The House of Representatives has already given us a good climate bill and a good universal health care bill. They seem poised to vote out a financial regulatory package quite soon. In the senate, none of those things have happened. They're closest on health care, but instead of voting on a bill on Monday morning they'll be doing . . . additional procedural antics more suitable to an elementary school student council goofing off than a crucial public institution of what's still the world's leading power...

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