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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...

Supreme Court's Scalia, Breyer Talk Twitter, Friendship With Elena Kagan During Capitol Appearance (VIDEO)

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer talked about Twitter and their friendship with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Thursday....

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...

Mike Pence Wins Hispanic Leadership Award And Nobody Knows Why

Roll Call | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence is receiving a leadership achievement award for his contributions to the Hispanic community, but nobod...

How Barack Obama, Democrats Passed The Health Care Reform Bill: Inside Account

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When the president and his closest advisers huddled in the Oval Office last August, they had every reason to panic. Their signature piece of legislati...

Primary Victory Over Conventional Wisdom

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats had better relish their victory in PA 12 while they can, because this weekend a special election in Hawaii is likely to elect a Republican in a very Democratic district.

Kildee, Stupak Face Off In Countdown To House Health Care Vote

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) wants pro-life Dems to join him in voting against the Democrats' health care bill unless there are significant abortion res...

Friday Talking Points [116] -- Is It Sausage Yet?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If nothing else comes of it, you've got to admit that the health reform movement has given a lot of people a very detailed education about the sausage-making process in Washington.

Health Care Bill Math: Democrats Decide Who Is Needed To Reach 216

New York Times | Jeff Zeleny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the homestretch of the health care debate, one obvious question being asked across the capital is whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi will f...

MAPLight.org Shows Links Between Politicians' Votes, Campaign Contributions

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's no mystery that money has become a key factor in American politics. But until now it's been difficult to show voters just how closely politicians...

Oil Spill Commission Planned By White House

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An administration official says the White House will establish a presidential commission to investigate the oil spill in the Gulf o...

Pelosi Makes Her Move; GOP Rep. Calls for Coup

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has laid out a strategy to pass health care reform in the next couple of d...

Michael Moore To Dodd: Are You Sh*tting Me? Everyone Wants To Punish Banks (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Michael Moore appeared on "The Dylan Ratigan Show" Wednesday and called out Democrats for not standing up to Wall Street. Taking aim at the financial...

New Idaho Law: AG Must Sue Federal Government If Health Care Reform Bill Passes

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is the first state chief executive to sign a measure requiring his attorney general to sue the federal g...

Marjorie Margolies: Vote Your Conscience On Health Care Reform

Washington Post | Marjorie Margolies | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Dear wavering House Democrats, I feel your pain. Eighteen years ago, I was elected on the coattails of a popular young Democratic president who pro...

'Self-Executing Rule' Could Pass Health Care Through House Without A Vote

Washington Post | Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate's health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might...

Can Democrats Govern?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The slogan "Elect a lot of Democrats so that we can stop the Republican agenda, and waste a lot of time fooling around with things we can't pass" just isn't going to cut the mustard.

Friday Talking Points [123] -- A Working Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate has actually been dealing with many financial issues that will directly effect American consumers, and they've been doing so in an orderly way. You'd think this would be news.

Obama Asks Congress To Approve $205 Million In Aid For Israel Rocket Defense

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is asking Congress to approve $205 million to help Israel speed up deployment of a new short-range rocket defen...

Bank Of America To Publish Political Donations

Wall Street Journal | By MICHAEL HOWARD SAUL and DAN FITZPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

New York City Comptroller John C. Liu has scored a coup in an ongoing national effort to increase corporate transparency after the U.S. Supreme Court ...

Why the Armenian Genocide Matters

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robbie Gennet

Turkey won't allow the US to label the Armenian genocide as such or acknowledge it in any way. Here is why: land.

Tom Graves, Lee Hawkins Win Georgia Special Election For U.S. House Seat: Runoff June 8

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) -- A pair of former state legislators, including one backed by the tea party, will face off in a June 8 runoff for a north Georgia congre...

Pelosi: Stupak Wants Health Care Reform (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on "The Rachel Maddow Show" Thursday and weighed in on everything from Bart Stupak's threats to derail health care...

Earmark Rule Changes: Lobbyists Scrambling To Keep Money Flowing

New York Times | ERIC LICHTBLAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jolted by a sudden tightening of the rules, lobbyists and military contractors who have long relied on lucrative earmarks from Congress ...

Democratic Primary Overview

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Some of the Democratic primaries being held next week may have just as interesting an impact on the Democrats as the Tea Party challenges are having on the GOP.