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Poll: Voters Reject Health Care Mandate Without Public Option, Medicare Buy-In

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
EDITOR'S NOTE: The story below includes references to polling conducted by the firm Research 2000. The reliability and accuracy of Research 2000's polling has since been called into serious question by a report published in June 2010 by a group of statistical analysts. A new poll suggests that voters...

Joe Lieberman Could Run As A Republican In 2012

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
In an interview with CNN, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he would consider running as a Republican in 2012. "I don't know what I'll run as. I like being an Independent. So that's definitely a possibility," he said. "But I'd say all options are open." Lieberman added...

Anthony Weiner Mocks Lieberman For Medicare Flip-Flop

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
On Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) responded to the news that his support for a Medicare compromise helped inspire Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) to oppose the idea. The progressive congressman said in a statement, "If this wasn't so sad, it would be amazing." Responding to reform...

Ben Bernanke Confirmation Targeted By Progressives With 'Stop Bailout Ben'

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is up for confirmation this Thursday for a second four-year term. Despite rising public anger at the Fed over the secretive bailouts, the Senate Banking Committee is widely expected to approve President Obama's choice. But Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) says it's "not necessarily"...

Grayson Filibuster Petition: Change Threshold To 55

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) has launched a petition calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to weaken the filibuster. "Join me in calling for an end to this unfair system. Tell Majority Leader Reid to modify the rules of the Senate to require only 55 votes to invoke...

WellPoint Cuts Workers' Health Insurance Benefits

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Business
WellPoint health insurance company, which has encouraged its employees to lobby against health care reform, is now cutting their benefits. The insurance giant plans to raise deductibles and premiums for some of its employee health benefits. "Your cost per paycheck will probably increase," said a memo to Wellpoint...

Mike Ross Targeted For Health Care Industry Money (VIDEO)

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig's Change Congress is going after Blue Dog Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) for opposing a public health care option supported by his constituents while taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the health care industry. Not only does the ad urge Ross to vote for a public health...

Gibbs: Obama Protesters Not Motivated By Race (VIDEO)

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
On CNN Sunday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he didn't think the protests against the president are racially motivated. Host John King asked Gibbs about signs that said "Bury Obamacare With Kennedy," describing the sign as "distasteful." In reference to a column by the New York Times'...

Progressive Obama Backers Take Out Full Page NYT Ad Targeting President

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
In a full-page New York Times ad released Wednesday, Obama campaign workers demand that the president fight for a public health care option. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee raised over $100,000 online to fund the ad, which will be published in the paper this week. It features a...

Jim Cooper's Constituents Not With Him On Health Reform

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Blue Dog Democrats have defended their reluctance on health care legislation by saying their moderate constituents can't stomach a bill that's too far to the left. A new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll, however, shows that at least one Blue Dog, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), is not representing his...

Tom DeLay Joins The Birthers In "Hardball" Appearance (VIDEO)

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
In an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday evening, former House Majority Leader and future "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Tom DeLay joined the ranks of those who are not sure the president was born in the United States. While other prominent Republicans have said that people have a right to question...

Rick Sanchez Grills Rick Scott On Town Halls, Medicare Fraud (VIDEO)

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Media
CNN's Rick Sanchez went hard after Rick Scott, leader of Conservatives For Patients' Rights, first on his role in the anti-reform town hall protests and then on his old company's Medicare fraud. Scott questioned the organization's role in disruptive protests at Democratic town halls. SANCHEZ: Yeah, yeah. Do...

Lieberman: Public Option Not Good On Politics Or Substance (VIDEO)

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Even with Al Franken finally seated, Democrats will have trouble getting their agenda through the Senate. Case in point: Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman, who told the New Haven Independent that public health care couldn't and shouldn't pass. "I'm skeptical of it, both in substance and in the politics,"

Obama: Gays Will Be Pleased By End Of My Administration

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
President Obama celebrated the anniversary of the Stonewall riots to at the White House Monday, and he used the opportunity to address some grumblings in the gay community. "We seek an America in which no one feels the pain of discrimination based on who you are or who you...

Right-Wing Neocons Rooting For Ahmadinejad Win

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
American neoconservatives have often used the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to bolster their case for aggressive action against Iran. So the assumption might be that they would be rooting for Iranians to take care of the problem themselves by electing reformer Mir Hossein Mousavi in today's vote.. Instead, they're...

Cheney: "There Was Never Any Evidence ... Iraq Was Involved In 9/11" (VIDEO)

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
In an interview with Fox News' Greta van Susteren, former Vice President Dick Cheney admitted that there is no evidence that Iraq was involved in the September 11th attacks. "On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9-11, there was never any evidence to prove that," he...

Sotomayor Pick Sparks Race Divide In GOP

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
The attacks on Judge Sonia Sotomayor are growing more vicious by the day, sparking a racial divide within the Republican Party over how best to approach the Supreme Court nominee. African-American and Hispanic conservatives who have questioned her judicial philosophy also note the historic nature of the appointment and praise...

Oprah Edwards Interview: Elizabeth And John Speak Frankly On Affair, Cancer (VIDEO)

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
John and Elizabeth Edwards appeared together on "Oprah" Thursday, in an intensely -- maybe uncomfortably -- personal interview. Based on Elizabeth's new memoir, "Resilience," the couple discussed her discovery of her husband's affair in the midst of her battle with cancer. Oprah asked John Edwards if he was made...

Specter: Norm Coleman Should Be Seated [UPDATE: Specter "Misspoke"]

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Scroll down for the latest updates Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter has been showing his independence consistently since switching to the Democratic side of the aisle. But his latest display of unorthodox thinking is particularly eye-opening. In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, the newly minted Democrat...

Jim Cramer Calls Democrats "Bolsheviks," House "Pelosi's Own Little Politburo" (VIDEO)

Rachel Weiner | May 25, 2011 | Politics
CNBC's Jim Cramer decided Friday to 'speculate on Washington' -- specifically, the Employee Free Choice Act. He says he has no doubt the bill, which makes it easier for workers to form unions, will pass the House, which "might as well be Nancy Pelosi's own little Politburo." He also calls...
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