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There’s more work to be done, but this was a big win for democracy.

Sen. Patty Murray

With a two-seat gain while chair of the DSCC and a successful effort to get a budget through the Senate under her belt, Patty Murray has become a major force in the Senate.

Chuck Hagel

Why did war hero Chuck Hagel get blocked, while Wall Street crony Jack Lew sailed through?

Senate Dems should restore the practice to its proper function: as a tool for public dissent, rather than unchecked, covert obstruction.

The Wisconsin senate candidate rejects the idea of corporate personhood.

Sherrod Brown

Senator Sherrod Brown has been a leader in taking on the big banks, and now the Chamber of Commerce is retaliating.

A famous indictment from a century ago aptly describes today’s corrupt legislative body.

The senator's ideological shape-shifting has fallen out of favor.

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.

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Ed Markey campaigned against cuts and won 55-44.

June 26, 2013

The Democrat is an old-school defender of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The Republican is for raising the retirement age and ‘chained CPI.’

June 25, 2013

The senator with the lowest job approval doesn’t think he’s the problem. He’s trying to stir up resentment toward public employees and their unions.

June 22, 2013

The Senate passed a bill that cuts benefits for low-income Americans and will cost over 56,000 jobs. 

June 11, 2013

Three Oregonians testifed in the Senate about the lives of the working poor and the state of the American Dream.

June 7, 2013

The New Jersey governor games the election schedule, plans to appoint an unelected ‘interim’ senator and claims he’s all about ‘allowing the citizens of this state to have their say.’

June 5, 2013

The Senate’s last World War II veteran, who has died at age 89, fought for big, bold government investments in jobs and infrastructure. And he was right to do so.

June 3, 2013

Thousands sign petitions embracing Tammy Baldwin's declaration working families.

June 1, 2013

A proposal that would have allowed states to require clear labels is rejected by Republicans and Democrats.

May 25, 2013

Why won't the EPA regulate ammonium nitrate? Barbara Boxer wants to know.

April 30, 2013