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Feinstein, Specter Compromises Pave the Way for Passage of Employee Free Choice Act

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

With 900,000 union members in the state of Pennsylvania, the Arlen Specter firewall appears to be crumbling.

Ryan Grim

Schumer Puts Health Care Ball In Nelson's Court | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) dealt a blow to health care reform last week when he said that any overhaul that involved the creation of a public plan that ...

Ryan Grim

Ben Nelson Plans To Oppose Public Health Plan | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Friday that he will oppose legislation that would give people the option of a public health insurance plan. The move put...

Ryan Grim

Obama To Nelson: We're Going Around You | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It might not be the most glamorous hill, but it's the one that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has vowed to die on. President Obama, however, isn't going to ...

Jason Linkins

'Conservadem' Senators Pledge To Work With Obama | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week, the Rachel Maddow show took a look at an emerging coalition of Senators which she named "Conservadems." Led by Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, ...

Evan Bayh's "Name That Obstructionist!"

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz

Senator Bayh announced today the formation of a "Moderate Dems Working Group", or to put it in layman's terms, a group of 15 or so Bush Dog... I'm sorry... Blue Dog conservative Democratic Senators.

Jason Linkins

ConservaDems: Maddow Digs Into The New "Centrist" Caucus (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Apparently led by Sen. Evan Bayh, "conservadems" are a small group of Democratic lawmakers whose general aim, as Rachel Maddow puts it, is "torpedoing their party's own agenda."

Ryan Grim

Ben Nelson Opposes Employee Free Choice Act | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ben Nelson will once again be playing a key role in Senate negotiations over a major legislative drive. The centrist Nebraska Democrat told reporters ...

Sam Stein and Ryan Grim

How Labor Can Get 60 Votes On EFCA Without Getting 60 Votes | Sam Stein and Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The labor movement's mostly unspoken tactic to pass the Employee Free Choice Act -- its legislation of generational importance -- seeped out into publ...

Inside The Senate Omnibus Disaster: Reid Reportedly "Beside Himself"

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Passage of the $410 billion, leftover-from-last-year omnibus spending bill was supposed to be a perfunctory, pro forma task. Instead, it's become a co...

Can Congress Save Obama from Afghan Quagmire?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

A progressive presidency is a terrible thing to waste. It only comes around once every so often. Wouldn't it be a shame if Americans' hopes for the Obama administration were squandered in Afghanistan?

Sam Stein

Worry Grows Over Dem Defections On EFCA | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Officials tasked with helping push the Employee Free Choice Act through Congress are growing concerned about the possible defection of Senate Democrat...

Ryan Grim

Lieberman Stepped Up Role As Talks Ebbed | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson spent the last two weeks either surrounded by reporters or huddled with centrist members of both parties, hashing out a deal to move t...

Ryan Grim

To The Victor: Specter Keeps $6.5 Billion For NIH In Stimulus | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It pays to be the man in the middle. When the Senate reached a $780 billion stimulus deal with three Republican senators, the final package included t...

Jason Linkins

Rachel Maddow Probes Incoherent Ben Nelson On Stimulus (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Oh boy! Another broadcast, another chance to see Senator Ben Nelson attempt to reason his way back to credibility. In case you are just joining us, ...

Jason Linkins

Ben Nelson Shoots Back At Paul Krugman, Nonsensically (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Earlier today, on MSNBC, Norah O'Donnell gave Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson a chance to respond to the criticism of economist/New York Times contributor...

Nelson Collins Amendment To Stimulus Gets Vote Tuesday

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have reached a compromise on a stimulus bill that will be voted on Tuesday. A procedural vote on t...

Latest Stimulus Cuts: Head Start, Food Stamps, Public Transit

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I've just obtained an internal Senate committee memo detailing the latest cuts being eyed by the gang of Senators being led by Dem Ben Nelson and GOPe...

Ryan Grim

Stimulus Deal Reached In Senate | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senators from both parties have reached a deal to advance President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan through the Senate. Montana Democrat Max Bau...

Ryan Grim

Nelson Backing Off Proposed Stimulus Cuts | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson, a centrist Democrat from Nebraska, is backing off of cuts he recently proposed to the economic stimulus package. A discussion draft ...

A New Movement

Amy Ephron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Ephron

There is a movement to strip billions of dollars from the stimulus bill led by Ben Nelson of Omaha (whose Democratic status is debatable) and Susan Collins (Republican) of Maine.

Obama To Meet With Moderate Senators, Aim To Cut Stimulus

ABC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama will meet today with leaders of a bipartisan group of moderate senators working now on bringing down the overall cost of the stimulus ...

Friday Talking Points [48] -- Throwing Out The Rulebook

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in Volume 36 of this Friday Talking Points column, I pointed out what seemed to me to be an obvious observation -- that the media was going a lot...

2006 Nebraska Senate General Election:
Ricketts (R) vs Nelson (D-i)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NE-Sen: Ricketts vs Nelson

Nebraska Senator Obama's Latest Endorsement

AP | ANNA JO BRATTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama won the endorsement Saturday of U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, a popular moderate in largely Republican Nebraska who said he ...