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Sealed With A Kiss: Dems Unite To Beat GOP Filibuster | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Harry Reid sealed the biggest legislative victory of his career Saturday night with a kiss. And then a hug. Emotionally reserved doesn't begin to des...

Women on the Verge

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Once again, at the final hour, women's rights and access have been traded away in the new Senate health care bill. Rights and access that we may not get back anytime soon, if ever.

Ryan Grim

Senate Dems Close In On Reform: Details Of Health Care Bill Revealed | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Read the bill (PDF). Senate Democrats have posted the legislation on their web site. --------- Senate Democrats made a big step toward comprehensive...

Ben Nelson Press Conference: Senator Announces Support For Health Reform Bill (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Ben Nelson has announced that he will support the health care reform bill in the Senate, effectively providing Democrats with the 60th vote ne...

Can We Afford to Let Blanche Lincoln Stop Health Care Reform Dead in Its Tracks?

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

Blue America has run TV spots against Lincoln all summer and fall and she's watched her re-elect numbers dwindle. This week Blue America has a brand new ad for Arkansas voters to look at.

Slouching Toward Health Care Reform

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Dems eventually will get a bill they can call "reform," but they will not be able to say with straight faces that the reform is a significant improvement over the terrible system we already have.

Who Should Pay for Health Insurance Reform?

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

"Much has been given" to those Americans at the pinnacle of wealth. So it is only fair that "much will be required" when it comes to helping pay for health insurance for those who can't otherwise afford it.

Ryan Grim

Breakthrough: Health Care Talks Advance In Senate | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate negotiators emerged from a full day of meetings Tuesday saying they had made genuine progress toward a deal on health care reform. They declin...

Ben Nelson: Medicaid Deal Should Be Extended To All States

AP | TIMBERLY ROSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OMAHA, Neb. — Sen. Ben Nelson said Thursday he has asked Democratic leadership to extend to all states the extra Medicaid funding promised to Ne...

Bipartisan Blight

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Health care reform suffered the torments of partisan obstruction. Now gird yourself for financial reform and the perils of bipartisan blight.

Roy Sekoff Talks To Ed Show's Ed Schultz About The Latest Example Of Why We Need a Public Option

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

Health insurance giant Aetna is planning to force up to 650,000 clients to drop their coverage in 2010 as the company seeks to meet profit expectation...

Christmas 2009: We Know Who's Been Naughty... Nice Is a Little Harder to Find

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Arianna Huffington

Time for my annual tradition of getting gifts for my favorite -- and not so favorite -- public figures, including Larry Summers whom I'm getting a Goldman Sachs pension (after all, he's earned it). READ MORE Newsmakers Roasting on an Open Fire: Your Gift Ideas for 2009's Naughty and Nice Here are your gift suggestions, including a GPS for Barack Obama, to show him the way from Wall Street to Main Street (submitted by manx). READ MORE The Senate Health Care Bill: Leave No Special Interest Behind There are many reasons for hoping the Senate health care bill doesn't become the law of the land. But the biggest reason of all is the desperate need for a DC pattern interrupt. READ MORE

Senate Sextet

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shawn Healy

By my calculation, Senator Reid can count on 56 votes for the health care legislation as it now stands. Any attrition from this group would require Reid to reach across the aisle to recruit one or more moderate Republicans.

Michael Bennet Criticizes Democrats On Senate Floor (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, responding to criticism that he did not extract his own concessions during the health care debate, forcefully called ...

Sam Stein

Health Care Reform Closing Arguments: White House, Activists, Labor Unions Eye The Finish Line | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the Senate poised to cast historic votes on health care legislation, a host of activist groups, labor unions, and even the White House itself lau...

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...

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...

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.

Obsessive Compulsive Bipartisanship Disease

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

There are numerous examples of the fetishization of bipartisanship -- but none have been as blatant as what we see today from Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson.

Reid Confident On Eve Of Health Bill's Debut

The Hill | J. Taylor Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A day before delivery of the Senate's long-awaited healthcare bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday struck a cautiously optimistic tone...