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Entries by Ryan Grim from 01/2010

GOP, Warning Of A 'New EPA', Oppose Independent CFPA

Posted 01.04.2010 | Politics

Senate Republicans are determined to prevent the creation of an independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency because they consider it as threateni...

Watergate Babies, Now Fully Grown, Dominating Health Care Endgame

Posted 01.05.2010 | Politics

A new breed of congressional Democrat was swept into office in 1974, less than seven months after Richard Nixon's resignation. The Watergate Babies, a...

House Dems Debate Cadillac Tax On Insurance Plans

Posted 01.07.2010 | Politics

House Democrats met Thursday to devise a negotiating strategy as the two chambers begin to hash out differences between their respective health care b...

Wall Street Reform: Traditional Foes Join Forces To Take On Bankers

Posted 01.08.2010 | Business

On Thursday evening, a roomful of people more accustomed to fighting each other met to unite against a common enemy: Wall Street. The forces that are...

HuffPost Readers: Have You Walked Away From Your Underwater Mortgage?

Posted 01.09.2010 | Business

Between 11 and 15 million mortgages are currently underwater, meaning the home is worth less than the amount owed on it. For many people in that situa...

Consumer Financial Protection Fight Enters New Round

Posted 01.12.2010 | Business

The fight in the Senate Banking Committee over the creation of a new agency dedicated to consumer financial protection has shifted from whether it sho...

California Assembly Panel Votes To Legalize Marijuana

Posted 01.12.2010 | Politics

Since marijuana was criminalized more than 70 years ago, no panel of federal or state lawmakers has ever voted to reverse the ban and legalize it. Tha...

Rangel: 'We've Got A Problem On Both Sides Of The Capitol'

Posted 01.12.2010 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed the House health care position forward on Tuesday night, insisting that a national health insurance exchange is "essential...

Grayson Pulls In $850,000 In Final Quarter, Calls For New Way To Run For Congress

Posted 01.13.2010 | Politics

As members of Congress begin to report their fourth-quarter fundraising totals, here's a number that will pop a few eyes: $850,000. That's the amount...

House To Rebuke Obama On First Veto

Posted 01.13.2010 | Politics

Bipartisanship is alive on Capitol Hill -- House Democrats and Republicans came together Tuesday morning to join forces against a common, longstanding...

Experts On Afghanistan Doubt Survey On Foreign Occupation: Results Are Impossible

Posted 01.13.2010 | Politics

A new survey of the Afghan people is being touted as evidence that hearts and minds may, in fact, be warming to the U.S.'s military presence, which is...

Bipartisan Effort Would Force An IG On Fannie And Freddie

Posted 01.14.2010 | Business

A bipartisan foursome in the House of Representatives introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency...

White House Wins Labor Support For Health Care

Posted 01.14.2010 | Politics

Leaders of the labor movement announced Thursday afternoon that they have reached a compromise agreement with the White House and congressional leader...

Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction

Posted 01.15.2010 | Politics

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan climbed in 2009 to their highest number since the fall of the Taliban, the United Nations says in a recent report. The...

Coakley Pollster Defends Campaign Against White House

Posted 01.19.2010 | Politics

The blame game is fully underway. A top pollster to Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley told HuffPost on Tuesday that the White House, in attem...

Weiner: House Leadership 'Whistling Past The Graveyard'

Posted 01.19.2010 | Politics

Scott Brown's Senate victory should not put health care reform on hold, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) told reporters after a caucus meeting Tuesday. ...

Bank Shot: Independents And Dem Base Still Aligned In Anger

Posted 01.19.2010 | Politics

With all the talk about "angry independents" deciding the special election in Massachusetts Tuesday night, the inclination among establishment Washing...

Barney Frank Backtracks: Could Support Senate Health Care Bill

Posted 01.20.2010 | Politics

Barney Frank shocked his Democratic Party Tuesday night by jumping out shortly after the polls closed in Massachusetts and calling for the party not t...

WATCH: Members Of Congress Talk About Moving Their Money To Small Banks

Posted 01.20.2010 | Business

Members of Congress considering moving their money from major financial institutions to community banks have some of the same concerns ordinary custom...

Opposition To Bernanke Growing In Wake Of Mass. Vote

Posted 01.21.2010 | Business

Opposition to the reconfirmation of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is growing in the Senate in the wake of a Republican Scott Brown's victory, ...

Dodd and Gregg Block Audit-The-Fed Amendment, Frank Tells Committee

Posted 01.21.2010 | Politics
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A House-passed provision to open up the Federal Reserve to an audit by the Government Accountability Office is unlikely to be included in the Senate r...

Snowe, McCain Pan Supreme Court Decision

Posted 01.21.2010 | Politics

Updated below with comments from Sen. McCain Those Democrats who hope to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that allows unlimited corporat...

Capuano Rips White House: 'Played Footsies With Wall Street From Day One'

Posted 01.21.2010 | Business

A House Democrat from Massachusetts who finished second in the Senate primary against Martha Coakley is lashing out at the White House for playing "fo...

Geithner, Summers Eclipsed As White House Changes Posture

Posted 01.21.2010 | Politics

Rolling out his new, more aggressive approach to Wall Street, President Obama turned to some advisers who hadn't been seen much in the past year. Stan...

Dodd Opposes Fed Audit

Posted 01.22.2010 | Business

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd opposes including a provision to audit the Federal Reserve in the Senate's regulatory reform package, the...