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Interactive: When women inherit their husbands’ Congressional seats

Wives govern similarly to their late husbands after they take over a congressional seat, but with critical differences, new data shows.

Don’t blame the Founding Fathers for California having 66 times the population of Wyoming

Poor Founding Fathers. They get blamed for everything.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 26, 2013
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Wonkbook: Harry Reid’s bid to save the Senate

The only thing worse than a Senate where the majority has the power to govern is one where it doesn't.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Nov 22, 2013
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Nine reasons the filibuster change is a huge deal

As of today, the entire filibuster is effectively dead.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 21, 2013
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It’s official: The Senate just got rid of part of the filibuster

From now on, most judicial nominees and executive-branch appointments can be confirmed by a simple majority vote.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 21, 2013
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Mitch McConnell delivers some real talk to House Republicans

"I'm in a weaker position when the House can't act" said the Senate Minority Leader in a blunt new interview.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Oct 17, 2013
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The 10 most revealing moments in the Senate’s big Syria hearing

Here were ten crucial questions raised at yesterday's Syria hearing — and they didn't all get satisfactory answers.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 4, 2013
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The Senate has a student loan deal. Here’s what you need to know.

Our not-so-long national not-really-a-nightmare is finally over. Here's what the Senate student loans deal would do.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 18, 2013
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Does the Senate really need to confirm 1,200 executive branch jobs?

Does the Senate really need to spend its time confirming the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Commerce?

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 16, 2013
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The Senate didn’t go nuclear. But, actually, it kind of did.

The Senate didn't actually go nuclear today. But the majority took out a nuke, put it on the table, and made clear they can detonate it whenever they feel like.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jul 16, 2013
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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
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One Senate staffer’s theory: Mitch McConnell actually wants to get nuked

A Senate Democratic staffer e-mails with an interesting -- and off-message -- theory.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jul 11, 2013
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Mitch McConnell’s problem: How can he threaten to obstruct the Senate even more?

Why does a Senate majority rarely push filibuster reform? The minority can make the aftermath hellish.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jul 11, 2013
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Wonkbook: Will Harry Reid really go nuclear?

There are two theories of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's threat to go nuclear and limit or even eliminate filibusters against executive-branch nominees.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Jul 10, 2013
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The GOP doesn’t oppose Richard Cordray. It opposes his whole agency.

Republican Senators are refusing to confirm Obama's pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless changes are made to the bureau itself.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • May 25, 2013
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How we broke the Senate without breaking any rules

Did you know there was a moment on Monday when Harry Reid could've done pretty much whatever he wanted?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 7, 2013
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Ron Wyden is wonkish, optimistic, idiosyncratic — and about to be very powerful

Baucus annoyed Democrats for being too cautious, Wyden will annoy them by being too ambitious -- and too interested in brokering big, bipartisan deals.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Apr 23, 2013
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Everything you need to know about the Senate’s online sales-tax bill

The Senate is voting on a bill that would give states the ability to require large Internet retailers like Amazon to collect sales taxes on online purchases.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Apr 22, 2013
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You can’t understand what’s happened to the Senate without these two graphs

The Senate has always been disproportionate. But it hasn't always been *this* disproportionate.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 18, 2013
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This is not your founding fathers’ Senate

The country has changed too much and we've changed the Senate too much to blame today's dysfunctions on them.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Apr 18, 2013
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