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Ryan Grim

Slash Mob: Secret Senate Gang Weighing Budget Cuts | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators that has been meeting behind the scenes during the past several months is emerging as the focal point in ...

Cold-Blooded: Grandma Souljah, Felon-Friendly Cuts, and Other Austerity Horrors

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Something has gone seriously wrong when Democrats can convince themselves that their path back to popularity lies in cutting Social Security and leaving poor people to freeze in the dark.

Money Changes Everything: Will the Battle Over the Budget Derail All Bipartisan Cooperation in 2011?

Eileen McMenamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eileen McMenamin

A collection of senior lawmakers gathered at a Washington panel last Wednesday to reflect on the possibility of cooperation across party lines in the 112th Congress.

Durbin: Pell Grants In Danger

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Karin Fischer and Ursula Lindsey | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The federal Pell Grant program is in peril, and nonprofit colleges are not doing enough to save it, a key U.S. senator told a roomful of private-colle...

Elise Foley

GOP Plans To Force Vote On Health Care Repeal | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans will attempt to repeal last year's sweeping health care law via an amendment to a Federal Aviation Administration fun...

A Public Comment on the Durbin Amendment to Limit Bank Interchange Fees

Aaron Greenspan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Aaron Greenspan

The following comment on Regulation II - Debit Card Interchange Fees and Routing [R-1404] was submitted by the author to the Federal Reserve on Januar...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Durbin Admits Senate May Face Health Care Repeal Vote | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Even though the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act" has no chance of passing the Senate and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev....

Kirk, Durbin Plot Bipartisan Seating Arrangements For State Of The Union Address

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When Sen. Mark Kirk was elected, he vowed to reach across the aisle and put aside partisan politics for the sake of the American people. While that wa...

What Will Immigration Advocates Learn From DREAM's Defeat?

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

Were advocates of comprehensive immigration reform too slow to shift to supporting piecemeal legislation? And, did these leaders advance the optimal piecemeal strategy by focusing exclusively on the DREAM Act?

Illinois Pols Weigh In On Bill Daley As Chief Of Staff

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Some Illinois politicians joined the chorus of pundits this week, chiming in on whether they think former Commerce Secretary Bill Daley should be Pres...

Amanda Terkel

House Republicans Block Child Marriage Prevention Act | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, the House took up the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010. The bill would ensure that c...

Giving the Gift of Water to the Neediest This Holiday Season

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

As Americans gather together this holiday season, what will likely go unconsidered is an appreciation for the access to two basic necessities that many of us take for granted: water and adequate sanitation.

Daniel Ellsberg: I Am WikiLeaks!

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

A standard talking point against WikiLeaks and Assange has been: the WikiLeaks release of the cables is nothing like the Pentagon Papers case, and Assange and Bradley Manning are nothing like Daniel Ellsberg. But Ellsberg is still alive, and he's not having any of it.

Dems Need Their Own Eric Cantor in the House... and the Senate... and the White House

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

No, I am not suggesting that the soon-to-be Republican Majority House Whip change parties. It is clear, however, that Dems desperately need someone to speak for them with Cantor's unabashed, in-your-face style.

DREAM Act Makes History in House, Given New Life in Senate

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Harry Reid just positioned DREAM to give it the best chance possible to cross the finish line. Now, we just need a handful of Republican Senators to step up to the plate and turn this historic, bipartisan House victory into law.

Lucia Graves

Senate Majority Whip Warms To Obama's Tax Compromise, Thursday Deal Possible | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a close ally of President Obama, hinted Congress may be close to a deal on extending Bush-era...

Elise Foley

Democrats Scramble For Votes On DREAM Act | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the House and Senate prepare to vote on the DREAM Act Wednesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said Demo...

Republican Lie Machine + Pushover Democrats = Screwed American Working Class

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Rotondaro

Is Republican senator Jon Kyl a moron or just a complete liar? Appearing on Face The Nation this Sunday, Kyl defended tax cuts for the ultra rich sa...

Obama's Deficit Frankenstein

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Deficit Commission issued its report, and the president has a problem. Like Frankenstein, he built a creature from discarded parts and it took on a life of its own. And like its fictional counterpart, it's threatening to destroy its creator.

A President at the Crossroads (Who Needs a Little Help From His Friends)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Tomorrow the deficit commission votes on its draft proposal. If it gets enough yes votes, it's likely to trigger a chain of events that will cost the president and his party dearly.

10 Reasons the Deficit Commission Proposal Is Still Unconscionable and Unacceptable

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We're being told the final draft of the proposal is fairer than its predecessor. It's nothing of the kind. In many ways it's worse than the draft that preceded it, and those much-lauded "compromises" evaporate in the cold light of reality.

Time to Save the Democrats From Themselves -- and All of Us From Deficit Extremism

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson are pushing ideas well outside the norm of mainstream politics for the last 75 years. They want to cut Social Security to decrease the deficit -- a move that's even opposed by most Tea Partiers.

WATCH: Mark Kirk Sworn In To U.S. Senate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Republican Mark Kirk was sworn in to the U.S. Senate on Monday afternoon, and says his first priority as a senator will be to turn the econom...

Sam Stein

Top Republican: START Treaty Won't Happen Because Of Senate Process | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the key Republican vote on the new START Treaty, said on Sunday that there was not enough time to pass a strateg...

Not Just a Few Rotten Eggs

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Markarian

We need preventative solutions, not just reactions to the next outbreak. Phasing out cage confinement of hens, and moving toward cage-free egg production, is better for animals and better for us.