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Gang Of Six Centrist Senators Demands Delay On Health Care Reform | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A bipartisan group of centrist and conservative senators sent a letter to the Democratic and Republican leaders on Friday urging delay in consideratio...

Senators Call for Health Care Delay, Receive Big Campaign Contributions

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Blumenthal

Six senators called for a seventy day hold on voting on health care reform legislation today. Each of these senators has raised at least $1 million from the health and insurance sectors over their careers.

What 60 Democratic Senate Votes Really Means: Welcome to the Age of Ben Nelson

Dan Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Sweeney

Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe lost a huge amount of power yesterday. The battle to get to 60 votes was focused primarily on them, but now the focus will be on moderate Democrats rather than moderate Republicans.

Sen. McConnell: I Am Darth Vader And Luke Skywalker

The Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When he was fighting campaign finance reform a decade ago, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was dubbed Darth Vader by his critics. He embraced the nickna...

Sam Stein

Key Centrists Rally Around Conrad's Co-op Plan For Health Care (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two centrist Senators who will play vital roles in the health care debate, said on Sunday that they were intrigued by the idea of structuring co-opera...

Senate Republicans Holding Up Census Nominee

The Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Robert M. Groves will have to wait a little longer to take the reins at the U.S. Census Bureau: Senate Republicans have placed a hold on his nominatio...

Susan Collins: Fellow Republican Senator Backstabbed Me

US News and World Report | Katherine Skiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Maine's two U.S. senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, broke ranks with all but one other Republican and voted "Yes" on President Barack Oba...

Five Current Republican Senators Voted For Sotomayor in '98

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A bit of relevant history: Five Seven current Senate Republicans -- plus Arlen Specter -- voted for Sonia Sotomayor during her highly contested federa...

Club for Growth

Kate Clinton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Clinton

A strong moderate Republican Party might save the Democrats from themselves but not by trying tag it "the Democrat-Socialist Party," calling for secessions or tea-bagging its way into activism.

Rumsfeld's Katrina Antics, Reported By GQ, Reveal How Congressional Investigations Were Whitewashes

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Fiderer

When new revelations emerge, the Republicans' credibility takes new hits. That's why GQ's reporting on Rumsfeld is damning to Susan Collins, who spearheaded the Senate's sham investigation of the Katrina disaster.

Specter: Loyal Opportunists

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

There is little doubt that the country has made a political left-turn, leaving opportunistic moderates from both parties scrambling to find their cherished middle.

Specter Switch: Another "Win" for the Grand Old Purity!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Pure like ice. Pure like fire. That's the way they wanted it. That's the way they'd have it, and they'd leave no tone unspurned. Only true believers...

Left and Right Miss Lesson of Specter Switch

Sandy Maisel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Maisel

The Specter switch should be more than a wake-up call for Republicans. It should be a sign for all in Washington that the governing process is out of whack.

What? "Political Self-Preservation?" Shocking!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Spector's no dummy. He knows the highly effective and stauchly conservative Club for Growth will lavish support and money on a much more radically right-wing 2010 GOP primary opponent.

Jason Linkins

GOP Stripped Flu Pandemic Preparedness From Stimulus [UPDATED] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

[UPDATED, below] [with reporting from Ryan Grim] Remember way back in the day, President Obama delivered his Not Really The State Of The Union addre...

Local Media Challenged DC Pundits' Anti-Union Spin -- And Pushed Specter

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The conventional wisdom among members of the Washington punditocracy is that the EFCA is essentially dead or doomed, in part because of the defections of moderate Senators Specter and Lincoln.

GOP Reaffirms Pro-Swine Position

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

"The Republican Party has traditionally been the pro-swine party," said GOP strategist Karl Rove on Fox News. "This is a moment in our history when everyone must ask themselves: Are you with the pigs, or are you against them?"

Ryan Grim

Centrists Demand Smaller Budget, But It's Unclear What They'd Cut | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans and some conservative Democrats have adopted a simple refrain in opposition to President Obama's budget: it's too big. On Monday, Sena...

GOP Political Darwinism: Who's Adapting and Who's Going Extinct?

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

David Brooks is one of the few conservative voices who have shown to be a lot more right than wrong over the past few years when it comes to the ever-shifting dynamics in American politics.

Obama, Lieberman, and "The Hug": Color It Purple

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

We need pressures from the left in our party to remind us why we chose to be Democrats rather than Republicans.

Worst Week Ever: Republicans Unhinged

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

This week, just like the stock market (funny how that goes), Republicans hit yet a new low.

Jason Linkins

Michael Steele 'Open To' Punishing Stimulus-Backing GOP Senators [UPDATED] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

[UPDATED, below.] During an appearance on Your World with Neil Cavuto yesterday, Michael Steele told the host that he was "open to" punishing Senator...

The Party of "No"

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

If these GOP clowns believe that America can withstand another 20 months of recession, credit freezes, layoffs and stock market declines, they are truly delusional and drunk on their own Kool-aid.

Neo-Confederacy Erupts with Governors' Rejection of Stimulus Money

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Today, the Neo-Confederacy obstructs the federal government's attempt to alleviate some of the suffering of the descendants of those slaves even while the nation endures its worst economic disaster in 70 years.

Two Women Show Real Bipartisanship

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Think of what the Congress might accomplish if we had a few more women like Maine Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe on both sides of the aisle.