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6 questions answered about "the nuclear option," the filibuster, and Supreme Court nominations

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Now that President Donald Trump has tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill an open seat on the Supreme Court, the Senate is once again careening toward a showdown over “the nuclear option,” an obscure but important rule that governs how the chamber conducts its business.

Senate Republicans breaking committee rules opens gate for partisan overrides

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As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump skipped a debate, refused to release his tax returns, hesitated to divest from his businesses and otherwise demonstrated little regard for the supposed rules of national politics.

My advice, Mr. President? Just keep tweeting

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The reality filter distorts viewpoints in both directions. “Democrats tend to rate the national economy more favorably than Republicans when a Democrat is in the White House and Republicans tend to rate the national economy more favourably than Democrats when a Republican is in the White House,” according to Jonathan Rapkin, Patrick Tucker and Steven Smith of Washington University.

The American Congress

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By professor Steven S. Smith, the 9th edition of this respected textbook provides a fresh perspective and a crisp introduction to congressional politics.

Principles and Practice of American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings

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New published book edited by professor Steven Smith.

The Senate Syndrome: The Evolution of Procedural Warfare in the Modern U.S. Senate

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By professor Steven S. Smith, this book tells us it would be a mistake that the U.S. Senate might easily be deemed unworthy of attention, if not downright irrelevant with its rock-bottom approval ratings, acrimonious partisan battles, and apparent inability to do its legislative business.