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Entries by Ryan Grim from 07/2011

Chuck Schumer: 14th Amendment Option 'Certainly Worth Exploring'

Posted 07.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday that invoking the Constitution's 14th Amendment, which states that federal debts "shall not be q...

Medical Marijuana Memo: DOJ Cracks Down On Pot Shops

Posted 07.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Medical marijuana advocates are pushing back against a new Justice Department threat to raid and prosecute medical pot shops even in sta...

Twitter Town Hall: Obama Quizzed On 14th Amendment (VIDEO)

Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a Twitter town hall Wednesday, President Obama was asked whether he would consider invoking the 14th Amendment to pay government ...

14th Amendment Option To Debt Ceiling Negotiations Runs Into GOP Opposition

Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are pushing a resolution affirming the constitutionality of the congressional debt ceiling, hoping to block Democrats...

Pharmaceutical Money Targeted By Dems In Debt Debate

Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats have targeted pharmaceutical profits as a means of raising revenue as part of the debt ceiling deal, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-...

John Boehner Rejects Obama's Grand Bargain On Debt Ceiling

Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner is rejecting President Obama's offer to make historic cuts to the federal government and the social safety ne...

Mitch McConnell Debt Ceiling Plan: Senate GOP Leader Offers Alternative To Obama's 'Grand Bargain' [UPDATED]

Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) floated a novel way out of default Tuesday, suggesting that Congress give up its power to...

HUFFPOST HILL -- Obama Hearts HuffPost

Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans are ready to consider a nomination to the consumer bureau just as soon as it's abolished. Congress, unhappy with the government str...

Gang Of Six Unveils Debt-Reduction Plan [UPDATED]

Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than half the Senate was convened early Tuesday morning by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) for a briefing on a deficit-reduction plan bein...

HUFFPOST HILL -- Gang Violence Hits Capitol

Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

The Gang of Six, led by an anarchist comedian from Oklahoma, was applauded by the White House for throwing a pie in the face of the elderly. Bill Clin...

HUFFPOST HILL - Congress Still Targeting Olds

Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics

Allen West is not going to apologize for lying about apologizing to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, or is he? Unable to find anything more popular than Soci...

HUFFPOST HILL -- Obama, Boehner, Bad, Weak

Posted 07.21.2011 | Politics

President Obama's goal of giving the GOP everything it wants continues to be thwarted by the GOP. Senate Democrats are taking cues from Nancy Pelosi, ...

HUFFPOST HILL - Deadline For Debt Deal Slipping

Posted 07.22.2011 | Politics

Prospects for success in Afghanistan made an abrupt turn for the better this evening, as the commander in chief certified the military's fierceness. A...

'Super Congress': Debt Ceiling Negotiators Aim To Create New Legislative Body

Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Debt ceiling negotiators think they've hit on a solution to address the debt ceiling impasse and the public's unwillingness to let go of...

Super Congress Moves Forward Despite Tea Party Opposition

Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A powerful coalition that includes Tea Party members of Congress rejected a debt ceiling offer from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) ...

Harry Reid Debt Ceiling Plan Would Save $2.2 Trillion: CBO

Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - The Senate Democratic plan to raise the debt ceiling would slash spending cuts far deeper than House Speaker John Boehner's proposal, acc...

Super Congress Getting Even More Super Powers In Debt Deal

Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In order to shore up GOP support for a deal to raise the debt ceiling, Senate Democrats are exploring ways of giving the proposed "super...