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Blue Dogs

Deal With 'Blue Dogs' Sets Up Health Care Vote

AP/CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE 7/30: CNN is reporting that key GOP Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) are saying a health care deal is out of reach...

Jeff Muskus

Blue Dogs Delay, Water Down House Health Care Bill | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Conservative Blue Dog Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are celebrating their success in delaying a full floor vote on health care...

Battling the Blue Dogs

Steve Hildebrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Hildebrand

Blue Dogs view themselves as centrists. I look at the term centrist and think of politicians who are afraid to take positions on issues that might cause heartburn with swing voters.

Blue Dogs, Stop It

John McNamara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John McNamara

Right now, you don't represent the majority of Americans on health care reform. You represent yourselves and all the health care corporations who directly or indirectly fund your career.

Obama and the Blue Dogs

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Blue Dog Dems: Are You Listening?

Denise Dennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Denise Dennis

FDR's opponents called him a socialist and claimed that Social Security would be tantamount to a government take-over of their lives. Sound familiar?

Krugman: What Do the Blue Dogs Want? Who Knows?

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Right now the fate of health care reform seems to rest in the hands of relatively conservative Democrats -- mainly members of the Blue Dog Coalition, ...

Rep. Giffords Bucks Fellow "Blue Dogs," Supports Public Health Care Option

FIreDogLake | slinkerwink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Gabrielle Giffords, a Blue Dog Democrat, wrote an editorial in the Arizona Daily Star, about the need for health care reform that includes a strong pu...

Ryan Grim

Blue Dog Health Care Back On -- For Now | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Health care reform negotiations in the House, which had collapsed in an acrimonious heap earlier Friday, are now back on. Two Democrats who had been...

Salon: Blue Dogs Put Corporate Interests Over Party, Constituents

Salon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nobody could be better positioned than the Democrats who call themselves "Blue Dogs" to sabotage healthcare reform, the primary objective of their pre...

Attack of the One-Percenters: Land Rover Liberals, Corrupt Cowboys & the Millionaire Media

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

The health care debate has reminded us that there really are three separate but coordinated armies that will defend that status quo in Washington -- whether on health care or any other economic issue.

Friday Talking Points [87] -- A Tale Of Two Houses

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Simply for acting like a leader this week, Speaker Pelosi wins the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award hands-down.

Waxman: Blue Dogs Must Relent On Health Care Reform

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) says there is "no alternative" to having healthcare legislation bypass his commit...

The Fat Cats of Wall Street Want to Tax Your Health Care Benefits

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

When I heard Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), floating the idea of a tax on health benefits in order to raise revenue for health care reform, I was baffled; how could this be?

Why Do Blue Dogs Want You and Me to Pay Three Times More Than They Do for Health Care?

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

Instead of asking families to pay huge portions of their income for health care costs, Blue Dogs should start by asking to roll back the tax breaks the wealthy got under George Bush.

Jeff Muskus

Reid: Senate Will Miss Obama's Health Care Deadline | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made it official Thursday, telling reporters that his chamber will miss President Obama's August-recess dea...

Blue Dog Dems Cashing In On Clout

The Huffington Post | Susan Crile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Members of the House of Representatives once again canceled a health care markup session on Thursday after negotiations with Blue Dog Democrats stalle...

Arthur Delaney

Blue Dogs Party After Health Care Reform Markup Canceled | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce was supposed to be the third leg supporting health care reform legislation already approved by two other Ho...

Jeff Muskus

Blue Dogs Keeping Health Care Stuck In Committee | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Henry Waxman is looking to resume health care negotiations Thursday night. Maybe. Waxman (D-Calif.) heads the House Energy and Commerce Committee, th...

It's Time To Lead, Mr. President

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's legislative style has been to vaguely define what he's for, introduce a plan that is quite obviously open to lots and lots of negotiation, and then sit back and let Congress work it out.

Obama Meets With Blue Dogs Dems In Push On Health Care Reform

FOX News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama has invited a small group of fiscally-conscious House Democrats -- known as the "Blue Dogs" -- to the White House Tuesday morning in a...

It's Time to Spay and Neuter the Blue Dogs on Health Care

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Blue Dog coalition loved spending lavishly on the Iraq war only to rediscover the evil of budget deficits as soon as Obama was elected.

Obama and Bright Lines in the Sand

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama again refused to give a strong defense of the public option himself. By doing so, he just dug the hole deeper. What exactly does Obama stand for in the health care debate?

Dems, GOP Centrists Hold Secret Meetings To Work Together On Health Care Reform

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Centrist House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are working together privately on healthcare reform. The talks have been so secretive and pol...

Ryan Grim

Blue Dogs Backsliding On Anti-Health Care Reform Backsliding | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) is "unwavering" in her opposition to a Blue Dog Coalition health care position issued late last week, she said Tuesday. Th...