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Predatory Mortgage Lending is Still Legal

Peter G. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter G. Miller

With all the yelling and screaming in Washington regarding financial reform the fact remains that predatory lending remains perfectly legal and will b...

Can Democrats Govern?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The slogan "Elect a lot of Democrats so that we can stop the Republican agenda, and waste a lot of time fooling around with things we can't pass" just isn't going to cut the mustard.

Friday Talking Points [123] -- A Working Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate has actually been dealing with many financial issues that will directly effect American consumers, and they've been doing so in an orderly way. You'd think this would be news.

System Corrections

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Sometimes we can find laughs in obscure places. An example would be the "Corrections" section of a newspaper, particularly one of those high and migh...

Duty and Honor

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Very few of my Senate colleagues from the 1970s became lobbyists. By the time I retired from office in the later 1980s, not only former senators but also their wives and sons and daughters were joining or forming lobbying firms.

Obama's Bipartisanship Quest: Bad for Jobs, Health Reform?

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Art Levine

Now that President Obama is finally embracing reconciliation and seeking at long last to fire up his base in support of health reform,...

Democratic Senate Candidates Running on the Public Option

Mike Nellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Nellis

Democratic Senate candidates in Arkansas and North Carolina are taking a populist tone as they start campaigning on the public option.

Slay the Sacred Tax Cow: It's Time to Say No to Wasteful Tax Credits

Sima Gandhi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sima Gandhi

Scrutinizing and cutting wasteful tax expenditures is a necessary part of fiscal planning. And leading states are showing that it's doable.

Immigration Reform Now: An Emotional Plea to Obama

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aladdin Elaasar

Her words reduced us to tears. Beatrice Vasques, a 15-year-old born in LA, came home from school one day to find her mom arrested and deported by immigration officers.

Requiem for a Lightweight President

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

There are slim grounds to expect a forthright reform agenda ever to emerge from the Oval Office. The moment has vanished -- whether November brings a rout or just a defeat.

Friday Talking Points [114] -- When Will Rahm Go? Place Your Bets!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The debate outside the Beltway (and, increasingly, inside the Beltway as well) is whether Rahm Emanuel should leave his job sooner, or later.

Reform the Filibuster

Sen. Michael Bennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sen. Michael Bennet

The obstructionist actions of Republican senator Jim Bunning left no doubt that Washington is broken, and it's getting worse. That's why I am introducing new legislation to reform the filibuster.

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The president's approval and disapproval numbers are within kissing distance. When will Obama turn this around? Will he turn this around?

Why Lord?

Duchess Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Duchess Harris

"Black America stands at the precipice. African American unemployment is at its highest in 25 years. Thirty-five percent of our children live in poor...

It's the Assumptions, Stupid!

David G. Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David G. Crane

Today, state-sponsored pension funds are being asked about their assumptions. But so far, California's pension funds aren't answering, and that's bad news.

Friday Talking Points [113] -- Republican Reconciliation Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the dust settles on the aftermath of the health reform summit, not much has changed. Not that anyone really expected anything to change, much, to be honest.

The Real Risk For Europe is Social

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georges Ugeux

Will European Governments have the leadership, the ability and the political will to restore a sensible balance between social contribution and costs?

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While important I refuse to call this meeting a "summit," since Democratic and Republican politicians squabbling simply does not reach the heights of two nuclear powers tensely sitting down to talk about missiles.

A Conversation with Cornel West: Obama's First Year and the Marginalization of the Black Political Agenda

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Last week, I had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Cornel West, a professor of Religion and African American studies at Princeton, about Obama's presidency and the marginalization of the Black political agenda.

Friday Talking Points [112] -- Public Option's Last Stand

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we begin here, I'd like to humbly propose a new law. No American television station should be allowed to have an exclusive contract for any Ol...

Fixing Washington Now -- In Progress

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

We now have leadership in Washington that's actively engaged in working with Americans, a lot different from the old team who publicly stated they weren't interested.

Arthur Delaney

It's Official: 2009 Was Record Year For Lobbying, Despite Recession

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The final reports are in and we can now officially say that 2009 was the most profitable year ever for the lobbying industry. The nonpartisan Center...

Can Obama's Health Summit Succeed?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are two yardsticks for success. The first is to actually get something done, and get something passed; the other, to position the Democrats politically for the midterms, whether a bill gets passed or not.

Casey's Story: War Was Half the Battle

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Stories like Casey's could fill a stack of books at your local library. She is just one of the nearly 425,000 members of the nation's least envious club: injured veterans waiting for their disability benefits.

Shahien Nasiripour

Remorseful Citigroup Banker John S. Reed Parts With Former Colleagues, Calls For Fundamental Financial Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The remorseful former banker who made Citigroup what it is today came to Capitol Hill on Thursday and systematically debunked the arguments that his f...