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Entries by Ryan Grim from 09/2010

Alan Simpson Calls Recipient Of Angry Letter

Posted 09.01.2010 | Politics

Alan Simpson reached out to a recipient of one of his angry letters on Tuesday night, insisting that he did not mean to personally attack Merton and J...

Vets Call On Obama To Fire Alan Simpson

Posted 09.02.2010 | Politics

A major veterans organization called on President Obama to remove Alan Simpson from the deficit commission for questioning why veterans are not "helpi...

David Cote Is Second Deficit Commission Member To Come Under Fire

Posted 09.02.2010 | Politics

A second member of the deficit commission is coming under fire from an ally of President Obama, as the Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees is ...

Joe Miller Campaign Funded By God, K Street

Posted 09.03.2010 | Politics

This story has been updated Alaska Republican Joe Miller is telling his supporters that he is refusing to take corporate and out-of-state money, yet ...

Obama Strongly Hints At Warren Nomination To Head Consumer Bureau

Posted 09.10.2010 | Business

President Obama hailed his long friendship with Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren on Friday, crediting her at his new conference with the idea for wh...

Five Progressives In Swing Districts Are Bucking The Tide

Posted 09.13.2010 | Politics

The 1980 election that brought Ronald Reagan to power also swept out a bloc of liberal champions -- George McGovern, Birch Bayh, Frank Church, Warren ...

Elizabeth Warren Under Consideration For Interim CFPB Chief

Posted 09.13.2010 | Business

This item was first reported in HuffPost Hill. The White House is considering tapping Harvard professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren to b...

Dodd: Congress Could Defund Consumer Bureau Over Warren Interim Appointment

Posted 09.14.2010 | Politics

Outgoing Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) warned Tuesday that an interim appointment of Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ...

DREAM Act To Get Vote On Senate Floor: Reid

Posted 09.14.2010 | Politics

The DREAM Act will get a vote on the Senate floor next week, a last shot before the November elections to appease Latino voters who are furious that P...

Reid Promises Vote On Blocking EPA From Addressing Climate Change

Posted 09.14.2010 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will allow a vote on legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases for t...

Dem Polls Make Case For Middle Class Tax Cuts, Dems Unconvinced

Posted 09.15.2010 | Politics

Democrats in the Senate are considering allowing a vote on extending all of the Bush tax cuts in an effort to win Republican support to extend only th...

White House Taps Warren To Set Up Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Posted 09.15.2010 | Business

The White House has tapped Elizabeth Warren as a special adviser to help set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, affirming its support for a ...

Dodd Downplays Warren Role At CFPB

Posted 09.16.2010 | Politics

Sen.Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who is retiring at the end of this term, downplayed on Thursday the role that Elizabeth Warren has been assigned to set up a...

Elizabeth Warren Didn't Want Permanent Appointment To CFPB: Frank

Posted 09.16.2010 | Politics

Elizabeth Warren made it clear to the White House while it was debating her nomination to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that she was not in...

Drug Czar Confronted At Press Conference (VIDEO)

Posted 09.16.2010 | Politics

More than 850,000 people were arrested for marijuana violations in 2009 -- the second biggest haul in American history, according to the annual Unifor...

DADT Repeal Vote 'Too Close To Call'; Lady Gaga Hosts Rally In Maine

Posted 09.20.2010 | Politics

It's a "gorgeous day" in Portland, Maine, where opponents of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy are already beginning to gather at University of South...

California Pot Initiative Opposed By Beer Industry

Posted 09.21.2010 | Politics

The California Beer & Beverage Distributors is spending money in the state to oppose a marijuana legalization proposition on the ballot in November, a...

Senate GOP Blocks Consideration Of DADT Repeal

Posted 09.21.2010 | Politics

UPDATE - 3:05 p.m.: Senate Republicans, led by John McCain (R-Ariz.), have blocked the Senate from considering the defense authorization bill Tuesday ...

Bonnie Raitt, R.E.M., MoveOn Team Up To Defend Open Internet

Posted 09.22.2010 | Technology

The Federal Communications Commission will meet Thursday in the midst of an ongoing debate over net neutrality regulations that have pitted major tele...

Democrats Look To Punt On Tax Cut Debate [UPDATE]

Posted 09.23.2010 | Politics

Senate Democrats are looking to punt the tax-cut debate past the November elections, facing pushback from Democrats facing re-election in 2010 who wor...

Barney Frank Wants All Troops Home From Iraq: 'What The Hell Are They Doing There?'

Posted 09.24.2010 | Politics

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) called on Friday for President Obama to bring the 50,000 troops remaining in Iraq back home to the United States, arguing ...

Alan Grayson Opponent Challenged By Local Media On Opposition To Abortion Rights For Rape Victims (VIDEO)

Posted 09.26.2010 | Politics

Republicans have a strong wind at their back heading into November, but one weakness the party must overcome is that, in many House and Senate races, ...

GOP, U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Beat Back Bill To Combat Outsourcing

Posted 09.28.2010 | Politics

Senate Republicans beat back an effort by Democrats Tuesday to end tax breaks for companies who send jobs offshore only to import products back into t...

Raul Labrador, GOP Challenger: Troops Should Man Mexican Border In Between Deployments To War Zones

Posted 09.28.2010 | Politics

Instead of having members of the National Guard "sit and wait for six months" when they're not deployed in a war zone, it might be a better idea to se...

Ted Kaufman Exit Interview: 'The System Is So Awful'

Posted 09.29.2010 | Politics

Appointed as a two-year caretaker to keep Joe Biden's seat warm for his son Beau Biden, Delaware's Ted Kaufman turned out to be one of the biggest sur...