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Entries by Sam Stein from 02/2010

Pro-Obama Group Goes After Wall Street 'Pigs'

Posted 02.01.2010 | Politics

In a new push to sound a tougher tone with Wall Street, an outside group supportive of the White House is going up with a new television spot urging C...

Frank Luntz Pens Memo To Kill Financial Regulatory Reform

Posted 02.01.2010 | Politics

Nine months after he penned a memo laying out the arguments for health care legislation's destruction, Republican message guru Frank Luntz has put tog...

McCain's Top Campaign Adviser: Record Deficits Would Have Happened Under McCain, Too

Posted 02.01.2010 | Politics

The top economic adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign acknowledged on Monday that the U.S. would be running a historic deficit this year eve...

CNN's Kiran Chetry Spars With Orszag Over 'Middle Class' Tax Cut

Posted 02.01.2010 | Media

There is a strong (though by no means universal) consensus that if the Obama administration wants to make a serious dent in the federal deficit, it wi...

Specter: Democrats Must Use Reconciliation To Pass Health Care Fixes 'Simultaneously'

Posted 02.01.2010 | Politics

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) urged his Democratic colleagues over the weekend to unite around a plan that would allow them to move forward with health...

Al Franken's Anti-Rape Amendment Makes Defense Budget

Posted 02.01.2010 | Politics

President Barack Obama's 2011 defense budget proposal includes language that would prevent the government from working with contractors who deny victi...

Robin Carnahan 'Disappointed' In Obama's Lack Of Fiscal Discipline

Posted 02.01.2010 | Politics

A telling indicator of President Barack Obama's political standing comes when Democratic congressional candidates are forced to weigh in on his variou...

DNC Defends Spending $460K On Nelson's Anti-Public Option Ad

Posted 02.01.2010 | Politics

The Democratic National Committee is defending its decision to spend nearly $500,000 on television ads that, in the process of defending Sen. Ben Nels...

Palin Calls For Rahm Emanuel To Be Fired

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is calling on President Barack Obama to fire White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel over Emanuel's penchant for us...

Mukasey Slams Holder DoJ: 'Amateur Hour', Weak

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey slammed his successor on Tuesday morning, declaring it "amateur hour" at the Justice Department and labeling c...

Republican Lawmaker Already Failed Luntz Memo On Regulatory Reform

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

In a memo guiding congressional Republicans on how to defeat financial regulatory reform, conservative messaging guru Frank Luntz strongly suggested f...

Large Portion Of GOP Thinks Obama Is Racist, Socialist, Non-U.S. Citizen: Poll

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story below includes references to polling conducted by the firm Research 2000. The reliability and accuracy of Research 2000's pol...

Dems Fire Opening Salvo In Budget Wars: GOP Privatization Plans Targeted

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

Democratic Party officials believe they have a major opening in the upcoming budget wars after two Republican congressmen laid out deficit-reduction p...

Obama Will Do Another Q&A -- This One With Democrats

Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

Less than a week after his electrifying parley with House Republicans, President Obama will be doing another televised question-and-answer session to...

Obama Makes Emotional Appeal To Senate Dems To 'Finish The Job On Health Care'

Posted 02.03.2010 | Politics

President Barack Obama made an emotional, public appeal to Senate Democrats on Wednesday to finish the job on health care reform. Appearing at a Sena...

Obama Calls Out Conservative Democrats For Their Timidity

Posted 02.03.2010 | Politics

Just as President Obama's appearance before the House Republican caucus last Friday gave him an opportunity to push back against some of the most outl...

Mullen Testimony On DADT Puts Senior Republicans In A Bind

Posted 02.03.2010 | Politics

Testimony on Tuesday by Adm. Mike Mullen that the time has come for the military to repeal its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy has forced the hand of m...

NRCC Launches Call Campaign Urging Pelosi's Firing

Posted 02.03.2010 | Politics

The National Republican Congressional Committee confirms that it has launched a call campaign urging the removal of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from ...

White House Shoots Down Regular Question Time Forums

Posted 02.03.2010 | Politics

Despite the widespread popularity of President Obama's question-and-answer forums and the apparent boost they've given to his agenda, the White House ...

Labor Steaming Over Scott Brown's Early Seating

Posted 02.03.2010 | Politics

The labor community is fuming over the expedited plan to seat Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-Mass) this Thursday afternoon, arguing that Democratic lead...

Obama Takes On Birthers, Uganda Anti-Gay Law At Prayer Breakfast (VIDEO)

Posted 02.04.2010 | Politics

Speaking Thursday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, a conciliatory President Barack Obama urged attendees to bypass grievances in their effort...

Obama's Engagement On Health Care Has 'Dried Up': Dem Senator

Posted 02.04.2010 | Politics

Despite urging Democratic senators on Wednesday to forge ahead on health care reform, President Obama and his aides have been largely hands-off in gui...

Sherrod Brown: Citizens United Decision Will Make Congress Even More Timid

Posted 02.04.2010 | Politics

One of the leading progressive Democrats in the Senate warned on Thursday that Congress threatens to become even more politically timid if it fails to...

Gibbs: Obama Won't Demand Filibusters Though 'Calculus' Different With Scott Brown

Posted 02.04.2010 | Politics

The Obama administration acknowledged on Thursday that its political "calculus" will change later that day with the seating of Senator Scott Brown (R-...

McConnell: Larry King Is Better Interrogator Than FBI

Posted 02.04.2010 | Politics

Leading Republican senators stepped up their attacks on the administration Thursday for its handling of the interrogation of the Christmas Day bomber....