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Ryan Grim

Monsanto Protection Act May Be In Trouble | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chairwoman of the Agriculture Committee, pledged to oppose the extension of the so-called the Monsan...

The Mysterious World of DC Centrism vs. a Platform That Real Voters Would Like

Mike Lux | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

D.C. Centrism embraces what the political establishment, especially including the big special interests who tend to control this town, thinks is right, even when the vast majority of Americans are opposed to it.

Ryan Grim

Farm State Senator Defends 'Monsanto Protection Act' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.23.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans objected to an attempt Thursday to repeal a controversial provision, informally dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act,"...

Dem Senator Headlining Big Conference

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) will give the opening keynote adress at the Netroots Nation conference next month in San Jose, Calif., according to an emai...

Shahien Nasiripour

Too-Big-To-Jail Dogs Obama's Justice Department | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

The U.S. Department of Justice appears to have neither conducted nor received any analyses that would show whether criminal charges against large fina...

Ryan Grim

Senator Targets Repeal Of Monsanto Secret Deal | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is planning to push an amendment to the upcoming farm bill that would repeal the secret provision known as th...

Sam Stein

IRS Scandal Puts Dems Who Called For Investigation Of Conservative Group In A Bind | Sam Stein | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the fall months of 2010, congressional Democrats grew increasingly alarmed that conservative non-profit groups, backed by big-mon...

Paul Blumenthal

Who Has The Biggest 2014 War Chest? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Republican incumbent senators retained the largest campaign accounts at the end of the first quarter of 2013 fundraising, but a numb...

Michelangelo Signorile

Oregon Senator Says He's Optimistic For GOP Support For ENDA | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices

Pointing to the dramatically-changed political climate on marriage equality and LGBT issues, Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.) said yesterday that h...

Ryan Grim

Key Democrat Criticizes Obama Administration For Lacking 'Political Will' | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has privately criticized the Obama administration and the Department of Justice for not aggr...

Too Big to Jail Bank: I'm Sorry. Now Can I Go Back Out and Play?

Bartlett Naylor | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Bartlett Naylor

The Standard Chartered agreement with the Department of Justice actually anticipates dismissals of its crime. It states that if Standard Chartered denies its crimes, it must issue a new statement within five days after the government orders it.

Warren Lends Muscle To Senate Progressive

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is using her campaign email list to fundraise on behalf of another progressive in the U.S. Senate, Jeff Merkley of Ore...

How the NFL Can Save the U.S. Senate From Filibuster Hell

Art Brodsky | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Art Brodsky

If there were unlimited timeouts, football games would go on forever. So the NFL limits the number of timeouts. With those rules, the timeout becomes an essential part of strategy. "Clock management" is essential. Now, apply clock management to the U.S. Senate.

It's Time to Get Serious in Washington. Serious About Jobs

Sen. Jeff Merkley | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Sen. Jeff Merkley

Mr. President, in tonight's speech, focus on jobs. Urge Congress to abandon policies that we know will shrink our economy, and present a plan for putting America back to work.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Sen. Jeff Merkley Breaks Down History Of Filibuster (VIDEO) | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) spent the last few months tirelessly advocating for an end to the silent filibuster. Ultimately, the filibust...

The Senate's Filibuster Fail

Zaki Hasan | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Zaki Hasan

If you were seeking any further proof that both of our political parties have just as much of an investment in perpetuating the stagnant swamp that is our state of governance, look no further than what happened Thursday.

PCCC Raises $30,000 For Sen. Jeff Merkley Off Filibuster Reform Fight

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

Last week's filibuster reform deal fell far short of Sen. Jeff Merkley's expectations, but the Oregon Democrat's efforts to end the silent filibuster ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Labor Union Begins Ads Against Silent Filibuster | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Communications Workers of America labor union, a lead group in the Fix the Senate Now coalition, is launching an advertising campaig...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Filibuster Reform Advocates Push For Talking Filibuster | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With just a week left to influence the looming debate over filibuster reform, Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Elizab...

The Perks of Being an American

Jennifer Hoelzer | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Hoelzer

Intelligence officials may very well know what's best for the American people, but government agents -- regardless of whether they work at the CIA or the USDA -- don't have the right to govern without the consent of the governed.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senate Reformers Claim 'Big Mo' On Bold Initiative | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate postponed debate on reforming the filibuster Thursday, as advocates cited the support of 48 senators for eliminating the sile...

Ryan Grim

How The Levin-McCain Filibuster Plan Could Hit Planned Parenthood | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A filibuster reform counterproposal put forward by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and six other senators includes a p...

Ryan Grim

Behind-The-Scenes Talks Could Derail Filibuster Reform | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A small bipartisan group of senators opposed to broad filibuster reform are closing in on a compromise package that would derail the bui...

Ryan Grim

Silent Filibuster's Days Could Be Numbered | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Advocates of what's come to be called the "talking filibuster" are closing in on the majority needed to reform the rules, according to a...

Filibuster Reform Would Find Support, Polls Finds

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

Democratic arguments for reforming the filibuster could find traction with the public, according to a poll of 10 states sponsored by the pro-reform gr...