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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.

Blogs

&qlduo;We need a treasury secretary who is prepared to stand up to corporate America and their powerful lobbyists and fight for policies that protect the working families in our country. I do not believe Mr. Lew is that person.”

January 11, 2013

The new senator from Massachusetts has the savvy and guts to take on big (and ungrateful) finance. 

January 10, 2013

As the Senate moves to consider reforms to restore a talking filibuster, lobbyists who thrive on secrecy and corporate obstruction fight back. 

January 9, 2013

Obama’s defense secretary nominee will likely be confirmed, despite Republican obstructionism

January 8, 2013

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