Congressional Leadership Makes Last-Ditch Effort on Surface Transportation Bill

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 11:35 am

Congressional leadership is getting antsy over the possibility of no highway bill for the year, and another in a series of extensions, which will likely depress construction spending and harm local vulnerable members back in their home district. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner asked both sides to iron out their [...]

Bill to End Conflict of Interest at Federal Reserve Is First Step to Operationalizing Fed Audit

By: Wednesday May 23, 2012 8:17 am

Elizabeth Warren has been talking about the conflict of interest inherent in having Jamie Dimon sit on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Timothy Geithner even recognizes a problem, though he limits it to the appearance of impropriety rather than the impropriety itself. Now there’s actual legislation to go [...]

Donovan Acknowledges Banks Gaming HARP 2.0 to Increase Profits

By: Friday May 11, 2012 9:48 am

The President today is in Reno, Nevada, and he’s going to take a victory lap on HARP 2.0. President Obama will announce new figures Friday showing a dramatic spike in the number of Americans taking advantage of federal programs designed to help struggling homeowners and stabilize the lagging housing industry, administration officials said Thursday. The [...]

Democrats Plan Vote on Blunt Amendment, to Trap Republicans in Their Birth Control Rhetoric

By: Friday February 24, 2012 9:35 am

Senate Democrats plan to allow a vote next week on an amendment to the surface transportation bill by Republican Roy Blunt, which would expand “conscience protections” in the Affordable Care Act. While Blunt views it as giving religiously affiliated employers the ability to opt out of coverage where they have a moral objection, which has [...]

House, Senate Bicker Over Surface Transportation Bill

By: Tuesday January 31, 2012 12:57 pm

House Republicans are honoring a deep tradition in American politics by trying to save their political skins and their majority through the passage of a highway bill. In past years these would be earmark-laden affairs designed to channel resources to particular districts and bolster the case for re-election. That’s not quite the case this year. [...]

Boxer Wants Clean Air Groups to Sue White House Over Ozone Rules

By: Wednesday September 7, 2011 9:35 am

The Obama Administration environmental agenda has underwhlemed progressive supporters over the past week, to say the least. The rollback of ozone regulations will keep the country on a 1997 standard, worse than what the Bush Administration proposed in the waning days of his second term, and will lead to more asthma cases, more public health [...]

Obama Pushes for Clean Highway Bill Extension

By: Wednesday August 31, 2011 7:30 am

The White House is getting an early jump on the House Republicans’ next potential hostage-taking event, and perhaps learning something in the process. In an event today, flanked by AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka, Chamber of Commerce COO David Chavern and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, President Obama will call for a clean extension of the Highway [...]

Ensign Referred to DoJ for Criminal Investigation

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 11:46 am

The Senate Ethics Committee referred the John Ensign corruption case to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation, saying that their findings show that Ensign “violated Senate Rules and federal civil and criminal laws, and engaged in improper conduct reflecting upon the Senate, thus betraying the public trust and bringing discredit to the Senate.” Senate [...]

Ensign Resigned to Avoid Testimony to Senate Ethics Committee

By: Friday April 22, 2011 1:26 pm

John Ensign’s resignation was two-fold: a favor to Rep. Dean Heller, who will probably get his seat and also a leg up in the 2012 Senate race from being the incumbent; and a way to avoid a budding Senate Ethics Committee investigation. The Justice Department and the FEC closed their investigations against Ensign, but the [...]

Republicans Stick Hundreds of Legislative Items Into Continuing Resolution

By: Friday February 18, 2011 10:46 am

The new trick for Republicans is to stick legislative items into spending bills. For three days on the House floor, Republicans have congratulated themselves on “debating the whole government,” giving attention to items like blocking the EPA from making a scientific ruling on its own to comply with a Supreme Court order and regulate greenhouse [...]

Off to Boxer HQ

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 7:20 pm

Jon has got you covered with the liveblog. I’ll be heading over to Hollywood for the local party headquarters, where Barbara Boxer will be spending Election Night. California may be the blue oasis in a sea of red tonight, and so it should be an interesting dynamic in the state of what looks to be [...]

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