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Scammed: What Shirley Sherrod and Social Security Have in Common

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

Shirley Sherrod and the Social Security system have a lot more in common than their initials. In both cases, the administration spent too much time playing along, rather than asking tough questions and fighting for what's right.

DEFICIT FRAUD: 'Conservative' Dem Senator Wants To Extend Bush Tax Cuts For Wealthy Without Paying For Them

Yahoo! News | Kim Dixon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A fiscally conservative Democrat who chairs the U.S. Senate's budget committee on Wednesday said he supports extending all of ...

Bono Calls Out Dem Senator Over Aid Cuts

Foreign Policy | Josh Rogin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Add artist and activist Bono to the list of development leaders protesting the proposed cuts in foreign aid funding put forth by Senate Budget Committ...

Ryan Grim

Could The Public Option Sneak Back In? | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the Senate gears up for an epic parliamentary duel over the health care reconciliation package this week, Republicans are vowing to attack every we...

How They Passed Health Care: Ted Kennedy's Seduction Process And The Utter Shamelessness Of Kent Conrad

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was an intimate gathering at Ted Kennedy's home in Washington--just the senator, his colleague Max Baucus, and three senior staffers who worked wit...

Chris Dodd, Phil Gramm, and the Legacy of a Statesman

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

In the past 24 hours, Dodd appears to have been going to bat for Wall Street, not out of concern for any greater political good, but exclusively for the purpose of padding the profits of big banks.

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...

How The Student Aid Bill Shrank

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

As Congressional Democrats and the White House begin a last-ditch push to pass legislation to overhaul health care this week, it remains far from cert...

Jason Linkins

Kent Conrad's Repeated Explanation Of Budget Reconciliation Not Good Enough For Mike Allen | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

No discussion of the media's ongoing battle to understand basic seventh-grade civics would be complete without enjoying Jonathan Chait's post in which...

Numbers Don't Lie, but Politicians Do - or, Kent Conrad and EJ Dionne Get It Right

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

Know what else would be a perfect policy to pass through reconciliation -- one that would reduce the Federal deficit? The public option.

Kent Conrad Bashes Media Portrayal Of Reconciliation, Defends Passage Of Health Reform

Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with me just now, Senator Kent Conrad tore into the media for repeatedly botching its reporting on reconciliation, and confirmed that ...

Ryan Grim

Steny Hoyer: House Must Move First On Health Care | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on Sunday that the House must move on a package of fixes to the health care bill before the Senate...

Jason Linkins

Lawmakers' Actions Call Efficacy Of Deficit Commission Into Question | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama contemplates creating a deficit commission by executive order, it's worth bringing in this frozen moment from yesterday's ultimatel...

Jason Linkins

Senate Rejects Deficit Commission, Provides Ironic, Teachable Moment | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, the Senate failed to enact the blue-ribbon deficit reduction commission proposal floated by Senators Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) and Kent Conrad (D...

Jason Linkins

Dana Milbank Doesn't Seem To Understand How Ineffective The Deficit Commission Will Be | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you're looking for evidence that the Beltway wisdom on the proposed blue-ribbon deficit commission is entrenched in pure ass-backwardness, there's ...

Jason Linkins

Harold Ford Backs Pointless Deficit Commission | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I don't have to labor too hard today to illustrate the utter preposterousness of Harold Ford's run for the New York Senate seat currently held by the ...

Jason Linkins

Gregg Decries Obama Deficit Commission Plan That's As Equally Useless As His Own | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, I mentioned that the Obama administration has nominally embraced the concept of creating a special blue-ribbon commission on deficit reduct...

What to Give a President for His First Anniversary in Office

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

What to give a president for his first anniversary in office ... how about a great cosmic joke? Take Kennedy's Senate seat and hand it to someone who promises to be the crucial vote against the central cause of Kennedy's life -- not to mention the central battle of the president's entire first year.

Jason Linkins

White House Embraces Pointless Deficit Commission Idea | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, even as voters in Massachusetts were immolating themselves in protest against business as usual, news broke that the White House is embraci...

Commission to the Rescue!

James Kwak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Kwak

President Obama appears ready to create the bipartisan commission to cut the deficit. Is this a good thing? My prediction is that it will be a dud, but there is a chance it could turn out badly.

Say NO to the Fast-Track Commission

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ashley B. Carson

WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 OWL, AFSCME Retirees, AFT Program on Retirement and Retirees, Alliance for Retired Americans, American A...

Sen. Conrad: House Must Stick Close To Senate Bill

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee says the House must stick close to the Senate's version of health care reform or risk l...

Pete Peterson Teams Up with Kent Conrad to Undermine Democracy, Slash Social Security and Medicare, and Weaken Fragile Recovery.

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Hedge fund mogul Peter Peterson and his Commission on Budget Reform are selling an undemocratic new budget process that would take the responsibility for budget-making away from the president and the committees of Congress.

How to Abort the Recovery

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

As unemployment continues to rise, deficit hawks are upping their efforts to use the economic crisis as a pretext for gutting basic social programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

Sam Stein

North Dakota Dems Pass Resolution Backing Public Plan, Alert Sen. Conrad | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a move that seems designed to push Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) on health care reform, the North Dakota Democratic Party voted two weeks ago to make the...