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Ryan Grim

Nelson On Board For Second Round Of Spending | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Throughout last winter, Sen. Ben Nelson, the Nebraska Democrat, was trailed through the Capitol by reporters curious where he stood on the amount of s...

Arthur Delaney

Ben Nelson Says He Doesn't Enjoy The Spotlight | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), the last health care holdout in the Senate Democratic caucus, said Sunday that he does not enjoy being the center of attenti...

Jason Linkins

Senators Who Could And/Or Will Screw Up Health Care Reform | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Harry Reid boldly announced the bill would contain something public option-esque. But will a reform bill that contains as limited a measure as the opt-out plan survive the Senate?

Ben Nelson is My New Hero: At Least He Has the Courage of His Convictions

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

The Senate's discussion of its health care bill has devolved from farce to a tragedy, in which female and male senators alike are trading the lives of women for the sake of re-election.

Jeff Muskus

Conservative Dems, GOP Senators Lobby To Delay Health Reform | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican and conservative Democrat lawmakers revived a push Wednesday for the kind of delay to health care reform that a GOP senator admitted was pa...

Schwarzenegger: Congress Was 'Buying Votes' On Health Care (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview airing Sunday, January 10th on NBC News' Meet the Press, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger accused Congress of passing health ...

Reid Readying Full Manager's Amendment; Details Secret Until Friday

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

Reid's plan to incorporate the new compromise into the final Manager's Amendment before releasing any of its details may suggest that he is planning to offer sweeping substantive changes to the current health care bill.

13 AGs threaten suit over health care

AP | MEG KINNARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican attorneys general in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska's political deal from the federal heal...

The Heart of the Health Care Debate on Abortion

Ellen Malcolm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Malcolm

This historic health care plan designed to improve Americans' lives and make them healthier and safer could, for women facing an unintended or dangerous pregnancy, deny them access to the care they need.

Why Isn't the 60th Senate Vote Fighting for Me?

Gina Glantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gina Glantz

Was it not possible that shuttle diplomacy could have been between Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray and Ben Nelson, with the women being the ones whose votes were needed to reach the magic number 60? Apparently not.

Waffling Democrats' Health Care Hypocrisy

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

After years of feeding at the health insurance industry trough, it's no wonder these conservative Democratic senators oppose a public option plan to compete for consumers.

Ryan Grim

Democrats Are United -- For Now | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate has voted to move forward with the health care bill. The vote was 60-39 in favor of debating the bill put forward by Senate Majority Leader...

Nelson the Hard-Nosed Reindeer

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"Gather 'round, you little lovelies -- how'd you like your Grampa to tell you a bit of a Christmas story?" "Well, I think I just might then. Have you ever heard the tale of Nelson the Hard-Nosed Reindeer?"

Sam Stein

Nelson: I'm Comfortable Being Lone Democrat To Derail Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ben Nelson, a key conservative Senate Democrats, said on Wednesday that he was pleased with the changes party leadership had made to health care legis...

Memo to Sen. Burris: Grab Some Goodies for Illinois While the Grabbing's Still Good

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

Illinois, arguably among the most corrupt states in the union -- our governors tend to go to prison -- is teetering as close to insolvency as any senator's state.

Senate "Moderates" Delaying Health Care Bill With Demands

The Washington Post | Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Moderate lawmakers are exerting their outsize influence in the divided Senate to secure changes to health-care reform legislation, potentially adding ...

Obama hails 60th Senate vote for health care

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Jubilant Democrats locked in Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson as the 60th and decisive vote for historic health care legislation Saturday, ...

Health Insurance Industry Exposes Its Insatiable Greed

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

After pretending for months to cooperate with the Obama administration and Democrats to secure a reasonable health reform bill, the industry's CEOs and lobbyists on Sunday double-crossed their one-time political allies.

Getting Real: Ten Myths Behind Progressive Support for the Senate Health Bill

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Some of the current bill's provisions are going to hurt the Democrats and will probably cost them seats unless they're removed. How can a smaller group of Democrats do what a bigger group could not?

Friday Talking Points [96] -- The Impressiveness of Alan Grayson

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

First, let's get rid of the distractions this week. Chicago will not be getting the Olympics in 2016, even after President Obama went over to Copenha...

Sam Stein

Nelson Supported Reconciliation For Bush Tax Cuts, But Not Health Care | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Now that Sen. Ben Nelson, (D-Neb.) has definitively stated that he opposes the use of reconciliation to pass health care reform, it's worth noting tha...

Sam Stein

Nelson Will Oppose Reconciliation On Health Care | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) threw another hurdle in the path of health care reform on Sunday, declaring he would oppose a legislative maneuver to have...

Sam Stein

Ben Nelson Won't Commit To Blocking GOP Health Care Filibuster | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the toughest Democrats to corral in the Senate confirmed on Thursday that he is not committed to helping his party block a Republican filibuste...

Erasing the Doughnut Hole for All Seniors -- A Senate Revolt Against Big Pharma Brewing!

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail McGowan Mellor

An amendment offered by Senator Ben Nelson [D-FL] would reportedly lower the health care reform bill's cost by an additional $86 billion without reducing services.

To Succeed, Obama Needs to Channel His Inner LBJ

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

When it comes to Obama lining up votes from recalcitrant members of his own party, LBJ's brawling, Southern style of trench politics is the one best suited for the current health care reform challenge.