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The filibuster: Bring back the good ol' days
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The filibuster: Bring back the good ol' days

BY John Yang

WASHINGTON -- In the climax of Frank Capra's 1939 paean to democracy, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," Sen. Jefferson Smith holds the Senate floor for nearly 24 hours, reading the Senate manual and the Declaration of Independence through the night -- a lone, decent man using a filibuster to stand up for the little guy against the power of his home state's avaricious political machine and their business cronies.

01/23/2005