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Laura Barron-Lopez

Divided House GOP Prevents Embarrassment, Passes Budget Boosting Defense Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans narrowly pulled off a risky maneuver Wednesday by passing a budget that will boost defense spending, following a rift ...

Chuck Schumer Tried His Hand At Bartending For St. Patrick's Day

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

It’s the third week of March and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is over the moon to be celebrating what he calls “St. Patrick’s month." The sena...

Senator Charles E. Schumer Weighs in On the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement to a Constituent

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

I wrote to my senator, Chuck Schumer (D-New York), about a critical issue and actually received a response. In my letter I had registered particular concern about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and plans to "fast track" its implementation, two of several issues on which I wanted his input.

Will the 47 Diplomacy Saboteurs Have Democratic Enablers?

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Democrats have been outraged by 47 Senate Republicans ostentatiously trying to blow up negotiations with Iran with their "open letter" to Iranian leaders. But in terms of practical outcomes, the main drama still lies ahead.

Hillary Clinton Stumbles

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Hillary Clinton is rumored to be putting her campaign team together, and she may announce her intention to run for president sooner rather than later. However, her handling of the controversy over her use of private emails while at the State Department has exposed one of her great weaknesses: transparency.

Sabrina Siddiqui

George Miller Spent 40 Years In Congress. How Long Will His Legacy Last Without Him?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

On a balmy Saturday morning in September, George Miller is seated in the backyard of his Martinez, California, home, sipping herbal tea and enjoyi...

Sam Stein

Chuck Schumer's Enjoying The Freedom Of Life In The Minority

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It’s 4:30 p.m. on a Tuesday and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is jazzed. Well, as jazzed as one could be at 4:30 p.m. on a Tuesday in th...

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 02.24.2015 | 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 02.22.2015 | 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 02.21.2015 | 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 02.21.2015 | 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 02.07.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 01.31.2015 | 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 ...