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Entries by Ryan Grim from 08/2009

Lewin Group's Parent Company Donated Big To GOP Leaders

Posted 08.05.2009 | Politics

House Republican Leaders John Boehner (Ohio) and Eric Cantor (Va.) have taken roughly $60,000 from the health insurance company that owns the research...

Reid Backs Off Health Care Deadline

Posted 08.06.2009 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he is backing off deadlines as a way to get results from recalcitrant health care negoti...

Dem Senators: White House Says It Cut No Deal With Drug Makers

Posted 08.06.2009 | Politics

A senior White House aide told Democratic senators Thursday that the administration did not make a deal with the pharmaceutical lobby that would preve...

White House Confirms: Deal With Big Pharma Bars Price Negotiations

Posted 08.07.2009 | Politics

In closed-door negotiations with President Obama and his top aides throughout the spring, Big Pharma offered its support for comprehensive health care...

Health Care Protesters Largely From Out Of District, Sign-In Sheets Show

Posted 08.11.2009 | Politics

In what became an emblematic scene, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), faced a hostile crowd at a packed health care town hall in Michigan on Thursday. Din...

Chuck Norris Says Government Health Care Will Invade Your Home

Posted 08.11.2009 | Politics

It was only a matter of time. Chuck Norris has weighed in on the health care debate. In an op-ed for the conservative outlet TownHall.com, the forme...

New Documents Show Rove's Role In Political Firings: Help Us Read Through Them

Posted 08.11.2009 | Politics

The House Judiciary Committee Web-published thousands of pages of documents on Tuesday, including over 700 pages of transcripts of on-the-record inter...

Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma

Posted 08.13.2009 | Politics

A memo obtained by the Huffington Post confirms that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby secretly agreed to precisely the sort of wide-rangin...

Gibbs Won't Say What White House Gave Drugmakers To Gain Their Support

Posted 08.13.2009 | Politics

What did the White House offer drugmakers to get their support for health care legislation? NBC's Chuck Todd put the question directly to Robert Gibb...

Where Is Kent Conrad Getting His Whip Count?

Posted 08.17.2009 | Politics

There are 60 members of the Senate's Democratic caucus -- so why is Sen. Kent Conrad insisting that that there aren't enough votes to pass a public he...

Boehner To Drug Makers: Stop Appeasing Obama

Posted 08.17.2009 | Politics

House Republican Leader John Boehner launched an unusually harsh broadside at an estranged GOP ally Monday, ripping the drug industry for siding with ...

Public Option Fundraiser Nets $100k In 24 Hours

Posted 08.19.2009 | Politics

A fundraiser launched by progressive bloggers as part of an increasingly aggressive response to White House backsliding on health care reform has out-...

Democrats Ponder One-Bill Reconciliation Strategy For Health Care

Posted 08.24.2009 | Politics

Senate Democrats contemplating a controversial parliamentary maneuver that would allow them to pass key provisions of a health care bill with just 51 ...

First "Gang Of Six" Member Backs Reconciliation For Health Care

Posted 08.25.2009 | Politics
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A Democratic member of the "Gang of Six" senators charged with finding a bipartisan solution to health care reform said at a town hall Monday that he ...

Progressive Caucus Finds Itself In A Strange Place: Power

Posted 08.25.2009 | Politics

The White House expressed surprise last week that the "left of the left" had clung so forcefully to the public insurance option as a must-have element...

Kennedy Dies With "Cause of His Life" Just Out Of Reach

Posted 08.26.2009 | Politics

Edward Kennedy, last of the Kennedy brothers and one of his generation's foremost champions of the less fortunate, died last night with the "cause of ...

Mike Enzi, Gang Of Six Republican, Admits He's Simply Blocking Health Care Reform

Posted 08.26.2009 | Politics

Mike Enzi, one of three Republicans ostensibly negotiating health care reform as part of the Senate's "Gang of Six," told a Wyoming town hall crowd th...

How Ted Kennedy Helped Bill Clinton Win Reelection

Posted 08.26.2009 | Media

The New Yorker has unlocked its Kennedy archives and given free access to a number of revealing profiles. One of the fines is also one of the most rec...

Anti-Health Care Reform Group Pulls Ads, Citing Respect For Kennedy

Posted 08.26.2009 | Politics

One of the most vociferous opponents of Democratic health care legislation, led by former hospital executive Rick Scott, has pulled its anti-health ca...

Small Midwestern States To Be Hit Hardest By Climate Change: Report

Posted 08.27.2009 | Green

The politics of climate change are difficult in the Senate, it's often said, because it's a regional issue: coal state senators are afraid their econo...

Senate Republican Leaders Plan Closed Health Care Forum

Posted 08.28.2009 | Politics

Senate Republicans may have found a way to keep public health care meetings at home from getting out of control: keep the public out. On Monday, Sena...

Frank: Bill Mandating "Complete Audit" Of The Fed Will Pass House In Fall

Posted 08.28.2009 | Business

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, told a Massachusetts audience at a recent town hall that the House wi...