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The State of the Senate48:22
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photoThere's a lot of rumbling from the U.S. Congress these days. As a rules change on filibusters looms large in the U.S. Senate, moderate senators from both sides of the aisle are working to calm the situation. But it's not clear if their efforts will be enough.

Bitter partisanship is nothing new, but what about playing with longstanding Senate rules? How often are moderates able to save the day with compromises on rifts this wide?

Hear a conversation with senate historians about what this moment on Capitol Hill means.

Guests:

Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today

Julian Zelizer, professor of history at Boston University;Senator Ken Salazar (D) Colorado

Ross Baker, professor of political science at Rutgers University

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly magazine.

This program aired on May 23, 2005.

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