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Olympia Snowe

Misrepresenting Rural Americans in the Politics of Health Care Reform

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

Rural Americans have perhaps the most to gain from health care reform. And yet politicians from rural states and districts have argued that rural voters oppose health care reform.

Sam Stein

Snowe Opts Out: Votes To Proclaim Health Care Bill Unconstitutional | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If Democrats had any hopes of winning Sen. Olympia Snowe's vote on a health care reform bill, the Maine Republican likely put an end to them on Wednes...

The Big Picture: Sick People -- Not a Public Option

James Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Sanders

Are the Democrats missing the big picture? If they are, heaven help the sick. Until common ground is found, those millions of American citizens that are sick and without health insurance might not be able to hold on.

Slouching Toward Health Care Reform

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Dems eventually will get a bill they can call "reform," but they will not be able to say with straight faces that the reform is a significant improvement over the terrible system we already have.

Why Are Dems and Beltway Reporters Pretending Olympia Snowe Is Important?

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

The idea that her vote was/is pivotal is a fantasy created by a Beltway media always trying to manufacture drama.

Anti-Abortion Amendment Revealed: Democrat Senator Ben Nelson Introduces New, Stricter Language

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With time growing short, Senate Democratic liberals are seeking expansion of two large federal programs, Medicare and Medicaid, as ...

Friday Talking Points [102] -- Harry Reid's Glacial Progress Grinds On

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Harry Reid thinks he's got enough votes, but then this is the reason why the vote keeps getting pushed back -- because he's obviously still scrambling for the final few votes before he moves ahead.

When the Two Parties of a Two Party System Don't Know Why They Exist

Simon Sinek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Sinek

Neither party does a good job of contextualizing why they have the opinions they do in the first place. Though both parties know why America exists, neither party can tell you why it exists.

Senate "Moderates" Delaying Health Care Bill With Demands

The Washington Post | Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Moderate lawmakers are exerting their outsize influence in the divided Senate to secure changes to health-care reform legislation, potentially adding ...

Jason Linkins

Conservatives Protest Snowe's Finance Committee Vote By Sending Her... Rock Salt? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So, just in case you were sprawled under a heavy rock, yesterday, chillaxing, the exciting health care reform news is that Senator Olympia Snowe -- th...

Olympia Snowe Still Opposes Public Option Because it's Too Good

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Snowe's blindly ideological view on health care asserts, against common sense, that even when the outcome is likely to be inferior, we should prefer "private" solutions.

Sam Stein

Gibbs: "We Have Today A Bipartisan Bill" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There may be just one Republican member of the entire Congress who publicly states her support for health care legislation. And that member may stress...

The Public Option, and Why Letting It Snowe Is Foolish

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

If a health care bill is as critical as the Democrats -- and American public -- say it is, then what matters is passing it in as strong a form as possible, not gutting it for the sake of one, empty Republican vote.

Grayson: "Olympia Snowe Was Not Elected President Last Year" (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) continued his streak of rousing floor speeches Thursday night, this time berating Democrats for their obsession with Sen. O...

Friday Talking Points [99] -- Misdirection

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The real head-scratcher for serious media-watchers right now is what the "war" between the White House and Fox News was meant to distract us from this week. The "war" itself is laughable, for a number of reasons.

Olympia Snowe WIll Vote Against Health Care Reform

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), considered one of very few Republicans who might vote for the Senate health care bill, said Sunday that she would not. ...

The Rock Obama Returns: SNL Has Beefed-Up Prez Beat-Up Sens Baucus & McConnell (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson made a special guest appearance on "Saturday Night Live" this week to reprise his role as "The Rock Obama." This was by far ...

Three Reasons to Be Happy About the Reported Deal by Senate Democrats on Health Care

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

I have criticized the Democrats for failing to properly use the power of their majority in Congress and the mandate from an overwhelming victory last November, so it's only right I give them their props for finally taking charge.

Senate Sextet

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shawn Healy

By my calculation, Senator Reid can count on 56 votes for the health care legislation as it now stands. Any attrition from this group would require Reid to reach across the aisle to recruit one or more moderate Republicans.

Senate GOP: We Won't Punish Snowe For Health Care Vote

Politico | LISA LERER & MANU RAJU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mitch McConnell and his deputies in the Senate Republican leadership are responding very cautiously to Olympia Snowe's decision to become the first GO...

From California to Maine: Lessons in Reliability and Perseverance

Joseph DiNorcia, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph DiNorcia, Jr.

When push came to shove, the voters of both Maine and California have acted to restrict marriage rights. So what's going on? Why have these states abandoned us and the progressive cause?

The Gathering Storm of Republican Women

Marie Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marie Wilson

The Republican Party's stubborn adherence to partisanship on health care is alienating a huge portion of the party -- Republican women -- and is giving rise to an impending revolt.

The Problem Is Minority Rule

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

Senator Snowe may wield a pivotal vote on health care, but it is in a body that is unrepresentative and anti-majoritarian by design. How long are we Americans going to ignore this constitutional defect?

Public Health Before Wall Street Wealth

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The health care debate has become a convenient distraction, for both political parties, from the far more pressing issues surrounding the banking meltdown.

Snowe's Constituents Want A Public Option: Poll

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new poll from Democracy Corps reveals that Sen. Olympia Snowe's (R-Maine) constituents support President Obama's sweeping health care plan. Democ...