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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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The proposed budget solution “does not generate the revenue necessary for the country to meet its needs.”

January 2, 2013

The three new senators being appointed by their governors will have no democratic legitimacy.

December 26, 2012

Elections administrators gathered for a hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to unpack some of the shenanigans from last month.

December 20, 2012

Partisan predictions for the presiden’s nominee have drowned out the real conversation on Obama’s foreign policy priorities. 

December 18, 2012

The nomination of a secretary of state gives the Senate the opportunity to probe the administration’s foreign policy priorities.

December 18, 2012

Jim DeMint’s move to the Heritage Foundation represents the combination of two nationally descredited brands.

December 7, 2012

There’s a sleeping giant on the sidelines of the most important legislative fight in the next four years.

December 2, 2012

Democrats don’t need to eliminate the filibuster. They need to restore the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington standard.

November 27, 2012

How hard will it be to negotiate with congressional Republicans? Ask the Republican senator who thinks voters are ignorant about fiscal math.

November 12, 2012