[Questions for students:
What is Filibuster? Why does a democratic process allow the minority to prevent the majority from passing a vote?
In Chinese, it is often translated as 冗长辩论，台湾俗称”费力把事拖”
Senate Democrats Poised to Block Filibusters of Presidential Picks
By JEREMY W. PETERS
Published: November 20, 2013
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are on the verge of moving to eliminate the use of the filibuster against most presidential nominees, aides and senior party leaders said Wednesday, a move that would deprive Republicans of their ability to block President Obama’s picks for cabinet posts and the federal judiciary and further erode what little bipartisanship still exists in the Senate.