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Entries by Ryan Grim from 07/2010

Pelosi: End The Filibuster

Posted 07.01.2010 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has some advice for her Senate counterparts: Try majority rule for a change. Pelosi, in an interview with the Huffington Po...

Mayberry Machiavellis: Obama Political Team Handcuffing Recovery

Posted 07.06.2010 | Business

Under the leadership of President George W. Bush, science, empirical evidence and expert advice struggled to be heard above the din of politics. It's ...

Louisiana Watermen Demand Proper Safety Equipment In Gulf Oil Cleanup

Posted 07.08.2010 | Green

In the harried cleanup that followed the attack on downtown New York on September 11th, managers of the process famously failed to equip workers with ...

California Dems Endorse Pot Legalization, Proposition 19

Posted 07.08.2010 | Politics

Democratic lawmakers from California are hoping that a proposition to legalize marijuana on the November ballot will help drive progressive voter turn...

Alan Grayson To The Fed: 'We'll Be Back'

Posted 07.09.2010 | Business

The Wall Street reform package currently awaiting the return of Congress from the Fourth of July recess is packed with provisions that will remake the...

Kyl: Unemployment Insurance A 'Necessary Evil'

Posted 07.12.2010 | Politics

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Monday that tax cuts for the wealthy shouldn't be offset by revenue increases elsewhere because their purp...

Elizabeth Warren To Head Consumer Protection Bureau?

Posted 07.12.2010 | Politics

Once President Obama signs Wall Street reform into law, the battle will move off the front pages, but it'll be far from over. Who the president picks ...

Reid Bringing Wall Street Reform To Senate Floor

Posted 07.13.2010 | Politics

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will file cloture on the Wall Street reform report on Tuesday, paving the way for a final vote later this week. On the Senate...

GOP Teams With McCaskill To Freeze Spending

Posted 07.14.2010 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday that "a hundred percent of the Republicans on the Appropriations Committee" woul...

Chamber Of Commerce's Jobs Suggestions: Cut Taxes And Social Security, Privatize Roads, Drill Offshore, Log National Forests

Posted 07.14.2010 | Politics

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent the White House an "open letter" laying out a proposed roadmap to economic recovery, coinciding with the organizatio...

Wall Street Reform Passes

Posted 07.15.2010 | Business

Nearly two years after major banks brought the global financial system to the brink of collapse, triggering a steep economic decline and crisis-levels...

Congressional Cigar Association Is Front For Lobbyists

Posted 07.20.2010 | Politics

Lobbyists for major banks, insurers, pharmaceutical firms, energy companies and at least one foreign government have been helping organize lavish gath...

Paul Dobson, Phoenix Cop Who Opposes Arizona Immigration Law, Is Now Under Investigation

Posted 07.23.2010 | Politics

An Arizona police officer who spoke out against the state's new draconian immigration law is under investigation related to his statement, Officer Pau...

Al Franken Endorses Elizabeth Warren For Consumer Protection Bureau

Posted 07.24.2010 | Politics

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined the effort to persuade President Obama to appoint Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Bureau in an interv...

Gibbs: Elizabeth Warren Is A 'Terrific Candidate'

Posted 07.26.2010 | Politics

Elizabeth Warren is a "terrific candidate" to lead the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and is "very confirmable" for the job, White...

Momentum For Senate Filibuster Reform Builds

Posted 07.26.2010 | Politics

Momentum is building to reform Senate rules that allow silent filibusters and force a 60-vote requirement for virtually any action, interviews with De...

War Bill PASSES Congress

Posted 07.27.2010 | Politics

Antiwar Democrats have a rare opportunity to knock down a war funding bill, just days after Wikileaks released more than 90,000 documents confirming t...

Nevada's Economic Misery May Be America's Future

Posted 07.27.2010 | Business

So many homes in Las Vegas have been foreclosed upon that banks rarely bother to hang a "For Sale" sign on the front lawn anymore. Instead, visitors i...

Deficit Hawk Survey Falsely Claimed People Support Cutting Social Security

Posted 07.28.2010 | Politics

Update below.* A high-profile survey funded by anti-Social Security advocates falsely reported that Americans favor raising the age of retirement to ...

Prop Traders Being Reassigned In Wake Of Volcker Rule

Posted 07.28.2010 | Business

A Fox Business report on Tuesday evening made backers of the Volcker Rule nervous that big banks had already found a way to trade taxpayer-backed mone...

Crack-Powder Sentencing Disparity Reduced By Congress

Posted 07.28.2010 | Politics

Update Below Congress addressed a historic wrong on Wednesday afternoon, replacing it instead with a slightly lesser wrong, when the House voted to r...