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Congress's vote to scale back mandatory sentences for federal crack cocaine offenses was a watershed in the long campaign for better drug policy.

Democrats should respond to the election results by getting things done for the American people.

Ari Melber shares his plan on how to fix Congress—let the majority win.

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.

The chance for legislative action on climate change this year is lost. But this allows the environmental movement, and the public, to mobilize around a better way to put a price on carbon: fee-and-dividend.

Abuse of the filibuster costs us majority rule. Here's how to restore it.

Nation DC Editor Chris Hayes guest-hosts the Rachel Maddow show and reports on the “remarkable” showing from the Senate as they unanimously voted to audit the Federal Reserve.

If you think healthcare reform has been an unsatisfying test of the government's ability to deal with our pressing problems, brace yourself for bigger disappointment in its attempt to bridle Wall Street.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has laid out a strategy to pass healthcare reform in the next couple of days. As usual, progressives are fretting that winning will make them look bad, while conservatives are baying for blood and calling for revolution.

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Although Governor Deval Patrick said it won’t affect his choice of a replacement, the petition drive could raise pressure to involve citizens in the process.

January 14, 2013

With their votes against Sandy aid, the House Budget Committee chair and his compatriots reject a basic premise of their oath to support the Constitution.

January 5, 2013

The 113th Congress is the most diverse in history, but that doesn't necessarily translate to progress.

January 4, 2013

This deal was a mixed bag, and the next one will likely be worse.

January 2, 2013

Congress’s late-night fiscal cliff deal was overall bad news for progressives.

January 2, 2013

Big wins on top-earner tax breaks and unemployment insurance set off by possibility of more cliffs and some harmful austerity measures. 

January 2, 2013

A new year's resolution for Washington: make the economy work for working people. 

January 2, 2013

Boehner's vision for a post-cliff America includes slashing benefits and gutting vital social services. 

January 2, 2013

Pundits expressed a range of views on the deal passed by Congress late last night.

January 2, 2013

Despite the hysteria over the fiscal cliff, the people won—this round at least.

January 1, 2013