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Policy Window of Opportunity As a general rule, if controversial legislation is going to be passed, it is much more likely to happen very soon after the event than much later. This is to complement @JustinCave excellent answer which focuses on the proximity of the upcoming election. As they say, one of the primary reasons for skepticism is that it is ...


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Because the current perception is that both sides see more advantages to being able to campaign on what they'd do if only the voters would hand them control of the House, Senate, and Presidency than they do in compromising and campaigning on the fact that they got something done. If no bill passes, Democrats can campaign on the need to overhaul policing and ...


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In 2020, there are 3 African American senators (out of 100), two Democrats and one Republican.(In the census defined meaning of "African-American"): Tim Scott (R), Cory Booker (D) and Kamala Harris (D). Moreover there are 5 Hispanic/Latino senators, and there are 3 with an Asian heritage, including Kamala Harris, who has both African and Indian ...


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Going back to the original intentions of the Founders, the Senate was always meant to be a more powerful, significant body than the House. The House was constructed as the voice to the people, and the Founders expected that the House would be a contentious venue, prone to demagoguery and pandering, with Representatives closely reflecting the interests of ...


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In the 2004 senate election, Obama was pitted against Jack Ryan. In the middle of the campaign, papers were released as part of Ryan's divorce that suggested he had taken his wife to sex clubs and asked her to have sex in public. Moreover, he had lied privately to the Republican committee, saying that there was nothing potentially embarrassing in the ...


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The "Biden Rule" wasn't some kind of formal Senate rule, but rather was merely referring to the course of action that Biden himself suggested in 1992 that you mentioned, namely, not taking up a nomination during the election season. The name, of course, was used by Republicans just to point out the hypocrisy of the administration (and Senate ...


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A short piece on PolitiFact published at the time in 2016 put Biden's 1992 speech in its political context: Biden's floor speech was on June 25, 1992, more than three months later in the election cycle than it is now. There was no Supreme Court vacancy to fill. There was no nominee to consider. The Senate never took a vote to adopt a rule to delay ...


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