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Amanda Terkel

Democratic Congressman Dares GOP To Vote For Health Care Repeal | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) is calling the Republicans' bluff on health care: Stand up and repeal the most popular provisions of the ...

Howard Fineman

Lame Duck May Well Ignore Deficit Hawks, Obama Lobbies Boehner On Michelle's Obesity Bill | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After his "shellacking" and before he left for India, President Obama called speaker-to-be John Boehner for a chat. Rep. Boehner doesn'...

Friday Talking Points [147] -- Democrats Fighting The Good Fight

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I don't know about anyone else, but I thought that was a pretty good week for Democrats. Maybe it's just the subject matter I've been tackling t...

Read the 20th Amendment: New Republican Senators Violating US Constitution

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

A handful of newly elected Republican US Senators have written to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trying to undo the constitutional authority of other elected incumbent US Senators.

Lame-Duck Fights: Confirm OMB's Jack Lew, DOJ's Jim Cole and 23 Federal Judges

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Partisan "leaders" are now chosen, weeks ahead of the Republic's 112th Congress. Now is the time to confirm Executive Branch leaders for the next two...

Time for Something Special

Richard Klass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Klass

Congress plans to work somewhere between 13 and 15 days in its "lame duck" session. Lame indeed. This is a Congress that has failed to meet its most basic function, to fund the government for the next fiscal year.

Let's End the Earmark Era by Earmarking Funds for the National Earmark Museum

Peter Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Peter Smith

I say build it. Commission a design competition. Whether the winner is a hundred and twenty-five stories tall or a symbolic hole in the ground we've decided to stop digging, build the thing.

All-In For The DREAM Act

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

By passing the DREAM Act, we have an opportunity during this lame-duck session to make a down payment on the immigration reform voters want, our country deserves, and our leaders have promised.

Lame Duck Can Do Much for Child Nutrition

Penny Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Penny Lee

If action is taken quickly by the House of Representatives to pass the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act in the next days, we have a real opportunity to improve the access and quality of nutritious foods, and sustain the next generation of our youth.

Dear Congress: While You're At It...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

Welcome back to Washington! For dozens of you, these next few weeks will be your final moments on the congressional stage; you'll soon be moving back to your home states, or at least to K Street.

Democrats, Republicans Prepare For Lame Duck Session Of Congress

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Seven weeks ahead of the GOP House takeover, hobbled Democrats and invigorated Republicans return Monday to a testy tax dispute and...

Don't Expect Much From This Lame Duck

Lawrence G. McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence G. McDonald

It's right out there in front of us like an Iceberg on the horizon. I'm seeing more and more hedge funds and asset management firms focused on Washin...

Obama's Next Steps

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We'll have lots of time to examine Obama's new course before he actually formally announces it next year. In the meantime, Obama has two short months remaining to convince the Senate to get something done to bolster his legacy.

Lucia Graves

Time Is Running Out For DADT Repeal, Pentagon Study Could Help | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Time is running out to repeal the Pentagon's Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) policy, with Republicans poised to take control of the House an...

The Lame Duck Window

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats have the choice of making a final push to see some of their agenda items pass before Republicans take over the House, or they can shrug their shoulders and not even try.

Sam Stein

Conservatives, Out-Organizing Dems In Lame Duck Session, Suggest Pitchfork Protests | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress gets poised to reconvene for the lame-duck session, conservatives appear extraordinarily organized in their effort to effect...

Restoring Top Tax Rates Makes Sense for Small Business

Chuck Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chuck Collins

Expecting high-end tax cuts to trickle down as job creation is about as reasonable as pouring gasoline on your hood and expecting it to fuel your car.

Weekly Reader: Transgender Pinocchio, Gay Monsters, & Roasting a Lame Duck

Bil Browning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bil Browning

While we brought you ongoing coverage this week of "Cupcakegate," there were plenty of other fantastic posts on Bilerico Project this week. Did you miss any of these?

Friday Talking Points [140] -- Pledging Nonsense

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The White House has been in the news this past week, mostly for who will be leaving it soon. One is tempted to insert the old "will the last to leave...

Lame Duck Senate Worries

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While most incoming members of Congress will get sworn in on the traditional timeline, there are a handful who will be sworn in immediately. This could alter the balance of power between the parties for the "lame duck" session.

Beware the Lame Duck Congress

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

Those who like the possible agenda of a lame-duck session may root for it. But we pay a heavy price whenever elected officials feel they are freed from accountability to the voters.

Duck Teaches Disabled Boy To Walk (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

When Finlay Lomax had a stroke after his premature birth, doctors said he'd never walk again. No doubt you've heard that line before, but have you eve...

Schwarzenegger: Let Me 'Live In Denial'

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledges that more pain lies ahead for California as it confronts another massive budget def...

Memo to Sarah Palin: Four Reasons Why You Will Never be in Teddy's League

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Caster

While Senator Kennedy was a man who may have been less than perfect, he never blamed others for his flaws and errors in judgment.

2008: Not so Great

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Garver

Things that didn't really happen that long ago seem like they happened ages ago. For example, can you believe that John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate only four months ago?