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Entries by Ryan Grim from 03/2010

Top Treasury Official Leaves For Lobbying Firm

Posted 03.01.2010 | Business

Just as Congress enters the final stretch of the financial regulatory reform effort, one of the Treasury Department's leading liaisons to the Hill, Da...

No Deal Yet On Consumer Protection: Top Republican

Posted 03.01.2010 | Politics

Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who's been taking the lead in financial regulatory reform negotiations, said Monday that reports of an agree...

GOP Sen. Kyl: Unemployment Benefits Make People Not Want To Get A Job

Posted 03.01.2010 | Politics

A debate on the Senate floor Monday over unemployment compensation crystallized, at least for a moment, the divide between the two parties in Washingt...

Dodd: Put CFPA Inside Federal Reserve

Posted 03.01.2010 | Politics

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) reached out to fellow members of his Banking Committee on Monday to float the latest proposal for a compromise Consumer Fina...

Three More Senators Join Public Option Effort

Posted 03.02.2010 | Politics

Sen. Bob Casey, a centrist Democrat from Pennsylvania, has committed to voting for a public option if it's included as part of a package of health car...

Even Watered-Down CFPA Doesn't Satisfy Key Republican

Posted 03.02.2010 | Politics

Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.), a key Republican negotiator on the Banking Committee, said that the idea of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency with in...

Senator Promises Floor Fight For Strong CFPA

Posted 03.02.2010 | Politics

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency, a cornerstone of banking reform, won't go down without a floor flight. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the t...

Ted Kaufman: Public Option Picks Up 34th Supporter

Posted 03.02.2010 | Politics
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Sen. Ted Kaufman will vote for a public insurance option as part of a health care reconciliation package, the Delaware Democrat told HuffPost Tuesday ...

SNL 'Presidents' Reunite For Video Pushing Wall Street Reform (WATCH)

Posted 03.03.2010 | Politics

Will Ferrell, Fred Armisen, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Dana Carvey and Darrell Hammond, the Saturday Night Live actors who have played every American ...

Frank: 'If They Want To Kill Consumer Protection, Let There Be 41 Jim Bunnings Over There'

Posted 03.03.2010 | Politics

Rep. Barney Frank reacted angrily on Wednesday to a proposed bipartisan compromise on the Consumer Financial Protection Agency in the Senate. "That'...

Minnick Waiting For Final Step In Health Care Fight

Posted 03.03.2010 | Politics

With President Obama forging ahead on health care reform, the moment of truth is arriving for wavering Democrats who would prefer that the issue just ...

GOP Tensions Simmer Over CFPA

Posted 03.03.2010 | Politics

Tensions have been simmering between two top Republicans in the Banking Committee since the senior member, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), backed out of...

Public Option Picks Up 35th Supporter

Posted 03.04.2010 | Politics

Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) became the 35th senator to commit to voting for a public health insurance option if it comes to a vote on the floor under the...

Grayson Leading In REPUBLICAN Primary

Posted 03.04.2010 | Politics

Republicans like a politician who stands up for what he believes -- even if he believes the Republican Party is populated by a bunch of "knuckle-dragg...

Obama To Progressives: This Is Just The Foundation

Posted 03.04.2010 | Politics

President Obama began his meeting with leading House progressives by bringing in a letter from an Ohio woman who wrote him to say that her skyrocketin...

Bill To Cancel Haiti's Debt Clears House Hurdle

Posted 03.04.2010 | Politics

A House subcommittee approved a measure on Thursday to press major international financial institutions to completely cancel all debts owed by Haiti, ...

Unlike Health Care, When It Comes To Nukes, Cost Is No Object

Posted 03.06.2010 | Politics

The lead story in Saturday's Washington Post, about the nuclear weapons decisions facing President Obama, runs longer than 1,300 words, but five a rea...

Chris Dodd: Public Option Supporter

Posted 03.08.2010 | Politics

Chris Dodd became the 37th senator to commit to supporting the public insurance option as part of health care reform if the overhaul is moved through ...

Fed Audit Bitterly Opposed By Treasury

Posted 03.08.2010 | Politics

The Treasury Department is vigorously opposed to a House-passed measure that would open the Federal Reserve to an audit by the Government Accountabili...

Blanche Lincoln: Reconciliation Is A No-Go

Posted 03.09.2010 | Politics

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) pushed hard on Tuesday to back off her recent openness to reconciliation. Earlier this morning, Lincoln told the Ass...

Sebelius To Lion's Den: Plans To Address Insurers

Posted 03.09.2010 | Politics

Kathleen Sebelius plans to take the administration's argument for health care reform straight to the enemy this week. In a letter to top insurance lob...

Medicare Part D Company Ejected From Program For First Time

Posted 03.09.2010 | Politics

For the first time since the program was enacted, an insurer is being ejected from the Medicare Part D program for denying medication to seniors and o...

New CFPA Proposal Would Put Bank Board Over Top

Posted 03.09.2010 | Politics

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency would have a board of bank regulators over top of it that could object to and veto its proposed rules if Chai...

Still Surging: Public Option Picks Up Three More Backers

Posted 03.09.2010 | Politics

Three more Democratic senators said on Tuesday that they would either support the public option in a Senate floor vote or were heavily leaning that wa...

Public Option Support Now Over 40 In Senate

Posted 03.10.2010 | Politics

Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) became the 41st senator to say that he would back the public insurance option as part of a health care bill moved through reconci...