelers around the United States. “When a gridlocked Congress shuttered vast sections of the federal government on Oct. 1 and furloughed 800,000 workers, its decision touched tourists in unexpected ways, from abruptly canceling a camping trip in a national

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