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When Senators Vote for the Big Banks, We Will Name Them

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Senate Budget Committee nearly voted to break up Wall Street's biggest banks. But four Democrats helped pro-Wall Street Republicans kill an important amendment.

A Victory for Common Sense

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

The Republican leadership chose to turn a simple question -- should Congress respect the integrity of the Clean Air Act -- into an exercise in petty partisanship. They failed in their purpose.

Tip of Iceberg of Massey's Titanic Violations: 72-Foot Tidal Wave of Coal Sludge Looms Above Affected Mining Communities

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As heroic rescue teams attempt to reach the missing miners, another potential disaster instigated by reckless Massey Energy regulatory violations and oversight looms above the very heads of these affected coal mining communities.

The Way They Were -- In College (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

*UPDATED* Continuing HuffPost College's series of "The Way They Were -- in College," let's play more trivia. Who's the pseudo-conservative talk show...

The Filibuster and Its Consequences

Sen. Robert Byrd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Robert Byrd

A true filibuster is a fight, not a threat or a bluff. For most of the Senate's history, Senators motivated to extend debate had to hold the floor as long as they were physically able.

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.

Robert Byrd: Daily Mail Editorial Resembles 'Barkings From The Nether Regions Of Glennbeckistan'

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a letter to the editor of the Daily Mail, published Thursday, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.) blasted the West Virginia newspaper for an editorial the ...

Robert Byrd: Make Them Filibuster | Posted by Karen Tumulty Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 6:40 Pm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

How could I have missed this? The ultimate master of Senate procedure is now arguing the case: "Senators are obliged to exercise their best jud...

Robert Byrd Warns Colleagues Against Changing Filibuster Rules, Calls Efforts 'Misguided'

The Hill | Michael O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Robert Byrd warned Democratic colleagues against changing filibuster rules in order to advance their legislative priorities. Sen. Robert Byrd (D...

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Mike Roselle

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Roselle upped the ante on the fate of Coal River Mountain and other historic ranges slated for destruction by mountaintop removal explosives. Sitting in jail, he grins with a subversive question for the rest of us.

Call To Change Senate's Filibuster Math Grows

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

Rule 22 of the Senate, governing filibusters, can be changed or eliminated by a simple majority according to the US Supreme Court. So what are the Democrats waiting for?

The Last Time Byrd's Record Was Broken

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

Today, Senator Robert C. Byrd broke the record of a one-time colleague as the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history. Let's put his long run into perspective.

Ryan Grim

Reid Channels Rodney King On Senate Floor | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate moved another plodding step closer to final passage of health care reform early Tuesday morning -- for this vote, at least the sun was up. ...

Sliced Bread, The CIA, And Other Things Younger Than Robert Byrd (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd became the longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history today. The Senate paid tribute, and there was some sort...

Ryan Grim

Sealed With A Kiss: Dems Unite To Beat GOP Filibuster | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Harry Reid sealed the biggest legislative victory of his career Saturday night with a kiss. And then a hug. Emotionally reserved doesn't begin to des...

Helping Vets, Pets, and Primates

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Congress took two steps in recent days on animal issues, as part of its larger bills related to the Department of Defense and military spending.

Robert Byrd's Death Seemingly Prayed For By Tom Coburn

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Sunday afternoon, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) appeared to propose a prayer for Robert Byrd's death so that health care reform would not pass. Dana Mi...

Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving Senator In Congressional History, Honored (VIDEO)

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd became the longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history Wednesday, a milestone to be marked with...

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.

Bureaucracy and Power Plays: The Problems with Obama's Policy Czars

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency." -President Barack Obama in a 2009 memorandum to executive departments...

Robert Byrd Should Resign From the Senate -- Today

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Felsenthal

What happens if health care comes up for a vote and Byrd is simply too sick to be wheeled in?

Called to Serve

Ferentz LaFargue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ferentz LaFargue

Let us be clear that Van Jones' resignation is not a defeat for the Obama administration, but it's a defeat for anyone who believes in public service.

Why The Kennedy Eulogies Struck the Right Tone

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

We live in a moment of hyperpartisan politics and hyperactive media. These things militate against what the Kennedy eulogies celebrated.

Senate GOPers: We'll Block Health Care Under Reconciliation

The Hill | Alexander Bolton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Judd Gregg has hundreds of procedural objections ready for a healthcare plan Democrats leaders want to speed through the Senate....

So Long, It's Been Good to Know You, Senator

Jamie Stiehm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Stiehm

Troubles in paradise, to be sure, yet Kennedy overcame tragedies and addressed flaws that would have broken or bent most of us.