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Entries by Ryan Grim from 02/2010

Dems Break GOP Filibuster Of Routine Nomination

Posted 02.01.2010 | Politics

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama issued the GOP a challenge. "If the Republican leadership is going to insist that 60 vot...

Cornyn: Teabaggers Forming Third Party A Danger To GOP

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the head of the Republican Senate campaign operation, said Tuesday that the GOP is working to head off the danger of the T...

Senators Pushing Pelosi To Introduce Single-Payer Bill

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that she was getting calls from senators urging her to bring the public option back into the debate or to introdu...

Pelosi: Piecemeal Reform No Better Than A "Get Well Card"

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

Amid the wreckage of the health care debate, some rescue workers have been searching for small pieces that could be salvaged. On Tuesday, House Speake...

Pelosi Taps Task Force To Counter Supreme Court's Citizens United Ruling

Posted 02.03.2010 | Politics

House Democrats are forming a Citizens United task force to decide on the best set of legislative push back against the Supreme Court decision that up...

Jobs Bill Could Be Scott Brown's First Vote

Posted 02.04.2010 | Politics

The Senate will vote on a jobs package on Monday, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Thursday morning. The vote could be incoming Se...

Dems To Wall Street: GOP's Not The Party For You

Posted 02.04.2010 | Business

Democrats reacted possessively on Thursday to Republican Minority Leader John Boehner's effort to persuade JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon that the fin...

Reid Threatens To Bypass Senate With Recess Appointments

Posted 02.04.2010 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Republicans Thursday that if they use the arrival of Scott Brown as an opportunity to filibuster every Democr...

Bill Would Force CEOs To Say They 'Approve This Message'

Posted 02.04.2010 | Politics

A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers have a response to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that allows unlimited corporate money to flow into ...

Donors Reward Dems Who Pushed Public Option

Posted 02.05.2010 | Politics

An online effort has quietly raised nearly $90,000 in the past few days to reward three freshman House Democrats for organizing an effort to put the p...

Obey Tells GOP They Can't Have Their Pork And Eat It Too

Posted 02.05.2010 | Politics

The GOP may be the party of no -- but when it comes to individual Republican lawmakers taking credit for federally-funded projects in their home state...

House Republican Issa Charges Obama With Lying About Tort Reform

Posted 02.08.2010 | Politics

President Obama's health care reform outreach to congressional Republicans got off to a bumpy start on Monday morning, when Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif...

He's Come A Long Way: Summers Attacks 'Bloated Financial System'

Posted 02.09.2010 | Business

Showing just how far his previous economic ideology has fallen from grace, White House senior economics adviser Larry Summers went on to CNBC Tuesday ...

Carl Levin: Filibuster Could Fall 'After Massive Conflict On The Floor'

Posted 02.09.2010 | Politics

Senate Republicans made a persuasive case for abolishing or reforming the filibuster on Tuesday night when they blocked a routine nomination to the Na...

Richard Shelby: Chris Dodd 'Is Gonna Go With His Bill And Go It Alone'

Posted 02.09.2010 | Business

Senate negotiators are at an impasse over the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, Richard Shelby, the ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Commi...

How Florida Cashed In On High-Speed Rail

Posted 02.10.2010 | Politics
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The awarding of high-speed rail money by the federal government in February turned into a test of which state officials could transcend partisan bicke...

Citizens United Ruling A Windfall For Consultants, TV Stations

Posted 02.10.2010 | Politics

After President Obama upbraided the Supreme Court during his State of the Union address, Justice Sam Alito, whose swing vote overturned a century of p...

MoveOn Hits Obama For Bonus Remarks, Dem Senator Announces Bank Bonus Tax

Posted 02.11.2010 | Politics

MoveOn.org is letting President Obama know that it does begrudge the multimillion-dollar bonuses being paid to Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and a...

Jobs Bill Details Released: Read The Memo

Posted 02.11.2010 | Politics

The Senate Finance Committee released on Thursday a bipartisan draft of a proposed jobs bill, which includes business tax breaks, an extension of subs...

Reid Tosses Bloated Bipartisan Jobs Bill For Something Leaner

Posted 02.11.2010 | Politics

The Senate's bipartisan jobs package, which had robust support from the White House and the GOP, but was packed with corporate giveaways, lasted less ...

Webb Wants Banker Tax As Amendment To Jobs Bill

Posted 02.12.2010 | Politics

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who rarely gets into battles he thinks he can't win, said on Friday that he'll push to include a windfall bonus tax as an amend...

The K Street Kickback: The Giveaway That Reid Stripped From The Jobs Bill

Posted 02.12.2010 | Politics

The GOP is outraged that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) spiked the bipartisan jobs bill unveiled on Thursday, dropping some of its major p...

McConnell Sobs On Senate Floor About Chief Of Staff Heading For K Street (VIDEO)

Posted 02.12.2010 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sobbed on the Senate floor Thursday, lamenting that his right-hand man, Kyle Simmons, was leaving his s...

Indiana Senate: Democrats Face Tuesday Deadline To Get A Candidate On The Primary Ballot

Posted 02.15.2010 | Politics

The abrupt retirement of Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) from the Senate leaves Democrats with roughly 24 hours to get a replacement candidate on the primary ballo...

Clinton Meets With Al Jazeera Brass In Qatar

Posted 02.15.2010 | Politics

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with the director general of the Al Jazeera Network, Wadah Khanfar, and the network's senior editorial staff wh...