I tuned into the live stream on CSPAN2 of Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) filibuster.
In 1957 Sen. Strom Thurmond, (D&R, SC) filibustered for 24 hrs 18 min.
I think the Senate rules allow for the Senator to yield the floor for questions without relinquishing the floor. I the Senator has to talk about something that is germane. I don’t think they can read from cookbooks any more.
They are dealing with the confirmation of John Brennan as the next director of the CIA. There are lots of factors involved, including the use of drones against U.S. citizens abroad and, it seems now (if the Obama Administration continues as it does), on U.S. soil as well.