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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.

Only 65 members of the House voted with Kucincich to force withdrawal from the Afghan war.  The outcome makes the anti-war forces appear weaker than they are, and appearances do matter.

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Unless there’s a blueprint to break the Republican strategy of hostage taking, the Dems will be left trumpeting their own weakness to avoid blame.

December 22, 2011

Change takes movements on the outside and champions on the inside. This is the time to be recruiting candidates who share the convictions of the 99 percent.

December 14, 2011

The Supercommittee is dead. Here’s what should come next.

December 1, 2011

The liberal firebrand, who will retire from the House next year, championed LGBT rights, worked for a fairer economy and pushed for cutting defense spending.

November 28, 2011

The church has proposed a financial transaction tax in order to steer the economy “towards achieving the common good.” Is that class warfare?

October 29, 2011

Even as Occupy Wall Street heats up, Washington plans to spend the winter arguing about how to further mutilate the economy.

October 18, 2011

America is not broke. But it has broken priorities. The Congressional Progressive Caucus has the right fix: save trillions, put Americans back to work and protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. How? End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tax millionaires, negotiate Medicare drug prices.
 

October 15, 2011

Do we invest in affordable housing, or a mortgage interest deduction on vacation homes? Congress’s “Terrible Ten” force the poor to sacrifice for breaks for the rich.

September 27, 2011

Alterman on classic rock and jazz, Reed on cliché's gravitational pull over media.

September 23, 2011

Headlining Wisconsin's Fighting Bob Fest, the largest annual gathering of progressives in the country, the Vermont senator drew the loudest cheers for a stern warning to the president and his colleagues on the congressional “super-committee” that has been charged with deficit reduction: don’t balance budgets on the backs of working Americans. Make the rich pay their fair share.

September 18, 2011