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Lucia Graves

George Miller Sends Pies To Senate To Protest Removal Of 401(k) Fee Disclosure Provision | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) delivered 23 pies to members of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday -- each pie had a slice missing to protest com...

Will the Senate Clear the Financial Market Minefield?

SAFER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Jennifer Taub As early as next week, we will learn whether the United States Senate has the courage to clear the financial market minefield. If so, o...

Carried Interest Tax: 'On the Table' in Senate

Reuters | Kim Dixon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

U.S. lawmakers desperate for revenue are looking anew at changing the tax treatment of profits earned by hedge fund and private equity managers, congr...

President Obama, Free the Panama and Colombia Trade Agreements!

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Nations that trade do not go to war with each other. Yet, we appear to have entered the most protectionist American period of the modern era.

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...

Obama To Be Central Player In Melding Health Care Bills

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

That's the message senior Senate Democrats are sending to the White House in this Roll Call piece (sub only), which details the ways Obama and White H...

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.