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Democrats’ Last-Ditch Effort To Force Tax Reform Back To Committee Fails By Vote Of 56-44

Update (2:35PM EST): And just like that, another forced procedural vote to push the GOP tax reform bill back to committee fails by a vote of 56-44. * * * Tune in below as the Senate takes yet another vote on a procedural motion to force the GOP tax reform legislation back to committee.  As […]

JPMorgan Updates By-laws In Case Of “Nuclear Disaster” Or World War III

In the most bizarre news of the day, Bloomberg’s Hugh Son noticed that in a late Thursday filing, the board of JPMorgan approved a series of revisions to the bank’s by-laws, including a particularly notable one: a new section defining what constitutes a quorum in an emergency resulting from “an attack on the United States” […]

Senate Republicans Trigger Nuclear Option, Clearing Gorsuch Nomination

Summary: The Senate voted 52-48 along party lines to repeal a rule allowing filibusters against Supreme Court nominees,invoking the so-called nuclear option, and clearing the way for Gorsuch confirmation who now needs a simple majority for nomination. The move sets up a final confirmation vote on Gorsuch for Friday afternoon, the Hill notes, after another […]

Gorsuch “Nuclear Option” Could “Fundamentally Transform” The Senate Forever

Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation vote, expected to be held in the Senate later this week, could have far-reaching legislative consequences well beyond the make up of the Supreme Court.  With Democrats vowing to “fight tooth and nail,” as Chuck Schumer would say, to filibuster Gorsuch, Republicans are likely to pursue the “nuclear option” to secure his […]

“The Will Of The People” Is A Myth

Submitted by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute, While it is rarely stated explicitly, the legitimacy of the modern American electoral system is founded on the idea of majority rule. Because of this, at the conclusion of each election, the victors claim the election reflected "the will of the people" and, in many cases, also […]