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Could the Senate start getting things done, if only legislators didn't have to face filibuster threats? This week on The Breakdown: the history of the filibuster, and how to get rid of it.

Gary Younge hits the road to understand how local opposition to President Obama explains a growing national movement.

Almost one year after the stimulus bill was signed into law, Christopher Hayes, with special guest Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute, assess its successes, failures and unknown future.

What effect will the reduction in troops in Iraq that Obama has promised have on defense spending?

In this interview with Tom Dispatch, Anand Gopal talks about his how he learned about an unreported network of U.S. secret prisons in Afghanistan.

The Obama Administration has announced a plan to reduce the budget deficit through a three-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending. What are possible long-term effects?

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What can we expect from comprehensive immigration reform? In this Nation Conversation, Aura Bogado breaks down the range of possibilities for America's undocumented.

The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn talks with The Nation's Bryce Covert and George Zornick about what Obama can—and should—tackle in his second term. 

Will Obama's order to increase "school resource officers" funnel more of our students through the school-to-prison pipeline?

Rick Perlstein joins Bryce Covert and George Zornick to explore the serpentine shifts and strange bedfellows of gun control politics. 

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What really happened on Capitol Hill this week, and a look ahead to the budget battles on the horizon.