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Jeff Muskus

Nelson Plans To Tell Obama To Slow Down On Health Care Reform | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson hopes to offer President Obama some friendly health care advice when he and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) meet at the White House today...

Ryan Grim

Reid Pushes Back On Senators Who Want To Delay Health Care | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Before heading off to meet with President Obama on Thursday, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said he planned to urge the president not to force an arbitrary ...

An Easy Choice on Health Care

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

If the Democrats twist up this bill to make insurance companies and their Republican allies happy, it is end of story for this generation of Dems -- our party will not recover from screwing up health care.

Nelson: Python Attack Shows Threat From Invasive Species

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — A pet Burmese python broke out of a glass cage last week and killed a 2-year-old girl in her Florida bedroom. The tragedy became th...

Jeff Muskus

Nelson Blocks Fed Audit In Senate (VIDEO) | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Boding poorly for advocates of transparency for the Federal Reserve, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) shot down legislation to audit the Fed Wednesday afterno...

BizarrObama's Backwards Health Care Strategy

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz

Sadly, the main figures who will likely end up blocking the health care plan are not Republicans, but a small handful of Blue Dog conservative Democrats in the Senate.

Progressive Groups Buck Obama, Keep Up Health Care Attack Ads

The Plumline | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama may have issued a private demand that groups allied with the White House stop hammering moderate Democratic Senators with health care ...

The Franken Factor (and Counting to 60)

Juliette Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Juliette Powell

As harsh as this may seem, maybe it is time for Ted Kennedy to resign from the Senate and let the Democratic Governor of Massachusetts appoint a healthy successor.

What 60 Democratic Senate Votes Really Means: Welcome to the Age of Ben Nelson

Dan Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Sweeney

Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe lost a huge amount of power yesterday. The battle to get to 60 votes was focused primarily on them, but now the focus will be on moderate Democrats rather than moderate Republicans.

Health-Care Activists Targeting Centrist Dems

Washington Post | Ceci Connolly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the high-stakes battle over health care, a growing cadre of liberal activists is aiming its sharpest firepower against Democratic senators who they...

NPR Asks Viewers to Identify Health Care Lobbyists, But Misses the Real Point

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

NPR is diverting attention away from the real problem: centrist Democrats and Congress representatives that receive thousands of dollars from the private health care and insurance industries.

Ryan Grim

Landrieu To Get The Nelson Treatment From Health Care Reformers | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) took quite the political heckling in Nebraska the past few weeks. Both he and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) have come under fire...

Sam Stein

Key Centrists Rally Around Conrad's Co-op Plan For Health Care (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two centrist Senators who will play vital roles in the health care debate, said on Sunday that they were intrigued by the idea of structuring co-opera...

Some Victory Against Ben Nelson -- Who is Next?

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Ben Nelson probably hates us right now -- or at least me. But that's OK, it was worth it. Here's what happened.

Destruction Of Health Care Reform: Another Sequel

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

Witnessing the recent blaze of right-wing propaganda on a public health care option has felt like watching a scene in a scary movie where the killer is creeping up on his victim with a knife.

Conservatives: "Public Health Care Option Is The Best, But You Can't Have It"

Eric Schmeltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Schmeltzer

The Republican leader not only admits that the government can offer a better health insurance option than private industry, but that the principles of competition will go out the window.

Jeff Muskus

House Dems Want Hearings On Detainee Photos Bill | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democrats are insisting on hearings before they even consider signing onto the Senate's move to suppress detainee photographs, House Financial S...

Sam Stein

Ben Nelson Says He Won't Filibuster Public Health Care Plan | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Ben Nelson, one of the key figures in the health care reform fight, has told a local official in his state that he could support cloture on a ...

Ryan Grim

Nelson Clarifies Position On Public Health Care Option | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) called the Huffington Post on Wednesday, following our latest story about his stance on a public health care option, to clari...

Ryan Grim

Nelson Again Open To Public Health Care Option | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said that he is open to a public health insurance option as long as it doesn't undermine existing private insuran...

DC's Got It Wrong with Nelson (and Other Red States)

Jane Fleming Kleeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Fleming Kleeb

If DC groups stop villainizing Nelson and focus on the real obstacles of reform, they will not only move healthcare forward, they will build up the Democrats for long-term change in Nebraska.

Ryan Grim

Nelson Now Open To Public Health Care, Baucus Will Fight For It | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The push to include a public health care option as part of a system-wide overhaul benefited from two major boosts Wednesday. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.)...

Who Needs Republicans With Democrats Like This

Norman Lear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Lear

Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, might vote to join a Republican filibuster if President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court is an activist judge.

Left is the New Center

Nancy L. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy L. Cohen

Contrary to conventional wisdom, it looks as if the Left's much derided cultural liberalism is the key to cementing the Democrats' majority status for the coming years.

Sam Stein

Nelson Open To Filibustering Obama Court Nominee (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama said on Saturday that a Supreme Court nominee is coming soon, but Republicans in the Senate have spent weeks working to frame the type...