If you’re from California, you should hate the Senate

When the Senate was created, "the population was about four million, and the maximum disparity in voting power between states was perhaps 11 to 1." Today, it's closer to 66:1. Pity the Californians.

By Ezra Klein March 11, 2013

READ: John McCain’s filibuster reform

Sens. John McCain and Carl Levin have a filibuster reform proposal that's perfect for people who don't want to reform the filibuster.

By Ezra Klein December 28, 2012

What Mitch McConnell fears

Harry Reid's proposed filibuster reforms are quite modest. If they pass wholesale, the 60-vote supermajority requirement will remain unchanged. So why's McConnell so steamed? I've asked Senate staff this question, and I've gotten, in general, three answers.

By Ezra Klein November 27, 2012

Wonkbook: The fight over the filibuster

Today in Wonkbook: Reid and McConnell clash over the filibuster, special coverage of the austerity crisis, turnover in the Cabinet and federal agencies, the Supreme Court, and our continuing coverage of the economy, health care, and energy.

By Ezra Klein November 27, 2012

Mitch McConnell’s five biggest whoppers on the filibuster

Harry Reid's proposed changes to the filibuster are quite modest, and would do nothing to end the 60-vote supermajority requirement that now attends to most everything the Senate does. Nevertheless, McConnell was furious, and he took to the Senate floor today to explain why. But many of his arguments don't hold up.

By Ezra Klein November 26, 2012

Is this the end for the filibuster?

In 2008, Barack Obama promised to change the way Washington works. In 2013, we might actually see that change. But it won’t be because Obama was reelected. It'll be because Senate Democrats -- both new and old -- decide to reform the filibuster.

By Ezra Klein November 9, 2012