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Health Reform: So What Happens Now?

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

So "what happens now" to President Obama's job approval rating, especially in the event that the health care reform legislation passes into law next m...

Public Option Compromise Floated: Let States Opt Out

FireDogLake | Jon Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

First there was the "level paying field" public option. Than there was Snowe's trigger. Snowe's trigger was followed by Conrad's co-ops. Only in the l...

Friday Talking Points [96] -- The Impressiveness of Alan Grayson

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

First, let's get rid of the distractions this week. Chicago will not be getting the Olympics in 2016, even after President Obama went over to Copenha...

Sam Stein

Schumer: Progressive Ads "Hurting Us" On Public Option | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The defeat of two amendments that would have attached a public option for insurance coverage to the Senate Finance Committee's health reform legislati...

The Beginning Of The End For The Public Option

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today, the Senate Finance Committee rebuffed two amendments to include the public option in its health care reform bill. The first amendment, offered ...

Schumer Receives $1.65 Million From Wall Street

HuffingtonPost | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Politico reports that New York Sen. Chuck Schumer raised $1.65 million in contributions from the financial services industry -- nearly twice the amoun...

The Public Option Lives On

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The public option lives on. It's still in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension bill. It still headlines the House bills, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she's still committed to it.

The Public Option Fight Gets Engaged in Public for the First Time Next Week

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

With polling numbers on the public option, and an activist base on fire on this issue, it is going to be more and more difficult for Democrats to vote against it when they have to vote in the light of day.

Erasing the Doughnut Hole for All Seniors -- A Senate Revolt Against Big Pharma Brewing!

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail McGowan Mellor

An amendment offered by Senator Ben Nelson [D-FL] would reportedly lower the health care reform bill's cost by an additional $86 billion without reducing services.

Baucus Bill Hearings Day 1: Heroes--Cantwell, Kerry, Nelson, Wyden. Grumpy Old Men--Republicans. Goat--Tom Carper.

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Overall, it was a good opening day. One could measure how good it was by the sour faces and wounded-appearing body language of the Republicans.

Unconventional Wisdom on Dubai

Jennifer Nix | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jennifer Nix

A new book, City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism paints a very different picture of the events and politics leading up to the nixing of the Dubai ports deal.

Vote Every Time, NYC: Join Russell, Vote Yassky Tomorrow

Sara Haile-Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Sara Haile-Mariam

Last Thursday, Russell Simmons announced his support of David Yassky for New York City Comptroller.

Jeff Muskus

Reid Muddies Health Care Waters With Co-Op Talk | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) caused some confusion on Capitol Hill Thursday when he described an elaborate hypothetical situation in whi...

Chuck Schumer: We Should Still Look Seriously At 50-Vote Bill

The American Prospect | Tim Fernholz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Chuck Schumer is the third-ranked Democrat in the Senate, one of the most prominent advocates for a public plan, and among the earliest Democr...

Schumer: Idea That Grassley And Enzi Are Negotiating In Good Faith "Pretty Much Gone"

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I'm surprised this one passed unnoticed, because it's a pretty stark declaration from a key Dem leader that bipartisanship is dead. A Republican forw...

Schumer Privately Urging Dem Senators To Lay Political Groundwork For Dem-Only Health Care Bill

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Chuck Schumer is privately urging fellow Dem Senators to aggressively argue in the media that the GOP is wholly committed to blocking reform, ...

Obama Sets The Record Straight On Immigration Reform

POLITICO | Josh Gerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Thursday managed to undo some of the damage he did recently with immigrants' rights advocates - who were angered when Obama ...

Is Now the Right Time for Immigration Reform? Chuck Schumer, the Sensenbrenner in Liberal's Clothes

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

The Schumer mandate for the undocumented to register within a short period of time, or else be permanently barred from becoming U.S. residents, is a prime example of the law run amok.

Wall Street Is Right -- This Time

John Standerfer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Standerfer

In this post-Madoff environment, where the SEC needs all the credibility it can muster, it's critical that the agency not provide a knee-jerk response to every whim of the media and politicians.

Sam Stein

Durbin, Schumer: Town Hall Protesters Are "Birthers" "Tea Baggers," And "Fringe" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The angry-mob style protesters who have infiltrated town halls around the country are the non-organic product of "tea-baggers," "birthers," and the co...

Sam Stein

Schumer: Reconciliation Is On The Table For Health Care | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A key Senate Democrat indicated on Monday that the party may route around the slow-moving bipartisan efforts of the Senate Finance Committee and inste...

Schumer Says Reform by Labor Day, While Cowardly Democrats Vote with Sessions

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Why are Democrats letting Senator Sessions set the agenda with empty, irrelevant, "build the fence bigger" immigration amendments?

Random Thoughts for a Monday Morning

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

For sure, let's not focus on the eight years it took Bush to destroy the economy when we can blame Obama for not fixing this colossal mess in his first 5 months.

Sam Stein

Schumer: With Franken Seated No Need To Compromise On Public Option | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the leading Senate Democrats in the health care reform battle said that the seating of Al Franken has given the party the purpose and direction...

Schumer Promises Public Option In Health Care Bill

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The healthcare reform bill that emerges from Congress this year will include a government-run public health insurance option, regardless of the bipart...