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Entries by Ryan Grim from 10/2009

Reid Appeals Directly To Obama: Help Us Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Posted 10.01.2009 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ramped up the pressure on the White House and the military to repeal its "don't ask, don't tell" policy with a direc...

Bernanke Backs Banning Dangerous Financial Products

Posted 10.01.2009 | Business

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke surprised members of both parties Thursday when he told a House panel that he believed transparency alone was no...

Senate Committee Passes Quasi-Public Option Amendment

Posted 10.01.2009 | Politics

The Senate Finance Committee narrowly passed an amendment Thursday from Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) that moves the conservative panel as close as it...

HuffPost Readers Offer Glimpse Of Public Health Plan In Senate Finance Bill

Posted 10.02.2009 | Politics

Doctors, administrators, patients and other Washington state residents responded to a Huffington Post request Thursday for first-hand stories about th...

Snowe Voting Yes On Senate Finance Health Care Reform Bill

Posted 10.13.2009 | Politics

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said Tuesday that she intends to vote for the Senate Finance Committee's health care reform package. She cautioned that h...

Farmers Arrested Planting Hemp On DEA Headquarters Lawn (VIDEO)

Posted 10.13.2009 | Green

UPDATE: Scroll down for a video of the arrests. A group of civilly-disobedient hemp farmers and business leaders were arrested Tuesday morning while ...

Senate Finance Committee Approves Health Care Reform 14-9

Posted 10.13.2009 | Politics

Sixty-four years ago, President Harry Truman stood before a joint session of Congress and called on the body "to assure the right to adequate medical ...

Dem Infighting Over Wall Street Regulation

Posted 10.14.2009 | Politics

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan pushed back against her fellow Democrat, Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.), on Wednesday, sending a letter (PDF) oppos...

Fannie, Freddie And Citi: The Rise Of The New Government-Sponsored Enterprise

Posted 10.15.2009 | Business

JPMorgan Chase: $3.6 billion in profits in the last quarter. Goldman Sachs: $3.03 billion. Analysts expect a string of sky-high profit announcements t...

Pelosi Joins Attack On Insurance Industry's Anti-Trust Exemption

Posted 10.15.2009 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) increased Democratic pressure on the health insurance industry Thursday, telling reporters that there is "tremen...

Sensitivity Training: GOP Senator Batters Witness Over Domestic Violence Report

Posted 10.16.2009 | Politics

After the Huffington Post reported that eight states still allow insurance companies to treat domestic violence as a precondition, leaders from three ...

GOP Base Driven By Bizarre Ideology, Not Racism, Report Finds

Posted 10.16.2009 | Politics

When Stan Greenberg and fellow Democratic researchers launched a study of the conservative Republican world's reaction to President Obama, he figured ...

House Vote On Insurance Industry Antitrust Exemption Coming

Posted 10.17.2009 | Politics

The battle against the health insurance industry is steadily intensifying. House Democrats have formally scheduled a vote to revoke the industry's che...

Nicole Kidman To Testify Before Congress

Posted 10.19.2009 | Politics

Nicole Kidman is headed to Congress, where she plans to testify on domestic violence as an international concern, Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) said Mo...

Bean Amendment Beaten Back (For Now), A Blow To Wall Street

Posted 10.19.2009 | Politics

In a major defeat for Wall Street banks, Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) has decided to withdraw an amendment that divided Democrats as they seek to impose...

Defense Department Opposed Franken's Anti-Rape Amendment

Posted 10.19.2009 | Politics

When thirty Republicans lined up against an amendment that would have required defense contractors to allow their employees access to U.S. courts in c...

Sanders Begs Obama: Help Keep Dems United Against A GOP Filibuster

Posted 10.20.2009 | Politics

President Obama should lobby individual Senate Democrats to make sure they don't join Republicans in filibustering health care reform, Sen. Bernie San...

Audit The Fed Bill Introduced In Senate With Bipartisan Support

Posted 10.20.2009 | Politics

A bipartisan Senate pair introduced a bill to audit the Federal Reserve's emergency lending programs on Tuesday. The Federal Reserve Accountability Ac...

Pelosi To Dems: Time To Take A Stand On Public Option

Posted 10.20.2009 | Politics

Nancy Pelosi is ready to rumble. The House Speaker told her Democratic caucus Tuesday night that she plans to bring a health care reform bill with a r...

Public Option Within Eight Votes Of House Passage, Says Rep. Grijalva

Posted 10.21.2009 | Politics

The robust public option is eight votes short of the 218 it needs to pass the House, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) tells HuffPost. Grijalva, as co-cha...

Pelosi Floats Tax Credit For All Home Buyers

Posted 10.21.2009 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that the House not only plans to extend an $8,000 first-time home-buyer's tax credit -- it may be broad...

GOP Sen. Shelby: Reorganize The Fed

Posted 10.22.2009 | Politics

The directors of the Federal Reserve regional banks are selected by the very banks that the Fed is supposed to regulate. It's a bizarre entanglement o...

Pryor: "I'm Open To A Public Option"

Posted 10.22.2009 | Politics

A key conservative Democrat told reporters Thursday that he was "open to a public option" as part of the final health care reform package. Sen. Mark P...

Crunch Time: Pelosi Puts Dem Reps On Record On Public Option

Posted 10.23.2009 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ramped up the pressure on wavering Democrats Friday morning, calling on them to state in front of their colleagu...

Reid: "The Public Option With An Opt-Out Is The One That's Fair"

Posted 10.26.2009 | Politics

The public option lives. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Monday that the bill he will bring to the Senate floor will include a p...