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Entries by Ryan Grim from 03/2009

Liberal Groups Pressure Congress On Foreclosure Bill (VIDEO)

Posted 03.01.2009 | Politics

Liberal advocacy groups, including MoveOn.org and Brave New Foundation, are upping pressure on Congress over the next few days to act on a foreclosure...

Red States Gobble Up Omnibus Earmarks

Posted 03.02.2009 | Politics

If it's budget time, it's good to be a red state. And it's very good to be Mississippi. According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Co...

Schumer Proposed Russian Deal To Bush In 2008

Posted 03.03.2009 | Politics

A little less than a year before President Obama reportedly sent a secret letter to Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev, offering to forgo an anti-mi...

Pelosi To House GOP: Be Thankful For What You Have

Posted 03.03.2009 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a message for House Republicans who think they weren't given enough time to debate or amend the stimulus package that moved t...

Pelosi: Energy Bill Should Do It All

Posted 03.03.2009 | Politics

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called for efforts to create energy independence and to combat climate change to be wrapped into one larg...

Adam Pase: Lobbyist-Turned-Staffer At Center Of Bankruptcy Fight

Posted 03.03.2009 | Politics

Capitol Hill is not a place where staffers become famous. The focus is on members of Congress, while aides remain in the background, unnamed and unrem...

GOP Rep: "I Might Be A Closet Democrat"

Posted 03.04.2009 | Politics

Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, a Republican in a deeply Democratic Louisiana district, was welcomed on Tuesday night into the Congressional Asian Pacific Amer...

Reid Spokesman: Anti-Earmark Crusader A "Partisan Hack"

Posted 03.05.2009 | Politics

Speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday evening, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) got under the fingernails of the government watchdog group Taxpay...

Obama's Anti-Lobbyist Policy Causing Unintended Harm

Posted 03.05.2009 | Politics

Barack Obama made no secret of his feelings for "Washington lobbyists" during the campaign and vowed that they wouldn't be staffing his White House. ...

Mark-To-Market Accounting To Get Public Hearing

Posted 03.05.2009 | Politics

Mark-to-market accounting is due to get a public hearing in March, Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski (D-Penn.) announced Thursday. The accounting practice requir...

Banks' Fifteen-Year Winning Streak Snapped: House Passes Mortgage Relief Bill

Posted 03.05.2009 | Politics

The House on Thursday passed bankruptcy reform legislation that dealt the banking industry its first major defeat since 1994. The bill, passed 234-191...

GOP Outnumbered At Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Convention

Posted 03.06.2009 | Politics

It's not a good sign for the GOP when even an avowedly pro-business gathering is stocked with far more Democrats than Republicans. On Thursday mornin...

Employment Plunges: Fastest Rate Drop On Record

Posted 03.06.2009 | Politics

The deeper the United States gets into the economic crisis, the further back the media's "since dates" get for various economic and employment indicat...

Drug Czar: Getting High Hurts Your Video Gaming Skills

Posted 03.09.2009 | Politics

The White House Drug Czar's office has tumbled through a cascading set of warnings about the dangers of marijuana over the years. The drug that once w...

Geithner Briefs Dems: "We're Doing In Weeks What Countries Did In Years"

Posted 03.09.2009 | Politics

At a meeting in the Capitol that stretched late into Monday night, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner briefed House Democrats on the ongoing efforts ...

Romer Seems To Break With Geithner On Cause Of Crisis

Posted 03.10.2009 | Politics

Christina Romer, at a speech at the Brookings Institution Monday afternoon, appeared to give support to critics of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner...

Sanders To Introduce Bill To Cap Credit Card Rates At 15 Percent

Posted 03.10.2009 | Politics

Banks that have thanked taxpayers for bailout cash by jacking up credit card interest rates have sparked a backlash on Capitol Hill. Majority Whip Dic...

Ben Nelson Opposes Employee Free Choice Act

Posted 03.10.2009 | Politics

Ben Nelson will once again be playing a key role in Senate negotiations over a major legislative drive. The centrist Nebraska Democrat told reporters ...

Financial Product Safety Commission: Dems Want Mortgages Regulated Like Toys, Drugs

Posted 03.10.2009 | Politics

Discussion of the financial collapse routinely touches on issues of solvency, liquidity, bundled securities and the collapsing housing market. But it ...

Dem Rep Wants Limbaugh Debate: "You Are A Coward"

Posted 03.11.2009 | Politics

Rep. Brad Sherman, a Democrat from California, has been a leading critic of his party leadership's response to the banking crisis. Over the past month...

Bolivian President Chews Coca During Speech At UN

Posted 03.11.2009 | Politics

Evo Morales isn't afraid to practice what he preaches. The Bolivian president, an outspoken proponent of coca, the leaf used to make cocaine, brought ...

Pelosi Won't Take Credit For Sinking Freeman

Posted 03.12.2009 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who reportedly urged President Obama against the selection of Chas Freeman to serve in a top intelligence posit...

Fed Official: Don't Blame Poor People For Crisis

Posted 03.12.2009 | Politics

Minority and low-income homeowners have gotten a big share of the blame for the financial crisis. Conservative commentators argue that Democrats force...

Bipartisan Congressional Panel Calls For Reform Of Mark-To-Market Accounting Rules

Posted 03.12.2009 | Politics

A bipartisan panel of legislators pressed for changes to mark-to-market accounting rules on Thursday, telling a trio of regulators that the accounting...

1937 Haunts Democrats During Spending Debate

Posted 03.13.2009 | Politics

When President Obama ventured to Capitol Hill to meet with House Republicans shortly after Inauguration, he was met by a barrage of questions about th...