How to reform the filibuster without taking a vote

Want to fix the Senate? Two former Senate aides—a Democratic staffer and a GOP-backed Senate parliamentarian—have a new book out this week suggesting reforms that wouldn't even require a bill to pass Congress, according to Roll Call's preview of the book.

Senate tweets in one chart

Today, xkcd had some fun at the expense of our less formal Senators: This made me wonder - what do Senators actually tweet about? So I wrote a Python script to scrape every Senate's last 20 tweets so I could analyze them. Here are the most commonly used words, filtering out both common words like "and" or "the" and URL contents like "http" and "www".

By Dylan Matthews July 18, 2012

There’s too much trust in the Senate

If they trusted each other less, they'd be more willing to change the rules. And if they changed the rules, the place might actually start to work again.

By Ezra Klein June 22, 2012