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Entries by Ryan Grim from 06/2011

Swipe Fee Vote Wednesday: Senate Tests Limits Of Wall Street Power

Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debit card battle that has engulfed lobbyists and lawmakers in the nation's capital all year will come to a head on Wednesday, with ...

Debit Card Fee Vote: Swipe Fee Showdown In Senate [UPDATED]

Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The hardest fought, most expensive legislative battle of 2011 is coming to a head today in the U.S. Senate. The question: How much s...

Swipe Fee Reform: Banks Lose, Merchants Prevail In Senate Vote

Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The six-month Senate fight over debit card swipe fees is finally over. The banks lost. An amendment pushed by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mon...

Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist Split On Ethanol Subsidies

Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Opponents of ethanol subsidies got a boost Monday from Koch Industries as the company announced its opposition to the giveaways on the e...

Grover Norquist Rebuked By GOP

Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Grover Norquist's grip on the Republican Party's tax policy slipped dramatically on Tuesday, a development that is likely to have signif...

Tune Inn Fire: Capitol Hill Bar Burns

Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Tune Inn, a legendary dive bar on Capitol Hill, has sustained damage from a fire Wednesday morning, Twitter has been reporting. ...

Koch Industries: Social Security Age Should Be Raised

Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bipartisan negotiators representing the House, Senate and White House continue to haggle over what spending cuts will be demanded in exc...

Jim Sensenbrenner Backs Off Medicare Plan

Posted 06.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most conservative veteran Republicans in the House, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, backed away from the GOP's controversial Medicare...

14th Amendment: Democratic Senators See Debt Ceiling As Unconstitutional

Posted 06.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for a deal that would raise the debt ceiling, Democratic senators are revisiting a ...

Tim Geithner: 14th Amendment Says Debt 'Shall Not Be Questioned'

Posted 06.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a briefing with reporters on Wednesday, President Obama was asked whether he believed that the debt ceiling was constitutional or whe...