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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.

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?

Blogs

Of course, Elizabeth Warren should be considered, but so should Sherrod Brown and Jeff Merkley.

March 27, 2015

It's a tempting idea, but elevating Warren to the top Senate post is Mission Impossible.

March 27, 2015

The most anti-Iran Democrat in Congress will be charged with corruption, and the neocons are buzzing with conspiracy theories.

March 9, 2015

Activists disrupt Henry Kissinger’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

January 29, 2015

If Rubio really wanted to position himself for 2016, he could seize on the implications of his question for a broader immigration reform bill: Adjustment for All!

January 28, 2015

What the CIA found out about its torture program is much different than what officials have said publicly.

December 10, 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee is absolutely right to respect transparency and accountability with release of report on Bush-Cheney era abuses.

December 9, 2014

Despite promises of “zero tolerance” for sex crimes, new reforms and a report showing fewer incidences of assault, members of the military are still being raped, filmed while showering and discouraged from reporting.

December 5, 2014

Progressive senators are objecting to Obama’s latest Wall Street nominee.

November 24, 2014

Outgoing Colorado Senator Mark Udall promises to fight to the last day “to make sure we keep faith with our founding values.”

November 19, 2014