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Budget Reconciliation

Ryan Grim

Public Option, Medicare Buy-In Could See Senate Floor Fights | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Real health care reform is threatening to emerge from the ashes of the Massachusetts special election that exploded the effort in January. A growing m...

Jason Linkins

Hatch Threatens Partisan 'War' If Dems Attempt Reconciliation Strategy | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is any indication, the GOP plans on greeting any attempt to move health care fixes into law through the budget reconci...

Weekly Pulse: Did Wiretappers Target Landrieu Over Health Care Deal?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium Blogger The conservative videographer who donned a pimp suit to embarrass the anti-poverty group ACORN was arr...

Why It's in the Interest of Democrats to Finish Comprehensive Health Care Reform

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

If you are a Democratic in Congress facing a tough race, there are very few things you can do that are more important to your re-election than voting to make sure that Congress finishes health care reform.

Halftime At The Healthcare Reform Superbowl

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A football locker room. Hundreds of Democrats are sitting on benches, to hear Coach's halftime pep talk in the Health Care Reform Superbowl. Some appear exhausted, some appear battered.

Basic Bargaining Theory and Health Care Reform

Mark Kleiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Kleiman

If a solidly Democratic bill were to pass under the balance of negotiating advantage would shift. So why does everyone write as if reconciliation were an alternative to ordinary legislation rather than a prelude?

Baucus' Bill Not Bipartisan, But Panmedia

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Baucus' was supposed to be the "bipartisan" bill, but the only way it can truly be referred to as such is in the growing bipartisan distaste for the bill.

Friday Talking Points [92] -- The End Of Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sadly, Obama's speech to school children has become mired in manufactured controversy from the right, with typical sky-is-falling rhetoric about the evil, evil man who occupies the Oval Office.

Jason Linkins

Demystifying The Media's Take On Budget Reconciliation | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Should it come down to using budget reconciliation, you can expect the punditocracy to inveigh against it. The foundation for this has already been laid by the AP using the GOP "nuclear option" talking point.

Reconciliation May Force A Public Option Too Liberal For Some Dems

Talking Points Memo | Brian Beutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Senate leaders begin work on a Democrat-only health care bill, they're finding themselves confronted with an unexpected irony: Though the caucus ha...

Friday Talking Points [90] -- Obama To Switch Parties

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ted Kennedy is putting both his legacy and his sense of entitlement to his office before the interests of his constituents.

Republicans Cave on Majority Vote for Health Care and Waste Senate Time Instead

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

The GOP has a choice: They can work with Democrats in good faith, or they can be ignored as Democrats pass the health reform this country so desperately need.

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: April 20, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Imagine you had invited me to your home for some sort of potluck dinner, and I had promised to bring a freshly baked pie, only to show up with a pie p...

Is Cap-And-Trade Dead This Year?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats are all but admitting that they're killing off cap-and-trade for this year's legislative season. When the time comes, they will be blaming the Republicans, even though their own cowardice is the real culprit.

Do You Want a Straight Majority Vote on Health Care?

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

It comes down to this: Do you think health care reform should get a straight majority vote in Congress? Or should a few Senators be allowed to single-handedly block reform?