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Confused by what happened and what it means? Enlighten yourself.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 21, 2013
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Republicans have filibustered three Obama court nominees. That could be the end of the filibuster.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 21, 2013
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Congress has until Oct. 17 to raise the debt ceiling. Here's what happens if they don't.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 14, 2013
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The government is likely to shut down on Tuesday. Here's our comprehensive explainer on what will happen next.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 30, 2013
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Which parts of the government close down, which parts stay open, and how the economy could be affected.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 24, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The basics of an epic effort to kill an anti-abortion bill.

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  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 20, 2013
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