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Pelosi Talks Health Care

January 21, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

In her first public statement on health care since the Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts, Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D, CA-8] made it clear that the House was not ready to accept the Senate bill as-is. But she added: "We have to get a bill passed -- we know that. That's a predicate that we all subscribe to."

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What's Next For Climate Change?

January 21, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Scott Brown's upset victory in Massachusetts has rocked health care reform but the other big-ticket item on the Democratic agenda, comprehensive climate change legislation, has also been dealt a body blow.

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The Corporatization of Political Discourse

January 21, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

"The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on business efforts to influence federal campaigns."

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Bernie Sanders on Brown Win: It's the Economy...

January 20, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The shocking Massachusetts Senate election has everyone talking about health care. But not Sen. Bernie Sanders [I, VT]. He thinks the Massachusetts voters were reacting to the state of the economy, not the health care bill.

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Congress Links -- The Day After Edition

January 20, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Democrats are reeling after Martha Coakley's defeat to Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Health care reform is obviously affected, but it's far from the only issue on the minds of lawmakers today: The Democratic party has a new talking point for the post-Massachusetts political era: β€œIt is mathematically impossible for Democrats to pass legislation on our own.” Technically, this is correct. There will only be 59 Senate Democrats soon – not enough to break a filibuster that is increasingly being ap...

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Dems To Raise The Roof On Debt

January 20, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Of all the things Congress does every year, raising the federal debt limit is definitely the least popular. Unfortunately for them, the Democrats chose the day after their major rebuke in Massachusetts to do it.

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Scott Brown and Climate Change

January 20, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Republican Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts is going to affect more than just health care. Climate change legislation is also likely to die now that the Republicans have the votes to filibuster just about anything the Democrats want to do.

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Webb: Stop Health Care Reform... For Now

January 20, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Another influential Democrat seems to be distancing himself from health care reform. Sen. Jim Webb [D, VA] wants to put the breaks on any plan to quickly pass the health care bill before Scott Brown is sworn in.

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Frank Backs Away From the Health Care Bill

January 19, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The most surprising and most significant statement from a member of Congress tonight following the Massachusetts Senate results came from the influential, generally progressive Rep. Barney Frank [D, MA-4]: I am hopeful that some Republican senators will be willing to discuss a revised version of health care reform. Because I do not think that the country would be well served by the health care status quo. But our respect for democratic procedures must rule out any effort to pass a health care...

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Brown Beats Coakley in MA-Sen

January 19, 2010 - by David Moore

Here's a quick link roundup of the big news, with more analysis and lookin'-ahead to come later tonight. Chris Cillizza reports for WaPo: "Brown upsets Coakley in Massachusetts race".

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Congress Links -- Massachusetts And More Edition

January 19, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Scott Brown, Martha Coakley, Joe Biden, filibuster

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House Dems take on Wall Street Bonuses

January 19, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Drawing upon the growing populist anger at Wall Street, two House Democrats have introduced dueling bills that seek to heavily tax over-sized bank bonuses.

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Dorgan: No Climate Bill This Year

January 19, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan [D, ND] says what most everybody's been suspecting given the political capital it tool for the Democrats to get even this far on health care reform. Reuters: U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan said on Tuesday he did not think the Senate would pass climate change legislation this year, but instead would focus on separate energy legislation that would require more electricity supplies to be generated from renewable sources and expand offshore drilling into the eastern Gulf ...

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Weiner: Health Care 'Dead' if Brown Wins

January 19, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Rep. Anthony Weiner [D, NY-9], one of the House's most progressive advocates of health care reform, today said that the bill may be "dead" if Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown wins today in Massachusetts. "I think you can make a pretty good argument that health care might be dead," Weiner said on MSNBC. "I think it's going to be very hard to ask us in the House to take the Senate bill when everyone acknowledges it was a worse bill. Everyone said the only reason we were passing the Sena...

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The Week Ahead in Congress

January 19, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Everyone's watching the special Senate election in Massachusetts today, and for good reason. But let's not forget that both chambers of Congress are in session this week, voting on legislation and holding committee meetings that will shape what happens with some of the biggest political issues. Click through for the House and Senate's full schedules for the week.

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