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Entries by Ryan Grim from 12/2011

Eric Boehlert Targeted In Bungled 'Verizon' Sting (UPDATES)

Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

It was the middle of the day on Friday, and Eric Boehlert heard a knock on the door. A senior fellow at Media Matters, a nonprofit watchdog that chall...

Goldman Sachs-Owned Firm Cashed In On Energy Department Loan Program (UPDATE)

Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Goldman Sachs' decision to handle the doomed Solyndra loan earned the investment banking giant, along with a nifty payday, bad press tha...

Gregory Jaczko, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair, Under Assault By Pro-Industry Panel Members (UPDATES)

Posted 12.09.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Four pro-industry members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, along with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), launched a public assault on th...

Rick Perry Zings Mitt Romney For $10,000 Bet

Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
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WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney continued to catch flak Sunday morning for his casual offer to make a $10,000 wager during Saturday night's GOP presidential...

Mitch McConnell Wants To Call Obama's Bluff On Payroll Tax Cut (VIDEO)

Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Sunday that President Obama was bluffing when he promised to veto an extension of the p...

Lindsey Graham: Consumer Protection Bureau 'Is Something Out Of The Stalinist Era'

Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that an agency established to protect consumers from financial fraud "is something out of th...

NRC 'Coup' Leader, Bill Magwood, Consulted For Fukushima Parent Company

Posted 12.12.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Bill Magwood, the man at the center of an effort to overthrow the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and his most likely succ...

Mitt Romney Bet Offer To Rick Perry May Have Almost Been A Felony Offense

Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Did Rick Perry save Mitt Romney from committing a felony Saturday night in Iowa? During Saturday night's debate, Romney offered to bet Perry $10,00...

NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko, Under Fire, Defended By White House Chief (UPDATE)

Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley came out Monday night in support of the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jacz...

Roy Blunt Begins His Rise In Senate Leadership, Defeating Tea Party Rep

Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his inevitable rise through Senate leadership, Roy Blunt took the first significant step on Tuesday, when he surprised some observers...

Bernie Sanders, Bill Magwood Square Off Over Nuclear Commission Fight

Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders grilled a nuclear commissioner at a hearing Thursday, demanding to know whether he intended to step into the top job...

Ron Paul: Drug War In U.S. Has Racist Origins

Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

Ron Paul’s presidential campaign has spent the last two weeks dealing with the political consequences of the reemergence of racist newsletters that ...

Nuclear Power Play: Ambition, Betrayal And The 'Ugly Underbelly' Of Energy Regulation

Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A feud at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where five presidentially appointed commissioners oversee the safety of the nation's nuclea...

Ron Paul Had Accurate Conspiracy Theory: CIA Was Tied To Drug Traffickers

Posted 12.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- According to a former aide, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has long been drawn toward conspiracy theories. Eric Dondero, who...