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Democrats must continue the fight to preserve an independent judiciary.

The Republican Senate seeks to eliminate the fillibuster.

Her votes thrilled supporters and put some backbone into Senate Democrats.

He can help mount an effective opposition.

Click here for info on how you can help oppose Gonzalez's nomination.

The debate held before Congress voted to reorganize the nation's intelligence agencies under the authority of an all-powerful intelligence czar was generally portrayed as a simple struggle betwee

"Dr. Rice, nice to see you again. Congratulations on your appointment. We Democrats on the committee are certainly in no position to block your nomination.


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

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions uses some very creative math to prove that people in poverty have incomes that are similar to the middle class.

March 1, 2013

The Senate majority leader says it's “shocking” that Republicans are blocking Hagel. Really? What did he think would happen when he blocked filibuster reform?

February 15, 2013

Why does the Senate majority leader let senators’ holds kill some nominations, but not others?

February 12, 2013

An FDR Democrat who got big things done, the retiring senator has been a rare moral voice in a chamber of compromise and cynicism—especially on human rights issues.

February 1, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Patrick skips over Barney Frank and picks a personal “ally” to join two other appointed-rather-than-elected senators. 

January 30, 2013

There’s a lot of unconvincing spin coming from the Senate Democrats who brokered an awful “filibuster reform” deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday morning.

January 24, 2013

Every evidence suggests, in the absence of the reforms proposed by Senators Jeff Merkley and Elizabeth Warren, any debate about meaningful gun-safety legislation will be preempted, any action obstructed.

January 18, 2013