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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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Romney and his kind turned much of our economy into a betting parlor—how did he ever become a serious candidate for the presidency?

As a bookseller, Amazon has left no corner of the publishing world untouched. What will happen as it ventures into publishing original content?

 

The WikiLeaks cables not only uncovered extensive Washington influence in the region, it also ushered in a new age of investigative journalism.

How does having too many postage stamps in prison land you alone in a bathroom-sized cell, 23 hours each day for a month?

Romney and his kind turned much of our economy into a betting parlor—how did he ever become a serious candidate for the presidency?

How anti-Muslim bias entered the mainstream.