Democrats unveil legislation forcing the FCC to ban Internet fast lanes

The proposal is evidence of net neutrality’s growing partisan stakes in Congress.

Patrick Leahy sworn in as Senate President Pro Tempore

(Melina Mara / THE WASHINGTON POST)

Vermont's senior senator is now third in line to the presidency.

Federal appeals court vacancy rates drop despite GOP success in blocking some nominees

Federal appeals court vacancies are at their lowest point since 1990, though some GOP senators have been able to block nominees

Dems threaten Kochs with a constitutional amendment

Reid schedules hearing in June on efforts to overturn Supreme Court decisions that opened up flow of money

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Patrick Leahy could prove key to gun-control debate on Capitol Hill

(Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

Vermont Democrat could slow Obama’s plans for quick action on proposals.