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About the Speaker of the House

August 7th, 2013

In the United States House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House is the leader. Every two years, a new leader is elected by members of the House. Although both political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, nominate a candidate for the position, the one from the party that holds the majority of seats almost always wins.

The Speaker of the House has many responsibilities. He or she gives the oath of office to all (more…)

Both Sides of Health Care Reform

May 26th, 2013

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care act of 2010 (or Obamacare) has created a volatile debate across the nation. Opinions seem to be split fairly close to even. Just as many seem to agree as disagree. However, by the time someone trying to research the debate comes in, so much has passed that we’re no longer focusing on the core issues. We’ve merely devolved into venomous rhetoric. So, for your benefit, here is an even look at the health care debate and at what both (more…)

Great Filibusters in History

March 21st, 2013

The filibuster is a political tool that delays voting on a particular issue. There are quite a few famous examples of filibusters that have made history and will always be remembered.

One filibuster that comes to mind took place in 1841. Senator Henry Clay proposed banking legislation that was opposed by Senator John C. Calhoun. Sen. Calhoun talked for so long that he is credited with being the creator of the modern day filibuster.

Louisiana Senator Huey Long was the “filibuster man of the year” in 1935.Want more? Click August 2013

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