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Health Policy Hashed Out In Senate Over Unhealthy Food

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On the agenda is the revamping of the American health care system, possibly the most complex legislation in modern history. But on the table, in a con...

Jeff Muskus

Obama Calls Into Health Care Negotiations | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The phone rang toward the end of Max Baucus' meeting Tuesday night: It was President Obama. Obama has been pushing for a health care bill before Cong...

Jeff Muskus

Finance Committee Making "Headway" But Rejects Deadlines | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Key negotiators in the Senate Finance Committee refused to set a date for their version of health care reform after their Tuesday meeting, but said th...

UPDATE: Dem Senator Denies Bloomberg Story

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) denied the Bloomberg story, saying Rahm Emanuel never said President Obama was open to giving up the public option. ...

Ryan Grim

GOP Opposing Public Health Care No Matter What It's Called | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday afternoon that he is "losing confidence that Senate Republicans will ever agree" to the creation of a na...

Ryan Grim

Conrad Moves Closer To Public Health Care After Negotiations | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) moved sharply toward public health care Monday, saying that he could "absolutely" support major parts of Sen. Chuck Schumer'...

Sam Stein

Dean On Conrad's Co-op Plan: Insurance Industry Licking Its Lips | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Kent Conrad's proposal for a cooperative approach to health insurance coverage has created a unique challenge for progressive health care advocat...

Sam Stein

Key Centrists Rally Around Conrad's Co-op Plan For Health Care (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two centrist Senators who will play vital roles in the health care debate, said on Sunday that they were intrigued by the idea of structuring co-opera...

Health Reform: Ideas At Work vs. Self-Negating Arguments

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

Let's redesign our health system so that it encourages ideas that work. And how will we know what works? In our country's tried-and-true way: by letting the people decide.

Conrad: Public Plan Doesn't Have The Votes In Senate

The Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier today, Sen. Kent Conrad, the North Dakota Democrat who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, introduced a "potential compromise" on the public p...

Ryan Grim

Conrad To Health Care Reformers: You Don't Have A Vote | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said Wednesday that he is "frankly not terribly interested" in what the major health care reform coalition thinks and is pus...

Why Does Senator Conrad Want to Humiliate President Obama at the G-20 Summit?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Cutting the president's international aid request this week will undercut President Obama at the very moment he will be trying to argue for a coordinated international response.

Ryan Grim

Senators Get Nasty: "You're Good" ... "Your Wife Said The Same Thing" (VIDEO) | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Marking up budget legislation can be a brutal affair, often beginning early and lasting long into the night. But buried within the hours of debate...

Washington's Most Popular Tie: What's Behind This Week's Sartorial Sensation? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Anya Strzemien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

There's one tie that's been getting a lot of love on Capitol Hill this week. Remember how Secretary Geithner and Chairman Bernanke dressed identically...

Sam Stein

Orszag On President's And Senate's Budgets: Not Identical Twins, But Brothers Who Look Alike | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag downplayed the major structural changes that Democrats in Congress are making to the Obama budge...

Obama Fighting "Centrists" In Own Party On Budget

AP | DAVID ESPO and ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's allies rallied around his ambitious budget blueprint as he visited the Capitol on Wednesday, and only hour...

Return AIG Bonuses Or Be Fired: Dem Senator

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Return the money or be fired. In the view of the Senate Budget Committee chairman, those are the appropriate choices for AIG worke...

Sam Stein

VP's Economist: Budget Reconciliation Shouldn't Be Used For Major Legislation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Vice President's chief economic adviser said Sunday that the White House agreed that "major" energy or health care policy should not be part of th...

Kent Conrad: Obama's Budget Lacks Votes To Pass

The Hill | Walter Alarkon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's budget doesn't have enough support from lawmakers to pass, the Senate Budget Committee chairman said Tuesday. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-...

Ryan Grim

Top Dem Senator: "Hundreds Of Billions More" Needed For Bank Bailouts | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Kent Conrad, chairman of the Budget Committee, warned Monday that the financial sector would need "hundreds of billions more" in federal dollars ...

Friday Talking Points [48] -- Throwing Out The Rulebook

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in Volume 36 of this Friday Talking Points column, I pointed out what seemed to me to be an obvious observation -- that the media was going a lot...

Chris Dodd, Kent Conrad Tied To Countrywide Scandal

Conde Nast Portfolio | Daniel Golden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two U.S. senators, two former Cabinet members, and a former ambassador to the United Nations received loans from Countrywide Financial through a littl...