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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...

No Justices, No Peace

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

To nobody's surprise, Senator Kyl made it clear that the filibuster will be on the table for Obama's eventual Supreme Court nominee -- who does not yet exist -- whomever he or she may be.

Republicans Embrace "Party of No" Label

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Republicans continue their tantrum once the Senate passes the reconciliation bill, it's going to be a lot easier for Democrats to convince independents that they, the Democrats, are the adults in the room.

Ryan Grim

Senators Engage In Bipartisan Civil Disobedience, Refuse To Halt Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jim Webb and Lindsey Graham had an unorthodox answer to a Republican parliamentary maneuver that blocked committees from meeting on Wednesday: Biparti...

Pelosi: Stupak Wants Health Care Reform (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on "The Rachel Maddow Show" Thursday and weighed in on everything from Bart Stupak's threats to derail health care...

No Hits, No Runs, Big Error

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

Senator, playing with people's lives is not a game. These childish antics only reinforce the cynicism and distrust that a frustrated and worried populace feels towards their government.

Friday Talking Points [113] -- Republican Reconciliation Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the dust settles on the aftermath of the health reform summit, not much has changed. Not that anyone really expected anything to change, much, to be honest.

NFL Football Inspires A Resolution For The Filibuster Nightmare

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Congress, long ago, adopted the filibuster without anticipating, as the NFL did, that the practitioners of the Senate might stoop to disrupting the game indefinitely in order to intimidate and punish the referees, in the Senate's case, the public.

Friday Talking Points [111] -- Use It Or Lose It

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama this week has successfully put the Republican Party on the defensive. This could be a fleeting thing, or it could be the start of a whole new way for Obama's administration to operate.

Can Obama's Health Summit Succeed?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are two yardsticks for success. The first is to actually get something done, and get something passed; the other, to position the Democrats politically for the midterms, whether a bill gets passed or not.

Friday Talking Points [110] -- Left Still Waiting For Rahm Apology

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats need to realize that they still have the biggest majority in both houses of Congress that they are likely to see in their lifetimes.

Friday Talking Points [109] -- Obama Enters Lions' Den, Bells Cat

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama followed up Wednesday night's speech with a town hall meeting in Florida, and then a truly stunning performance today, managing to "bell the cat" in the Republican lion's den.

Democracy Worked in Massachusetts, Now We Have to Live With the Consequences

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

We will watch as the Republicans in the Senate do exactly what they've been doing since the day Obama was sworn into office. They will obstruct. They will say no. Again and again, democracy proves that it is a system that gives voters exactly what they ask for.

Max Baucus Has Only Himself To Blame

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have little sympathy for Baucus at this point, when he complains that his adversaries have had time to put out a report attacking his bill. Because there is one reason that they've had all that time.

DeMinted Politics

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Almost no Republican is backing health care reform. So DeMint realizes he must always come up with other ways to stand out by standing in the way. And he has found quite few.

Pennsylvania's Joe Lieberman

Joe Sestak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Sestak

It's a shame that the most important piece of the Democratic agenda has been hijacked by a member of the Democratic Caucus representing a solidly Democratic state, but it's not surprising.

Friday Talking Points [87] -- A Tale Of Two Houses

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Simply for acting like a leader this week, Speaker Pelosi wins the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award hands-down.

It's Time To Lead, Mr. President

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's legislative style has been to vaguely define what he's for, introduce a plan that is quite obviously open to lots and lots of negotiation, and then sit back and let Congress work it out.

Digging In To Obama's (And Republicans') Poll Numbers

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama continues to ride a wave of public support as we approach the magic "100th day" of his presidency. Since I wrote about his 100 days (94 ...

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.

Democrats Should Just Say No To Budget Filibusters

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A little-known rule in the Senate may dramatically change the balance of power between the parties during the upcoming budgetary process.

Friday Talking Points [60] -- Democratic Assertiveness Training

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! With Congress back in session, with the excitement of newly-elected members being sworn in (or barred at the door, as the case may be), ...

Friday Talking Points [35] -- Tim Russert Memorial Edition

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Nobody seriously annoyed me this week, but I will launch a pre-emptive finger-wagging, to anyone on the left who can't resist the urge to be disrespectful of Tim Russert's memory right now.