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The Crassest Generation

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Charles Kolb

The four Goldman Sachs executives who testified before Senator Levin's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations were striking in many respects, but one thing was apparent before they opened their mouths: their relative youth.

What Ronald Reagan Would Think of Striking Senators

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

WWGD -- What Would the Gipper Do? Crush recalcitrant Republican senators who would stop the government's business in what was a de facto strike without picket signs, that's what.

On Finance, Obama Hews To Status Quo

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The consensus on President Barack Obama is that he seeks consensus. He's always been a centrist, we are told by his many biographers, so it is no surp...

Ryan Grim

Paul Volcker Supports Merkley-Levin Amendment To Senate Financial Reform Bill | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Clearing up any confusion about where he stands, White House economic adviser Paul Volcker sent a simple note to Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Jeff M...

John Sheehan, Retired US General, Links Gays In Military To Genocide In Bosnia

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A retired U.S. general says Dutch troops failed to defend against the 1995 genocide in the Bosnian war because the army was weakene...

Protecting Refugees: an American Commitment and Tradition

Elisa Massimino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elisa Massimino

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980, a landmark piece of legislation that changed the U.S. approach to refugee protection ...

Ryan Grim

The Wall Street Standard: Volcker Rule Opponents Pushing For 60-Vote Threshold | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.17.2010 | Business

Senate Republicans are threatening to filibuster an amendment that would bar commercial banks from using taxpayer-backed money to trade for their own ...

It's Time to End Risky Gambling on Wall Street

Sen. Jeff Merkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sen. Jeff Merkley

A vote this week will answer a critical question: Is Congress on the side of the American worker who lost so much in the Great Recession or is it on the side of the Wall Street firms that put all of us at risk?

USAA Changes its Tune on Financial Reform

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mary Bottari

This week we will see which Senators stand with the Goldman Sachs' of the world and which Senators stand with USAA against unethical and possibly illegal proprietary trading.

Jason Linkins

David Petraeus On DADT: 'The Time Has Come' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeus came to the meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee preparing to deliver an "eight-minute statement" e...

Shahien Nasiripour

Senators Target Wall Street, With Goldman Sachs In Mind | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

UPDATE : May 10, 2010 -- Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) will offer their bill to restrict the trading activities of big banks...

RNC Will NOT Hold Fundraising Meeting At Blackwater Compound

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: A Xe spokesman has told Talking Points Memo that they are unaware of any plans for the RNC to hold a fundraiser at their Moyock, N.C. facility...

Would Blackwater Lie?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

Politico has just published a story about Carl Levin releasing letters he wrote regarding his investigation of a Blackwater "shell" company in Afghanistan, Paravant.

Ryan Grim

Levin Becomes Sixth Chairman To Sign Public Option Letter | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) became the sixth committee chairman on Wednesday to sign a letter calling for the public option to be included in health car...

Blackwater Took Hundreds Of US Weapons From Military, Afghan Police Using 'South Park' Alias

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON - A Senate investigation accuses the Army of turning a blind eye when a Blackwater subsidiary hired violent drug users to help train the Af...

Life Support for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": Are Democrats the Problem?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nathaniel Frank

Despite the military's move to relax and soon do away with "don't ask, don't tell," repeal in Congress is in grave peril. Obama should repeal the misguided policy through the 2011 Defense Authorization bill.

Ryan Grim

Carl Levin: Filibuster Could Fall 'After Massive Conflict On The Floor' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans made a persuasive case for abolishing or reforming the filibuster on Tuesday night when they blocked a routine nomination to the Na...

Friday Talking Points [110] -- Left Still Waiting For Rahm Apology

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats need to realize that they still have the biggest majority in both houses of Congress that they are likely to see in their lifetimes.

Lobbyists Retreat But Never Surrender

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Today, if you tried to hurl a silver dollar across the Potomac, chances are some member of Congress would snatch it in flight like one of those nature film grizzly bears grabbing a salmon in mid-leap

Senate Report: 'Dirty Money' Still Entering U.S.

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Foreign leaders and their families are still able to channel hundreds of millions of dollars in potentially corrupt money into the ...

How Big Banks, Lobbyists, And Lawyers Move Dirty Money Into The US

Mother Jones | — Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Among Bank of America's 50 million customers, Pierre Falcone was far from ordinary. An infamous global arms dealer who illegally sold weapons to Angol...

John McCain's No Longer a Hero: His Stance on Patriotic Gays is Shameful and Un-American

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

Watching the Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, I couldn't help feeling relief John McCain was soundly beate...

Levin: Obama To Discuss Don't Ask, Don't Tell During State Of The Union Speech

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is expected to talk about the "Don't ask, don't tell" rule that bars openly gay Americans from serving i...

Lawmakers From Both Parties Raise Concerns Over Afghan War Escalation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) - Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) voiced their concerns Sunday about the war in Afghanistan, it...

Sam Stein

Levin Warns Against Time Lines For U.S. Forces In Afghanistan | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The extent to which President Obama will receive Democrat support for escalating military forces in Afghanistan seems directly tied to his insistence ...