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Susan Collins

How the GOP Blew it on the Paycheck Fairness Act -- and Who the Biggest Cowards Were

Amy Siskind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Siskind

Well, it didn't take long. The Republican Party was handed a historic opportunity with women. And yet, this week, the Senate voted 58-41 against allowing debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act. Not a single Republican voted "yea."

Amanda Terkel

Republicans Block Bill Preventing Wage Discrimination In The Workplace | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats were unable to overcome a Republican filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act on Tuesday, with the chamber falling two v...

Women and the Political Landscape: Unraveling Perplexing Issues

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Who gets to decide what the narrative for women in politics really is? Is it the female candidates who choose to run? The media that interprets them to the public? The platforms they align themselves with?

The Election of 2010: Obama Needs Marc Antony to Set it Right

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

There's still time to stop the madness and give the leaders we elected the proper time frame to accomplish what needs to be done.

Lame Duck Senate Worries

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While most incoming members of Congress will get sworn in on the traditional timeline, there are a handful who will be sworn in immediately. This could alter the balance of power between the parties for the "lame duck" session.

The Last Gay-Bashing Campaign?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

It takes some thinking to figure why the Republicans are so unified in opposing a pro-gay position. Because somewhere along the way, the American landscape shifted towards supporting gay marriage.

Ryan Grim

Maine GOP Senator Ignores Lady Gaga, Will Filibuster 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE - 3:05 p.m.: Senate Republicans, led by John McCain (R-Ariz.), have blocked the Senate from considering the defense authorization bill Tuesday ...

Lady Gaga To Rally In Maine, Pressure GOP Senators On DADT Repeal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PORTLAND, Maine — Organizers say Lady Gaga is visiting Maine's largest city to join a rally against the military's "don't ask, don't tell" polic...

Susan Collins Becomes Third GOP Senator To Announce Support For Elena Kagan

AP | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republican Senator Susan Collins said Friday that she would vote to confirm Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court justice, breaking with h...

Campaign Finance Supporters Focus Lobbying On Maine Senators

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Government reform advocates are setting their sights this week on Maine's two moderate Republican Senators, who may be the last hope this Congress for...

Sam Stein

DISCLOSE Act Suffers Major Blow, But Leadership Pledges Vote | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Late last week, Congressional Democratic leadership settled on an alternative way of passing tough new campaign finance disclosure rules into law. Wit...

Double Dividend: Make Money by Saving Nature

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
George Lakoff

Interestingly, there is a short, 39-page bill before the Senate that would allow us to save nature and get paid substantially for doing it. It is the CLEAR bill. It's simple, it works, and it pays you.

Scott Brown Will Split With GOP, Vote For Financial Reform Bill

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sens. Olympia Snowe and Scott Brown pushed sweeping financial legislation to the edge of final passage Monday, both announcing they...

Question for the Tea Party: Why the Free Ride for Republicans Protecting Bankers?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Starting the process of reining in the banks is the antidote to the bailout and to future bailouts -- both politically and in terms of better policy. And it's Republicans and Wall Streeters who are trying to kill it.

Education Reforms Will Miss the 'Top' Without Broader Consensus

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

I am sure that Jonathan Alter's recent column in Newsweek, is as funny to the lobbyists of teacher unions as it is to me. The column is in fact not about Congress, but rather about Rep. David Obey (D-WI).

The Flogging of Goldman Sachs -- A Shell Game, A Semantic Problem, or Populist Rage Gone Wild?

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

The message at the Goldman Sachs hearing was clear: these guys are horrible people, and they need to be publicly whipped. The fact that none of them broke the law shouldn't slow us down.

Reid Leads

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

After three days of repeated cloture votes to bring Chris Dodd's Wall Street reform bill to the floor of the Senate for debate, it appears the Republicans are ready to blink.

Time for a Do-Over on Clean Energy Legislation

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

Senator Kerry and Senator Lieberman are telling everybody who has a microphone that their climate bill isn't dead. But their aggressive reassurances are misplaced energy.

The "Kill" Bill: Obama, the Internet and the Beginning of a Congressional Odyssey

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While PNCAA (the so-called "Internet Kill Switch" bill) seems to advocate a cross-sectoral approach to tackling cybersecurity threats, it doesn't use private sector best practices when establishing what is supposed to be a response to potential "cyber warfare."

Will GOP Block Wall Street Fix?

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Will Marshall

As the Senate turns to financial reform this week, the big question is whether any Republicans will join in, or whether the party will stick to its new political doctrine of obstruction.

11 Years After Columbine, It's Time for Congress to Act

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael R. Bloomberg

The Gun Show Loophole is not a theoretical concern. Far too often, these illegal sales made through this loophole are arming criminals, leading to the deaths of innocent victims.

Wall Street Reform Conference Committee Membership Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Wall Street reform effort enters a new phase on Thursday, as the conference committee between the House and Senate will meet to begin hashing out the differences between the House and Senate versions which have already passed.

Dylan Ratigan: Four Things Worth Supporting In Financial Reform Bill (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While the financial reform bill passed by the Senate does not address the root causes of the financial collapse, it's not entirely worthless, accordin...

Jason Linkins

Maine GOP Platform Hijacked By Tea Party: 'The Inmates... Are Running The Asylum' (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The great state of Maine: it's like America's Nova Scotia! Only now much, much crazier now that the Tea Party has managed to get its hands on the pla...

Bunning Put a Face on Obstructionist, Mean-Spirited Republican Party

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Bunning is a Republican superhero. He personifies the mean-spirited, hypocritical, wealthy-serving, obstructionist Republican Party.