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Democrats should respond to the election results by getting things done for the American people.

Ari Melber shares his plan on how to fix Congress—let the majority win.

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 chance for legislative action on climate change this year is lost. But this allows the environmental movement, and the public, to mobilize around a better way to put a price on carbon: fee-and-dividend.

Abuse of the filibuster costs us majority rule. Here's how to restore it.

Nation DC Editor Chris Hayes guest-hosts the Rachel Maddow show and reports on the “remarkable” showing from the Senate as they unanimously voted to audit the Federal Reserve.

If you think healthcare reform has been an unsatisfying test of the government's ability to deal with our pressing problems, brace yourself for bigger disappointment in its attempt to bridle Wall Street.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has laid out a strategy to pass healthcare reform in the next couple of days. As usual, progressives are fretting that winning will make them look bad, while conservatives are baying for blood and calling for revolution.

Only 65 members of the House voted with Kucincich to force withdrawal from the Afghan war.  The outcome makes the anti-war forces appear weaker than they are, and appearances do matter.

Guest-hosting the Rachel Maddow Show, Nation DC editor Christopher Hayes talks to Rep. Diana DeGette on healthcare and Demos director Heather McGhee on consumer protection.

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Senate Democrats fight the ruling that allows corporate executives to make healthcare decisions for female employees.

July 9, 2014

That’s why Warren will be campaigning for Mitch McConnell’s opponent in this fall’s election.

June 12, 2014

“All of the investment banks, up in New York and DC, they should have gone to jail.”

June 11, 2014

Obama wants to keep almost 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but some members of Congress are saying “not so fast.”

May 28, 2014

Senator Sanders proposes two bills to get things right. Will Congress act or will it fail vets again?

May 25, 2014

There are good reasons to slow down the VA “accountability” act. 

May 23, 2014

Forget holding a vote: GOP leadership won’t even allow a hearing on long-term jobless benefits inside the Capitol. 

May 6, 2014

What is the point of congressional oversight if the committee charged with it allows itself to be pushed around by the agency it oversees?

April 8, 2014

Lopez’s acts of mass violence distinguish him from his fellow service members; still, he appears to have shared with many others the experience of coming home to a country unprepared to meet his needs.

April 3, 2014

Only one year removed from a pension-funding crisis, companies are getting a pass.

April 3, 2014