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Entries by Ryan Grim from 02/2009

Stimulus Debate: What's The GOP's Answer?

Posted 02.02.2009 | Politics

As a massive government spending bill aimed at turning the economy around winds its way through Congress, Republicans continue to snipe at it for incl...

Bailed Out Bankers To Be Hauled Before Congress

Posted 02.02.2009 | Politics

Rep. Barney Frank plans to call the heads of major bailed-out banks to testify before his committee next week, two aides to the House Financial Servic...

STD Money, Recovery.gov, The Patriot Act: HuffPost Readers Dig Through The Stimulus

Posted 02.02.2009 | Politics

More money to battle STDs. Recovery.gov stripped out. A nod to the Patriot Act. Huffington Post readers have taken a preliminary look at the Senate st...

Top Dem Senator: "Hundreds Of Billions More" Needed For Bank Bailouts

Posted 02.02.2009 | Politics

Sen. Kent Conrad, chairman of the Budget Committee, warned Monday that the financial sector would need "hundreds of billions more" in federal dollars ...

House Republicans Want Senate Colleagues To Block Stimulus

Posted 02.03.2009 | Politics

House Republicans are pushing their Senate colleagues to stand unanimously against President Obama's stimulus package, as they themselves did in the l...

House Dems, Republicans Brandish Results Of Same Stimulus Poll

Posted 02.03.2009 | Politics

House Democrats brandished a Gallup poll out Tuesday showing that 75 percent of Americans want Congress to pass some version of President's Obama's st...

Senators' Conference Plans Conflicted With Stimulus Vote [UPDATED]

Posted 02.03.2009 | Politics

The Senate is prepared for one of its most important votes in decades this weekend, whether to approve President Obama's economic stimulus package. Re...

Health Benefits For Unemployed Stripped From Stimulus, HuffPost Readers Find

Posted 02.04.2009 | Politics

Reading even a single page of a Senate bill is often no simple task, with legislative-ese obscuring the purpose behind the language. Reading 736 pages...

Bailout Investigation Released: Help Us Dig Through It

Posted 02.05.2009 | Business

The investigator in charge of overseeing the expenditure of TARP funds -- money for banks to stabilize the financial industry -- released his first re...

Nelson Backing Off Proposed Stimulus Cuts

Posted 02.05.2009 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson, a centrist Democrat from Nebraska, is backing off of cuts he recently proposed to the economic stimulus package. A discussion draft ...

Stimulus Negotiators To Work Through The Night

Posted 02.05.2009 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday evening that negotiators would work through the night to craft a stimulus compromi...

GOP Opposes Pay Limits On Bailed-Out Bankers

Posted 02.06.2009 | Politics

Wall Street bankers, with their $18 billion in bonuses, private jets and gaudy conferences, are causing headaches for the GOP. President Obama has pr...

Congress To Holder: Let UMASS Grow Pot

Posted 02.06.2009 | Politics

A bipartisan group of sixteen members of Congress sent a letter Thursday to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to allow the University of Massach...

Stimulus Deal Reached In Senate

Posted 02.06.2009 | Politics

Senators from both parties have reached a deal to advance President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan through the Senate. Montana Democrat Max Bau...

Senate Judiciary Chairman: Don't Prosecute Michael Phelps

Posted 02.06.2009 | Politics

Michael Phelps might feel like the entire world is coming after him for taking the bong hit seen around world. His sponsor Kellogg Co. is dropping him...

Kellogg Customers More Concerned With Phelps Than Tainted Peanut Butter (AUDIO)

Posted 02.07.2009 | Politics

The Kellogg Company may have thought it was making the smart public-relations play by announcing it was not renewing its contract with Michael Phelps,...

Senate Stimulus Bill (Full Text)

Posted 02.08.2009 | Politics

UPDATE - February 12: The text of the House/Senate conference report of the stimulus package has been posted online. Here are the links: Text of ...

Why The Stimulus Is Too Small

Posted 02.09.2009 | Politics

There's a hurricane coming. Meteorologists aren't sure what category it will be but know it will be the worst in generations. There's a warehouse full...

Local Coverage Of Stimulus Better Than National Press

Posted 02.09.2009 | Politics

The stimulus package stumbling through Congress may have taken a beating on cable and in the national press, but the story's been much different outsi...

The Obama Wing Of The GOP: Caught Between The President And The Hardliners

Posted 02.09.2009 | Politics

When House Republicans voted unanimously against President Obama's stimulus package, Democrats had their eyes on a select group: Obama's Republicans. ...

Senate Stimulus Raises Debt Limit Over $12 Trillion, HuffPo Reader Finds

Posted 02.09.2009 | Politics

As President Obama flew to Elkhart, Indiana to sell his stimulus package, Huffington Post readers were looking through the Senate's final version of t...

Administration Officials Met With Laughter At Bailout Briefing

Posted 02.10.2009 | Politics

Administration officials were greeted with sarcasm and laughter Monday night when they briefed lawmakers and congressional staff on Treasury Secretary...

Populist Caucus To Form In House: Braley

Posted 02.10.2009 | Politics

The fierce populist streak that has been coursing through America will soon have an official voice on Capitol Hill: the Populist Caucus. Rep. Bruce B...

New Treasury Plan Weakens Crucial Wall Street Accounting Rules

Posted 02.10.2009 | Politics

The financial plan announced today by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner appears to have accomplished, through a backdoor path, one of the top priori...

Keep The Filibuster, Say Dem Senators

Posted 02.11.2009 | Politics

It's been fourteen years since Democrats controlled both Congress and the White House. A few weeks after inauguration, some folks are out of patience...