Why Would Anyone Want to be a Senator?

Two popular Republican governors have declined a chance to join the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.

A Modest Step on Voting Integrity

It’s Manchin-approved.

Republican Vote Needed to Confirm Biden Justice?

New Mexico Senator Ben Ray Luján is hospitalized with a stroke.

Harry Reid, 1939-2021

The longtime Senate leader is gone at 82.

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The Breyer Patch

The 83-year-old Justice is playing a dangerous game.

Manchin Shoots BBB Dead, Dead, Dead

The West Virginia Senator has taken the football from Charlie Brown and gone home.

The Non-ending Joe Manchin Saga

Is the stalwart of Senate bipartisanship interested in governing?

Democrats Frustrated They Can’t Pass Biden’s Build Back Better Bill

They’re searching for good times. But just wait and see.

Defense Bill Stalled Over Amendments

Every now and again, it’s not Mitch McConnell’s fault.

Max Cleland, 1942-2021

The Vietnam War hero and one-term Georgia Senator has died at 79.

Minority Power in the Senate

Senator Romney and the latest edition of the senatorial pro-filibuster op/ed.

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Biden: Democrats Have Reached a Deal

$1.75 trillion ain’t $3.5 trillion but it’s something.

Manchin in a Nutshell

The West Virginia Senator is the epicenter of contemporary American politics.

The Power of Mythology

It does not create better deliberation.

What’s Kyrsten Sinema’s Game?

The political calculus of Arizona’s senior Senator is unclear.

Manchin’s ‘Strategic Pause’

More machinations from the mischievous mining mouthpiece.

There is No ‘Manchin Dilemma’

He beats the alternative.

One Child, One Vote

J.D. Vance’s cynical suggestion.

Democrats Increasingly Frustrated with Congress

It turns out a 51-50 Senate majority isn’t enough.

Party-Switching and the Senate

Are Sinema and Machin going to jump ship?

Sinema’s Filibuster Defense

It’s no better than Joe Manchin’s.

Book Review: Kill Switch

Discussing the filibuster.

Bipartisan Commission Dies From Lack of Bipartisanship

The country is in peril.

Joe Manchin’s Houseboat

The flagship of the centrist Navy is both a throwback and a sign of what’s wrong with the Senate.

Joe Manchin’s Weird Filibuster Defense

It doesn’t work like the movies, Senator.

Manchin Supports Tax Hike for Infrastructure

While progressives in the party are often frustrated with the West Virginia Senator, he is demonstrating yet again that he’s no Republican.

Duckworth and Hirono Holding Biden Nominees Hostage

Appoint more Asian American and Pacific Islanders. Or else!

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Deal-making in Washington is next to impossible.

Our Unrepresentative Government (Yet Again)

Yet another reminder about pathologies of US democracy.

Reid Triggers Nuclear Option Lite

Harry Reid is playing hardball, invoking a tactic that he himself decried being threatened when Republicans were in charge.