Nate Silver sees Dick Durbin as 95-percent likely to win re-election to the Senate

Nate Silver, the best political numbers-cruncher in the business, sees only one chance in 20 that Republican challenger  Jim Oberweis will unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois in the November election. Silver also rates Republicans as a “slight favorite” to win control of the Senate. Beltway pundits generally give the GOP a more likely chance to take over the upper chamber of Congress. But, of course, the election is still more than seven months away. Lots of things can change over that span of time....

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Would a Republican takeover of the Senate doom chances for winning the White House?

You’re familiar, no doubt, with the old political saying that elections have consequences. But those consequences aren’t always obvious or predictable. Which brings to mind another old saying: Be careful what you wish for. Republicans are wishing for a takeover of the U.S. Senate in this year’s mid-term elections — and their prospects are looking at least fairly good. But such a victory might prove to be hollow, as Scott Galupo EXPLAINS....

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Why do some right-wingers want to take away your right to elect U.S. senators?

One hundred years ago this past May 31, a 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was officially adopted, changing the method by which U.S. senators are elected. Prior to 1913, senators were elected not by popular vote but by state legislators, per the original Constitution. But the potential for — indeed, the reality of — political corruption prompted a long-term and widespread movement for change. By 1910, most state legislatures had passed resolutions calling for reform of the system. Nary a complaint about the popular-vote...

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Nuclear option forces Senate to function the way the Constitution prescribes

Eugene Robinson NAILS IT: It was time — actually, long past time — for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to invoke the “nuclear option” and ask his colleagues to change the Senate’s rules. This isn’t about partisan politics. It’s about making what has been called “the world’s greatest deliberative body” function the way the Framers of the Constitution intended. Recently, it has barely functioned, as Republicans abused the old rules to prevent the chamber from performing its enumerated duties. There was a time when the minority party in the...

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History! Senate nixes filibusters on most presidential appointments!

They call it the “nuclear option,” and it’s detonation is long overdue. The story is HERE: The partisan battles that have paralyzed Washington in recent years took a historic turn Thursday, as Senate Democrats eliminated filibusters for most presidential nominations, severely curtailing the political leverage of the Republican minority in the Senate and assuring an escalation of partisan warfare. Saying that “enough is enough,” President Obama welcomed the end of what he called the abuse of the Senate’s advise and consent...

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