The Damage Report host John Iadarola is joined by Brett Erlich, host of TYT’s Happy Half Hour, to go through Friday’s top stories.
John & Brett bust myths about the filibuster. Deaths from Covid remain high as hospitalizations drop nationally. Axios compares the Squad to QAnon congress members. Yet another Marjorie Taylor Greene conspiracy theory is unearthed. Matt Gaetz travels to Wyoming to annoy Liz Cheney. It’s time to take out the trash! Find out who John, Brett and you (yes, you!) picked as the Garbage Person of the week.
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Read more here: https://www.vox.com/2015/5/27/18089312/myths-about-the-filibuster
"Say the word "filibuster" and people think of the climactic scene in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, where Jimmy Stewart, playing an everyman senator, exposes the corruption of his colleagues by taking the Senate floor and talking, talking, talking until he collapses.
There’s truth to that scene: filibusters used to feature a senator, or group of senators, taking the floor and talking.
The longest filibuster on record belongs to the late Strom Thurmond, who took the floor on August 28th, 1957, during the Senate’s consideration of a civil rights bill. He began by reading the election statutes of all 48 states. Then he read the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, George Washington’s farewell address, and much else besides. He got one bathroom break, when Sen. Barry Goldwater took the floor on his behalf. He ate cold sirloin steak and pumpernickel bread his wife had packed and he sucked on throat lozenges. At times, his voice became too weak to hear. He finished 24 hours and 18 minutes later.”
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