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Entries by Sahil Kapur from 07/2009

Masses Yearn To Huddle In Liberty's Reopened Crown

Posted 07.01.2009 | Politics

NEW YORK — It's crowded. It's hot. You have to climb hundreds of steps to get there. And throngs of people can't wait to visit. Unfortunately, ...

Inhofe: Nothing Could Make Me Vote For Climate Bill

Posted 07.07.2009 | Politics

Senate Democrats are hoping to complete the task that their colleagues in the House began two weeks ago -- passing the most ambitious climate bill eve...

Pelosi Promises Passage of Health Reform Bill With Public Option

Posted 07.09.2009 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi affirmed on Wednesday that the House would pass a health care bill before the August recess, and she said in no equivocal terms t...

Senate Delays Work On Climate Change Bill By Months

Posted 07.09.2009 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's push for quick action by Congress on climate change legislation suffered a setback on Thursday when th...

John Oliver Rips Beck, Limbaugh: "Kind Of A Joke In Themselves"

Posted 07.09.2009 | Comedy

The Daily Show's John Oliver is unhappy with mainstream journalism, and even drearier on the notion that he's something of a journalist. "I watch cab...

Only Six Percent Of Scientists Are Republicans: Pew Poll

Posted 07.10.2009 | Politics

A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that the GOP is alienating scientists to a startling degree. Only six percent of America's scientists ...

Obama, Jewish Leaders Meet Formally At White House For First Time

Posted 07.13.2009 | Politics

On Monday, President Obama meets formally for the first time with the heads of more than a dozen major Jewish organizations, and while some domestic i...

The Compromise President: Resting A Legacy On Weak Bridges

| Posted 07.13.2009 | Politics

Obama's tendency to make concessions in the name of bipartisanship appears to be encouraging him to water down reforms to the point where they may no longer work.

41 Percent Say: Legalize Pot

Posted 07.13.2009 | Politics

A CBS News Poll released today finds that 41 percent of Americans think the use of marijuana should be made legal....

GOP: Let's Hold Sotomayor To Standard Of Judge We Voted Against

Posted 07.13.2009 | Politics

So much for the idea that elephants never forget. Speaking to nominee Sonia Sotomayor's "wise Latina" remarks, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) quoted at length...

Most Favor Health Care Reform In New Poll

Posted 07.14.2009 | Politics

A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds wide public support for overhauling health care this year. There is, however, concern about its high costs and the i...

Eric Holder: We Haven't Achieved Racial Equality Yet

Posted 07.15.2009 | Politics

Eric Holder could have had a career as a rock star if he never bothered to study law. The United States Attorney General stood centerstage in front of...

GOP Creates Colorful Chart To Combat Health Reform

Posted 07.16.2009 | Politics

House Minority Leader John Boehner, borrowing a tactic from the health care wars of 15 years ago, has put together an arresting graphic "to expose the...

Defense Contractors Lobby For More F-22s, Obama Threatens Veto

Posted 07.16.2009 | Politics

The F-22 stealth fighter jets may no longer be needed, but its manufacturers, Lockheed Martin and Boeing, are lobbying aggressively to keep them in th...

Rick Perry Asks For Federal Loan After Rejecting Stimulus

Posted 07.16.2009 | Politics

In March, Texas Gov. Rick Perry rejected $555 million in federal stimulus money that would have expanded unemployment benefits for Texans. Perry argue...

Gallup Poll: Iraq War A "Mistake," Says 58 % Of US Public

Posted 07.17.2009 | World

Fifty-eight percent of the American public now believes the invasion of Iraq was a "mistake," according to a new Gallup poll. Gallup found this to be...

Bobby Jindal Inserts Himself In Health Care Debate: He's "Seen Enough"

Posted 07.20.2009 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will wade into the national debate over health care this week by penning op-eds in Politico and the Wall Street Journa...

Health Insurance Lobby Supports "Bipartisan Reforms," Attacks Public Option (VIDEO)

Posted 07.20.2009 | Politics

The lobbying group America's Health Insurance Plans, has launched a seven-figure advertising campaign claiming to support "bipartisan reforms" for hea...

House GOP Promotes Video Of Rep. Saying Obama's Mother Might Have Aborted Him

Posted 07.20.2009 | Politics

The other day, GOP Rep Todd Tiahrt sparked a firestorm by suggesting in a speech on the House floor that if the government had paid for abortions, Oba...

Cash-For-Sex Proposal Made By GOP Rep. Steve Buyer

Posted 07.20.2009 | Politics

And here we thought paying for sex was a no-no, especially for scandal-wary Members of Congress. But Rep. Steve Buyer thinks people who engage in the ...

Ensign Gave $5,000 To GOP Housemate After Scandal

Posted 07.20.2009 | Politics

Eight days after admitting to an extramarital affair, Sen. John Ensign gave $5,000 to the Tennessee gubernatorial campaign of Rep. Zack Wamp - a fello...

Howard Dean Dismisses Criticism Of Work For Biotech, Accuses Media Of Devouring GOP Talking Points On Health Care

Posted 07.21.2009 | Politics

Speaking about health care on Tuesday, Gov. Howard Dean said the media "hate that they can't take down Obama, so they're using every Republican talkin...

Charlie Crist Opposes Sotomayor

Posted 07.22.2009 | Politics

"Who are you pandering to? And why now?'' asks the Florida Democratic Party of Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to oppose the nomination of Sonia Sotomay...

Anti-Abortion Groups To Launch Attack On Health Care Reform

Posted 07.22.2009 | Politics

A coalition of anti-abortion groups is set to open a new front against Democrats' efforts to restructure American health care, claiming the plans open...

Gitmo Detainees: Torture Continued During Obama Presidency

Posted 07.22.2009 | Politics

Lakhdar Boumediene's own children didn't recognize him when he stepped off the military aircraft, looking gaunt and out of place. His 8-year-old daugh...