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Entries by Ryan Grim from 12/2009

Dem Senator Hits White House For Dragging Feet On Small Business Lending

Posted 12.01.2009 | Business

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) expressed frustration Tuesday with how slowly the Obama administration is helping small businesses crunched by the financial ...

GOP: Use Unspent Stimulus For War

Posted 12.01.2009 | Politics

As some Democrats consider raising taxes to pay for President Obama's escalation of the now-eight-year-old war in Afghanistan, the opposition party ha...

Fed Needs To 'Start Giving A Red Hot Damn About The American Public,' Says Sen. Whitehouse

Posted 12.01.2009 | Politics

Two days before Ben Bernanke's confirmation hearing, most Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee are withholding judgment, waiting to hear directly...

African-American Protest Against Obama Jobs Policy Heats Up In House

Posted 12.02.2009 | Politics

African-American Democrats in the House upped their pressure on President Obama on Wednesday, boycotting a final committee vote on a financial regulat...

White House Told 'Multiple Times' Fannie, Freddie Had No Watchdog

Posted 12.02.2009 | Business

Whose fault is it that the federal agency that oversees five trillion dollars in mortgages hasn't had an independent inspector general for months? Not...

Bernanke Channels Willie Sutton In Assault On Social Security: 'That's Where The Money Is'

Posted 12.03.2009 | Business

Ben Bernanke has overseen the greatest expansion of the Federal Reserve's balance sheet in its history, pouring trillions of dollars into Wall Street ...

Obama Says Recovery Efforts Come Before Deficit Reduction

Posted 12.04.2009 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Thursday disputed the notion that he is overly concerned about the budget deficit -- and as a result, is under-reacting to t...

Snowe Rejoins Dems At Public Option Negotiating Table

Posted 12.05.2009 | Politics

In a breakthough in Senate negotiations around a public health insurance option, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) sat down with centrist conservative Demo...

Pharma Deal To Be Tested On Senate Floor

Posted 12.05.2009 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised to allow a vote on re-importing prescription drugs from Canada as an amendment to the health c...

Nelson Ready To Bust Pharma Deal: 'They Need 60 Votes, Don't They?'

Posted 12.06.2009 | Politics

Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, said on Sunday that if leadership doesn't work with him on his amendment that would break the White House deal w...

Obama Silent On Public Option In Speech To Senators

Posted 12.06.2009 | Politics

As President Obama finished his speech to the Democratic caucus in the Capitol's Mansfield Room on Sunday afternoon, Joe Lieberman made his way over t...

GOP Would Require President, Cabinet, Staff To Enroll In Public Option

Posted 12.07.2009 | Politics

Senate Republicans opposed to a public health-insurance option intend to introduce an amendment Monday that would require not just members of Congress...

Health Care Reform Could Skip Final Step, Roll Right Through House

Posted 12.07.2009 | Politics

The health care reform bill that passes the Senate might be the one that ends up on President Obama's desk, bypassing the usual House-Senate conferenc...

Rockefeller Knocks Conrad: 'It's Always About North Dakota'

Posted 12.07.2009 | Politics

It's a Congressional paradox: The closer negotiators get to a deal, the rougher and more personal the rhetoric becomes. By that measure, Senate Democr...

Shock: American Bankers Association Comes Out Against Bank Reform

Posted 12.07.2009 | Business

The American Bankers Association is glad that the House Financial Services Committee made a number of changes to a financial reform package that it re...

Breakthrough: Health Care Talks Advance In Senate

Posted 12.08.2009 | Politics

Senate negotiators emerged from a full day of meetings Tuesday saying they had made genuine progress toward a deal on health care reform. They declin...

Bank-Friendly Dems Shut Down House, Threaten To Kill Wall Street Reform

Posted 12.09.2009 | Politics

A group of Democrats friendly to Wall Street interests forced a delay in consideration of the landmark financial regulatory reform bill scheduled to h...

Outline Of Senate Health Bill Agreement Emerging

Posted 12.09.2009 | Politics

Senate Democrats emerged from a caucus-wide meeting Wednesday evening tight-lipped about the elements of the "broad agreement" that has been reached o...

Rep. Gutierrez Slams GOP For Misunderstanding Bill (VIDEO)

Posted 12.10.2009 | Politics

Luis Gutierrez is one of the livelier members of the House of Representatives and the Democrat from Illinois was in true form on the House floor Wedne...

Pelosi Backs Off Public Option

Posted 12.10.2009 | Politics

The public health insurance option died on Thursday, December 10, 2009, after a months-long struggle with Senate parliamentary procedure. The time of ...

Truckers, Farmers, Airlines Battle Wall Street

Posted 12.10.2009 | Business

A broad coalition of businesses and organizations that use derivatives to legitimately hedge risks associated with their operations came out Thursday ...

Pharma Deal Shuts Down Senate Health Care Debate

Posted 12.11.2009 | Politics

The White House, aided by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), is working hard to crush an amendment being pushed by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) to allow for the ...

Big Pharma: We're Not Renegotiating Deal (Yet)

Posted 12.14.2009 | Politics

While the Senate wonders just what it is that Joe Lieberman wants in a health care bill, the standoff over pharmaceutical provisions continues. Sen. B...

Rahm Emanuel Personally Pressed Reid To Cut Deal With Lieberman: Sources

Posted 12.14.2009 | Politics

Rahm Emanuel visited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his Capitol office on Sunday evening and personally urged him to cut a deal with recalcitran...

Lieberman Wins: Medicare Compromise On Chopping Block

Posted 12.14.2009 | Politics

Joe Lieberman has forced his will on the Senate Democratic caucus and the nation as a whole. After the party reached a compromise last week to effecti...