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Weekly Pulse: Public Option on Life Support

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

The White House is sorely mistaken if it thinks that the public option belongs in the "nice but not necessary" category. Without it, there's little hope of containing costs or reigning in the power of insurance companies.

Public Option Rides Again -- $100,000 In 24 Hours

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

Leaving the obstructionists out of the equation, Democrats have the opportunity to come up with a bill that serves the needs of ordinary American families instead of the special interests

An Alternative to the Public Option I Could Live With

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

I want health care form like a drink of cold water in the desert. But without either a public option or strong rate regulation, health care reform is a nightmare for the public and the federal budget.

Dems, Unions, Allies Push Back For Reform in Ads, Town Halls, Attacks on Blue Dogs (VIDEO)

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The story that isn't being told in cable media's over-reaction to the GOP mobs is that of reasonable Americans coming out to understand more about health care reform and promote change

Jason Linkins

Divining The Motives Of The Blue Dogs, Part Four | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hello! This week, for fun, we've been speculating like crazy about what motivates this species canis puteulanus to make so much noise. Maybe it's bec...

Top Blue Dog Boasts: "We Held Bill Hostage," Killed Single Payer (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Susan Crile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Mike Ross on Thursday boasted about how his Blue Dog coalition "held the [health care] bill hostage in committee for 10 days" and prevented a sin...

WATCH: Cash 4 Clunkers Is Just the Beginning

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp


Jason Linkins

Divining The Motives Of The Blue Dogs, Part Three | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hello, and welcome back to our ongoing series of posts, madly speculating on what factors might be driving the Blue Dog Democrats to busy themselves w...

Banks Still Cheating People Out of Their Homes

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

We can't allow Wall Street to go on cheating people out of the most important possession of their lives -- their home.

'Blue Dogs' or Corporate Shills?

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

What makes the Blue Dogs run? Profit motive. Individual Dogs do far better than garden variety Democrats when it comes to bringing in contributions the insurance and medical industries.

Blue Dog Leader: Bush Pioneered Socialized Medicine In U.S.

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was President George W. Bush who presided over the largest socialized expansion of government-supported healthcare, Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) asserte...

MoveOn Targets Blue Dogs Who Voted Against Health Care Reform (AUDIO)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics is targeting Blue Dog legislators on health care reform, running radio ads in the districts of Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.), Jim Matheson (D-U...

Clinton-Era Freshman Dem Tells Blue Dogs: Get Some Guts

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Blue Dogs fret about health care, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky can relate. The woman who cast the deciding vote on Clinton's 1993 budget talks abou...

Jason Linkins

Divining The Motives Of The Blue Dogs, Part Two | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, we began our four part attempt to wildly speculate on what's been driving the Blue Dog Democrats in their mysterious mission to throw a mon...

Taking the Long View

Dylan Loewe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Loewe

When anyone anywhere speculates for any period of time about some far-off possible doom for Democrats, we collectively panic. But, fellow anxiety-driven friends, now is not the time to panic.

Jason Linkins

Divining The Motives Of The Blue Dogs, Part One | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Blue Dog Democrats. They are the rock in the road around which health care reform must go. Everybody talks about them, but who really spends any tim...

Part 3: Un-Spinning Healthcare Reform - The Economics

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

I don't know about you, but one thin dime for every buck you make seems like a very easy trade for being able to see the doctor any time you need to.

GOP Blasts Dems' Health Care Legislation: "Dangerous And Costly Experiment"

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are looking ahead to a health care showdown on the House floor in September foll...

MoveOn Threatens Blue Dogs Who Might Block Health Reform

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MoveOn has produced a hard-hitting ad that will be unleashed in the districts of any Blue Dog Dems who vote against the House Dems' health care bill i...

President's Field Team Targets Blue Dogs' Districts Over Health Care Battle

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Obama's former campaign arm, Organizing for America, is targeting districts of Blue Dog Dems reluctant to support health care reform with old-fashioned, on-the-ground operations.

For Democrats, the Future Hinges on Health Care

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

During the August recess, Democrats need to hash out a real solution and push it with conviction. Their party will not recover from another failure of this magnitude.

American Plutocracy: Corruption Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Most police officers in America do not require greased-palms for their services. But if one wishes to attend a chicken cordon bleu dinner with Senator Max Baucus of Montana, it will cost him $10,000

Jeff Muskus

Pelosi: Health Insurance Companies The Real "Villains" | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Forget the Blue Dogs, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday. The real "villains" in the fight for health care reform are insurance compan...

Fear, Anger, Hope and Inspiration Will Decide Health Care Battle

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

A strong public option is critically necessary to accomplish the administration's goals of controlling health care costs by competing with private insurance companies, driving down rates and keeping them honest.

Progressive House Democrats Balk At Health Care Compromise

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are determined to show progress on health care overhaul by pushing President Barack Obama's top domestic pr...