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Breakthrough: Health Care Talks Advance In Senate | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate negotiators emerged from a full day of meetings Tuesday saying they had made genuine progress toward a deal on health care reform. They declin...

Ben Nelson: Medicaid Deal Should Be Extended To All States

AP | TIMBERLY ROSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OMAHA, Neb. — Sen. Ben Nelson said Thursday he has asked Democratic leadership to extend to all states the extra Medicaid funding promised to Ne...

Roy Sekoff Talks To Ed Show's Ed Schultz About The Latest Example Of Why We Need a Public Option

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

Health insurance giant Aetna is planning to force up to 650,000 clients to drop their coverage in 2010 as the company seeks to meet profit expectation...

Bipartisan Blight

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Health care reform suffered the torments of partisan obstruction. Now gird yourself for financial reform and the perils of bipartisan blight.

Senate Sextet

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shawn Healy

By my calculation, Senator Reid can count on 56 votes for the health care legislation as it now stands. Any attrition from this group would require Reid to reach across the aisle to recruit one or more moderate Republicans.

Christmas 2009: We Know Who's Been Naughty... Nice Is a Little Harder to Find

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Arianna Huffington

Time for my annual tradition of getting gifts for my favorite -- and not so favorite -- public figures, including Larry Summers whom I'm getting a Goldman Sachs pension (after all, he's earned it). READ MORE Newsmakers Roasting on an Open Fire: Your Gift Ideas for 2009's Naughty and Nice Here are your gift suggestions, including a GPS for Barack Obama, to show him the way from Wall Street to Main Street (submitted by manx). READ MORE The Senate Health Care Bill: Leave No Special Interest Behind There are many reasons for hoping the Senate health care bill doesn't become the law of the land. But the biggest reason of all is the desperate need for a DC pattern interrupt. READ MORE

Sam Stein

Health Care Reform Closing Arguments: White House, Activists, Labor Unions Eye The Finish Line | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the Senate poised to cast historic votes on health care legislation, a host of activist groups, labor unions, and even the White House itself lau...

Michael Bennet Criticizes Democrats On Senate Floor (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, responding to criticism that he did not extract his own concessions during the health care debate, forcefully called ...

Arthur Delaney

Ben Nelson Says He Doesn't Enjoy The Spotlight | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), the last health care holdout in the Senate Democratic caucus, said Sunday that he does not enjoy being the center of attenti...

Ryan Grim

Nelson On Board For Second Round Of Spending | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Throughout last winter, Sen. Ben Nelson, the Nebraska Democrat, was trailed through the Capitol by reporters curious where he stood on the amount of s...

Ben Nelson is My New Hero: At Least He Has the Courage of His Convictions

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

The Senate's discussion of its health care bill has devolved from farce to a tragedy, in which female and male senators alike are trading the lives of women for the sake of re-election.

Jason Linkins

Senators Who Could And/Or Will Screw Up Health Care Reform | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Harry Reid boldly announced the bill would contain something public option-esque. But will a reform bill that contains as limited a measure as the opt-out plan survive the Senate?

Reid Readying Full Manager's Amendment; Details Secret Until Friday

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

Reid's plan to incorporate the new compromise into the final Manager's Amendment before releasing any of its details may suggest that he is planning to offer sweeping substantive changes to the current health care bill.

Jeff Muskus

Conservative Dems, GOP Senators Lobby To Delay Health Reform | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican and conservative Democrat lawmakers revived a push Wednesday for the kind of delay to health care reform that a GOP senator admitted was pa...

Schwarzenegger: Congress Was 'Buying Votes' On Health Care (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview airing Sunday, January 10th on NBC News' Meet the Press, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger accused Congress of passing health ...

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...

Waffling Democrats' Health Care Hypocrisy

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

After years of feeding at the health insurance industry trough, it's no wonder these conservative Democratic senators oppose a public option plan to compete for consumers.

Why Isn't the 60th Senate Vote Fighting for Me?

Gina Glantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gina Glantz

Was it not possible that shuttle diplomacy could have been between Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray and Ben Nelson, with the women being the ones whose votes were needed to reach the magic number 60? Apparently not.

Ryan Grim

Democrats Are United -- For Now | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate has voted to move forward with the health care bill. The vote was 60-39 in favor of debating the bill put forward by Senate Majority Leader...

Nelson the Hard-Nosed Reindeer

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"Gather 'round, you little lovelies -- how'd you like your Grampa to tell you a bit of a Christmas story?" "Well, I think I just might then. Have you ever heard the tale of Nelson the Hard-Nosed Reindeer?"

Sam Stein

Nelson: I'm Comfortable Being Lone Democrat To Derail Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ben Nelson, a key conservative Senate Democrats, said on Wednesday that he was pleased with the changes party leadership had made to health care legis...

Memo to Sen. Burris: Grab Some Goodies for Illinois While the Grabbing's Still Good

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

Illinois, arguably among the most corrupt states in the union -- our governors tend to go to prison -- is teetering as close to insolvency as any senator's state.

Obama hails 60th Senate vote for health care

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Jubilant Democrats locked in Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson as the 60th and decisive vote for historic health care legislation Saturday, ...

Senate "Moderates" Delaying Health Care Bill With Demands

The Washington Post | Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Moderate lawmakers are exerting their outsize influence in the divided Senate to secure changes to health-care reform legislation, potentially adding ...