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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.

Guest-hosting the Rachel Maddow Show, Nation DC editor Christopher Hayes talks to Rep. Diana DeGette on healthcare and Demos director Heather McGhee on consumer protection.

The latest moves on healthcare reform from Kucinich, Massa and Stupak.

Lawrence Lessig explains how Obama's surrender in the fight for Congressional reform betrayed Washington.

Let the Republicans actually filibuster something, hour after excrutiating hour, in real time. The public won't like it.

Find out Professor Lawrence Lessig's solutions and ideas for how to fix Congress in this video companion to his cover story, "How to Get Democracy Back."

Blogs

A Dickensian year when food stamps were cut and bankers got everything they wanted

December 24, 2014

The USPS will deliver 15.5 billion pieces of mail this season. Yet it is threatened by devastating closures and cuts.

December 23, 2014

“It is unacceptable that the Defense Department continues to waste massive amounts of money,” Sanders argues.

December 18, 2014

Out of the Senate debate over another sellout to the big banks comes the clarion call for a new populist politics.

December 14, 2014

The congressional showdown has given us an exciting glimpse of what the future might look like if they lead the way for a liberal insurgency.

December 12, 2014

Congress’s spending bill overrides Washington’s vote to legalize marijuana and thwarts the will of the people.

December 11, 2014

Congress will not have the power to overturn the Affordable Care Act, so Republicans are hoping the Supreme Court’s right-wingers will do the dirty work for them.

December 8, 2014

Rand Paul and Barbara Lee are right: “The Constitution requires Congress to vote on the use of military force.”

November 24, 2014

The Senate’s failure to bring even a narrow, watered-down reform to a final vote underscores that Congress is for the most part disinterested in exercising its constitutional duty to oversee the intelligence community.

November 19, 2014

Has Republican Ed Whitfield unethically supported the interests of his wife’s firm?

November 17, 2014