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Ryan Grim

Senate Dems Fired Up At Kent Conrad | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are furious at their lead budget negotiator for crafting a blueprint that they think moves the party too far to the rig...

All Eyes On 'Gang Of Six' As Deficit Deal Negotiations Continue

Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- They have met in almost total secrecy for months, holed up in an office on Capitol Hill: three Republican and three Democratic senators ...

Tom Coburn Veers Off Course In Panning Obama Budget Plan

The Washington Post | Glenn Kessler | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics

Coburn is a member of the so-called "Gang of Six" -- three Senate Democrats and three Republicans looking for a budget compromise -- but this is stron...

Elise Foley

Republicans Downplay Urgency Of Raising Debt Ceiling | Elise Foley | Posted 06.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Failing to raise the nation's debt ceiling would be less damaging than allowing the deficit to continue to swell, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okl...

William Alden

Rating Agencies Repeatedly Caved To Banks' Demands And Helped Cause Crisis, Report Finds | William Alden | Posted 06.14.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- The major credit rating agencies repeatedly sold out to Wall Street banks, so addicted to short-term profits that they sacrificed the accu...

Senate Panel Slams Goldman Sachs

Reuters | Kevin Drawbaugh | Posted 06.13.2011 | Business

April 14, 2011 12:38:56 AM By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the most damning official U.S. report yet produced on Wall Street's role...

Credit Rating Agencies Triggered Financial Crisis, Report Finds

Reuters | Rachelle Younglai and Sarah N. Lynch | Posted 06.13.2011 | Business

April 13, 2011 11:36:28 PM By Rachelle Younglai and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moody's Corp and Standard and Poor's triggered the wor...

Jon Ward

Senate Republicans Threatening To Make Harry Reid And Dems Go It Alone On Raising Debt Ceiling | Jon Ward | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

With many Republicans agreeing with Democrats that raising the debt ceiling is a simple necessity, some think the GOP is left with little negotiating ...

Elise Foley

Coburn, Conservative Group Feud Over Ethanol Subsidy | Elise Foley | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn, one of three Republican members of a bipartisan group aiming to shrink the deficit, took aim on Tuesday at the conserva...

GOP Senator Talks Privately To Senate Ethics Investigators About Ensign Sex Scandal

Politico | John Bresnahan & Manu Raju | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn was recently interviewed by Senate investigators about Sen. John Ensign's sex scandal, the latest sign that the Senate ethics...

Elise Foley

Tom Coburn Jabs Newt Gingrich Over Presidential Ambitions | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Newt Gingrich gears up for a possible 2012 presidential bid, he won't have the backing of Sen. Tom Coburn, a leading figure among con...

Jason Linkins

McCain Ranked 'Most Conservative' Senator | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The National Journal -- who America turns to for information on how our lawmakers rank in terms of their ideological rigidity -- is out today with rankings of the conservative members of Congress.

Old Man Winter and the Nile

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

Watching John McCain and his Cold Warriors parry on the crisis in Egypt has been telling. Their ambivalence illustrates how fast the world is changing -- and how far behind our politicians are falling.

Amanda Terkel

GOP Senator To Pentagon: Get Finances In Order Or Face Deep Cuts | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Although many Republicans are still arguing that the Defense Department should be exempt from the belt-tightening the rest of the countr...

Shoot First, Ask Questions Never

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

There is simply no understanding the prevalence of gun violence in America without discussing the nefarious role played by the NRA. Any public conversation regarding restricting access to guns has been considered verboten.

Congress Divided Across Party Lines Over Who Is Displaying More Unity

Robert Lanham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Lanham

Amidst criticism that mixed seating at the State of the Union is an empty gesture, Democratic and Republican lawmakers find themselves competing to express bipartisan unity.

Amanda Terkel

Embattled Afghan Watchdog Resigns As Calls For Oversight Grow | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arnold Fields, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, stepped down Monday amid widespread congressional dissatisf...

Tom Coburn: 'Apocalyptic Pain' Could Result If Spending Isn't Controlled

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn says confidence in the country's economy and currency will be "undermined significantly" in the next several years if the g...

The Senate's "Dr. No"

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

This blog was written by our colleague, Benjamin Kelley, a member of the board of directors of the Center for Auto Safety. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is ...

Elise Foley

9/11 First Responders Health Care Bill Passed By Senate | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a filibuster and threats of obstruction by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), the Senate unanimously passed a bill on Wednesday that would...

9/11 First Responders Storm Tom Coburn's Office To Protest Block On Their Health Care Bill (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: The Senate has reached a deal that is expected to allow for the passage of a scaled-down health care package. Senator Coburn responded in a s...

WATCH: Rachel Maddow HAILS Fox News Host

Carly Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

You read this correctly -- on Tuesday night's episode of her show, Rachel Maddow reached across the aisle to praise Fox News host Shepard Smith. Smith...

UC Santa Cruz's Grateful Dead Archive Makes List Of Wasteful Govt. Spending

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is not grateful for the University of California-Santa Cruz's digital archive of Deadhead memorabilia. The archive, which con...

Tom Coburn Vs. Rudy Giuliani In Latest Battle Over 9/11 First Responders Bill

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This story has been updated with additional reporting by Ryan Grim WASHINGTON - Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a licensed physician long known as the S...

Tom Coburn To Block 9/11 First Responders Health Care Bill

The Wall Street Journal | Danny Yadron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn will not allow a proposal that would cover health-care costs for Ground Zero workers to go through the Senate befo...