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This session, the Senate has a chance to fix the filibuster—a reform we've been championing for years. Read our coverage by Christopher Hayes, Thomas Geoghegan, Senator Tom Harkin and William Greider.

Rod Blagojevich's trial verdict showed that the line between criminal corruption and the base line corruption continues to blur.

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.

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

The House and Senate have finally ironed out their differences on Wall Street reform. What will the bill fix—and what does it leave broken?

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.

Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel proposes rocker John
Mellencamp as a successor to Evan Bayh and considers the likelihood of a Republican majority.

Blogs

The Senate passed a bill that cuts benefits for low-income Americans and will cost over 56,000 jobs. 

June 11, 2013

Three Oregonians testifed in the Senate about the lives of the working poor and the state of the American Dream.

June 7, 2013

The New Jersey governor games the election schedule, plans to appoint an unelected ‘interim’ senator and claims he’s all about ‘allowing the citizens of this state to have their say.’

June 5, 2013

The Senate’s last World War II veteran, who has died at age 89, fought for big, bold government investments in jobs and infrastructure. And he was right to do so.

June 3, 2013

Thousands sign petitions embracing Tammy Baldwin's declaration working families.

June 1, 2013

A proposal that would have allowed states to require clear labels is rejected by Republicans and Democrats.

May 25, 2013

Why won't the EPA regulate ammonium nitrate? Barbara Boxer wants to know.

April 30, 2013

The Senate Finance Committee chair who often clashed with party progressives and populists is quitting. A very different Democrat might replace him.

April 23, 2013

The progressive populist senator from Ohio would hold big banks to account -- a new concept for Washington.

March 29, 2013

Rand Paul provided an illustration of what filibuster reformers have been seeking.

March 7, 2013