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Jeff Muskus

House Pushes Forward On Estate-Tax Break, Pushes Back Jobs Bill | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Job creation will probably have to wait until next year but the House is determined to extend the estate tax break permanently before leaving for the ...

Why Majority Support Does Not Guarantee Health Reform (and Why This Isn't All Bad)

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

A full defense of the public option requires moving beyond the basic arguments for reform. It requires reform proponents to take seriously the fears of opponents, even if they make up only a minority of the American public.

Fed Returns $46 Billion To Taxpayers, Gets Subpoena From Congress Over AIG

McClatchy | Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In dual developments that underscored the complex reality of stressful financial times, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday that it returned to taxpayers...

Ryan Grim

Democrats Are United -- For Now | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate has voted to move forward with the health care bill. The vote was 60-39 in favor of debating the bill put forward by Senate Majority Leader...

Eliot Spitzer Weighs In On Geithner And AIG-New York Fed Emails (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer made an appearance on The Ed Show Friday. Spitzer weighed in on the scandal surrounding emails from the New Yor...

Falling Ice Crashes Through Roof, Destroys Colorado Home

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

BRUSH, Colo. — A basketball-sized chunk of ice crashed through the roof of a family's Colorado home after apparently falling from an airplane passin...

Exceptions To Derivatives Trading Rule Dilute Regulation

New York Times | GRETCHEN MORGENSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Derivatives regulation has been on the nation's financial reform agenda for months. Undoing the Clinton-era law that exempted swaps from oversight is ...

Big Pharma Raises Prices 10% Even As It Promises To Cut Nation's Drug Costs

New York Times | DUFF WILSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as drug makers promise to support Washington's health care overhaul by shaving $8 billion a year off the nation's drug costs after the legislatio...

Friday Talking Points: Is Opt-Out The Answer?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.

Democrats Are Dropping Like Flies

The Note | David Chalian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It is not shaping up to be a pretty week for the Democrats. The all-but-assured Democratic nominee for governor in Michigan, Lt. Gov. John Cherry, ...

WSJ: AIG CEO Ready To Quit Over Pay Constraints

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — After just three months as head of battered insurer American International Group, Robert Benmosche has threatened to leave his post a...

Demonizing Dean Won't Absolve This Health Care Sham

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Dean deserves much better from the left than what he got after calling for the health reform bill to be killed. His concerns as a physician and a progressive politician are worthy of serious attention.

Mickey Becomes a Rat And We All Like It: Why Are Our Heroes All Dark?

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lennard Davis

What's happened to Mickey? I read today that Disney is about to launch a new Mickey video game in which our hero's sunny personality is going dark side.

Nate Silver: Progressives Are Crazy to Oppose the Senate Health Care Bill | Nate Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I understand that most of the liberal skepticism over the Senate bill is well intentioned. But it has become way, way off the mark. Where do you think...

Health Care's Next Big Fight: Tax the Rich or Slam Workers?

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Neither the House nor Senate versions of the health care bill could offer the extensive, affordable coverage that reformers are hoping for or that Democrats have been promoting.

Random 2010 Thoughts

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Other interesting news from Republicanland is a new poll showing that, given three choices, voters state who they'd likely vote for in the 2010 election in the following order: (1) Democrats, (2) Tea Partiers, (3) Republicans.

Friday Talking Points [99] -- Misdirection

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The real head-scratcher for serious media-watchers right now is what the "war" between the White House and Fox News was meant to distract us from this week. The "war" itself is laughable, for a number of reasons.

Voters Are Turning Up The Heat While Congress Struggles To Understand

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

When members of the House and Senate return home, they will probably face the wrath they did last summer in town hall meetings. It is not anger aimed towards one party, or one president.

Jeff Muskus

Health Policy Experts Push For House Language In Final Version Of Health Care Bill | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Without a public option, the signature achievement of health care reform is supposed to be new consumer protections that would force the insurance ind...

Ryan Grim

Senate Dems Close In On Reform: Details Of Health Care Bill Revealed | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Read the bill (PDF). Senate Democrats have posted the legislation on their web site. --------- Senate Democrats made a big step toward comprehensive...

CBO Health Care Estimates: Washington Post Profiles Agency That Estimates Health Care Bills' Costs

Washington Post | Lori Montgomery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Phil Ellis may be the most powerful guy you've never heard of in the health-care debate. A senior analyst with the Congressional Budget Office, Ellis ...

Pelosi Shifts Focus To Unemployment After Push For Health Care Bill

The Hill | Mike Soraghan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democratic leaders, worried they've appeared unresponsive to rising unemployment because they were absorbed by healthcare, are aiming for a legi...

Max Baucus Has Only Himself To Blame

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have little sympathy for Baucus at this point, when he complains that his adversaries have had time to put out a report attacking his bill. Because there is one reason that they've had all that time.

White House Looking To Cut Deficit With Extra TARP Cash | By DEBORAH SOLOMON and JONATHAN WEISMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration, under pressure to show it is serious about tackling the budget deficit, is seizing on an unusual target to showcase fiscal r...

Senate Passes Pentagon Budget, War Funding Bill

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama weighs major shifts in strategy in the deteriorating mission in Afghanistan, the Senate on Tuesday passed a bi...