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Richard Shelby

Congress Is Wrapping A Huge Gift For Private Equity Titans

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Private equity giants Apollo Global Management and TPG Group may turn out to be the biggest beneficiaries of a year-end government fund...

Obama Administration Rails Against GOP Bill To Deregulate Wall Street

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Wednesday came out swinging against a bill that would hold funding for bank regulators hostage by tying it ...

Republican Senate Banking Chair to DOJ: Prosecute Bankers

Lauren Windsor | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

This reporter asked Sen. Shelby whether he supports prosecuting criminal bankers and regulating the very derivatives that inflicted so much damage on his home state. Watch Shelby answer these questions in the video below.

Igor Bobic

Congressional Republicans Vow To Roll Back 'Unacceptable' Iran Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers unanimously denounced an historic agreement between Iran, the U.S. and five world powers on Tuesday, promising to f...

Dayana Morales Gomez

Here's What Southern Congress Members Think About The Confederate Flag On State License Plates

HuffingtonPost.com | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the Charleston shooting, the country has been reexamining why it still pays tribute to America's history of slavery. Conf...

Is Dodd-Frank Really Under Attack?

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Dodd-Frank is a sweeping regulatory initiative and there is no reason to believe that Congress got it right the first time around. It did not. But it is equally unrealistic to equate any small attempt to improve it as a wholesale assault on the desirable goal of avoiding a future financial crisis.

Jennifer Bendery

Selma's Senator Not Really Sure What's Going On With That Voting Rights Stuff

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was just last weekend that people flooded into Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights marches ther...

GOP Senator Sympathizes With Alabama Officials Who Blocked Same-Sex Marriage

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Monday he understands why Alabama's probate judges refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even afte...

Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In fact, King was a radical. He believed that America needed a "radical redistribution of economic and political power." He challenged America's class system and its racial caste system.

Chronicles of Health Creation: Republican Win Strips Integrative Medicine and Health Leaders From Powerful Committee Roles

John Weeks | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

That integrative health and medicine would lose its top champion in the past 20 years, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), was one foregone conclusion o...

Marina Fang

Here Are The (Mostly) Old White Men Who Will Be Running The Senate If The GOP Takes Over

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Huffington Post recently asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) how he thought the current minority leader, Mitch McCo...

Republicans Wage Anti-'Secret Science' Campaign Against The EPA

The American Independent Institute | Brad Johnson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

This is the second in a three-part series. Read the first story here. The conservative “secret science” campaign harkens back nearly twenty yea...

Friday Talking Points -- In Other News...

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we begin this week's political wrapup, please be advised that President Obama's speech on reforming the National Security Agency won't be cover...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Explain They Filibustered Unemployment Aid On Principle

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans filibustered a Democratic bill to restore unemployment benefits to more than one million Americans because they were standin...

Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase: Pulling an Enron With Commodities

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.20.2013 | Business
Joseph A. Palermo

Goldman Sachs is doing to aluminum exactly what Enron did to energy in the late 1990s and early 2000s: create phony bottlenecks to restrict supply to rip off consumers and skew markets in their favor for things society vitally needs.

Michael McAuliff

Senators: Background Checks Are Bad, But NSA Spying Is Good

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just months after many U.S. senators opposed tougher background checks for gun buyers on the grounds that they would tread on Americans'...

Why Chuck Hagel's In Good Shape

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Barring any new, damaging information, Chuck Hagel has secured the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him to be the nation's...

GOP Senators Continue Anti-Hagel Charge

The Huffington Post | Lisa Miller | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

Fifteen Republican senators sent a letter to the White House Thursday, urging President Barack Obama to withdraw the nomination of former Sen. Chuck H...

Luke Johnson

Another Republican Senator Voting For Hagel

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON--Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) plans to vote to confirm President Barack Obama's choice for defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Ne...

GOP Leaders Criticize Obama on Tactical Nuclear Weapons

Steven Clifford | Posted 03.19.2013 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

Seeking bipartisan support, President Obama today called for tighter controls on individual purchasing tactical nuclear weapons. The president asked Congress to approve a three-day waiting period prior to purchase, during which the individual would need to present evidence that he is not Iran or North Korea.

Amanda Terkel

GOP Opposition To Violence Against Women Act Renewal Strained After Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans across the country were dealt a series of defeats by a broad coalition, powered by women and Latinos, that has led to a roun...

Dodd-Frank and CFPB Provide Stimulus to Economy With Milestone

Adam Levin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Money
Adam Levin

In it first 365 days, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has already done more to protect the American public than this do-nothing Congress has accomplished since it was sworn in back in the dawn of 2011.

What Dark Knight Rises and the CFPB's First Anniversary Have in Common

Adam Levin | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

Batman just wants to do his job of protecting Gotham from crime. And the CFPB wants to do its job of protecting consumers from financial predators. Perhaps as the Dark Knight Rises to defeat the princes of evil, American voters should finally stand up to this army of darkness.

Jason Linkins

GOP Senator Mocks Regulators He Sandbagged For JPMorgan Losses

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) is shocked -- SHOCKED! -- that gambling is going on at JPMorgan, and that this gambling led to a multibillion-dollar loss...

Payday Lenders Know You Gotta Spend Money To Make Money

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.20.2012 | Business

Consumer advocates in Washington have pledged to battle payday lenders, the quick-cash loan shops that often charge ruinously high interest rates to p...