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Hollywood Agrees, Consumers Need Protection

Tamara Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tamara Conniff

Elizabeth Warren warns that unless a consumer protection agency with real "teeth" is formed, Americans and small businesses will continue to be brought to their knees.

US Trade Rep Serves Drug Companies, Publishers and Pushes Anti-Consumer Agenda

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James Love

From the point of view of many consumers, public health, digital rights and development groups, the United States Trade Representative is a major disappointment pushing an anti consumer agenda on dozens of issues.

Jason Linkins

This Day In Failed Government Technology | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Matt Yglesias points his readers to the website of the Senate Finance Committee, as an example of just how spectacularly behind the curve the federal ...

The Senate Jobs Credit -- Not Good Economics

Samuel H. Williamson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Samuel H. Williamson

I think both these ideas may make some political sense, but they are not good economic strategies. There is a better and simpler credit to increase employment.

Knowing When To Pick A Fight

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Senator Dodd, don't tarnish your great legacy by having the final act of your distinguished Senatorial career be giving the banks and their Republican allies everything they want.

Coalition of Experts Demand Reforms That End Racial Profiling by Financial Institutions

Victor Corral | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Corral

On January 19, amidst reports that Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) is considering ditching his proposal for a Consumer Fi...

What Olympia Snowe's Support Could Mean

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

By supporting a moderate bill in committee, Snowe has made the GOP, or at least part of it, relevant again; succeeding where Michael Steele, John Boehner, Joe Wilson, Rush Limbaugh and others have failed.

Senate Finance Committee Health Care Vote Today

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Historic legislation to expand U.S. health care and control costs won its first Republican supporter Tuesday and cleared a key Sena...

Two Parties of 'No' and a Silent Majority

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

The silent majority now is the voice of the "independent". If you listen past the yelling to hear the actual voices, you see that this is the position of most Americans.

AARP, AFL-CIO Boost House Health Plan That Taxes Rich, Not Middle Class

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The centrist lobbying powerhouse for the elderly, the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP), is scheduled to endorse the House health care bill despite its possibly flawed public option.

Conservatives ... You Can't Handle the CBO!

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Conservatives are straining to claim that the plain English version of the Baucus bill is completely meaningless. Which is, of course, all nonsense.

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.

Is It Better for the Public Option for Reid to Leave It Out?

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Conservatives are experts at taking peripheral, obscure components of legislation and blowing them up into evidence of a government plot to kill your newborns and serve them as pork burritos to illegal immigrants.

Baucus: All Senate Dems Will Support Health Bill

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — When it comes time to vote, every Democrat in the Senate – and perhaps more than one Republican – will support legislat...

Bill Nelson On Tavis Smiley Show: I Think You're Going To See A Lot More Bipartisanship On Health Care Bill

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) believes more Republicans will vote for the health care reform bill in its final phase. During an interview on Tuesday,...

Sam Stein

Exclusive: MoveOn Whacks Finance Bill Hours Before Committee Vote | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Just hours before the Senate Finance Committee is set to vote (and likely pass) its version of health care reform legislation, the liberal advocacy gr...

Max Baucus Has Only Himself To Blame

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have little sympathy for Baucus at this point, when he complains that his adversaries have had time to put out a report attacking his bill. Because there is one reason that they've had all that time.

Michael Bennet Joins Republicans In Challenging Financial Reform Bill

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet suddenly finds himself the darling of liberals on health care reform, but he appears more cautious on the Democrats' other ma...

In Washington, the Revolving Door Is Hazardous to Your Health

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Moyers

You can't tell the players without a scorecard in the old Washington shell game. Lobbyist out, lobbyist in. They've been plowing this ground for years, and the soil has never been so fertile.

Jenna Staul

Intense Pharmaceutical Lobbying Prompts Inquiry | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A lobbying war between two pharmaceutical companies vying to market a generic blood-thinner has prompted an inquiry by Sen. Chuck Grassley and Senate ...

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.

Frank Rich: Goldman Can Spare You A Dime

New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As leader of the Wall Street pack, Goldman declared surging profits, keeping it on track to dispense a record $23 billion in bonuses for 2009. But mos...

Snowe Talks Trigger: "You Could Have The Public Option Kick In Immediately"

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics


Health Insurers' "Rape" of America

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

Isn't it about time that every single American who is concerned about health care stand up and be counted once and for all and tell insurers, "enough is enough"?

Cadillac Tax: Congress Is Split On Reform Effort To Tax Costly Health Care Plans

New York Times | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and ROBERT PEAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A proposed tax on high-cost, or "Cadillac," health insurance plans has touched off a fierce clash between the Senate and the House as they wrestle ove...