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Sam Stein

Ben Nelson Portrayed As An Oil-Soaked Pelican In Pro-Enviro Ad Campaign (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A coalition of progressive and environmental groups is up with the first batch of an $11 million ad campaign pushing the U.S. Senate to act on compreh...

Friday Talking Points [121] -- Swampy Muck

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Once you get started, it becomes quite easy to justify shaking people down for their papers. I think the police should pull over anyone who looks like they work on Wall Street, at any time.

Jason Linkins

Ben Nelson Denies That Buffett Influenced FinReg Vote | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The financial regulatory reform bill currently wending its way through Congress incorporated a reform of the derivatives market, prompting famed inves...

Judd Gregg and Ben Nelson: More Socialism Please

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dylan Ratigan

In their current form, derivatives are basically government insurance for banks where taxpayers pay the claims. And politicians like Gregg and Nelson are fighting to keep the crooked $600 trillion derivatives market unreformed.

Stop Playing Political Games with Wall Street Reform

Paul Hodes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hodes

Across New Hampshire, people are telling me they've had enough of the Wall Street ponzi schemes and casino games. The American people know that we can...

Republicans Filibuster Our Financial Future

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

With two-thirds of the nation supporting reform, any political party that throws in its lot with Wall Street will pay a major price come November. No amount of Wall Street campaign cash can counter voter outrage.

Obama Cigarette Portrait To Be Replaced With Official Portrait At Nebraska's Adams County Courthouse

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HASTINGS, Neb. -- The Adams County Courthouse meeting room will soon be getting an official portrait of President Barack Obama nearly 18 months after ...

Reid Calls Republicans' Bluff

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

By refusing to back down, and refusing to "compromise" (read: water the bill down and add loopholes for Wall Street) with Republicans, Reid is showing real strength, and real leadership.

Warren Buffett Lobbying For Favorable Terms On Derivatives In Reform Bill

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Warren Buffett is lobbying the Senate to avoid derivatives reforms that would potentially hurt Berkshire Hathaway's $63 billion investment portfolio i...

GOP, Ben Nelson Block Debate On Financial Reform Bill

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Undaunted by a Senate setback, Democrats appeared increasingly confident Monday they will be able to take advantage of Americans' a...

Friday Talking Points [129] -- Incrementalism Wins Big

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with the news that a popular New Jersey beach is considering allowing women to sunbathe topless. And then move right on to...

Arthur Delaney

No Clear Path Forward After Jobs Bill Fails Again In Senate | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Deficit concerns once again trumped jobless aid in the Senate as Republicans, a lone Democrat and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Thursday evening def...

Bald Pols: To Pay or Not Toupee

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Before TV dominated image-making, it was okay, even cool, to be a bald politician. But once the public began gazing at JFK's shock of blow-dried locks, bald pols have suffered.

In Ending DADT, America Comes Out of the Closet

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

If there's one lesson we should have learned in the debate over gay service, it's that "don't ask, don't tell" was never about military effectiveness. It was a moral and political abuse of power, propped up by a ban on speaking truth to that power.

Ben Nelson Switches From 'No' To 'Yes' On Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal

ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Ben Nelson says he will vote to repeal the law that bans gays from serving openly in the military. The announcement raises the...

Media Scare Tactics: Do They Create Controversy in the Guise of News for the Sake of Ratings?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

Is that the media's job? To invent scenarios that are for the most part implausible just to give them the excuse to have another ten minute panel discussion?

Yea! Ten Unexpected Pleasures to Come With Health Care Reform!

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lea Lane

This hard-fought reform offers several immediate and eventual bonuses you may not have thought of.

Arthur Delaney

Ben Nelson Explains ATM Issue, Says He Does Know The Difference Between 'A Hologram And A Barcode' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Why can't Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) get a vote on his amendment to limit what he calls the "legal thievery" of ATM fees? Is it because members of the S...

What's In, What's Out in Health Care Reform Bill

AP | ALAN FRAM and DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bye bye, Cornhusker Kickback. Hello, special treatment for Tennessee and North Dakota. Democrats unveiling revisions Thursday...

Democrats at Their Worst

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

The current health care bill that Democrats are pushing actually limiting rights women have won through the courts over years.

Abortion and Health Care Reform: Pro-Lifers, Accept Victory While You Can Get It

Dr. David P. Gushee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. David P. Gushee

The Senate bill actually stigmatizes abortion in a way that must be deeply distressing for those who have spent the last several decades trying to mainstream abortion as a basic medical service.

Dan Froomkin

Student Loan Overhaul Taking Filibuster-Proof Route To Overcome Corporate Opposition | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Having finally decided to use the filibuster-proof budget reconciliation process to push health-care reform over the finish line, Democratic leaders h...

President Obama, Replace Rahm With Me: An Open Letter From Michael Moore

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Moore

President Obama, I don't know what your team has been up to, but they haven't served you well. And Rahm, poor Rahm, has turned into a fighter -- not of Republicans, but of the left.

Sam Stein

Nelson: I Won't Oppose Health Care Because Of Reconciliation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the most unreliable Senate Democratic votes for health reform said on Friday that he is open to passing a bill through reconciliation as a ...

Starving on a Diet of Hope: Another Presidents' Day Message

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

David Feige's post, My President's Day Message -- An Open Letter to President Obama