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Entries by Ryan Grim from 06/2009

Baucus Battered By Voters For Health Care Stand

Posted 06.01.2009 | Politics

Sen. Max Baucus got some not-so friendly advice from his Montana constituents last week as he works to reform the health care system: You're doing it ...

Former Health Care Reform Foes Tell Obama Of Progress

Posted 06.01.2009 | Politics

A broad collection of health care interests, who pledged four weeks ago to work together to wring $2 trillion in savings out of the system over the ne...

Kristof Asks Readers: Should US Legalize Drugs?

Posted 06.01.2009 | Politics

Nicholas Kristof wants to know: Should the U.S. legalize drugs? The influential New York Times columnist posted the question, which is being asked i...

Treasury Toxic Asset Program Rife With Conflicts Of Interest

Posted 06.02.2009 | Business

The hiring of private firms to provide "independent" advice to both the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve raises concerns about potential co...

Cantor: Obama Mid-East Policy "Dangerous" And "Misguided"

Posted 06.02.2009 | Politics

House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) ripped President Obama's Middle East strategy Tuesday as "dangerous" and "misguided." Cantor hit Obama for m...

Max Baucus Backs Off Claim He's "Fighting Tooth And Nail" For Public Health Care Option

Posted 06.02.2009 | Politics

Max Baucus is "fighting tooth and nail" to make sure a public health care option is included in the final overhaul package that goes through the Senat...

Afghan Member Of Parliament Rips U.S. For Killing Civilians

Posted 06.02.2009 | Politics

Predator drone attacks that continue to kill civilians are undermining the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan, a member of that country's parliament charg...

Nelson Again Open To Public Health Care Option

Posted 06.03.2009 | Politics

On Tuesday, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said that he is open to a public health insurance option as long as it doesn't undermine existing private insuran...

Nelson Clarifies Position On Public Health Care Option

Posted 06.03.2009 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) called the Huffington Post on Wednesday, following our latest story about his stance on a public health care option, to clari...

Tiananmen Anniversary: International Media Network Bows To Chinese Pressure To Suppress Coverage

Posted 06.04.2009 | Media

Watch CNN footage below Several major news organizations have pulled back from coverage of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, one...

House GOP Wants Cuts To Drug War

Posted 06.04.2009 | Politics

When President Obama's drug czar declared an end to the war on drugs, Republicans were apparently listening closely. House GOP leadership now wants ...

Hoyer And Cantor Battle Over IMF Funding On House Floor (VIDEO)

Posted 06.05.2009 | Politics

At the end of every week, the majority leader and minority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives hold a public conversation on the floor about the...

Iowa Pharmacy Board Rejects Medical Marijuana, Ignoring Court Order

Posted 06.05.2009 | Politics

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy sidestepped a court ruling this week, which had ordered it to consider whether the state should reclassify marijuana as hav...

Blue Dogs Backsliding On Health Care

Posted 06.08.2009 | Politics

Conservative House Democrats agreed to a set of health care principles late last week that angered advocates of a overhaul of the health care system. ...

Third Way Memo On Public Health Care Stirs Progressive Outrage

Posted 06.08.2009 | Politics

UPDATE: Third Way responds with a statement to HuffPost: Third Way is committed to helping the President and Congress succeed in enacting meaningful...

Lieberman-Graham Amendment Removed From Supplemental

Posted 06.08.2009 | Politics

Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake.com is reporting that the Lieberman-Graham amendment to suppress detainee photos "is out of the conference report of the s...

Mary Landrieu Opposed To Public Health Care Option

Posted 06.09.2009 | Politics

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said on Tuesday that she is opposed to the creation of a public health care plan patients could opt into that would compete...

Jim Cooper, Key Conservative Democrat, Backs Public Health Care Option (VIDEO)

Posted 06.09.2009 | Politics

A key conservative House Democrat threw his support on Monday to a public health care option without a so-called "trigger" that could prevent it from ...

Blue Dogs Backsliding On Anti-Health Care Reform Backsliding

Posted 06.09.2009 | Politics

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) is "unwavering" in her opposition to a Blue Dog Coalition health care position issued late last week, she said Tuesday. Th...

Signed Letter From Landrieu Shows She Supported Public Option Before She Opposed It

Posted 06.09.2009 | Politics

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) pledged her support for a public health care option less than six months before she announced opposition to such a plan, ac...

BofA CEO: Fed And Treasury Officials Pressed For, Helped Fund Merrill Merger

Posted 06.09.2009 | Business

Treasury and Federal Reserve officials pressured Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis not to back out of a planned merger with Merrill Lynch in December, Lew...

Kennedy Health Care Reform Bill Released -- Help Us Read Through It

Posted 06.09.2009 | Politics

Dropping in at 615 pages is the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's attempt to fix the broken health care system. The HELP Commit...

Dodd "Shopping Around" For Health Care Ideas While Reformers Gets Anxious

Posted 06.10.2009 | Politics
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Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) told reporters Wednesday that he "would prefer we had a strong public option" in the health care reform package he is shephe...

Conrad To Health Care Reformers: You Don't Have A Vote

Posted 06.10.2009 | Politics

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said Wednesday that he is "frankly not terribly interested" in what the major health care reform coalition thinks and is pus...

Bill To Audit Fed Sponsored By More Than Half Of House

Posted 06.11.2009 | Politics

The effort to increase the transparency of the Federal Reserve's operations has picked up surprising momentum over the last month, and has now surged ...