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Entries by Sam Stein from 12/2010

Entire Senate Republican Caucus Commits To Filibustering Anything Prior To Budget, Tax Cuts

Posted 12.01.2010 | Politics

This story has been updated WASHINGTON -- The entire Republican Senate caucus has signed a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, informing him that t...

Ted Strickland: Democrats Suffering From 'Intellectual Elitism'

Posted 12.01.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fresh off a narrow loss in his gubernatorial re-election campaign, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland on Wednesday offered some somber and sober-m...

Gibbs Brushes Off Spider And McConnell's Filibuster Threats

Posted 12.01.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday both figuratively -- and somewhat literally -- brushed off Republican threats to f...

MoveOn Calls On Obama To Stiffen Spine On Tax Cuts In National Ad

Posted 12.01.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a last-ditch effort to persuade the White House to hold its line on the expiring Bush tax cuts, the progressive advocacy group MoveOn...

Unions Slam Deficit Panel Proposal As Gateway To Outsourcing

Posted 12.02.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hoping to trip up or, at the very least, change the language of the president's deficit commission proposal, labor leaders claim that sp...

NAM Opposes Bill That Cuts Taxes For Middle Class

Posted 12.02.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The largest manufacturing association in the United States on Thursday blitzed the House of Representatives with a letter urging them to...

Harkin: If Obama Caves On Taxes, He Better Pray For Palin In 2012

Posted 12.03.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The sense of frustration among Senate Democrats over the White House's handling of the tax cut debate has grown throughout the week, cul...

Fox News Lawyers Up, Responds To Allegations Of Campaign Finance Law Violations

Posted 12.03.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Fox News network has solicited the services of a prominent D.C. law firm and an equally prominent campaign finance lawyer to ward of...

Dem Memo On Tax Cuts: 'Party Cannot Afford' To Let Opportunity 'Slip Away'

Posted 12.03.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even as the details of a forthcoming compromise on the Bush tax cuts emerge, Democrats continue to be told by the party's messaging guru...

Obama Tells Dems He'll Oppose Tax Cut Deal Without Unemployment Benefits, Other Relief

Posted 12.04.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON — At a meeting at the White House with Democratic congressional leadership Saturday afternoon, President Obama said he would oppose a...

Tax Cuts Update: Despite Schumer's Threat, There's Little Appetite To Let Them Expire

Posted 12.06.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This past weekend, as the White House and congressional lawmakers negotiated away a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wea...

McConnell's Antics Compelling Dems To Push Filibuster Reform

Posted 12.06.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON — At a caucus meeting late last week, a group of vocal, primarily junior, Senate Democrats urged colleagues to seriously consider ref...

Top Democrats 'Supportive' Of Keeping Senate In Session For 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

Posted 12.06.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top Senate Democrats are willing to keep the chamber in session longer than expected in order to overturn the military's "Don't Ask, Don...

Tax Cut Deal: White House, GOP Leaders Close To Agreement

Posted 12.06.2010 | Politics

UPDATE: President Barack Obama announced "a framework for a bipartisan agreement" Monday night over the impending expiration of the Bush tax cuts. ...

Rep. Peter Welch Circulates Letter Urging Dems To Submarine Tax Cut Deal

Posted 12.06.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just minutes after we reported a potential tax cut deal between Republicans and the White House, the first congressional Democrat is out...

Tax Cut Deal: Dean, Ex-Obama Advisers Lament President's Plan

Posted 12.07.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Obama's decision to craft a deal with Republicans on the Bush tax cuts may have been, as administration officials insist, the product of...

Obama Lashes Out At 'Hostage-Taking' Republicans, Sanctimonious Democrats

Posted 12.07.2010 | Politics

With Reporting From Ryan Grim WASHINGTON -- Taking the lectern in the James Brady briefing room for an impromptu news conference on Tuesday afternoon...

Obama Administration Pushes Back On Report That Gitmo Recidivism Has 'Soared'

Posted 12.07.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed back on reports that the recidivism rate for released Guantanamo Bay detainees has skyrockete...

White House Privately Pushing Data Showing Bush Tax Cut Extension Politically Popular

Posted 12.08.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hoping to build support for the tax-cut deal that the president reached with Congressional Republicans, the White House has begun pressi...

DADT Hangs In Balance As Democrats Refine Their Pitch

Posted 12.08.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are set to take up a defense authorization bill that includes repeal of the military's controversial "Don't Ask, D...

Larry Summers: If Tax Deal Goes Down There's A 'Significant Risk' Of A Double Dip Recession

Posted 12.08.2010 | Politics

Senior White House officials significantly raised the stakes on congressional Democrats in their efforts to get a deal passed on the Bush tax cuts, wa...

George H.W. Bush Announces Support For START Without White House Pushing

Posted 12.08.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For weeks, there has been talk of the White House rolling out a prominent Republican supporter of START, the nuclear weapons treaty nego...

Liberal Group Ad Recalls When Obama Said Bush Tax Cuts Offended His Conscience

Posted 12.09.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even as it gets members of its party in line on the Hill, the Obama White House continues to take veritable punches from some of its mos...

House Democrats Reject Obama Tax Cut Deal In Non-Binding Vote, Demand Changes

Posted 12.09.2010 | Politics

Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney contributed to this report. WASHINGTON -- In a meeting on Thursday morning, the House Democratic caucus rejected the pre...

Bush Economic Hands Skittish On Obama Tax Deal: 'I'd Take Gridlock' Instead

Posted 12.09.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama may not be able to shake the legacy of his predecessor's economic policies, succumbing to the "trap" they put in place w...