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Kate Sheppard

Senate Approves Keystone XL Bill; White House Reaffirms Veto Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to approve a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline over the presidential approva...

Paul Blumenthal

5 Years After Citizens United, Money Controls Politics More Than Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five years ago this Wednesday, the Supreme Court overturned two decades of precedent in a bitterly divided 5-4 decision to open the door...

Wall Street's Bad Santas

Lauren Windsor | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

In honor of Christmas Eve, and the recent CRomnibus spending bill, a parody of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" ...

Learning From 2014 and Turning to 2016: Democrats Still Need a Compelling Economic Message

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

The greatest mystery of the 2014 mid-term election is the question of why all of our leading analysts knew how important it is for Democrats to have a compelling economic message aimed at middle class voters, and yet we managed to get to the end of the election cycle without coalescing around an effective narrative.

Schumer's Delicate Dance with Wall Street

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Last week, I wrote a piece in this space lamenting the fact that so many Democrats had voted for a budget package that gutted a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. The so called swaps push-out provision, now repealed, required banks to separate their speculative business in derivatives from depository banking covered by government insurance and further protected by the Federal Reserve. The broader budget deal, technically a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through next September, also cut a lot of needed public spending and added several odious riders, including one that raises the ceiling on individual campaign contributions to party committees about tenfold. Had Democrats resolutely opposed the deal, I argued, it would have revealed Republicans as friends of Wall Street and enemies of Main Street -- a useful party differentiation between now and 2016.

Chuck Schumer and the Democrats' Identity Crisis: Economic Policy vs. Rhetoric

Richard Kirsch | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Two weeks before Charles Schumer once again delivered for Wall Street with the omnibus budget deal, he gave a major speech in which he sounded like a progressive champion. He embodies the contradictions that will tear the Democratic Party apart over the next two years.

Elizabeth Warren, Harry Reid Among Lawmakers Who Agree To Consider Crowdsourced Policies

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

Over two dozen lawmakers have said that they will consider policy ideas crowdsourced through a new website launched Wednesday by a progressive group. ...

Benefits of Obamacare: More People Are Able to Work Less

Dean Baker | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

The ACA is far from perfect. It would have been much better to have a universal Medicare system, or at least have a public option, but it was a huge step forward not only because it insured millions of previously uninsured people but, even more importantly, because it freed tens of millions of workers from dependence on their employers for insurance.

Friday Talking Points -- 'Tis The Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's that magical time of year when the wee folk of Capitol Hill actually get something done. These brief bursts of activity only happen very rarely, of course, and always immediately proceed another one of the many, many long vacations Congress takes during the year.

Obamacare Is Working Incredibly Well

New York | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

A week ago, Sen. Charles Schumer said his party made a political mistake by passing the Affordable Care Act rather than some unspecified economic meas...

If She Runs Hillary Rodham Clinton Determines the 2016 Democratic Message

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

While Democrats debate the lack of a message and fight over what it should have been, they forget one major point: It is the presidential candidate who sets the party message in presidential election years.

Tensions Flare Between Senate Democrats, White House

Reuters | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that...

Michael McAuliff

Congress, Off For Thanksgiving, Freaks Over Immigration Action Ahead Of Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The lame-duck Congress cued up its freak-out over President Barack Obama's pending immigration announcement Thursday, with Democrats cal...

The Aftermath

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Democrats got well and truly shellacked once again in a midterm election. It was so bad, it's pretty hard for Democrats to even attempt to gild the lily or spot that elusive silver lining. Republicans are consumed with glee, which they've well earned this year.

Harry Reid's Fateful Evening

Politico | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

Nobody in politics has had a worse run-up to Nov. 4 than Harry Reid. Polls indicate the Senate majority leader might have a change of title foisted up...

Zach Carter

Chuck Schumer: Supreme Court Will Thwart Democrats For Decades If We Lose Midterms

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Republicans take control of the Senate in the November elections, the repercussions for the Supreme Court could thwart Democratic Par...

Sam Stein

With Senate At Stake, Democrats Angry At Colleagues For Sitting On Cash

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats who aren't running for re-election this year and those who have retired were sitting on nearly $52 million in campaign ...

Senators Plan Bill To Block Benefits For Ex-Nazis

AP | By RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to stop suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits will be introduced soon, the latest ...

Howard Fineman

10 Things To Know If The GOP Runs The Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It’s easy to think that little will change if Republicans win the Senate. They won’t have a filibuster-proof majority. The place is ...

2014 Elections Will Also Be a Referendum on GOP

Kevin Price | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Millions of Americans are frustrated by the Obama Administration. This movement is largely defined as the "Tea Party movement" but there are millions of other Americans that would simply describe themselves as disgruntled with the Administration as we go into the 2014 elections.

Expatriate Tax Sense or Broad-Brush Overreach: The U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Wendy N. Powell

In an attempt to close a gap that foreign investors could use for tax avoidance in the proverbial Swiss bank, we now have a worldwide system of taxation enforcement trailing to the IRS.

Zach Carter

How Chuck Schumer Accidentally Built The Wall Street Reform Caucus

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

DETROIT AND WASHINGTON -- They call him "Wall Street Chuck" on Capitol Hill. He has raised at least $70 million from the financial sector for the Demo...

Zach Carter

Look At Chuck Schumer's Ancient Phone

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

DETROIT -- He is one of the most powerful people in Washington. A legendary political strategist. A prolific fundraiser with deep ties to America's we...

Ashley Alman

Schumer: We Need To Stand Up To 'The Steve Kings' On Immigration

HuffingtonPost.com | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

DETROIT -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called on Republicans to take action immediately and address the need for immigration reform. Speak...

Amanda Terkel

Key Senator Announces Opposition To Embattled Judicial Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

DETROIT -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Thursday that he will vote against President Barack Obama's controversial judicial nominee Michael Bo...