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PBS Frontline - Obama at War (2015)

Published on May 30, 2015

Inside the Obama administration's struggle to deal with ISIS and the deadly civil war in Syria. With interviews from key military and diplomatic leaders, Obama at War examines the hard choices facing the president as he tries to defeat the Islamic State without dragging America into a prolonged regional conflict.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC3KnDA6LLU

Wing Nut

Obama is more worried about the gas that you exhale (i.e. carbon dioxide) then the threat from ISIS. Oh, and don't forget that he hates the guns we own too. No wonder people have no faith in the Federal Government.

See ya,
WN

Antonio Andolini

President Lyndon Baines Johnson, the architect of The Great Society, was from Texas.

Antonio Andolini

Have to wonder when was the last time Herr Reich was in Texas?

"New study finds most big cities in Texas lean liberal
By Alex Bentley

Thanks in large part to former President George W. Bush and the high profile of Gov. Rick Perry, Texas is generally viewed as overwhelmingly conservative. But a new study profiled by The Economist shows that when it comes to big cities, Texas can lean liberal.

The study, created by Chris Warshaw of MIT and Chris Tausanovitch from UCLA, takes into account seven different surveys to try and determine if big cities are responsive when it comes to the views of their citizens. According to the findings, cities do tend to mirror their constituents' views, meaning big cities have more liberal legislation.

Dallas and Houston were the next most-liberal locales behind Austin. The only big city considered conservative was Arlington.

Of the 67 cities listed on the national chart, seven of the eight Texas cities rated as either split on the conservative/liberal spectrum or on the liberal side of the aisle.

Naturally, Austin took home the distinction as the most liberal big city in Texas, falling in near-lockstep with Philadelphia and St. Louis. Dallas and Houston were the next most-liberal locales in the Lone Star State. The only big city considered truly conservative was Arlington.

This isn't much of a surprise, considering Barack Obama was the clear favorite in the metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio during the 2012 presidential election. Obama still lost the overall Texas vote handily, but big cities weren't the reason why.

As the cities get smaller in Texas, conservatism tends to win out. In another chart in the study breaking down just Texas cities, many Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs were deemed conservative, including Plano, Lewisville, Carrollton, Garland, Grand Prairie, Richardson, Mesquite, Denton and Irving. In fact, Plano was the second most conservative city behind Amarillo."

http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/city-life/08-12-14-most-liberal-conservative-cities-political-survey-economist/

Spence

I think that Our Illustrious Mayor, The honorable Paul Grenya and Council ... er "Team" should Draft a Letter to the Office of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Fully Supporting Her drive to bring Millions of Syrian Refugees to America. Berlin could easily accommodate a few thousand, which would strengthen Our Sagging Population numbers AND quite possibly make Grant Writing Much more Lucrative.

http://berlindailysun.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53969:berlin-named-city-on-the-rise-by-nh-magazine&catid=103&Itemid=442

Hillary Clinton criticizes Obama foreign policy in interview: ‘failure’ to help Syrian rebels led to strong ISIS

BY Erin Durkin
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, August 11, 2014, 11:02 AM

The former U.S. Secretary of State appeared to distance herself from the White House in an interview with The Atlantic published Sunday, explaining that his failure to intervene in in Syria contributed to the rise of radical Islam across the country and in Iraq.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/hillary-clinton-criticizes-obama-foreign-policy-interview-failure-syrian-rebels-led-strong-isis-article-1.1899301

Antonio Andolini

If Mrs. Clinton were elected President, how long, ya think, until the Press Secretary starts saying, "it's all Obama's fault."

drano

...be nice if Texas would do what they keep threatening to do and get out of the Union! http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoon/display.cfm/142306

Wing Nut

AA,

Good one! No, even when "the Queen" is elected President they will all still blame Bush. Don't forget, it has nothing to do with failed liberal policies. Repeat the party mantra and eventually everyone will believe it.

See ya,
WN

Spence

More Evidence of Failed Liberal Govt., but We Dumb Rubes could Not Survive without It, Could We WN ?

Five Chicago Suburbs Headed for Bankruptcy (More Illinois Cities Will Follow)

Illinois House Bill 298 would allow Illinois municipalities to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. That bill is endorsed by Governor Bruce Rauner, and currently rests in the house rules committee.

As soon as Illinois passes Bill 298, a number of Illinois cities are highly likely to file bankruptcy as noted by Bond Buyer in Illinois' Candidates for Municipal Bankruptcy.

If HB298 was enacted, which local governments might use the new bankruptcy option? To help answer this question, our team reviewed audited financial statements that all but the smallest municipalities must file. Most of these financial audits can be found on the state comptroller’s local government Finance Warehouse.

Among the indicators we considered were government-wide unrestricted net position and general fund balance. The first indicator shows the degree to which assets held by the government entity as a whole exceed its liabilities and are not locked up in buildings and other illiquid forms. The second indicator, general fund balance, focuses more narrowly on the government’s main fund – which is roughly analogous to an individual’s checking account. Low or negative general fund balances were cited in the bankruptcies of Vallejo and Stockton, California. It is worth noting that the five municipalities we identified are all located in Cook County, which also faces fiscal challenges. Our list does not include Chicago. Although that city’s financial struggles have made frequent headlines, several of its smaller suburbs appear to be in much greater fiscal distress. The five communities we identified are: Maywood, Sauk Village, Blue Island, Country Club Hills and Dalton.

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/05/five-chicago-suburbs-headed-for.html

Meanwhile, the outlook for the Illinois economy is not a good one. For details, please see Chicago PMI Unexpectedly Crashes: New Orders, Production and Employment Down by More Than 10%

Spence

As a matter of Fact ...

Bankrupt Cities, Municipalities List and Map

Many local governments across the U.S. face steep budget deficits as they struggle to pay off debts accumulated over a number of years. As a last resort, some filed for bankruptcy.

Governing is tracking the issue, and will update this page as more municipalities seek bankruptcy protection.

A federal judge recently approved Detroit's plan to pay off about $7 billion in debt. Detroit previously became the largest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy in 2013.

Overall bankrupt municipalities remain extremely rare. A Governing analysis estimated only one of every 1,668 eligible general-purpose local governments (0.06 percent) filed for bankruptcy protection from 2008 through 2012. Excluding filings later dismissed, only one of every 2,710 eligible localities (not all states permit governments to file for bankruptcy) filed since 2008.

The majority of filings have not been submitted by bankrupt cities, but rather lesser-known utility authorities and other narrowly-defined special districts throughout the country. In Omaha, Neb., more than a dozen sanitary districts have filed for bankruptcy, accounting for nearly a quarter of all Chapter 9 filings since 2010.

It's also important to note that only about half of states outline laws authorizing municipal bankruptcy. View our bankruptcy laws map for each state's policies.

List of Bankruptcy Filings Since January 2010

All Municipal Bankruptcy Filings: 47

General-Purpose Local Government Bankruptcy Filings (8):
-- City of Detroit
-- City of San Bernardino, Calif.
-- Town of Mammoth Lakes, Calf. (Dismissed)
-- City of Stockton, Calif.
-- Jefferson County, Ala.
-- City of Harrisburg, Pa. (Dismissed)
-- City of Central Falls, R.I.
-- Boise County, Idaho (Dismissed)

LAST UPDATED: Nov. 7, 2014

http://www.governing.com/gov-data/municipal-cities-counties-bankruptcies-and-defaults.html

Antonio Andolini

"Vermont hydro project 'leapfrogs' Northern Pass
By DAVE SOLOMON

The Department of Energy on Wednesday released the draft environmental impact statement for the New England Clean Power Link, recommending a presidential permit for the plan to bring hydroelectricity from Quebec into New England through Vermont.

Anyone who’s been following the Northern Pass debate might want to take a look at the 280-page report on the Vermont project to get an idea of what’s in store for New Hampshire when the EIS for the Northern Pass comes out later this summer.

The application for the 154-mile, 1,000 megawatt transmission line through Vermont, which is mostly under water or underground, was only filed a year ago on May 22. Northern Pass opponents say this shows how fast an electric transmission project can proceed when it is underground, and that Eversource should take notice.

Transmission Developers Inc., a New York-based company, first announced plans for the Clean Power Link in late 2013, applied to the Department of Energy in May of last year, and in December applied for its state permits. Now, the state permitting process in Vermont is the only major hurdle left for the project.

'The state of Vermont and its citizens, who have the final say on siting, have yet to weigh in officially on the draft EIS, but the unprecedented rapidity with which the New England Clean Power Link has moved from application to the draft EIS shows what initial community support does for a project’s chances of success,' said Susan Schibanoff of Easton, a member of the Northern Pass opposition group, Responsible Energy Action.

'This EIS also paves the way for seeing burial of high-voltage cable in transportation corridors as viable and desirable,' she said

Digesting the draft

The draft is rife with references to the desirability of underground cable for transmission projects, with observations such as, 'operation of the project would pose no risk to public health and safety because most of the cable would be buried underground,' and 'operation, maintenance, and emergency repairs would have little or no effect on land use in the overland segment because the proposed transmission cables would be underground within existing rights of way.'

Eversource executives have filed an alternative proposal for a 1,000-megawatt transmission line with the grid operator ISO-New England, suggesting that the company is considering burying more of the Northern Pass lines if that’s what’s necessary to win approval.

'We’re still digesting the draft, but it is interesting to note that from the perspective of this EIS, burial of the proposed Vermont line along the road is not only feasible but has significant advantages,' said Jack Savage, spokesman for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

'NECPL still has important permitting steps ahead, but it certainly seems that by adopting the new technology and focusing on burial, it has avoided controversy and leapfrogged Northern Pass,' he said.

Eversource spokesperson Lauren Collins said the recommendation of a presidential permit for the Vermont project is a positive development for the energy needs of New England, but that comparison to the Northern Pass project, first proposed in 2010, is disingenuous given the vast differences in geography.

Laying cable along the mushy bottom of Lake Champlain is a lot different than blasting through New Hampshire granite, for example.

'It is good to see another energy project making progress because it is clear that New England is in dire need of multiple new sources of power,' she said.

Similar solutions

Northern Pass expects its own draft Environmental Impact Statement later next month, and plans to begin the state permitting process in New Hampshire shortly thereafter.

'While these projects propose similar solutions to New England’s energy challenges they also have notable differences,' Collins said. 'Northern Pass remains the only large-scale transmission project in development in the region with a confirmed supplier of power and an interconnection approval. Our shared electric grid needs both of these projects and more if we are to address high energy costs and a rapidly dwindling supply due to power plant retirements.'

Eversource may decry any comparison of the two projects as apples to oranges, but Northern Pass opponents will seize on the Clean Power Link EIS as proof that under-grounding is preferred and affordable.

'It shows that if you go underground, it is more expensive, but the process is so much quicker, with so much less public resistance,' said Jim Dannis, another member of Responsible Energy Action, 'And as the EIS says, you basically avoid environmental and visual impact issues.'

The draft environmental impact statement for the N.E. Clean Power Link can be read at http://necplinkeis.com/"

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150604/NEWS05/150609561

Antonio Andolini

Rocky's "favorite" columnist on Bernie:

"Bernie Sanders' socialist charade

DOES ANY stricture of journalistic propriety or social etiquette require us to participate in Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ charade? Is it obligatory to take seriously his pose of being an 'independent' and a 'socialist'? It gives excitable Democratic activists a frisson of naughtiness to pretend that he is both. Actually, he is neither.

'Independent'? He caucuses with Senate Democrats and attends their policy lunches, his committee assignments count against the Democrats’ quotas, he reliably votes with Democrats and he is seeking the Democrats’ presidential nomination. He is a Democrat.

If he is a 'socialist,' who isn’t? In olden days, socialism meant something robust — government ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange. Then, voters and reality being resistant to such socialism, the idea was diluted to mean just government ownership of an economy’s 'commanding heights', principally heavy industries, coal mines, railroads, etc.

In 1928, even the U.S. Socialist Party’s candidate, Norman Thomas (Princeton class of 1905), campaigned on a platform whose first plank was: 'Nationalization of our natural resources, beginning with the coal mines and water sites, particularly at Boulder Dam and Muscle Shoals.' Today, Boulder (now Hoover) Dam and Muscle Shoals are federal enterprises. The Socialist platform called for government ownership of the railroads. So far, the government’s passenger rail monopoly, Amtrak, has accumulated $1.3 billion of red ink from 45 years of applied socialism. America’s Socialist Party did what Karl Marx said the state would do under communism: It withered away when the New Deal adopted much of its agenda of ameliorative government.

Today, 'socialism,' at least in Western Europe where the term is still part of the political lexicon, is the thin gruel of 'social democracy.' This means three things — heavy government regulation of commercial activities, government provision of a 'social safety net,' and redistribution of wealth through progressive taxation and entitlement programs.

For America’s Republicans, opposition to these three ubiquitous realities is avowed but not constraining. They neither plan nor pose a serious threat to any of the three, so they, too, can be called 'socialists,' which is a classification that no longer classifies.

In 2008, conservatives got the vapors, or pretended to, when candidate Barack Obama, campaigning in Ohio, told Joe the Plumber (aka Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher), 'I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.' Histrionic conservatives exclaimed: Obama favors 'redistribution of wealth'! Which is most of what modern government does. And it does it even faster under Republicans than under Democrats.

Between 1960 and 2010, the growth of entitlement spending, which is redistributive, exploded from 28 percent to 66 percent of federal spending. For half a century, entitlement payments were, says economist Nicholas Eberstadt, America’s 'fastest-growing source of personal income.' And in any given year, growth 'was on the whole over 8 percent higher if the President happened to be a Republican rather than a Democrat.'

America’s welfare state transfers more than 14 percent of GDP to recipients. In 2010, government at all levels redistributed more than $2.2 trillion in money, goods and services to recipients. That is $7,200 per person, almost $29,000 for a family of four.

Does socialism mean government growing rapidly relative to the private sector? In the second half of the 20th century, government outlays and regulatory costs (primarily imposed on the private sector) grew 50 percent faster than the private sector. And the socialist Sanders thinks the public sector is famished?

Hectoring Hillary Clinton about her strategic reticence concerning most matters of public policy is unfair. She will tell us her convictions (about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the Keystone XL pipeline, increasing Social Security benefits, etc.) when she decides, or is told, what her convictions are.

While medical and retirement payments to the elderly swallow the federal budget, Sanders proposes increasing Social Security benefits (a regressive transfer to the most affluent age cohort, the elderly). He would pay for this by increasing the amount of income subject to payroll taxes. Campaigning in 2007, Clinton denounced such an increase as 'a trillion-dollar tax increase on the elderly and on middle-class workers.' Under pressure from Sanders, her thinking about this may 'evolve.'

Sanders, who thinks European social democracies are exemplary, evidently thinks America should be more like Greece. Clinton’s other opponent, former Baltimore Mayor and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, thinks America deserves more of what has made Baltimore so exciting — the unimpeded, full-throttle application (in Baltimore, for 48 years) of Democratic policies. Why should Clinton interrupt her reticence while her rivals are making her seem (relatively) sensible?

(Disclosure: This columnist’s wife, Mari Will, works for Scott Walker.)

George Will is a columnist for The Washington Post.

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150604/OPINION02/150609582

Rocky

I wouldn't expect anything different from my buddy George, very predictable. People like George Will are stuck in the 19th century brand of socialism. Socialism = Communism So how do we save the middle class and their standard of living? Make the rich richer? Allow more tax loopholes? Move more companies overseas? More corporate welfare? More oil company subsidies? Keep bailing-out Wall Street? We're already reaping those benefits right now.

drano

...Rocky you ain't looking out for the top 1%! They have needs too you know.

Wing Nut

Funny, we've had very liberal Democrat in office for the last 6 years and Rocky is still blaming Bush and prior Republicans for the problems in the Country. Delusional? I'm starting to wonder......WN

drano

...hey trust fund child...the problems in this country go back to Reagan! Trickle down (voodoo) economy has caught up to us!

Antonio Andolini

Making hay while the sun shines.

"Solar panels at old dump get OK from Manchester
By TED SIEFER
New Hampshire Union Leader

MANCHESTER — A team of renewable energy development companies has received the green light to move forward with a plan to build a solar installation at the former city dump, the first such project in the state.

The Board of Mayor and Alderman voted on Tuesday to support a joint proposal from three companies to build an array of 3,500 panels on a portion of the 93-acre landfill off Dunbarton Road. The companies — ReVision Energy, American Capital Energy and Renewable Energy Development Partners, LLC — would bear the expense of building and maintaining the array, while the city would commit to purchase electricity for 20 years at a set price below its current rate.

The project, which would generate about 1 megawatt of electricity, is considerably smaller than the one developers proposed last fall. Under the earlier proposal, the array would have generated 2 to 3 megawatts of electricity.

Still, at 1 megawatt, the project would allow the city to reclaim bragging rights as home to the largest solar installation in the state. The output would be slightly larger than the recently completed installation at the wastewater treatment plant in Peterborough, which is now the largest solar project in the state, overtaking the panels at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

City Facilities Manager Kevin O’Maley told the aldermen’s committee on energy contracts that time was of the essence because the state Public Utilities Commission had indicated it would fund the project with a $1 million grant, but the money would likely go to another community if a plan wasn’t put forward this week.

The limited availability of public financing is what prompted the developers to scale back the earlier proposal, a company official told the committee.

O’Maley noted the $1 million grant came from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative funds, the availability of which have been subject to 'political' considerations in recent years.

O’Maley said while the project was on a relatively small scale, it fit with the city’s push for improved energy efficiency. 'It’s not a home run, but if we can hit a lot of singles and doubles we can do pretty good too,' he said.

O’Maley stressed that the proposal was not a final contract between the city and the developers, and the terms could be further negotiated.

Under the proposal, the city would purchase electricity at a rate just below 6 cents per kilowatt/hour, which would result in $26,500 in savings in the first year of the project, according to the developers’ calculations. The city would also receive an annual tax payment of $5,000. The savings in future years would rise based on the increase in electricity rates.

O’Maley acknowledged that a decline in rates was a 'risk,' but said he believes it is unlikely they would go below the locked-in rate for any significant period of time.

In Peterborough, by comparison, the town is locked in to a rate of 8 cents per kilowatt/hour, and will receive $4,000 a year, according to the developers.

Over the length of the 20-year agreement, the city’s savings would range from $1 million to $1.5 million, according to the developers.

At the committee meeting, Alderman Keith Hirschmann, who represents Ward 12 where the landfill is located, said he saw the project as a first phase that could be expanded in the future.

He also noted that the property is ill-suited to other uses. 'The topography — it’s challenging,' he said. The committee recommended backing the proposal, and later in the evening the full board voted to do so after a brief debate.

Mayor Ted Gatsas indicated he was disappointed the plan had been scaled back. 'There’s no question I’ve been talking about solar panels on the landfill for the better part of seven years, (but) I think the previous proposal had $100,000 in revenue for the city,' he said.

Gatsas also noted that the developers could reap considerable profits through federal tax incentives for alternative energy projects.

But Alderman-at-Large Joe Kelly Levasseur said he believes the project helps the city 'look 21st century,' and he welcomed the developers’ proposal. 'God forbid we have capitalists in this country,' he said. 'Come on in; we’d like to do business with you.'"

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150604/NEWS0606/150609545?utm_source=getresponse&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nhbr&utm_content=NH+Business+Review+Business+News+Browser

Spence

What a Riot ! ..... Obozo Thinks "his" America is Respected !!!

World Foreign Policy

America Isn’t the World’s Most Respected Country. But It Is a Superpower

Ian Bremmer @ianbremmer

June 3, 2015

President Obama may overreach on foreign policy, but the U.S. still dominates the world

“People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia,” Barack Obama said on Monday. “And today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth.”

As presidential statements go, that’s a pretty daring one. And it’s not exactly true.

Let’s go back to 2009. Two failed wars and a global financial crisis have forced Obama to spend years of his presidency and significant political capital to restore Washington’s reputation. Given where he started from, Obama has made some serious progress.

But claiming the U.S. is “once again the most respected” country in the world is absurd, and certainly isn’t supported by public perception polls or recent current events. U.S. favorability ratings have fallen by 13 percentage points in Germany alone since 2009, and by 19 points in Japan since 2011—and these are our key allies. Don’t bother asking the Russians.

World leaders haven’t gotten the message about America’s return to respectability either. In the last few months alone we’ve seen Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu come speak to Congress despite administration officials’ explicit warning not to. America’s allies around the world rushed to sign up for China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) over Washington’s vocal objections. Just a few weeks ago, Obama hosted the Gulf Cooperation Council in Washington, only to be spurned by four of the six country leaders—including the new king of Saudi Arabia, a longtime U.S. ally. “Respected” isn’t quite the right word for America’s global stature under Obama’s second term.

http://time.com/3906631/obama-foreign-policy-superpower-united-states/

Spence

Hillary Clinton plays to raucous but HALF-EMPTY arena at black university as she claims opponents want to 'disempower and disenfranchise people of color'

Democratic front-runner wants universal, automatic voter registration for every 18-year-old instead of the 'opt-in' system the US has today
Texas Southern University basketball arena was divided by a giant blue curtain, leaving three-quarters of the seats unavailable
Hillary demands felons have their voting rights restored after they serve their sentences
Slams the Supreme Court for 2013 decision that let southern states change their own election laws after 40 years of federal supervision
Brought hisses from her audience when she mentioned Republicans Rick Perry and Scott Walker

By David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com In Houston

Published: 16:52 EST, 4 June 2015 | Updated: 17:24 EST, 4 June 2015

Hillary Clinton closed a three-day campaign fundraising swing through Texas and New Mexico on Thursday with a rare public appearance at Texas Southern University in Houston and a stemwinder on voting rights.

She took no questions and spoke with no reporters, but angrily complained that Texas voters can present their concealed-carry gun permits as a voter ID, but not their college student identification cards.

Clinton was received with wild applause at the historically black college, but organizers arranged the 8,100-seat basketball arena so that three-quarters of the seats were roped off and empty.

They added rows of chairs on the floor, but 15-foot-tall blue curtains draped all around blocked the view of entire sections of empty seats, leaving the impression that Clinton couldn't fill the room.

The university didn't provide a crowd count, but an arena security official estimated that there were 2,200 in attendance.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3111535/Hillary-Clinton-plays-raucous-HALF-arena-black-university-claims-opponents-want-disempower-disenfranchise-people-color.html

Wing Nut

Yes Drano, it is all the Republicans fault. Democrats have all the answers and things are going great under Obama. Delusional? At least you and Rocky and MSNBC are all in line. Birds of a feather as they say......

Spence

Move Over Bernie ... You're Not Crazy enough !!!

http://www.2016election.com/martin-omalley/

drano

...the most filibustered President in history! I wish he would have had the balls as POTUS that he showed when running for Pres. Things would be different. As for "delusional" that term most refers to you FOX fans.

Spence

Hey WN ... Are You a "Trust Fund Kid" ???

Check THIS Out !!!

http://www.tactilite.com/Spartan-50-BMG-Upper-Receiver-p/s1.htm

- Not a heck of a lot for some SERIOUS Firepower.

Antonio Andolini

Sorry, drano, Washington Post (no less)disputes that claim.

"Four Pinocchios for Obama’s claim that Republicans have ‘filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation’

In addressing a dinner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Los Angeles, President Obama made a rather striking claim — that Senate Republicans have filibustered '500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class.'

Regular readers knows that The Fact Checker has objected to the way that Senate Democrats tally these figures, but the president’s claim makes little sense no matter how you do the numbers.

The Facts

First, some definitions: A filibuster generally refers to extended debate that delays a vote on a pending matter, while cloture is a device to end debate. Filibusters are used by opponents of a nominee or legislation, while cloture is filed by supporters.

Since 2007, there have been 527 cloture motions that have been filed, according to Senate statistics. This is apparently where Obama got his figure. But this tells only part of the story, as many of those cloture motions were simply dropped, never actually voted on, or 'vitiated' in the senatorial nomenclature.

Obama is assuming every cloture motion can be counted as a filibuster. Political scientist Sarah Binder of the Brookings Institution, in 2002 co-wrote a paper that concluded there was 94 percent correlation between cloture motions and documented filibusters between 1917 and 1996. But the Congressional Research Service, using newer data, warned in a 2013 report that 'it would be erroneous, however, to treat this table as a list of filibusters on nominations.'

Indeed, when you go through the numbers, there have just been 133 successful filibusters — meaning a final vote could not take place — since 2007."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/05/09/four-pinocchios-for-obamas-claim-that-republicans-have-filibustered-about-500-pieces-of-legislation/

Antonio Andolini

Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's legacy:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2014/08/04/harry-reids-reign-of-paralysis/

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