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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.

Blogs

Is the Ryan-Murray budget deal getting more applause than it deserves?

December 17, 2013

Even if the NSA's spying programs are scaled back, surveillance infrastructure will continue to exist in the private sector.

December 16, 2013

Federal jurist raises profound constitutional concerns, saying the agency uses “almost-Orwellian technology.”

December 16, 2013

Republicans and Democrats in the House vote 332-94 for a bad budget plan.

December 13, 2013

Budget negotiators are patting themselves on the back. But what they've agreed to is a lousy deal for jobless workers, federal employees, military personnel and the economy.

December 10, 2013

The movement comes off the heels of Obama's critical speech yesterday on the economy.

December 5, 2013

In a speech Wednesday, the President said economic inequality will be "the defining challenge" of his remaining time in office. 

December 4, 2013

Citizens and a challenger pressure a Maine senator to abandon opposition to a bill that would require reports on civilian casulaties.

November 25, 2013

Members of Business Roundtable, a corporate lobby advocating for cuts to retirees’ benefts, have retirement acounts more than 1,200 times the size of the median American worker's. 

November 19, 2013

Commanders are also encouraging service members to lobby against Senator Gillibrand’s bill. 

November 15, 2013