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What are Hillary Clinton’s goals for the publication of her new memoir? John Cassidy offers six suggestions.

Hillary Clinton's Six Book Goals

Washington is at a standstill with Republicans controlling just one chamber of Congress. What would happen if, after midterms, they ran the Senate, too?

Coming Soon: Gridlock on Top of Gridlock

Has the position of U.S. senator become a dead-end job? Jeff Shesol on the newest crop of senators and why the institution is in need of serious structural reform.

Escape from the Senate - The New Yorker

Jeffrey Frank compares Senator Rand Paul’s recent lament about the state of the Republican Party to Eisenhower’s frustrations sixty years ago.

Rand Paul and the Eisenhower Dream

Ryan Lizza on President Obama’s State of the Union address: “He didn’t quite break up with the Hill, but he did make it clear that the relationship wouldn’t be repaired anytime soon. Sure, he’d still be willing to hook up occasionally and enact legislation, but he’d also be O.K. if they went their separate ways.”

Army Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg received a standing ovation during President Obama's State of the Union address. John Cassidy looks at how Remsburg's story served as an effort to bridge the gap between politics as experienced by its practitioners in the nation’s capital and by those in the factories, offices, and Army battalions.

Steve Coll on the "electoral anomaly in the House," and how putting an end to gerrymandering would help build a better democracy by fully enfranchising voters:

Building a Better Democracy by Putting an End to Gerrymandering

In today's Daily Comment, George Packer looks at the decaying Senate and considers whether filibuster reform can save it: "The Senate is in a prolonged, self-induced coma. It does not produce creative legislation. It does not inspire important debate. It is not responsive to key national problems. Its pretense of institutional dignity is so battered that junior senators openly mock it." Continue reading:

John Cassidy on the G.O.P. rejections of Republican Grover Norquist's pledge not to raise taxes: This leaves Norquist "in a pretty awkward position, I would say."

Steve Coll on six areas the Presidential debate on foreign-policy missed: "...some subjects were neglected completely, in part because they had never arisen as a basis for political argument during the campaign. The result was a lopsided map of the world's troubles and potential crises, with some critical subjects completely unmarked, like a fifteenth-century scroll depicting the world beyond the known seas." Click-through to read more.

"'s not too late for him to remind Americans that his life doesn't make him a Kenyan anti-colonialist, but the rarest kind of example of the promise of America... It's time for him to tell that story again." Alex Koppelman on Obama, the lemonade stand, and the American dream: (Photograph: Obama Presidential Campaign/AP.)