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The (Slim) Case for Preserving the Filibuster

- A filibuster by Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) in 2007 averted the hasty approval of legal amnesty for telecommunications companies that aided the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.

- A threatened filibuster by six senators from both parties delayed renewal of the Patriot Act in 2005 and prompted some restrictions -- small, but impossible to achieve without the filibuster power -- on the sweeping governmental search powers envisioned by that infamous law.

- Wisconsin Sen. Robert LaFollette, an anti-corporate Republican often described as Sen. Russ Feingold's (D-WI) progenitor in progressivism, held up a public lands bill in 1919 to protest what he viewed as a government sell-off of environmental resources to coal and oil companies.