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Don't Retreat, Reboot -- Obama 2.0

Derrick Ashong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Ashong

After the president's announcement yesterday afternoon, I could hear the wind going out of progressive sails. We've invested too much in him to give in now.

Judiciary Committee Member to Block Leonhart for DEA

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

Citing Michelle Leonhart's controversial position on prescription pain-killers for terminal patients suffering intractable pain, the Senate Judiciary Committee blocked her nomination to head the DEA.

Lucia Graves

Liberal Leaders Meet To Launch Progressive Alternative To Debt Commission's Draft Report | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) met with labor unions, seniors organizations, and liberal members of Congress Thursday afternoon to develop ...

Why We Need a Foreclosure Moratorium

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Far from "delaying the inevitable" as some commentators have suggested, a national moratorium on foreclosures would force loan servicers to reevaluate their practices, and clean up the bureaucratic nightmare they now run.

Friday Talking Points [139] -- Three Years Of FTP

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week was a busy one, and also a pretty good one for Democrats, all around. But we'll get to all of that in a moment. First, though, we simply mu...

One Way to Fix Congress

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

The use of "anonymous holds," the arcane procedure that allows a single senator to secretly torpedo any piece of legislation, has skyrocketed in the last few years. And with its rise, our ability to pass strong legislation.

This August, Will Voters Remember that the GOP Puts Politics Before Policy?

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

After nearly two years of stonewalling, the GOP's record of actual governance is a near zero. Every piece of major legislation has seen them block-vote "no" without any regard to the public service that these bills address.

The Best Disinfectant: Putting an End to Secret Holds

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

We work for the public, and I believe that if a senator wants to block a piece of legislation or a nominee, they owe the public an explanation.

Protecting Our Government From Corporate Influence

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

We should allow our top national law officer, the Attorney General of the United States, to step in and clean house whenever an agency or element of government is no longer credibly independent of the industry it is intended to regulate.

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.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's Historic Speech on Corporate Influence in Government (VIDEO)

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Whitehouse proposes the attorney general step in and clean house of all regulatory agencies to insure the integrity of the personnel to make sure they are not taken over by corporate interests.

Dems Urge Holder to Stay Strong on 9/11 Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee today urged AG Eric Holder to stick to his initial determination that the alleged 9/11 plotters should be tried in civilian court, and not bow to partisan politics on what should be a legal determination.

Sheldon Whitehouse and 4 Other Superb "Out of the Box" Suggestions to Replace Justice Stevens

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Yes, Glenn Beck would likely conjure a grand conspiracy in sending someone named "Whitehouse" to the Supreme Court, but as a sitting senator it would be difficult for Republicans to filibuster his nomination.

President Obama Should Embrace the Socialist Label

Mark Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Joseph

If Obama wants to be a transformational President like Ronald Reagan, inspiring a new generation of Americans to believe as he does, he would be wise to own the label and change the public perception of it rather than running from it.

On Finance, Obama Hews To Status Quo

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The consensus on President Barack Obama is that he seeks consensus. He's always been a centrist, we are told by his many biographers, so it is no surp...

Ryan Grim

GOP Running Out Clock On Wall Street Reform | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Senate Republicans are running out the clock on Wall Street reform, reaping dividends from the long-term strategy of delaying Senate action on issues ...

Lucia Graves

Dems Push For State Caps On Credit Card Rates | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As the fight for Wall Street reform enters its final stage, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has introduced an amendment to let states cap credit-card...

Remember the OPR Report?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The longer the administration hems and haws and tinkers with the ethics report before releasing it, the more the stain of the past administration's transgressions becomes its own.

An Intelligent Way to Enhance National Security?

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Human Rights First

By Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate, Law and Security Ever since the failed attempt to blow up a Northwest airline carrier on Christmas Day, critics ...

Ryan Grim

Sen. Whitehouse To Oppose Bernanke | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a well-respected member of the chamber, took to the floor on Thursday to announce for the first time his opposition ...

The Good, Bad, and Ugly: A Look Back at the Drama Over the EPW Bill

Gillian Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gillian Caldwell

In the past week, a drama unfolded around the Senate EPW Committee hearings for the new Senate bill on climate and clean energy jobs. Declarations! Boycott threats! Power plays!

Sam Stein

Dems Say They'll Pursue Health Care Reforms After Legislation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Democrats are already lowering expectations for the final health care bill, insisting that there will more efforts at reform to come. In a con...

How the White House Used Gruber's Work to Create Appearance of Broad Consensus

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

The White House is placing a giant bet on Gruber's "assumptions" to justify key portions of the Senate bill. Now we know that Gruber's work was not that of an independent analyst but a contractor to the White House.

Ryan Grim

Fed Needs To 'Start Giving A Red Hot Damn About The American Public,' Says Sen. Whitehouse | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two days before Ben Bernanke's confirmation hearing, most Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee are withholding judgment, waiting to hear directly...

Ryan Grim

Doughnuts For Dorgan: Drug Reimportation Killed In Deal That Might Get Cheaper Drugs For Seniors | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama and the Senate leadership can't whip up the votes necessary to pass a public option or even a Medicare buy-in compromise, but they did...