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Entries by Ryan Grim from 01/2009

Madoff Investigator Wants To Broaden Scope Of Inquiry

Posted 01.05.2009 | Politics

The investigation into federal regulators' complicity in -- or failure to detect -- the Bernard Madoff ponzi scheme could get a lot bigger, the lead i...

Biden: Obama Made Mistake Not Consulting Feinstein

Posted 01.06.2009 | Politics

The Obama transition team made a mistake by not consulting with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California before choosing Leon Panetta to head th...

Dem Activists Plan 'PCCC' To Back Progressives

Posted 01.07.2009 | Politics

On Tuesday, Tom Perriello was sworn in as a freshman member of Congress. Sam Bennett was not. The divergent courses these two progressive candidates ...

Conservatives Reluctantly Back Obama's Spending Plan

Posted 01.07.2009 | Politics

Two top conservative Republicans ventured into enemy territory today -- the Senate press gallery -- armed with a blow-up graphic showing the budgetary...

McCain Repeats Palin's Attack On Fruit Fly Research

Posted 01.07.2009 | Politics

John McCain reached back into the presidential campaign on Wednesday to pull out a scientific critique that had first been made by his running mate, A...

Pelosi Parts With Obama Over Bush Tax Cuts

Posted 01.08.2009 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday that she wants to see the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy repealed "as early as possible." The call fo...

Conservative Bloggers Up In Arms Over GOP Cooperation With Obama

Posted 01.09.2009 | Politics

Congressional Republicans may have forged a fragile peace with President-elect Obama as he pushes his stimulus plan. But they face an insurgency on th...

Dems Want Auto-Like String Tied To TARP Funds

Posted 01.10.2009 | Politics

What's good for General Motors is good for Wall Street. That's the argument being made by House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), w...

Frank Willing To Take Obama's Word On Bailout Funds

Posted 01.12.2009 | Politics

Barney Frank is willing to take Barack Obama at his word. Frank introduced legislation at the end of last week that would have tied a number of strin...

House GOP Throws Down Gauntlet, Will Oppose Obama-Backed Bailout Funding

Posted 01.13.2009 | Politics

House Republicans are determined to oppose the release of the second half of the financial-industry bailout funds, a GOP House leadership aide tells t...

Clinton Sympathizes With Palestinians In Confirmation Hearing

Posted 01.13.2009 | Politics

Hillary Clinton sent a message to Israel Tuesday during her Secretary of State confirmation hearing testimony, telling the Foreign Relations Committee...

Clinton Confirmation Hearing: Deputies Will Manage State Department

Posted 01.13.2009 | Politics

Hillary Clinton sought to assuage senators on Monday about her ability to manage the sprawling State Department by saying that she won't actually be r...

Obama Issues First Veto Threat

Posted 01.13.2009 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama made his first veto threat Tuesday in a closed-door meeting with Senate Democrats. Obama told his former colleagues that ...

El Paso, Texas, Calls On Congress To Debate Drug Legalization: Dems Refuse

Posted 01.14.2009 | Politics

The city of El Paso buckled to unusually explicit federal government pressure Tuesday and withdrew a call for a national debate on ending drug prohibi...

Big Labor Launches Multimillion Dollar EFCA Ad Campaign (VIDEO)

Posted 01.14.2009 | Politics

Big Labor will launch a multimillion dollar national ad campaign Thursday to push for the Employee Free Choice Act. Known as "card check," the bill ha...

Fed Official Confronted Over Bailout Spending Secrecy (VIDEO)

Posted 01.14.2009 | Politics

Where's the bailout money going? If the federal government told you, then banks might stop taking it. That's the argument made by Federal Reserve Vic...

Stimulus Bill Draft Circulated By Dems: Full Text

Posted 01.15.2009 | Politics

A draft summary of the stimulus plan is circulating among House Democrats on the Hill. Below is the outline of the $825 billion proposal: * * * SU...

Former GOP Rep. Tancredo: Bush Wrong To Worry About "Anti-Immigrant" Party

Posted 01.15.2009 | Politics

President Bush has a long list of regrets that he's been sharing as he eases his way out of the White House. Chief among them is the failure to pass c...

Dem Sen. Durbin: "I Feel Like I've Been TARPed And Feathered"

Posted 01.15.2009 | Politics

Senate Democratic leadership is whipping its members ahead of a crucial vote on whether to release the second half of the $350 billion in bailout fund...

TARP Vote: Obama Wins, Senate Effectively Approves $350 Billion

Posted 01.15.2009 | Politics

Six Republicans joined with 45 Democrats and one Joe Lieberman to defeat a resolution that would have blocked the release of $350 billion in financial...

Pelosi Bemoans "Huge" Civilian Deaths In Gaza War, Urges Cease Fire

Posted 01.15.2009 | World

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she was meeting with the Egyptian ambassador on Thursday to push for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel in Gaza...

Republican Leader Boehner On Stimulus: "Oh. My. God." (VIDEO)

Posted 01.15.2009 | Politics

House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio had a three-word - and three sentence - response after seeing the Democratic proposal for the stimulus pa...

Obama's Inauguration Rules For Volunteers Dealing With The Media

Posted 01.17.2009 | Politics

Soon-to-be-President Obama has a few rules for inauguration volunteers: no chewing gum, no talking to the press, no trash-talking the ceremony. Wash...

Bush Protest: Shoes Thrown At White House (PHOTOS)

Posted 01.19.2009 | Politics

President Bush was given an Iraqi-journalist-style sendoff on his last full day in office Monday, as tourists and demonstrators lobbed shoes, pumps, b...

Senate Democrats Threaten To Shut Republicans Out

Posted 01.20.2009 | Politics

Barely two weeks into President Clinton's first term, Republicans took to the Senate floor to bring up the issue of allowing gays to serve in the mili...