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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

Obama is filling a number of important vacancies on federal courts - that is, if Senate Republicans let him.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 18, 2013

You probably think the shutdown’s about spending. It isn’t.

Most previous standoffs were about spending and deficits. Not this time. The reasons why might surprise you.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 4, 2013

Everything you need to know about the EPA’s carbon limits for new power plants

The new EPA rules will make it very hard to build a new coal plant in the U.S. But cheap natural gas was already making that difficult anyway.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 20, 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

The Senate might go nuclear today. Here’s everything you need to know.

What Harry Reid means by the nuclear option.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 16, 2013

Everything you need to know about the student loan rate hike

Student loan interest rates for the subsidized Stafford program are set to double on July 1. Here's what that means, and how Congress could prevent it.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 13, 2013

Everything you need to know about the IRS scandal in one FAQ

The IRS apologized for being too aggressive in prosecuting 501(c)(4)s. What the heck is a 501(c)(4)?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 14, 2013

The Senate immigration bill: Here’s what you need to know

The Gang of Eight deal is now a bill and not just a framework. Here's how it would change the immigration code.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 16, 2013

Chained CPI is back. Here’s what you need to know.

Obama's budget will likely adopt chained CPI for Social Security and tax increases. Back in December, we explained what that means.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 9, 2013

Everything you need to know about Wednesday’s gay marriage arguments

Yesterday the Supreme Court debated Prop 8. Today they're debating the federal ban on gay marriage. Here are the basics.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 27, 2013

Everything you need to know about the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage cases

The Supreme Court is deciding on three separate casing dealing with marriage rights for gay, lesbian, and bisexual couples. Here's what's at stake.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 26, 2013

Everything you need to know about Cyprus in one FAQ – new and improved!

Our guide to Europe's tiniest crisis, now updated with the latest terrifying developments.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 22, 2013

Everything you need to know about the Cyprus bailout, in one FAQ

European policymakers are making bank customers foot much of the bill in Cyprus. What on earth is going on?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 18, 2013
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