Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are the problem — a staff shake-up won’t fix anything. Ed Kilgore on why Trump may push to kill the legislative filibuster. Republicans have huge ambitions for this Congress — they’re already running short on time. The McConnell Era: In many ways, the failures we’re experiencing in governance and politics today are bound up in the way Mitch McConnell has chosen political gamesmanship over policy (and more). The Jeff Sessions agenda: The attorney general is undermining the Department of Justice’s core mission from within. The sanctuary-cities executive order is Trump’s next legal train wreck. How Obama’s legacy impacts the battle between pragmatism and the ideologues.