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Entries by Ryan Grim from 09/2009

Banks' Favorite Dem Set To Chair Banking Committee

Posted 09.01.2009 | Business

UPDATE -- The decision by Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) to decline to run for re-election raises the possibility that Sen. Tim Johns...

Alberto Gonzales Flip Flops On Torture Investigation

Posted 09.03.2009 | Politics

Former attorney general Alberto Gonzales became the second Bush-era official in a week to walk back a controversial remark on Thursday, reversing his ...

Dems: "Republicans Want To End Medicare" (VIDEO)

Posted 09.04.2009 | Politics

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on Monday accusing Democrats of looking to gut Medicare. ...

Glenn Beck Gets First Scalp: Van Jones Resigns

Posted 09.06.2009 | Politics

UPDATE: On "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos, Gibbs told Stephanopoulos that Obama thanks Jones for his service but doesn't endorse his views or ...

Priceless: How The Federal Reserve Bought The Economics Profession

Posted 09.07.2009 | Business
Read More: Business News

The Federal Reserve, through its extensive network of consultants, visiting scholars, alumni and staff economists, so thoroughly dominates the field o...

Hoyer: House Could Pass Health Care Bill Without Public Option

Posted 09.08.2009 | Politics

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters Tuesday that a health care reform bill that did not include a public insurance option could p...

Snowe: Obama Speech Not A Deadline

Posted 09.08.2009 | Politics

The Senate Finance Committee shouldn't feel any pressure to come to an agreement on a bipartisan health-care reform bill before President Obama's Wedn...

Baucus Gives Deadline: Fish Or Cut Bait By 10 A.M Tomorrow

Posted 09.08.2009 | Politics

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) emerged from discussions with his Finance Committee Gang of Six Tuesday evening and declared that it was time to fish or cut...

Cramdown Is Back: Banks Against Homeowners, Round 2

Posted 09.08.2009 | Politics

Cramdown is back. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) tells the Huffington Post he plans to revive the effort to give...

Baucus Cuts Bait: Moving Forward With Or Without GOP

Posted 09.09.2009 | Politics

Max Baucus is getting serious. Just a few hours before President Obama is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress, the Finance Committee chai...

House GOP Whip List Claims Pelosi Lacks Votes For Health Care

Posted 09.09.2009 | Politics

House Republicans are circulating a "whip count" of 101 Democrats who have indicated that they may vote against health care reform. While the focus ...

Joe Wilson Apologizes For Shouting "You Lie!" At Obama

Posted 09.09.2009 | Politics

Fresh from a month of acrimonious town halls, House Republicans arrived for President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday nigh...

Yosi Sergant, Administration Aide Demoted: Glenn Beck Strikes Again

Posted 09.10.2009 | Media

UPDATE: The NEA has updated their statement to emphasize that Yosi Sargent remains with the agency, but in a different position: "As regards Yosi Serg...

Head Count: House Progressives Preparing For Public Option Showdown

Posted 09.11.2009 | Politics

Next week will be gut-check time for the bloc of progressives standing in opposition to any bill that doesn't include a public health insurance option...

FBI Report: One Drug Arrest Made Every 18 Seconds

Posted 09.14.2009 | Politics

Someone is arrested in the United States for a drug-law violation every 18 seconds, an FBI report released Monday shows. More than four-fifths of th...

When Getting Beaten By Your Husband Is A Pre-Existing Condition

Posted 09.14.2009 | Politics
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With the White House zeroing in on the insurance-industry practice of discriminating against clients based on pre-existing conditions, administration ...

'Gang Of Six' Moving Goal Posts On Health Care Costs

Posted 09.15.2009 | Politics

President Obama promised last week, in his address to Congress, that he wouldn't sign any health care reform bill that added "one dime to the deficit,...

Durbin Ready To Return To Cramdown Battle With Wall Street

Posted 09.15.2009 | Politics

With foreclosure filings topping 300,000 for the sixth straight month, Senate Democrats are considering a return to a contentious battle they lost in ...

Baucus Bill: Rockefeller Says Dem Senators Are Not Pleased

Posted 09.16.2009 | Politics

The health care bill that Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) unveiled Wednesday without GOP support has no room for legislative error. Democratic Sen. Jay Rock...

Pelosi: House Bill Will Include Public Health Insurance Option

Posted 09.17.2009 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters at a Thursday briefing that she was glad to see the Senate making progress on its version of health care ref...

Nancy Pelosi Warns Of Violence Over Heated Rhetoric, Chokes Up (VIDEO)

Posted 09.17.2009 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's eyes watered Thursday as she called for the rhetorical heat to be turned down across the country, and warned that such wo...

Waffling Arkansas Dems Targeted On Health Care (VIDEO)

Posted 09.18.2009 | Politics

Liberal bloggers are pressuring two Arkansas Democrats, Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Rep. Mike Ross, to back a public health insurance option as part of c...

Baucus Bill Sticks To Pharma Deal That Supposedly Wasn't Struck

Posted 09.18.2009 | Politics

The bill unveiled by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus has been blasted as a major giveaway to insurance companies. But the even bigger win...

Elizabeth Warren For Senate?

Posted 09.18.2009 | Politics

Elizabeth Warren for Senate? Some are pushing to draft the Harvard professor, consumer advocate and head of the committee overseeing the Wall Street...

Bush In 2008: "I'm Not Going To Tell Some Gay Kid In The Audience That He Can't Get Married"

Posted 09.20.2009 | Politics

Speechwriter Matt Latimer's new book trains its gaze on the lunacy of the late-era Bush White House. And there was plenty of material. Latimer, who ...