Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the Senate filibuster rule.

This is two different questions that has to be written in essay form.

#1.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the Senate filibuster rule.

Provide a fully developed essay of at least 500 words, and cite sources used.

#2.

Over the years, have states gained more or less power relative to the federal government? Please discuss and cite recent examples to support your argument.