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Voters Reject Rahmbo Candidates: Talk About a Tea Party

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

Rahm Emanuel could be credited for making the national Democratic Party's pact with the devil.

President Kennedy's "How To" Manual

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

President Kennedy did not capitulate to the knee-jerk criticism of the treaty but forged ahead anyway despite its lack of support on Capitol Hill.

Bennet Votes To Block Craig Becker Filibuster As Jane Norton Goes On Attack

POLITICO | DAVID CATANESE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Appointed Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) stood with organized labor Tuesday on a tough vote over the Obama administration's nominee for the National La...

Ryan Grim

Carl Levin: Filibuster Could Fall 'After Massive Conflict On The Floor' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans made a persuasive case for abolishing or reforming the filibuster on Tuesday night when they blocked a routine nomination to the Na...

Sam Stein

Nelson Complicates Obama's Plans To Demonize GOP As Obstructionists | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson's pledge to filibuster the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board does not help the Obama administration's ...

Sam Stein

Ben Nelson To Filibuster Key Obama Labor Nominee | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a move that will further irritate his Democratic critics, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced on Monday evening that he would not just oppose but al...

Democratic "Accomplishments" Not Nearly Enough

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

Americans understood they got creamed during the final Bush years. They did the right thing and voted in the opposing party. The paltry result of their electoral efforts has led to far more than voter "frustration." They're furious.

Don't Blame Conservative Democrats' Woes on Their Vote for Health-Care Reform. Blame Their Attempts to Kill It.

Dan Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Sweeney

I don't know where most of you folks go for your daily dose of conventional wisdom, but I go with Morning Joe. When the alarm goes off at 7 a.m. and I...

Mary Landrieu Defends 'Louisiana Purchase' Medicaid Deal For Louisiana

AP | By ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Called a prostitute by conservative talk show hosts, a Louisiana Democrat on Thursday defended a deal she cut for her Hurricane Katrina-...

Sam Stein

DNC Defends Spending $460k On Nelson's Anti-Public Option Ad | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Democratic National Committee is defending its decision to spend nearly $500,000 on television ads that, in the process of defending Sen. Ben Nels...

Sam Stein

Nelson Finally Gets Some Love From Nebraskans | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has taken it on the chin for his vote in favor of health care reform and the deal he secured for Medicaid funding for Nebrask...

Sam Stein

Ben Nelson Has Tennessee Ethics Law Named After Him | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Just how much notoriety has Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) earned for the backroom deal he secured in exchange for his support of health care reform legisla...

Great Speech, Mr. President: But Are You Ready to Deliver?

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

Call it the "audacity of governing." It's time for battle. If Obama cares about the country as much as he says, and believes in his ideas as much as he professes, he will pull out all the tools at his disposal.

Jason Linkins

The Exquisite Stratagems Of Ben Nelson | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at Wonk Room, Igor Volsky delves into the curious mental machinery that guides the words and deeds of Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.). And Lordy, it ...

Ante-up Ladies.

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jenna Henry Hansen

Affordable, quality health care for all Americans sounds like a brilliant idea. However, the language of the Stupak amendment cuts a woman's access to affordable, comprehensive medical coverage, including reproductive health services like abortion.

Ryan Grim

House GOP Going After Health Care Deal Documents | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Republicans plan to force a difficult vote on Democrats in the Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, pressing forward with a "resolution o...

Weekly Mulch: Murkowski Vs. the EPA

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

Weekly Mulch: Murkowski Vs. the EPABy Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger On Thursday afternoon, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) pulled out a rarely-use...

Abortion Is Health Care

Joan Malin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joan Malin

The health care bill contains language that would essentially eliminate insurance coverage for abortion. When will this country realize that abortion care is health care?

What to Give a President for His First Anniversary in Office

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

What to give a president for his first anniversary in office ... how about a great cosmic joke? Take Kennedy's Senate seat and hand it to someone who promises to be the crucial vote against the central cause of Kennedy's life -- not to mention the central battle of the president's entire first year.

The Lion, the Glitch, and the Centerfold

Michelle Schweiger Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Schweiger Schecter

The Liberal Lion is rolling over in his grave His seat even the President could not help save A state senator for only five years Has brought the Democratic establishment to tears

Congress on Health Reform: From Out in Front to Out Of Touch

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

Health care reform's advocates have not been emphasizing what Americans want in a reform bill. Americans believe coverage should be expanded without new taxes or bigger deficits.

Massachusetts Shows the Timidity of Hope Won't Cut It

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

The Obama Administration has cut far too many deals with the same corporate special interests that have dominated Washington since the Reagan years.

Dems Inadvertently Suggest a Coakley Loss Would Strengthen Progressives on Health Care

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is now saying that if Democrats lose the Massachusetts Senate election tomorrow, the party will consider using reconciliation to pass the health care bill.

The Heart of the Health Care Debate on Abortion

Ellen Malcolm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Malcolm

This historic health care plan designed to improve Americans' lives and make them healthier and safer could, for women facing an unintended or dangerous pregnancy, deny them access to the care they need.

13 AGs threaten suit over health care

AP | MEG KINNARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican attorneys general in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska's political deal from the federal heal...