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WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Senate split 50-50, leaders of the Democratic majority are looking for ways to advance their priorities and President Joe Biden's agenda around the typical 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster by opponents.

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Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky single-handedly triggered the shortest shutdown in history with a filibuster that forced the Senate to miss a midnight deadline to approve a spending deal that Paul regarded as wasteful. As a result, the government technically ran out of money at 12:01 a.m. that Friday. But Congress members worked through the night and approved the bill at roughly 5:30 a.m. the same day, allowing the government to function normally with no interruptions.

Franklin Roosevelt, afflicted by the disease at age 39, died in April 1945 at the polio recuperation facility he had created in Warm Springs, Georgia. Before then, Mitch McConnell living in Five Points, Alabama, began going there for treatment for the polio that struck him at age 2, in 1944.

The Senate's coming confirmation of Neil Gorsuch will improve the Supreme Court, and Democrats' incontinent opposition to him will inadvertently improve the Senate -- if Republicans are provoked to thoroughly reform the filibuster. If eight Democrats will not join the 52 Republicans in providing 60 votes to end debate and bring Gorsuch's nomination to a vote, Republicans should go beyond extending to Supreme Court nominees the prohibition of filibusters concerning other judicial nominees. Senate rules should be changed to rectify a mistake made 47 years ago.

Thumbs down to the possibility of two Martin Luther King Jr. Day walks in Florence. One is enough. We had one in each of the past 17 years that was led by Florence City Councilman Ed Robinson. He died in March, but his widow and others want to carry on the walk. Organizers say Pat Gibson-Hye Moore, who was elected to replace Robinson on the council, wants to start a separate walk. Moore isn’t say much now. “You will hear from us in due time,” she said Wednesday. We aren’t taking sides for now in this matter. We’ll wait until we hear from Moore before we cast judgment. We just want to express disappointment. Shame, shame, shame. Can’t we all just get along? Can’t they talk this over and work this out so we can have one walk that brings the whole community together? Come on. It’s called unity. Martin Luther King Jr. was its biggest advocate.

So Thom Anderson does not like the filibuster used in the Senate. Was he saying the same thing back in the late 50’s and early 60’s when our Senator, Strom Thurmond, used it? He also does not like the gerrymandering used to load the Congress one way or the other. At least he was right in saying it is used in both parties. What does he think about the Electoral College, where large population states elect our president?

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator and tea party favorite from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 13 hours to take control of the chamber and block Senate confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director.

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