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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

Vermont Senator rallies citizens to defend Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. 

June 27, 2011

For the last year, Senate Republicans have used the confirmation process to block nominees, de-staff agencies, and overturn the president's agenda piece by piece.

June 20, 2011

The Senate rejected Ryan's Medicare-cutting budget 57-40, as five Republicans voted “no."

May 25, 2011

The White House, House Republican majority, and Senate Democratic majority have remained silent about how to fix widespread unemployment.

May 10, 2011

With 18 years experience on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Russ Feingold “gets” the Middle East. He says the US must stop neglecting human rights in the name of human rights. He's right, and if Obama happened to be looking for a special envoy...

February 4, 2011

The Senate will not change its own rules on opening day, as reformers had hoped.

January 5, 2011

The Senate has a chance to redeem its dysfunction and implement needed reforms to its own rules when it convenes a new session today.

January 4, 2011

Republican senators attacked Harry Reid for keeping the chamber working as the Holiday approached. What would these Tories have told George Washington and the troops who were preparing to cross the Delaware? And what would Tom Paine have said about today's summer soldiers?

December 24, 2010

Edgy as ever, Arlen Specter bids farewell to the Senate with accusations of cannibalism, griping about the decay of deliberation and some smart proposals for reforming a dysfunctional legislative chamber. But what about the zombies?

December 22, 2010

After a two-decade campaign, LGBT groups and their allies celebrate the removal of the last major hurdle to ending discrimination against gays and lesbians in the military.

December 18, 2010