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Entries by Ryan Grim from 04/2010

Barney Frank Permanently Bans Staff From Communicating With Aide-Turned-Lobbyist

Posted 04.01.2010 | Politics

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has instituted a permanent ban on committee staff communication with Peter Roberson...

Alan Grayson Confronts GOP For Spying On Democratic Gathering (VIDEO)

Posted 04.09.2010 | Politics

Conservative media spent much of Friday attacking Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) for breaking up a GOP meeting Thursday evening in his Orlando district. R...

Medical Marijuana Bill Moves Through Maryland Senate In Landslide

Posted 04.10.2010 | Politics

The Maryland Senate voted on Saturday to allow patients access to medical marijuana at state-licensed dispensaries. The bill now moves to the state's ...

Lincoln Bucking White House Pressure, Pushing Forward To Weaken Derivatives Reform

Posted 04.13.2010 | Business

UPDATE, 4/14/10: Senate Democrats are "resisting a last-ditch lobbying push from big Wall Street firms, are moving toward a sweeping revamp of financi...

Democrats Batter Mitch McConnell For Standing With Wall Street

Posted 04.14.2010 | Politics

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) entered a political memo written by GOP strategist Frank Luntz into the official Congressional Record on Wednesday, arguing ...

Corker On McConnell's Wall Street Rhetoric: 'Let's Act Like Adults'

Posted 04.15.2010 | Politics

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said on Thursday that he's been urging his GOP colleagues to be more cautious in the rhetoric they use to describe the Wall ...

Harry Reid Charging Ahead On Wall Street Reform

Posted 04.15.2010 | Business

Fresh off their victory on health care, Democrats are pushing ahead with Wall Street reform despite Republican objections, Senate Majority Leader Harr...

GOP Warms To Breaking Up The Big Banks

Posted 04.15.2010 | Business

With additional reporting by Sam Stein When it comes to opposing the Democratic Wall Street reform plan, Republican leadership has a logic problem: I...

Dr. Drew Getting Ripped For Suggesting Lindsay Lohan Be Framed For Drug Use

Posted 04.15.2010 | Entertainment

Celebrity addiction specialist Drew Pinsky -- who goes by Dr. Drew -- is taking an online beating for suggesting that the best way to deal with Lindsa...

Senate Democrats Press FCC To Protect Internet From Corporate Takeover (VIDEO)

Posted 04.15.2010 | Politics

Key Senate Democrats took to the Senate floor on Wednesday evening to press the Federal Communications Commission to write tough rules that would keep...

Unified GOP To Block Senate From Debating Wall Street Reform

Posted 04.16.2010 | Business

Mitch McConnell has rounded up the necessary votes to block Democrats from bringing Wall Street reform to the Senate floor, a spokesman for the Senate...

420 Meaning: The True Story Of How April 20 Became 'Weed Day'

Posted 04.20.2010 | Politics

This piece was first published last year on April 20. Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, routinely plays with the surviving member...

Goldman Sachs Not 'Too Big For Jail', House Dems Write Attorney General

Posted 04.20.2010 | Business

Democrats in the House are pressing the Justice Department to pursue a full-scale criminal investigation of Goldman Sachs, the bank hit last week with...

Happy 420: Drug Decriminalization Efforts Advance Across The Country

Posted 04.20.2010 | Politics

When it's finally written -- if it's finally written -- the history of the American drug war will begin and end in the same town: San Francisco. The c...

Conrad Budget Slashes Spending

Posted 04.20.2010 | Politics
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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) released highlights of his proposed budget Tuesday evening after meeting with his committee coll...

GOP Objects And Objects And Objects... (VIDEO)

Posted 04.21.2010 | Politics

Democrats took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to try to break a logjam that has 101 executive branch nominees backed up. A new Senate rule that aims t...

Rubio's Ethics Becoming Issue In Senate Campaign

Posted 04.21.2010 | Politics

During the two years that Marco Rubio was Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, a tobacco company that was a significant donor to Rubio was...

Lincoln Bill Passes With Republican Support

Posted 04.21.2010 | Business

Tough regulation of derivatives moved through Blanche Lincoln's Agriculture Committee with the surprising support of Republican Charles Grassley (R-Io...

Poll: Majority Of Americans Say Pot Should Be Treated Like Booze

Posted 04.22.2010 | Politics

A significant majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana and regulating it either with the same rules that apply to alcohol or with fewer rest...

Wall Street Showdown Set For Monday In Senate

Posted 04.22.2010 | Business

Harry Reid, flanked by his top lieutenants, delivered an aggressive message to the Senate GOP on Thursday afternoon, telling reporters that he was mov...

Dodd Bill Would Allow Fed To Hide Its Spending

Posted 04.22.2010 | Business

The Wall Street reform bill headed for a test vote on the Senate floor Monday night will allow the Federal Reserve to continue to pump trillions of do...

Senate Test Vote Shows Broad Support For Breaking Up Banks

Posted 04.23.2010 | Business

A test vote in the Senate Budget Committee on Thursday showed stronger support in the chamber for breaking up big banks than had previously been suspe...

Richard Shelby: 'I Don't Believe We'll Have A Deal Today'

Posted 04.26.2010 | Politics

The GOP's lead Wall Street reform negotiator, Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), said on Monday morning that a deal with Democrats is unlikely before a test vot...

GOP Fighting To Keep Wall Street Negotiations Secret

Posted 04.26.2010 | Business

For the better part of a year, the GOP has blasted Democrats for legislating "behind closed doors" and making "secret deals." On Monday afternoon, the...

Dems Plan To Toughen Wall Street Reform Bill On Senate Floor

Posted 04.26.2010 | Business

If Senate leadership can overcome a Republican filibuster and begin debate on Wall Street reform, a group of Democratic senators will be ready with am...