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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 proposed budget solution “does not generate the revenue necessary for the country to meet its needs.”

January 2, 2013

The three new senators being appointed by their governors will have no democratic legitimacy.

December 26, 2012

Elections administrators gathered for a hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to unpack some of the shenanigans from last month.

December 20, 2012

Partisan predictions for the presiden’s nominee have drowned out the real conversation on Obama’s foreign policy priorities. 

December 18, 2012

The nomination of a secretary of state gives the Senate the opportunity to probe the administration’s foreign policy priorities.

December 18, 2012

Jim DeMint’s move to the Heritage Foundation represents the combination of two nationally descredited brands.

December 7, 2012

There’s a sleeping giant on the sidelines of the most important legislative fight in the next four years.

December 2, 2012

Democrats don’t need to eliminate the filibuster. They need to restore the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington standard.

November 27, 2012

How hard will it be to negotiate with congressional Republicans? Ask the Republican senator who thinks voters are ignorant about fiscal math.

November 12, 2012