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.
The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the passage of a landmark food safety bill and the narrow defeat of the DREAM Act all prove that organizing and educating across issues really works.
When considering Obama's presidency in the long view, remember that history provides many more examples of thwarted resistance than it does of sweeping social change.
Lincoln didn't start out as the Great Emancipator. If Obama follows his lead, maybe he can still give us real change.
Did the press do a fair job on covering Obama's tax deal compromise? What does the tax deal really mean for America?
With the US set to remain in Afghanistan until 2014, the war has taken on a life of its own, disconnected from any strategic goal.
Obama's flawed tax compromise is just the latest result of the Democrats' failure to clearly explain their vision for this country's economic future.
Educating Americans about this administration's healthcare successes is easier than Obama thinks.
For Kim and Reed, Obama's caving to Republican pressure on extending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans was a defeat, even if it resulted in some good results for progressives. But if the Democrats are compromising their values now, how does this bode for upcoming legislative battles?
Will the tax deal result in Keynes-style stimulus? Washington Editor Christopher Hayes and Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, break down Keynesianism and what it says about Obama's tax cuts deal.