The Return of American Politics
Rand Paul dominated the Senate floor
for 13 hours in the 9th longest filibuster in history
Rand Paul wanted an answer to his question of whether drones would be killing Americans on US soil. After a month and half of indirect answers by the government, a fear ran among the American people that they could be shot from the air in peace time after having been accused (without trial) of being an enemy combatant.
The filibuster is used only in the senate and not in the house. It is a way of keeping control of the floor to delay other bills from being passed. The rules dictate that the speaker cannot sit down or leave the floor. Senator Strom Thurman from NC holds the filibuster record for 24 hours and 18 min.
The word filibuster comes from the Spanish word, filibustero, thus stemming from a Dutch word that means pirate.
Filibuster always reminds me of the movie, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" starring Jimmy Stewart. The b/w 1939 flick is a favorite of mine. If you've never had the joy of sitting through that delightful movie, I highly recommend looking it up.
Below is a trailer of the flick, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.