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What the wake-up call is really telling us.

Martha Coakley's loss in Massachusetts put on display the monumental miscalculations by which Obama has governed.

Despite the Senate compromises, there's still a lot to like in the healthcare reform bill. But will it survive reconciliation?

Filibustering healthcare reform? This is not what democracy looks like.

The filibuster has become a cancer growing inside the world's greatest deliberative body.

It's time to abolish this undemocratic holdover from the days of slavery and segregation.

Nation contributing writer Bob Moser discusses the new 60-vote Democratic majority featuring Minnesota's finally seated Al Franken.

It's time for the GOP to end this charade.

With the stimulus battle out of the way, The Nation's Chris Hayes argues Democrats now need to focus on seating Al Franken as the fifty-ninth vote in the Senate.

There is no one Republicans are more determined to keep out of the Senate than Al Franken. And John Cornyn is poised to use the power of the filibuster to thwart him--and the Democratic agenda.

Blogs

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

One of the committee’s top Democrats said he wants to see Warren on board, if she wants to be. 

November 9, 2012

The victories of Tammy Baldwin and Sherrod Brown show that standing up for workers’ rights pays off.

November 7, 2012

Groups that swore not to back the controversial candidate now are—but it probably won’t matter.

November 1, 2012

There’s a steep ideological drop-off from current Democratic committee chairs and their Republican counterparts. 

October 25, 2012

Another Todd Akin? A debate over abortion sparks latest offensive comment by a candidate.

October 24, 2012

It seems less like Akin is running for Senate, and more like he’s setting up a post-political career as an evangelical martyr. 

October 18, 2012