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May 1, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

  • Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Congress: The bankers own this place.
  • Open Secrets: the finance, insurance & real estate sector has been the No. 1 career contributor to six of twelve Democrats who voted against the industry-opposed cramdown measure.
  • How Sen. Arlen Specter switch from Republican to Democrat could hinder the Democrats’ in replacing David Souter.
  • Does Specter’s switch set the stage for some sort of EFCA compromise? Maybe.
  • Looking likely that Sen. Jim Bunning will be retiring at the end of this term.
  • GOP puts a clip of President Obama meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in their web video on terrorism, entitled “Do You Feel Safer”? Needless to say, hispanic Dems are furious.
  • View full roll call details for the House’s vote this week to pass the Credit Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act and the Senate’s vote against cramdown.
  • HuffPo’s Ryan Grim tracked down the Democratic senators who voted against cramdown and asked them why.
  • A group of senators is asking the Senate to publish roll call data in XML.
  • The Supermajority Paradox: as Democrats get closer to 60 it gets harder for leadership to hold the caucus together to move legislation.
  • The Senate confirmed Tom Strickland as the Interior Department’s assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
  • Security experts bashed the Cybersecurity Act today at a Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee hearing.
  • Capitol Power Plant to transition from coal to natural gas.
  • More Obama nominees blocked: Barrasso puts hold on EPA nominee and Bennett blocks a nomiee to the Interior Department
  • The Justice Department is dropping the prosecution against two lobbyists accused of stealing classified information. The lobbyists were recently named in a story about Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), who allegedly pledged to lobby DOJ on their behalf.
  • Rep. Joe Sestak [D, PA-7] is considering getting into the Pennsylvania 2010 Democratic primary race for Specter’s seat.
  • Following last week’s rallies and call-in day, H.R. 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, has shot up to 112 co-sponsors.
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