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Business, Blue Dogs Blocking Passage of Jobs Bill, Taxing Wall Street

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Labor groups, including the AFL-CIO, are joining with House Democrats to back an ambitious bill that could save or create one million jobs while raisi...

Arthur Delaney

Dems Scale Back 'Jobs' Bill To Appease Deficit Hawks; Hawks Still Not Appeased | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Even after Democratic leadership scaled back its bill to reauthorize several domestic aid programs, reducing its impact on the federal budget deficit ...

Can John Barrow Survive His Constituents' Anger Over His Bad Health Care Vote?

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

Barrow's vote against health care reform opens up the need to look at his entire, despicable, anti-working family voting record.

Arthur Delaney

Progressive Group Raises Money For New Candidates With Anti-Blue Dog Pitch | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced its endorsement of two relatively unknown Democratic House candidates on Monday, raising more than...

Democrats Won in Murtha's District on Trade Reform

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

The lesson should be clear: Trade reform is a hugely popular issue on both the left and right. Trade is an issue that candidates can win on in 2010.

Kildee, Stupak Face Off In Countdown To House Health Care Vote

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) wants pro-life Dems to join him in voting against the Democrats' health care bill unless there are significant abortion res...

Obama Threatens Pro-Choice Democratic Women For Standing Up for Choice

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager is threatening to primary Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin if she defends a woman's right to choose from Ben Nelson's assault in the Senate.

Profiting From Recession, Payday Lenders Spend Big To Fight Regulation

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Keith Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The influential $42 billion-a-year payday lending industry, thriving from a surge in emergency loans to people struggling through the recession, is po...

The F Word: Define Security, Mr. President

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

A three-year freeze on public spending on everything except entitlements, veterans benefits and security? Two years into a major recession -- a deva...

What Should Gays Do About the Democratic Party Problem?

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

The disappointment with the Obama Administration that is so palpable among progressives, is even more advanced in the politicized segment of the gay community.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

The Republican strategy of delay escalated their misfortune; their "tea party" movement is a great, big Teabagger Fail, and the media's credibility is shot right along with them.

Why We Can't Afford to Fail: A Blue Dog for Reform

Patrick Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Murphy

As a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dogs, I believe this health care reform legislation is an opportunity our nation cannot afford to miss.

Arianna Weighs In On The Senate Health Care Bill And The Challenges Ahead

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on MSNBC's Countdown With Keith Olbermann on Monday to discuss news that the Senate's health care bill would include an opt-out publi...

Friday Talking Points: Is Opt-Out The Answer?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.

Sam Stein

MoveOn Targets Dems Who Voted Against Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the wake of Saturday night's historic health care vote, the main lines of attack have been extremely partisan -- Republicans insist that politicall...

Centrism and Swing Voters

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

In some ways, in some elections, at some times, centrism and swing voters are closely connected. But the connection is growing more and more tenuous.

Can Progressives and Conservatives Agree on Health Care Reform?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Open up the perfectly good public option we have -- Medicare -- to anyone. That would actually strengthen Medicare because younger, healthier people would be joining the risk pool.

Counterfeit 'Public Option' Holds Americans Hostage to Inflationary Private Insurance Costs

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Swenson

Democratic leaders have short-circuited the reform "debate" and permitted the process to be hijacked by health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Absolute Corruption Is the Rule in America

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Often, people will look at a high-profile example of corruption, and conclude that the egregious act is an exception to the rule. In reality, it might be the tip of the iceberg.

Want Healthcare Reform? Pick Up The Phone.

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Yesterday, over 300,000 people picked up the phone and called Congress demanding health care reform this year. The phones ringing off the hook certainly did not go unnoticed by Congress.

The Real Harold Ford: Why I Support the White Woman Over the Black Dude

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard M. Benjamin

Who is Harold Ford kidding? Most Big Apple-dwellers have belonged to our Yoga Studios longer than he's lived in the Empire State (36 months).

One More Step

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

When people over the weekend asked why getting the votes for the health care bill was so hard, I would have to say: it just is -- it is the nature of the beast.

Best Political Halloween Costumes: Put Your Costume Where Your Mouth Is

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

Wear a fancy suit with a top hat and a cane. Stuff yourself with pillow so you look as bloated as possible. Wear a dollar sign around your neck (you can make it out of tin foil.) You're... Too big to fail.

Why We're Breaking With the Blue Dogs on the Public Option

Jane Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Harman

We understand the fear of many insured Californians that health care reform will revoke their current doctors and coverage. But the grim reality is that many more insured people will lose their coverage without reform.

10 Reasons Why Democrats Who Opposed the Health Care Bill Made a Political Mistake

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Even ignoring how critical it is to overhaul our broken health care system, most of the 39 Democrats who voted against reform in the House last week still made a political mistake. Here's why.