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Friday Talking Points -- Avoiding Immigration Traps

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in the House have announced they are now ready to do something on immigration. There will be traps laid by the Republicans, so Democrats have to be vigilant about defusing each one as it pops up.

Arthur Delaney

GOP Wants To Steal Turkey From Poor People, White House Says | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is hitting Republicans on the head with a turkey leg because they want to cut food stamp spending and it's Than...

Friday Talking Points -- Two Obama Promises

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Although it's been a week heavy on Obamacare, we're going to (mostly) look forward this week, to the upcoming budget battles. Because buried in the Obamacare stories this week was one very important bit of news.

Don't Cut Food Stamps, Dem Senators Urge Negotiators

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

Congressional negotiators should reject food stamp cuts, a coalition of liberal senators urged Monday. Republicans and Democrats from the House an...

Jason Linkins

This Should Be Fun: Sen. Bernie Sanders Will Be On Budget Conference Committee | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

In what can only be seen as good news for people who like traditional earned-benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare, here's one name that ...

A Complete Timeline of Republican Obstructionism on Budget Negotiations They Are Now Demanding (Part 1)

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans are unnervingly adept at convincing large swaths of the public that up is down, or that night is, in fact, day. They are attempting this right now, on a grand scale.

What Reid, Pelosi, and Obama Should Say Now

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If there was some underlying "cut deficits" strategy to the Republican shutdown, then why would the House have passed a budget bill on the brink of the shutdown which increased the debt by $29 billion?

Michael McAuliff

House GOP Seeks Conference Committee As Government Shuts Down | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans gave up trying to keep the government open as the clock ticked to midnight Monday, opting instead to try to appoint a ...

Shutdown Not Worth a Warm Bucket of...

Jim Moore | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

This whole idea of a government shutdown is hogwash spewing from a noisy minority of legislators who apparently have nothing better to do than attempt to hold hostage the daily functions of the federal government.

Food Stamp Cuts Might Not Happen In House

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the House of Representatives removed food stamps from broader farm legislation in hopes that doing so would make it easie...

Boehner's Immigration Dilemma

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Whether a new immigration bill becomes law or not is now dependent on choices Boehner makes in the coming weeks. He has the ability of scuttling the entire process, should he choose, or to make immigration reform a reality. But no matter what he does, there are going to be some awfully upset Republicans after it is over.

Sen. Feingold & Cantwell: Stay Principled and Vote Against Weak Financial Reform Bill -- But Don't Let Republicans Filibuster

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The Democrats' financial reform bill is weak tea that doesn't fix the problem of too big to fail megabanks or prevent the next cycle of boom, bust and bailout.

Ryan Grim

Dodd: Wall Street Reform Conference Committee Will Be Reopened | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

UPDATE - 4:19 p.m. - The conference committee will meet at 5:00 Tuesday afternoon to make final changes to Wall Street reform. Ahead of the gathering,...

Friday Talking Points [129] -- Incrementalism Wins Big

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with the news that a popular New Jersey beach is considering allowing women to sunbathe topless. And then move right on to...

Ryan Grim: As Strange As It Sounds, Strong Derivatives Reform Could Become Law (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Huffington Post's Senior Congressional Reporter Ryan Grim appeared on "The Dylan Ratigan Show" Wednesday to explain where things stand on the financia...

Laura Bassett

Carolyn Maloney SLAMMED By Reshma Saujani For Concert Fundraiser During Financial Reform Negotiations (VIDEO) | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reshma Saujani, the Democratic primary challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), has posted a new video on her website slamming the Congresswoman for...

Time for Wall Street to Ex Ante Up!

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

The House version of the Wall Street reform bill has a $150 billion fund -- pre-paid by the big banks -- that would cover the cost when a big bank fails. The Senate bill does not.

Big Banks Make Desperate Last Ditch Effort to Weaken Wall Street Reform

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Big Bank lobbyists would love to stick a shiv in important provisions of the financial bill as quietly as possible. Unfortunately for them, the Democratic leadership has done everything it can to make quiet back room dealing difficult.

Banking and BP on the Eve of Financial Regulation

The 14th Banker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The 14th Banker

Changing an attitude may not be possible if you don't change some people. To do that, Boards must be put on notice that if they do not clean up the industry over the resistance of their CEOs, they will also be accountable.

Wall Street Reform Conference Committee Membership Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Wall Street reform effort enters a new phase on Thursday, as the conference committee between the House and Senate will meet to begin hashing out the differences between the House and Senate versions which have already passed.

Friday Talking Points [125] -- Ask! Tell!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our headline today quite obviously references the legislative progress this week on banning the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (of not allo...

Dylan Ratigan: Four Things Worth Supporting In Financial Reform Bill (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While the financial reform bill passed by the Senate does not address the root causes of the financial collapse, it's not entirely worthless, accordin...

Friday Talking Points [124] -- How's That Libertarian Thingie Workin' Out For Ya?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We certainly have a lot of ground to cover this week, so let's dig right in. I'd like to start with a declaration, though: Bristol Palin is now fair g...

Six Key Fights for Wall Street Reform's Next Phase

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

Thursday night's passage of Wall Street reform is an event to be celebrated, but several key issues remain in play as the House and Senate iron out differences between their respective versions of the legislation.

States With Expanded Health Coverage Fight Bill

New York Times | KATE ZERNIKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

States that have already broadly expanded health care coverage are pushing back against the Senate overhaul bill, arguing that it unfairly penalizes t...