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Elizabeth Warren’s Bill Could Mean Billions for Taxpayers

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to introduce a bill that takes aim at the efficacy and malfeasance of government settlements on corporate wrongdoing and could bring billions of dollars back to taxpayers. If corporations have the same rights as people, then they should have to suffer the same consequences.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Virginia Legislators Put ‘Personhood’ Bill on Hold

It’s been a big week for all things prenatal in the Virginia Legislature. Earlier we saw the resolution of the controversy over a bill that would have required women in the Old Dominion to undergo invasive ultrasound procedures before having abortions, and Thursday, the state Senate made another big decision about reproductive law, at least for the time being.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE


Congress: Not the Place for Insider Trading

The fact that lawmakers like Sen. Joe Lieberman need to go out of their way to draft specific legislation to stipulate that members of Congress shouldn’t be engaging in insider trading with information they may come across by virtue of their vaunted positions is kind of revealing, isn’t it?

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE



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South African Parliament Passes Bill Restricting Press Freedoms

In what looks to many civil rights watchdogs like an ominous throwback to the days of apartheid, the South African parliament passed a law Tuesday that significantly curtails the ability of the press to cover stories about politically sensitive subjects, according to the government’s standards.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Gov’t Shutdown Crisis Averted (Again)

All right, members of the 112th United States Congress, if you keep saying you’re about to have a total political meltdown and then nothing happens, we’re going to stop believing you. Once again, the fearsome government shutdown was avoided Thursday when squabbling factions on Capitol Hill ... (more)

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Senate OKs Debt Deal, Obama Makes It Official (Updated)

The U.S. Senate passed the debt deal just after noon Tuesday, avoiding a government default that was less than 12 hours away. (more)

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House Passes Boehner’s Bill, Senate Bats It Down

Less than two hours after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Republican-drafted debt plan Friday evening, the Senate voted to freeze the legislation in hopes that a better deal will be worked out.

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 READ MORE



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N.Y. Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill

After weeks of heavy campaigning by supporters and opponents, and after days with the vote hanging in the balance, the New York Senate finally passed a bill making same-sex marriage legal in the Empire State.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Budget Bill Gets House’s Vote

Is this what bipartisan harmony looks like? Probably not, and considering the end product—a compromised budget bill—this kind of cooperation might not be desirable. That said, the House passed the bill Thursday that had brought the legislative process to a crisis last week.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Wis. Police Clear Protesters From Capitol

The scene at the Capitol in Madison on Thursday reflected the larger state of affairs in Wisconsin, with Democratic senators pounding on locked chamber doors as protesters were escorted out of the building by police. Meanwhile, the Republican ...

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE


Raw Video: Protesters Push Back in Wisconsin

On Wednesday night, protesters turned up en masse in the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison to register their collective discontent over the passage of Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union bill. The Associated Press compiled this montage of footage from the scene that evening.

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GOP Senators Find a Workaround, Win Wis. Bill Battle

On Wednesday, the standoff between Republican and Democratic members of the Wisconsin state Senate came to an abrupt end, due to some GOP ingenuity that made the absence of 14 senators moot for the purpose of passing Gov. Scott Walkers’ infamous union-busting bill.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Walker: Layoffs Loom for Wis. Workers

Things got a little lively in Wisconsin on Thursday, as news hit the wires that the state Senate had voted to allow the arrest of more than a dozen Democratic senators who had fled the state in protest of Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious union-busting bill ...

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



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White House Looks to Jon Stewart in 9/11 Health Bill Bid

Not doing much to convince certain detractors that “The Daily Show” is in cahoots with the Obama administration, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs voiced his hope, during a press briefing Tuesday, that Jon Stewart would be able to ...

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Congress Heads for Holiday Overtime

Members of the House and Senate may be in for a longer week than they’d hoped for if they don’t get some serious legislating done—and fast. The height of the holiday season may be at hand, but it’s also the lame-duck season, which could lead to last-ditch-effort time.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 READ MORE



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Senate Votes to Beef Up the FDA

Here’s one form of big government that even some Republicans on Capitol Hill can apparently embrace: On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill designed to crack down on food regulation practices in the U.S. after recent batches of tainted foodstuffs were unleashed on the public.

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama Pulls a Pocket Veto on Foreclosure Bill

“The large print giveth and the small print taketh away,” as one wise troubadour put it, and luckily for struggling homeowners, President Obama took a good look at a bill that had cleared Congress and flexed his executive powers to send it back Thursday.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Small Business Bill Gets Senate’s Stamp of Approval

After a long struggle, partly caused by pre-midterm-election power jostling in Congress, the Senate passed a bill designed to give small businesses a leg up in a 61-38 vote on Thursday. The House is also expected to approve the bill, which some GOP types ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama, GOP Trade Punches Over Business Bill

So, President Obama was miffed on Monday at the GOP side of the Senate for thwarting his move to push a bill through Congress designed to help small businesses, but those senators weren’t having it and fired back at Obama and his party with a pointed statement.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Makes Financial Overhaul Official

It remains to be seen whether the new financial reform legislation that President Obama signed into law on Wednesday will spare us another economic cataclysm like the recession we’re still in, but for his part, the president seems jazzed about it.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


Senate Gives Financial Reform a Big Boost

On Thursday, the Senate helped bring financial reform one step closer to reality by approving legislation designed to get at some of the roots, at least, of the economic destruction that Wall Street wrought two years ago.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Henny Ray Abrams

GOP Drafting Rival Financial Reform Bill

Senate Republicans are hoping that, when it comes to their Democratic opponents, if they can’t beat ’em, they can at least make up their own financial reform bill to thwart ’em. One pesky problem with the GOP’s approach is ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Is No Fan of Arizona’s New Immigration Bill

President Obama made it clear during a speech on Friday that he’s not on board with Arizona’s new “misguided” immigration bill, which would, among other things, require immigrants to carry their paperwork with them at all times. Updated

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Derivatives Bill Gets Traction in Senate

Financial reform is the next big task on Congress’ list of action items, and on Wednesday the Senate Agriculture Committee made progress by approving a bill by committee Chair Blanche Lincoln that targets the derivatives market. (continued)

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Brushes Off GOP’s Bailout Claim, Pushes On With Financial Reform

Congressional Republicans are mobilizing for an assault on President Obama’s next regulatory project: financial reform. However, Obama’s not hearing it when it comes to the GOP’s claim that the Democrats’ current bill would make it easier for big financial institutions to angle for government bailouts down the line.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

Arizona Passes Harsh Anti-Immigration Bill

It’s a sad day for anyone who is not a xenophobic, anti-immigrant militant: Arizona has passed the harshest anti-immigrant bill in the country, giving police the authority to detain anyone on “reasonable suspicion” that they are in the country illegally and arrest them if they don’t have papers.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Victor Calzada

Arizona Bears Down on Illegal Immigrants

Arizona is known for its anti-immigration climate, with vigilante sheriffs seemingly ruling the day. Now, that anti-immigration sentiment may be about to be implemented by the state’s political system, as the Legislature votes on a bill that would significantly toughen laws against undocumented immigrants.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Signs Student Loan Legislation

President Barack Obama made the short trip to Northern Virginia Community College on Tuesday to put the final touch—his signature—on legislation that included additional action items on the health care reform list and an overhaul of the federal student loan system.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

A Healthy Start ... With Loopholes

Now that President Barack Obama has signed health reform into law, insurance industry lobbyists will turn their attention to trying to cripple it. This will be done under the pretense of improving the reform proposal—or, as they say in the lobbying business, loving the law to death.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Makes Health Care Reform Official

After months of partisan bickering, “Obamacare” paranoia and tea-party whimsy, President Obama made the health care reform bill law on Tuesday, signing it with studied deliberation as Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others from among Fox News’ most beloved federal officials looked on.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Senate Passes Jobs Bill

A better job market could be on the way for Americans looking for work if the job-creation bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday gets President Barack Obama’s approval, and if the legislation actually inspires employers to do some hiring.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Alex Brandon

Obama Tells Congress to Get Health Care Reform Done Already

During a speech at the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama hinted at the possibility that congressional Democrats would soon be obliged to play the reconciliation card to ensure that health care reform legislation reaches the finish line and he pushed Congress to “finish its work”—as in pronto—on that crucial and contentious issue.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


Scott Brown
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Brown Votes With Senate Dems for Jobs Bill

So this is what he meant when he called himself a “Scott Brown Republican.” Brown, the Senate’s newest member, who upset Martha Coakley last month to win the late Ted Kennedy’s seat, is making an auspicious voting debut by siding with Democrats in support of a jobs bill. That didn’t go over well with some conservatives.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


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The White House / Pete Souza

Obama Invites Republicans, Dems to Health Care Huddle

Still clearly hoping that health care reform legislation might clear Congress at some point during his tenure in office, President Obama has summoned Republican and Democratic lawmakers to “put their ideas on the table” later this month and discuss possible ways to push a workable bill through both the House and Senate.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Stephen Wandera

Obama Slams Uganda’s ‘Odious’ Anti-Gay Bill

The U.S. may still have a long way to go in terms of securing the civil rights of its GLBTQ citizens, but in some other parts of the world, such as Uganda, institutionalized homophobia threatens to take a deadly form. President Barack Obama spoke out Thursday against anti-homosexual legislation currently under consideration in the African country, calling the bill “odious.”

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Dean: Health Care Not Dead Yet

In the face of growing pessimism after the Republican U.S. Senate victory in Massachusetts, Howard Dean, who in December vocally denounced the Senate health care legislation as weak, says he still believes the Democrats can pass a scaled-down health bill despite Republican foot-dragging.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Evan Vucci

Senate Passes Health Care Bill

Meeting its Christmas Eve deadline, the Senate passed its version of the health care reform legislation that’s been rankling Republicans (and even some from the left) for months now.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Defiant in Face of Health Care Criticism

So, as we all know, Congress is getting closer to passing a version of the much-ballyhooed health care reform bill this holiday season. But will it look anything like what Barack Obama talked up while he was but a proto-president on the campaign trail? He thinks so.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


Howard Dean
AP / Charles Dharapak

The Deadly Cost of Blocking Health Care Reform

The liberals attacking the Senate health reform bill must never have known real illness. They’ve never been fired at the age of 50 and left without health insurance. They’ve probably never known anyone who died for lack of health insurance.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE


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GOP Fails in Bid to Filibuster Military Spending Bill in Senate

If it wasn’t crystal clear before that Senate Republicans will stop at nothing to make sure their Democratic rivals don’t pass a health care reform bill by Christmas, or anytime, it should be now. On Friday, GOP senators attempted, unsuccessfully, to filibuster a huge military spending bill that needed to be passed before midnight ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Senators Still in Health Care Huddle

It could be a long and snowy weekend on Capitol Hill for our sparring U.S. senators, who were busy antagonizing each other and making various accusations and threats Friday as they wrestled over the health care bill. The Democrats’ lone holdout, Sen. Ben Nelson, was the subject of a woo-in conducted by his peers ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE


Harry Reid
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Reid Readies for Health Care Rumble

With the threat of a Republican-led filibuster looming large, Majority Leader Harry Reid is faced with the unenviable task of ushering the Senate’s version of the health care reform bill through his congressional chamber. On Wednesday, Reid started his woo-a-thon with an only slightly easier audience: moderate Democrats.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Dems Make Final Push for Health Bill Votes

By Friday evening, it wasn’t clear whether Saturday’s scheduled vote on the famous health care reform bill would happen on time in the House of Representatives, but Democrats were busy wooing any remaining potential supporters among their congressional ranks.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Boehner Decries Health Bill as ‘Government Takeover’

Thursday’s mass display of Democratic delight over the newly introduced health care reform mega-measure was countered by the sober declaration, courtesy of House Minority Leader John Boehner, that what we have here is “a bill that really is a government takeover of the health care system.” Sigh.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Obama signs bill
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Trims (Some) Fat with Weapons Bill

In a move that some are praising as a major victory against the powerful weapons lobby, President Barack Obama was able to cut out several expensive programs, thus cutting down on defense spending, in the new $680 billion dollar military bill he signed Wednesday. However, before we get too excited, let’s be clear here: That’s still $680 billion, after all.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Health Care Reform: ‘A Fait Accompli’?

For a long while it seemed as if health care reform was progressing, if at all, at the speed of molasses. Now here comes The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait with his startling pronouncement that “it’s just quietly turned into a fait accompli.” Wait, what?

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Jose Luis Magana

Senate Panel Votes Down Abortion Amendment in Baucus Bill

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch tried, and ultimately failed, to add an amendment to the health care hydra that Max Baucus’ reform bill has become. This one would have required women to buy separate policies for abortion-related services. Even the formerly reticent Sen. Olympia Snowe cast a “no” vote on this one.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


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A Brave New Baucus Bill Primer

As this commentary from the vigilant videographers over at Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films outfit points out, Sen. Max Baucus’ health care reform bill definitely would serve the interests of at least some interested parties—namely, the health insurance companies themselves.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


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