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There’s more work to be done, but this was a big win for democracy.

Sen. Patty Murray

With a two-seat gain while chair of the DSCC and a successful effort to get a budget through the Senate under her belt, Patty Murray has become a major force in the Senate.

Chuck Hagel

Why did war hero Chuck Hagel get blocked, while Wall Street crony Jack Lew sailed through?

Senate Dems should restore the practice to its proper function: as a tool for public dissent, rather than unchecked, covert obstruction.

The Wisconsin senate candidate rejects the idea of corporate personhood.

Sherrod Brown

Senator Sherrod Brown has been a leader in taking on the big banks, and now the Chamber of Commerce is retaliating.

A famous indictment from a century ago aptly describes today’s corrupt legislative body.

The senator's ideological shape-shifting has fallen out of favor.

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.

Blogs

The Senate majority leader says it's “shocking” that Republicans are blocking Hagel. Really? What did he think would happen when he blocked filibuster reform?

February 15, 2013

Why does the Senate majority leader let senators’ holds kill some nominations, but not others?

February 12, 2013

An FDR Democrat who got big things done, the retiring senator has been a rare moral voice in a chamber of compromise and cynicism—especially on human rights issues.

February 1, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Patrick skips over Barney Frank and picks a personal “ally” to join two other appointed-rather-than-elected senators. 

January 30, 2013

There’s a lot of unconvincing spin coming from the Senate Democrats who brokered an awful “filibuster reform” deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday morning.

January 24, 2013

Every evidence suggests, in the absence of the reforms proposed by Senators Jeff Merkley and Elizabeth Warren, any debate about meaningful gun-safety legislation will be preempted, any action obstructed.

January 18, 2013

&qlduo;We need a treasury secretary who is prepared to stand up to corporate America and their powerful lobbyists and fight for policies that protect the working families in our country. I do not believe Mr. Lew is that person.”

January 11, 2013

The new senator from Massachusetts has the savvy and guts to take on big (and ungrateful) finance. 

January 10, 2013

As the Senate moves to consider reforms to restore a talking filibuster, lobbyists who thrive on secrecy and corporate obstruction fight back. 

January 9, 2013

Obama’s defense secretary nominee will likely be confirmed, despite Republican obstructionism

January 8, 2013