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Entries by Ryan Grim from 11/2009

Afghan War Vets Patrol Halls Of Congress To Stop Troop Escalation

Posted 11.02.2009 | Politics

A little more than two months ago, Brock McIntosh was fighting in Afghanistan, a member of the Army National Guard. This week, he's walking the halls ...

Nebraska Voters Favor Public Option, Want Ben Nelson To Back It

Posted 11.02.2009 | Politics

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story below includes references to polling conducted by the firm Research 2000. The reliability and accuracy of Research 2000's po...

As GOP Holds Up Unemployment Extension, Nearly 200,000 Lose Their Benefits

Posted 11.03.2009 | Politics
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In the world outside the Senate, time is money; inside it, time is everything. Senate Republicans are taking full advantage of that reality, using eve...

Snowe, Collins Refuse To Say How They Voted On Maine Gay Marriage Vote

Posted 11.03.2009 | Politics

Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, two Senate Republicans from Maine, have amassed outsized power by playing their legislative cards very tightly and ke...

Final House Health Care Bill Unveiled

Posted 11.03.2009 | Politics
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) unveiled a revised health care reform bill -- known as a manager's amendment -- Tuesday evening after taking the...

Maine Voters First To License Medical Pot Shops

Posted 11.04.2009 | Politics
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Maine voters became the first to license nonprofit organizations to sell medical marijuana on Tuesday, with the state's Question 5 cruising to a lands...

GOP Folds On Unemployment Benefits Fight: 14-Week Extension Passes

Posted 11.04.2009 | Politics

The GOP called for the check Wednesday night, having had enough of the fight over an extension of unemployment benefits that the party had held up for...

Pelosi: Single-Payer Amendment Breaks Obama's Health Care Promise

Posted 11.05.2009 | Politics

An amendment to allow states to pursue single-payer health care without incurring insurance-industry lawsuits was stripped from the House bill, Speake...

Reid Picks Pelosi's Pocket To Pay For Business Tax Break

Posted 11.05.2009 | Politics

In order to fund business tax breaks and an extension of a first-time homebuyers tax credit this week, Harry Reid swiped one of Nancy Pelosi's revenue...

Former BlueCross Pitchman Switches Sides, Comes Out For Public Option

Posted 11.05.2009 | Politics
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Andy Cobb has had enough. A former pitchman for BlueCross Blue Shield of Florida, Cobb is breaking with the firm and speaking out in favor of health c...

Civil War In Corporate America: Banks Battling The Chamber On Accounting Rules

Posted 11.05.2009 | Business

Amid the ongoing financial regulation overhaul, the banking industry is hoping to pull off a quiet power grab that has eluded its grasp since the Grea...

Compromise Reached On Health Care Bill: Anti-Abortion Amendment To Be Given Floor Vote

Posted 11.07.2009 | Politics

As the House of Representatives inches toward a final vote on comprehensive health care reform this weekend -- the most dramatic domestic policy debat...

Health Care PASSES: The Scene In The House When It Happened

Posted 11.08.2009 | Politics

CORRECTION: From my vantage point in the press gallery, it looked as if Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) was leaning on Cao to oppose the bill. But according...

Fannie and Freddie Fire Their Own Inspector General

Posted 11.10.2009 | Politics

There is no independent auditor overseeing the federal agency responsible for some $6 trillion in home mortgages, because the Department of Justice's ...

Wall Street Banks Tricking Little Guys Into Lobbying for Them

Posted 11.11.2009 | Business

Wall Street titans, recognizing that they have something of a credibility problem when it comes to opposing regulatory reform, are enlisting more symp...

WATCH: Abortion Battle Coming To Cable

Posted 11.16.2009 | Politics

The fight over abortion rights set off by a provision in the House health-reform bill is coming to cable on Tuesday. The ad is from Center for Reprod...

House Dems To Sic Watchdog On Fannie, Freddie

Posted 11.16.2009 | Politics

House Democrats are working on a rapid legislative fix that would finally put an independent watchdog in place at the agency with authority over Fanni...

Moneyed Interests Lining Up For Battle Over Accounting Standards

Posted 11.16.2009 | Politics

In the midst of what was supposed to be a Congressional push for increased financial regulation and accountability, a powerful coalition of moneyed in...

Nelson On Board For Second Round Of Spending

Posted 11.17.2009 | Politics

Throughout last winter, Sen. Ben Nelson, the Nebraska Democrat, was trailed through the Capitol by reporters curious where he stood on the amount of s...

Audit The Fed Effort Under Threat In House

Posted 11.17.2009 | Politics

A bipartisan effort to force transparency on the Federal Reserve is suddenly in jeopardy after a House Financial Services Committee member introduced ...

Senate Set To Unveil Health Care Bill Today

Posted 11.18.2009 | Politics

Tired as folks may be of hearing this, Wednesday is set to be another big day for health care reform on Capitol Hill. No, really. It is. Senate Demo...

Economists Opposing Fed Audit Have Undisclosed Fed Ties

Posted 11.18.2009 | Business

As the debate over an audit of the Federal Reserve intensifies in the House, one camp is trotting out eight academics that it calls a "political cross...

GOP Blocks Freeze On Credit Card Interest Rate Hikes

Posted 11.18.2009 | Politics

Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic effort Wednesday to immediately freeze increases in credit card interest rates, fees and finance charges. Sh...

Senate Dems Close In On Reform: Details Of Health Care Bill Revealed

Posted 11.18.2009 | Politics

Read the bill (PDF). Senate Democrats have posted the legislation on their web site. --------- Senate Democrats made a big step toward comprehensive...

Read The Abortion Compromise In Harry Reid's Senate Health Care Bill

Posted 11.18.2009 | Politics

The health care reform package unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Wednesday night bars the use of federal funds for abortion servi...