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Fake Jesus, Real Jesus

On this week’s podcast, Michael Quinn Sullivan says the fake Jesus of the modern age tells what we want to hear while the real...

Remembering Normandy

Fields of perfectly placed markers in the neatly trimmed grass of the cemetery above Omaha Beach in Normandy is one of the most emotionally...

Responding to Lackluster Effort

Many of the Republican officeholders in Texas are very upset with the grassroots. The politicians are mad that citizens aren’t being appropriately appreciative for...

Not Enough Fear

Fear is powerful. Improperly applied, fear can cause us to make irrational choices without thinking. Yet as we find the words of the Book...

Nothing New about Cancel Culture

There is nothing new about cancel culture. The ruling elite have always sought to use their power to silence those who would disrupt the...

Who do You Serve?

No question causes more discomfort than this: “Who do you serve?” Not long ago, I asked that question to a politician who bristled with...

Don’t Aid The Enemy

It seems there are some conservatives who suffer from an unfortunate desire to be applauded by the left. While it is tiresome to see ostensibly...

Surrounded by Beauty

It’s not something we generally think about, but Israel rests at roughly the same longitudinal lines as Texas. Jerusalem itself is on the 31st...

Self Governance

A self-governing people must be eternally vigilant. The first three words of our Constitution make it clear who is supposed to be in charge:...

Choosing To Be Troubled?

As a kid, I loved the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series of novels. As the story progressed, you’d make decisions for the characters that...

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In Private Call with Donors, Manchin Praises Proposal to Weaken Filibuster

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) talks to reporters as he departs the U.S. Capitol after a vote in the Senate, June 10, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) Two months ago, Manchin vowed not to ‘eliminate or weaken the filibuster.’ Will he break that promise now? West Virginia senator Joe Manchin has repeatedly vowed over the last nine months that he won’t weaken the Senate rule requiring 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. But in private comments to donors published by The Intercept on Wednesday, Manchin said a proposal to change the 60-vote rule to a 55-vote rule is one of the many “good suggestions” he’s received: “That’s that’s one of many good, good suggestions I’ve had,” he said of lowering the cloture total from 60 to 55. Manchin went on to discuss the last time the cloture threshold was lowered, in the 1970s. “I looked back . . . when it went from 67 votes to 60 votes, and also what was happening, what made them think that it needed to change. So I’m open to looking at it, I’m just not open to getting rid of the filibuster, that’s all,” he said. Manchin acknowledged that publicly he had drawn a line at 60, but said that he was open to other ideas. “Right now, 60 is where I planted my flag, but as long as they know that I’m going to protect this filibuster, we’re looking at good solutions,” he said. “I think, basically, it should be [that] 41 people have to force the issue versus the 60 that we need in the affirmative. So find 41 in the negative. . . . I think one little change that could be made right now is basically anyone who wants to filibuster ought to be required to go to the floor and basically state your objection and why you’re filibustering and also state what you think needs to change that’d fix it, so you would support it. To me, that’s pretty constructive.” Manchin’s private comments leave at least one important question unanswered: Would he be willing to use the “nuclear option” in order to lower the threshold to 55 votes or make any other changes to the Senate filibuster? The Standing Rules of the Senate state that “two-thirds of the Senators present and voting” must vote to cut off debate on a motion or measure to change the rules. If all senators are present, and Manchin wants to follow the rules of the Senate, that means it would effectively take 67 votes to make any change to the filibuster. But if the “nuclear option” were employed, a simple majority of the Senate could set a precedent contrary to the written rules. And if Manchin isn’t willing to go nuclear, then all his talk about entertaining changes to the filibuster is academic, because there won’t be 17 Republican votes to join 50 Democrats to change the Senate rules. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f06ed .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f06ed .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f06ed { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f06ed .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f0b9d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f0b9d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f0b9d { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f0b9d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f0e7b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f0e7b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f0e7b { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f0e7b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f1015 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f1015 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f1015 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f1015 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f1177 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f1177 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f1177 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6cf1f1177 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } When Manchin raised the possibility this spring of changing the Senate rules to require a “talking filibuster,” I asked him whether he would be willing to implement such a change via a simple majority vote or if he thought it should take two-thirds of the Senate. Manchin didn’t directly answer the question, but he repeatedly pointed to Rule XXII of the Standing Rules — the source of the two-thirds threshold for changing the mechanics of the filibuster — and said, “Let’s just use the rules we already have.” Whatever his present stance on the nuclear option, however, the fact that Manchin has cracked the door open even slightly to changing the Senate’s 60-vote rule to a 55-vote rule is remarkable by itself. Before voters went to the polls in Georgia to determine control of the Senate, Manchin went on Fox News to tell viewers and Georgia voters that he was “absolutely” committed to keeping the filibuster and the 60-vote rule. “I commit to you tonight and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching, I want to lay those fears, I want to rest those fears for you right now,” Manchin said. “I will not vote to pack the courts, and I would not vote to end the filibuster.” Manchin’s pledge was firm: “I’m the only Democrat senator that has voted against the . . . nuclear option that Harry Reid did in 2013, and I voted against the nuclear option when Mitch McConnell did it in 2017. . . . I thought we should be working together. It should take a minimum of 60 [votes].” Manchin repeated his pledge to back the 60-vote rule in January, after Democrats won control of the Senate, and then again in a Washington Post op-ed in April. “There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster,” he wrote. If Manchin now wants to lower the threshold for overcoming a filibuster to 55 votes, he will have to break that promise.

How Mollie Hemingway Exposed A Major Media Failure

On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss how the corporate media’s lie...

Austinites Continue Fight Against Democrat-Run City Hall Over Homeless Hotels

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