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Ben Nelson Bucks Party, Helps GOP Block Jobless Aid | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ben Nelson is nothing if not sensitive. In May, as the Senate stuffed a Wall Street reform amendment that would have done away with exorbitant ATM fe...

Friday Talking Points [121] -- Swampy Muck

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Once you get started, it becomes quite easy to justify shaking people down for their papers. I think the police should pull over anyone who looks like they work on Wall Street, at any time.

Now That Health Care Is Law, a Vote Against Reconciliation Is a Vote for the "Cornhusker Kickback"

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

If Senate Republicans actually succeeded in killing the entire reconciliation bill, they will not have stopped health care reform. That is law. Instead, Senate Republicans will have saved the "Cornhusker Kickback" and the "Gator-aid."

Health Care Bill: Insurance Companies, Hospitals Get A Last Minute Gift

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (BY ALAN FRAM, AP) - Tucked into President Barack Obama's health care bill are several 11th-hour changes that help major insurance companie...

What's In, What's Out in Health Care Reform Bill

AP | ALAN FRAM and DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bye bye, Cornhusker Kickback. Hello, special treatment for Tennessee and North Dakota. Democrats unveiling revisions Thursday...

Friday Talking Points [114] -- When Will Rahm Go? Place Your Bets!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The debate outside the Beltway (and, increasingly, inside the Beltway as well) is whether Rahm Emanuel should leave his job sooner, or later.

WWJD: What Would Johnson Do?

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Lyndon Johnson understood that legislative majorities are fundamentally impermanent, and that political capital should be spent rather than dissipated. Obama should take a page from his book.

Mary Landrieu Defends 'Louisiana Purchase' Medicaid Deal For Louisiana

AP | By ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Called a prostitute by conservative talk show hosts, a Louisiana Democrat on Thursday defended a deal she cut for her Hurricane Katrina-...

Voters See Health Care Reform As Marred By Backroom Deals

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Special legislative favors, especially one designed to secure a Nebraska senator's vote for the embattled health care package, igni...