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Everything you need to know about Thursday’s filibuster change

Confused by what happened and what it means? Enlighten yourself.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 21, 2013

Everything you need to know about the nominations fight — and why it might end the filibuster

Republicans have filibustered three Obama court nominees. That could be the end of the filibuster.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 21, 2013

Absolutely everything you need to know about the debt ceiling

Congress has until Oct. 17 to raise the debt ceiling. Here's what happens if they don't.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 14, 2013

Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work

The government is likely to shut down on Tuesday. Here's our comprehensive explainer on what will happen next.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 30, 2013

Everything you need to know about how a government shutdown works

Which parts of the government close down, which parts stay open, and how the economy could be affected.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 24, 2013

Everything you need to know about the deficit

Congress is debating the budget deficit again. Here's what you need to know to follow the conversation.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 19, 2013

Everything you need to know about why the government might shut down

The government could shut down at the end of the month. Here's why, in gory, horrible detail.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 18, 2013

Syria: The very, very basics

As the U.S. prepares to intervene against another Middle Eastern leader, here are the very basics of the conflict to date.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 29, 2013

Everything you need to know about Obama’s higher ed plan

The administration is unveiling a new plan to control college costs. Here's what we know.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 22, 2013

Ray Kelly says stop & frisk saves lives. There’s no good evidence for that.

The NY police commissioner ignores the copious evidence that his signature crime prevention measure doesn't work at all.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 20, 2013

Here’s what you need to know about stop and frisk — and why the courts shut it down

Michael Bloomberg's controversial policing strategy was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. But does it actually reduce crime?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 13, 2013

Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post. Here’s what you need to know about the sale.

So we belong to Jeff Bezos now. Here's what we know about the sale -- and the new ownership -- so far.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 6, 2013

Wendy Davis and the Texas-sized filibuster: What exactly happened last night?

The basics of an epic effort to kill an anti-abortion bill.

The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ

You have questions, we've got answers. Click to see every question you've ever had about the sequester answered.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 20, 2013