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Entries by Ryan Grim from 03/2013

FBI Warns Sequestration Will Hamper All Their Hard-Hitting Wall Street Investigations

Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than four years after the financial crisis, not a single Wall Street executive has been jailed for playing a role in the creation o...

Senate Republicans Open To Gutting Voting Rights Act, Despite Scalia's Analysis

Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued last week that the court may need to reject the key element of the Voting Rights Act because...

Democrats Absent During Rand Paul Filibuster Of John Brennan Nomination

Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans took the floor on Wednesday, launching an historic filibuster in an attempt to extract an answer from the White House...

John Brennan Confirmation Battle Stirs Drone Strike Controversy

Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The battle over the confirmation of John Brennan to be the next CIA director entered a final phase Wednesday as a cadre of senators, led...

Carl Levin's Senate Investigations Feared, Praised By Lobbyists Who Reaped Big Fees

Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Carl Levin will be remembered as the powerful chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, a Michigan man who fiercely championed th...

Democrats Confront Obama On Drone Policy During Closed-Door Gathering With Senators

Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama faced a tough question on drone policy from a fellow Democrat during a Senate meeting Tuesday and defended his ad...

How Bill Clinton Inspired The 47 Percent Filmmaker

Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bill Clinton won the presidential election for Barack Obama. But it wasn't his masterful Democratic National Convention speech or the ad...

'47 Percent' Filmmaker Once Saved Drowning Woman

Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- The bartender who put himself at risk to do his civic duty by exposing Mitt Romney's damning "47 percent" speech had found himself ...

'47 Percent' Filmmaker Was Snubbed By Daily Kos

Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The maker of the "47 percent" video that dealt a crushing blow to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign attempted to publish the footage o...

Aaron Swartz Lawyers Accuse Prosecutor Stephen Heymann Of Misconduct

Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutor Stephen Heymann engaged in prosecutorial misconduct by withholding key evidence from the defense team of Aaron Swartz,...

Chris Christie Uses Term 'Boy' In Heated Exchange At African-American Church (UPDATE)

Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During an event at an African-American church in Paterson, N.J., Gov. Chris Christie used the word "boy" during a heated exchange with a...

Republican Senators Meet To Discuss Rob Portman's Shift On Marriage Equality

Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rob Portman (R-Ohio) met Tuesday with his fellow Senate Republicans to discuss his surprising shift on the issue of gay marriage, which ...

Center For American Progress Gets Heavy Backing From Foundations

Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Center for American Progress pulled in nearly $20 million from philanthropic groups in 2012, more than half of its funding base. Tha...

Rand Paul Gun Control Filibuster Coming (UPDATE)

Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

Rand Paul has a new filibuster in the works. The Kentucky Republican recently galvanized the nation's attention with a nearly 13-hour stand against th...

Breaking 7-Year Tradition, Bloggers Invite Republican Walter Jones To Conversation

Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

For the first time in seven years, progressive activists who generally spend their energy targeting conservative Democrats reached out to a Republican...

Obama Administration Argument In Marriage Equality Case Confuses Justices

Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration, which made its own argument before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, offered a line of reasoning that was just...

Wall Street Lobbyists Worried Sherrod Brown Could Become Banking Committee Chairman

Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The departure of Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) has left a vacancy atop the powerful panel that could fall to on...

Mariage gay : L'administration Obama présente ses arguments à la Cour Suprême et crée la confusion

Posted 03.27.2013 | France

ÉTATS-UNIS - L’administration Obama a présenté ses arguments à la Cour Suprême qui a entamé un débat historique sur le dossier ultra-sensible...

John Roberts DOMA Skepticism: Chief Justice Wonders If Law Was Really Motivated By Homophobia

Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday reacted incredulously to the notion that members of the Senate or the U.S. preside...