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Is Anybody Still Surprised by Joe Lieberman?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Lieberman's announcement that he will vote against cloture for a health care bill that includes the public option should surprise nobody. His ideological home is no longer in the Democratic Party.

A Little-Discussed Issue That Puts "Care" Back in Health Care Reform

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Legislation concerning the changes for the drug approval process on a special type of medicine (biologic medicines) could provide huge savings -- a major need with health care reform.

The Mayoral Race That Wasn't

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

The lack of enthusiasm for Bill Thompson has roots in more than a super-rich opponent. New York City believes in the values of the Democrats, but doesn't trust them to produce strong leaders on the local level.

Sam Stein

Schumer: Senate Dems Will "Come Together On A Public Option" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Chuck Schumer said on Sunday that Democrats in the Senate would agree on a public option for insurance coverage, though the proposal will be d...

Game Change: Schumer Tried To Stab Hillary Clinton In The Back

New York Daily News | By Michael Mcauliff and Kenneth R. Bazinet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hillary Clinton and her campaign insiders don't believe reports that Sen. Chuck Schumer stabbed her in the back - despite reports in a blockbuster boo...

Hanging Citizen Journalists Out to Dry: Shield-Law Amendment Excludes Unpaid Bloggers

Pam Spaulding | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Pam Spaulding

The real issue with the language of the proposed New York shield law is less the law per se than placing a definition of a journalist on the books.

Schumer 'Bitch'-es Out Flight Attendant: Senator Insults US Airways Attendant

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Senator Chuck Schumer forgot to check his dirty mouth for a flight on Sunday. The New York senator was overheard calling a female flight attendant a ...

Ryan Grim

Sealed With A Kiss: Dems Unite To Beat GOP Filibuster | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Harry Reid sealed the biggest legislative victory of his career Saturday night with a kiss. And then a hug. Emotionally reserved doesn't begin to des...

Who Will Step Into Ted Kennedy's Shoes on Health Care

Sandy Maisel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Maisel

Some see Kennedy's legacy as the roaring liberal lion, ready to express moral outrage. And surely he was that. But his lasting legacy may well be as the respected legislator who could reach across the aisle.

Patriarch of Maloney Clan, Clif Maloney, Passes On

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Clif, 71, husband of Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, passed away in September after climbing one of the tallest mountains in the world, Mt. Cho Oyu, between Nepal and China.

What Repealing the Insurer Anti-Trust Exemption Would Do

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

Price fixing and deal making is absolutely illegal in other businesses, but in the insurance industry, because of an anti-trust exemption, customers are duped without repercussions.

Health Insurance Companies Want Severe Penalites For People Who Do Not Buy Coverage

The Associated Press | By ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP)-- The health insurance industry doesn't want Congress to let you off easy if you decide to ignore a proposed requirement that all Amer...

Gillibrand, Ford and the White House

Laurie Werner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Laurie Werner

Robert Gibbs made a mistake yesterday when he reaffirmed the White House's support for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, first praising her leadership (mysterious to voters) and wishing her to be re-elected.

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.