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Time to Trash the Trigger

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

If conservative Democrats force the adoption of the trigger, a proposal that will kill the public option in health care insurance, it will destroy Democratic unity and doom health care reform.

Five Current Republican Senators Voted For Sotomayor in '98

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A bit of relevant history: Five Seven current Senate Republicans -- plus Arlen Specter -- voted for Sonia Sotomayor during her highly contested federa...

GOP Sen. Snowe Shows Support for Public Health Plan

Stefan Deeran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stefan Deeran

Snowe believes that a government-run health care system may be the only way to respond to the health care crisis.

Club for Growth

Kate Clinton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Clinton

A strong moderate Republican Party might save the Democrats from themselves but not by trying tag it "the Democrat-Socialist Party," calling for secessions or tea-bagging its way into activism.

Filbusters and Holds Have No Place on Confirmations

Sandy Maisel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Maisel

Holds are inherently undemocratic. The filibuster was never meant to be used for such purposes. And it is time for the United States Senate to mend its ways.

The Grand Old Party of Secession

Manisha Sinha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Manisha Sinha

Commentators view the rapid exit of moderates like Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania from the GOP as a culmination of its increasing political narrowness and ideological rigidity.

Specter: Loyal Opportunists

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

There is little doubt that the country has made a political left-turn, leaving opportunistic moderates from both parties scrambling to find their cherished middle.

Specter Switch: Another "Win" for the Grand Old Purity!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Pure like ice. Pure like fire. That's the way they wanted it. That's the way they'd have it, and they'd leave no tone unspurned. Only true believer...

Left and Right Miss Lesson of Specter Switch

Sandy Maisel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Maisel

The Specter switch should be more than a wake-up call for Republicans. It should be a sign for all in Washington that the governing process is out of whack.

What? "Political Self-Preservation?" Shocking!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Spector's no dummy. He knows the highly effective and stauchly conservative Club for Growth will lavish support and money on a much more radically right-wing 2010 GOP primary opponent.

Ryan Grim

Snowe: GOP Has Abandoned Principles; Specter Switch "Devastating" | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, one of the few remaining moderate Republicans in the Senate, said Tuesday that Arlen Specter's abandonment of the GOP is ...

Sam Stein

Limbaugh To Specter: Take McCain And His Daughter With You | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reaction from top GOP officials to the defection of Sen. Arlen Specter has been decidedly mixed. The less orthodox are interpreting the news as a vali...

Good Morning, GOP. This Is Your Wake-Up Call.

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rowe

The GOP has long prided itself on tarring the Democrats with "being out of touch with mainstream American values." Today, that tag seems more applicable to them.

Olympia Snowe: We Didn't Have To Lose Specter

New York Times | OLYMPIA SNOWE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

IT is disheartening and disconcerting, at the very least, that here we are today -- almost exactly eight years after Senator Jim Jeffords left the Rep...

Local Media Challenged DC Pundits' Anti-Union Spin -- And Pushed Specter

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The conventional wisdom among members of the Washington punditocracy is that the EFCA is essentially dead or doomed, in part because of the defections of moderate Senators Specter and Lincoln.

Ryan Grim

GOP Senator: Stimulus Working Already | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Federal stimulus dollars have begun to flow, initiating an "amazing" number of projects and creating jobs, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said Wednesday...

Ryan Grim

Snowe To Dems: Grow A Pair | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congressional Democrats need to stand up for themselves when they disagree with President Obama, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said on Thursday evening...

Sam Stein

Wyden-Snowe Proposal Could Have Saved Govt. $3 Billion-Plus | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Had Congress ultimately passed Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Olympia Snowe's proposal to tax a portion of bonuses issued by bailout recipients, the governme...

Sam Stein

Wyden: My Bill Could Have Prevented AIG Mess | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Additional reporting by Arthur Delaney Senator Ron Wyden said on Tuesday that the furor surrounding AIG's bonus payments could have been avoided had...

GOP Political Darwinism: Who's Adapting and Who's Going Extinct?

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

David Brooks is one of the few conservative voices who have shown to be a lot more right than wrong over the past few years when it comes to the ever-shifting dynamics in American politics.

A Little Transparency for Bobby Jindal -- Hypocrisy in Republican Posturing

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

Mr. Jindal's speech was an embarrassing relic, a paltry political peroration that has no place in a political dialogue in the midst of a national crisis.

Jason Linkins

Michael Steele 'Open To' Punishing Stimulus-Backing GOP Senators [UPDATED] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

[UPDATED, below.] During an appearance on Your World with Neil Cavuto yesterday, Michael Steele told the host that he was "open to" punishing Senator...

The Party of "No"

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

If these GOP clowns believe that America can withstand another 20 months of recession, credit freezes, layoffs and stock market declines, they are truly delusional and drunk on their own Kool-aid.

Two Women Show Real Bipartisanship

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Think of what the Congress might accomplish if we had a few more women like Maine Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe on both sides of the aisle.

"Republicants" Deny the Sky is Falling

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans are terrified of the stimulus because if it works, then Americans will think good thoughts about government action and spending.