Democrats Pushing War With Iran Includes Those From Blue States

By: Tuesday December 24, 2013 8:27 am

Where is the push back from the left on the Democrats promoting a war with Iran? While it has become clear during the Obama presidency that partisan Democrats can look the other way at war crimes and questionable killings, the Iran peace talks could end up as the greatest achievement of President Obama’s foreign policy. [...]

Other Democrats Push Back On Senator Menendez’s Attempt To Undermine Iran Talks

By: Friday December 20, 2013 6:29 am

Senate Foreign Relations Chair Robert Menendez attempted to sabotage the talks going on now between the United States and Iran by pushing for new sanctions. The sabotage effort is not going over well as 10 Democratic Committee chairs have now told Menendez to back off. Menendez’s motivation seems to be pandering to right wing interest [...]

Obama Announcement on DREAM Relief Marred By Right-Wing Heckler

By: Friday June 15, 2012 12:11 pm

President Obama outlined his decision on immigration policy today, granting relief and work permits for approximately 800,000 “DREAMers” brought to America as children. And in the middle of his announcement, Neil Munro, a writer for the right-wing Daily Caller, interrupted the President and asked him why he was taking the side of foreigners over Americans. [...]

Prescription Drug Reimportation Amendment Fails Again in Senate

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 1:50 pm

The Senate has spent the day on a must-pass FDA bill that reauthorizes a user fee from drug companies to finance FDA operations, in addition to making other changes to how the FDA deals with drug shortages. The bill is primed for passage in the House, so if it can get through the Senate without [...]

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 [...]

Senate Democrats Criticize OCC Over Foreclosure Review Practices

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 12:54 pm

A Senate Banking subcommittee on housing yesterday sharply questioned members of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency over their foreclosure review process, and the lack of transparency thereto. I’ve been largely avoiding the OCC reviews because I think they’re a joke – the servicers get to choose their own independent consultants to carry [...]

Bipartisan Support for Phone Hacking Investigation of News Corp

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 2:46 pm

Peter King (R-NY), a frequent guest on News Corp’s cable news properties (up to this point), just called for an FBI investigation into allegations that the company hacked into the voicemail accounts of 9-11 victims. Given King’s constant invocation of 9-11, only rivaled by Rudy Giuliani, this isn’t all that surprising. King said in the [...]

Democrats Unleash Plan to Cancel Big Oil Tax Subsidies

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 12:05 pm

Democrats unveiled their legislation to repeal Big Oil tax subsidies today, giving the high-profile legislation to three Senators with elections next year in tough states (Claire McCaskill, Sherrod Brown and Jon Tester) along with Bob Menendez, who appears to be the point person on oil-related issues in the caucus. Given that he was so successful [...]

Senate Likely to Repeal Health Care 1099 Provision Today

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 6:55 am

The Senate has two votes planned this morning on HR 4, a bill already passed by the House that would repeal the 1099 reporting provision that would have required all businesses as of 2012 to report all vendor purchases over $600 to the IRS. This would have increased tax collection, according to the CBO, by [...]

House Republicans Cool to Oil Spill Commission Recommendations; Obama Considering Executive Action

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 8:14 am

Robert Menendez plans to reintroduce his bill, the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act, that would lift the $75 million liability cap on oil company damages in the event of oil spills. “The commission is clear: Not only are more spills of this magnitude entirely possible, but taxpayers and coastal communities remain financially exposed,” said Menendez [...]

GOP Kamikaze Action Still Determined to Shoot Down Policy that Can Pass Senate

By: Friday December 3, 2010 1:56 pm

It’s very interesting to see how things are lining up in the Senate. You had the food safety bill pass with 73 votes. Scott Brown came out today in favor of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The DREAM Act will get a vote next week, with somewhat persistent White House backing. The new START arms [...]

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