Republicans and Democrats Speak Out Against “Too Big to Jail” HSBC Case

By: Monday December 17, 2012 8:30 am

We now have bipartisan anger at the decision to hold HSBC and its executives harmlessfor years of money laundering and facilitating the culture of Mexican drug cartels. In fact, only the shareholders will pay, and not all that much, what amounts to five weeks’ worth of profits for the bank. The certainty of not being [...]

What Can Be Done to Fight Republican Governors Resisting Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 8:50 am

Okay, you’re saying, you’re right about Republican governors opting out of the Medicaid expansion, Dave, and liberal establishment types are acting completely blind to the threat. But what do you suggest they do about it? After all, if Republican governors value their positions, they’ll fall in line with the prevailing opinion of their hardcore base, [...]

Senate Will Pass House Version of STOCK Act, Drop Political Intelligence Measures

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 6:56 am

The Senate leadership has given up on trying to pass their version of the STOCK Act, instead planning a vote on the House bill that cancels out restrictions on so-called “political intelligence,” among other tougher measures. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), in a Tuesday afternoon floor speech, announced that he would not compel [...]

Insiders and Lobbyists Begin to Gut Congressional Insider Trading Bill

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 2:54 pm

When the Senate passed the STOCK Act, the bill that bans insider trading on non-public information picked up in Congress (yes, that’s not against the law right now) along with some other ethics reforms, I thought that could be a vehicle that would move expeditiously through the House. However, even though Majority Leader Eric Cantor [...]

Iowa Democratic Party Criticizes Progressive Activist Group for Their Conduct

By: Friday September 2, 2011 12:16 pm

I’ve been writing about the exploits of Iowa CCI, the community group that has been challenging Presidential candidates and local politicians in Iowa alike. Because of Iowa CCI, Mitt Romney delivered his “corporations are people” remark. And Iowa CCI has no problem criticizing Democrats who fail to uphold their principles of protecting the social safety [...]

Obama Endorses Respect for Marriage Act, Which Repeals DOMA

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 8:10 am

Right now, there is a Judiciary Committee hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA, the discriminatory act that denies same-sex partners federal benefits. Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the support of the President for the bill. Jay Carney said Obama was “proud to support the Respect for Marriage [...]

Plenty of Hypocrisy to Go Around on the Debt Limit

By: Tuesday January 4, 2011 10:13 am

In the various articles about the debt limit yesterday, I noticed this one, accusing the President of hypocrisy because he voted against the debt limit increase back in 2006. Obama missed the debt limit increase votes in 2007 and 2008 because he was out on the campaign trail. There’s plenty of hypocrisy to go around. [...]

Ethanol Subsidies Squeezed Into Tax Cut Bill

By: Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:59 am

I don’t necessarily think ethanol subsidies is at the heart of Jim DeMint’s opposition to the tax cut deal – he just doesn’t believe in compromise. It probably doesn’t hurt, however, that a form of the ethanol subsidies are included in the deal: The tax legislation that congressional Republicans and the White House have agreed [...]

Coburn, DeMint Turn to Killing Corn Ethanol Subsidies

By: Tuesday November 23, 2010 7:33 am

I mentioned this in last night’s Roundup, but Al Gore, somewhat out of nowhere, admitted that ethanol subsidies were bad policy and that he only supported them to win the Iowa caucuses in 2000. The timing is interesting. Those ethanol subsidies are up for renewal at the end of the year. And some prominent conservatives [...]

Grassley: Revenue-Draining Estate Tax Compromise Sure to Happen

By: Thursday September 2, 2010 10:26 am

Via the Hill, Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, gave an interview to AgWired where he assured that the estate tax would get resolved before the end of the year. Q: Anything else kinda going on in DC right now that-? Grassley: Estate tax. Q: Yeah, that’s a great one [...]

Republicans Side With Warren

By: Thursday July 29, 2010 6:47 am

Elizabeth Warren is supposed to be a divisive figure, someone that Republicans (and some Democrats) who want to protect bank profits would reject out of hand. And yet, Republicans who have worked with her closely on the Congressional Oversight Panel, monitoring the TARP, showered her with praise yesterday: The two Republican appointees to the Congressional [...]

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