In Washington: the f-word everyone says

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This week in Washington has been all about the F word you can say on the air: ‘Filibuster.’

With the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts on Tuesday, the Republicans gained their 41st seat in the Senate and an increased ability to slow down legislation, now that the fragile Democratic supermajority is no more. The filibuster (or the threat of a filibuster) has been an increasingly common occurrence in the the Senate over the last 30 years, and many blame it for slowing down legislation. Many, many listeners have written and phoned in to offer their suggestions as the Democrats’ chances for health care reform seem less and less certain; Todd Zwillich, our Washington correspondent, joins us to respond.

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