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Health Insurers Fire Volley In New Battle Over The Public Option

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.20.2016 | Politics

When Senate Democrats announced a new push for a public option in Obamacare last week, the private insurance industry swung into action. And it did so...

Friday Talking Points -- Media Gets Played By Trump, Again

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The media got played by Donald Trump this morning, once again. Picture Charlie Brown lying flat on his back, wondering why he keeps falling for the old kick-the-football bit.

Elizabeth Warren Just Trolled Wells Fargo's CEO So Hard

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.18.2016 | Politics

John Stumpf is the chairman of the Wells Fargo board of directors. This prestigious body is tasked with holding company executives accountable for mis...

Get Ready For Clinton-Merkley and Trump-Brown In 2016

John A. Tures | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Names like Jeff Merkley and Scott Brown are unlikely to wow the American electorate. But each fills a fundamental need for each candidate, and probably wouldn't hurt either nominee.

This Could Be The Beginning Of The End For Super PACs

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The super PAC money swamping the American election system is generally, and rightly, blamed on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ru...

Progressive Democratic Senator Emerges As The Man Sanders Supporters Want To Be VP

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― There’s no doubt that most of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) supporters like Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown. Both Democratic sena...

Democratic Senator Caught On Video With $70,000 In Drug Money

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), a high-profile supporter of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, has been caught on video with $70,000 in drug money. Th...

What Comes Next For The Bernie Sanders Movement

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics

Even Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) stalwart supporters are admitting that yes, it looks like Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nomine...

Friday Talking Points -- Marijuana Policy Questions for the Candidates

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There was some good news and some bad news on marijuana this week, which got us thinking about how the subject of federal marijuana policy relates to the presidential nomination race.

Toxic Air in Oregon Attributed to Stained Glass Industry

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.28.2016 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

The current Republican front-runner for president, Donald Trump, has made it clear that the Environmental Protection Agency is in line for serious cut...

'Keep It in the Ground' Keeps Up the Pressure

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.18.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

A cabal of senators is on track to overturn the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and send a message to the upcoming COP21 Climate Summit that Americans are not on the same page as their president supporting a robust climate change agenda.

'Green News Report' - November 5, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Koch Brothers claim they are environmental stewards; New legislation to s...

Senate Dem Bill Would Ban New Fossil Fuel Leases On Federal Land

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Senators are floating ambitious legislation to stop the government from issuing new leases on public land for fossil fuel extraction...

What Happens To The Iran Deal Once Congress Gets Back From Recess?

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, said on Sunday he would support the nuclear deal with Iran, moving P...

Blockade of Shell Icebreaker: A Human Tipping Point in Pacific Northwest?

Daphne Wysham | Posted 07.31.2016 | Green
Daphne Wysham

Members of the Climate Action Coalition in Portland, OR, together with Greenpeace activists made history on July 30 when they forced the MSV Fennica, Shell Oil's Arctic icebreaker, to stand down, delaying its departure by approximately 40 hours.

Sen. Jeff Merkley: It Doesn’t 'Feel Right' To Separate LGBT Equality Act From 1964 Civil Rights Act

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

There was an avalanche of hope and excitement last week among supporters of full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when Sen. ...

Here's The Next Major Fight For The LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Same-sex couples can finally get married everywhere in the country, thanks to the Supreme Court's long-awaited ruling last month. A coup...

There's No Federal Law Stopping Businesses From Discriminating Against Female Customers. Now There's A Bill To Fix That.

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 barred places of public accommodation -- like movie theaters and restaurants -- from discriminatin...

Al Gore Criticizes Obama Over Arctic Drilling

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

Former Vice President Al Gore offered a rare criticism of the Obama administration on Thursday for allowing Royal Dutch Shell to begin drilling for oi...

Sam Levine

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Obama's Trade Deal In One Short Speech | Sam Levine | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took to the Senate floor Friday evening to make a point-by-point analysis of why a trade deal being negotiate...

Zach Carter

Senate Republicans Attack Obama's Most Popular Achievement In Their First Budget Session | Zach Carter | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In just their first legislative session since taking control of the Senate, Republicans on the Budget Committee pushed through a Wall St...

Amanda Terkel

Civil Rights Bill Top Priority For LGBT Voters, According To New Poll | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the Supreme Court set to rule in the coming months on marriage equality, the gay rights community already is gearing up for its nex...

The Senate Blockbuster Showdown on Trade the Media Missed

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

A fight is coming because past trade deals have cost jobs and wages, devastated entire regions, and accelerated corporate power and income/wealth inequality -- which it is becoming clear was the intent.

Amanda Terkel

Progressive Senator Won't Let Democratic Losses Stop His Fight For Filibuster Reform | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Skeptics of last year's filibuster reform told Democrats that they'd be sorry with what they had wrought once Republicans regained power...

Elizabeth Warren's Winning Ways

Mike Lux | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

For those candidates who took the Elizabeth Warren message and stayed strongly with it throughout their campaign, they didn't fade and they won tough races, or races that could have been a lot tougher if they had faltered.