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This session, the Senate has a chance to fix the filibuster—a reform we've been championing for years. Read our coverage by Christopher Hayes, Thomas Geoghegan, Senator Tom Harkin and William Greider.

Rod Blagojevich's trial verdict showed that the line between criminal corruption and the base line corruption continues to blur.

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.

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

The House and Senate have finally ironed out their differences on Wall Street reform. What will the bill fix—and what does it leave broken?

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.

Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel proposes rocker John
Mellencamp as a successor to Evan Bayh and considers the likelihood of a Republican majority.

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The Texas senator wants to change Senate rules so his anti-Obamacare strategy can “win” even when it loses.

September 23, 2013

The top candidate for the Federal Reserve chair withdraws his name from consideration after key Democratic senators said they would oppose him.

September 15, 2013

On Wednesday, the Foreign Relations Committee passed an imprecise resolution authorizing the use of force in Syria. 

September 5, 2013

Harry Reid forces the hand of Senate Republicans on nominations. But he should not take the “nuclear option” off the table anytime soon.

July 16, 2013

The Senate minority leader has abused the filibuster since 2007, but if continues to filibuster presidential appointments, Harry Reid is prepared to change the Senate rules.

July 15, 2013

Because of Mitch McConnell's obstructionism, Democrats recognize that it's necessary to reform rules to schedule votes on confirming NLRB members, a labor secretary and other Obama nominees.

July 10, 2013

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