21 Oct 2009

Goldman Sachs Vice-Chair: People Must “Tolerate the Inequality”

I’m surprised this isn’t a bigger story, though perhaps it hasn’t yet migrated from England to the US. The vice-chairman of Goldman Sachs International, Lord Griffiths (and doesn’t it just fit that he’s a lord), said yesterday in London at conference on “morality and markets” (!) that the public most

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21 Oct 2009

Obama On Afghanistan Troop Strategy Before Runoff: Definitely Maybe!

The President had an interview with NBC White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie, and in a released excerpt, he talks about whether the decision on increasing troops in Afghanistan could occur before the end of the runoff election for President in that country on November 7. Obama said that “it’s important

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21 Oct 2009

Did Sen. John Cornyn Assault A Reporter?

Decide for yourself. Mike Stark, video journalist who writes at The Crooked Dope, posted a video today showing Sen. John Cornyn apparently pushing him or his camera away as he attempted to ask questions. Certainly not a beat-down, or anything like it, but if I had behaved toward him the

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21 Oct 2009

Bad News: Insurance Industry Anti-Trust To Be Offered As An Amendment To Senate Health Care Bill

Pretty weak. Harry Reid just sent via email a release saying that the repeal of the insurance industry’s anti-trust exemption will be offered as an AMENDMENT to the health care bill, not embedded in the bill sent to the floor: Washington, DC— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Judiciary Committee

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21 Oct 2009

Reid, Senate Really Looking To Strip Insurance Industry Of Anti-Trust Exemption UPDATE: Measure Passes HJC

Harry Reid, facing questions about his toughness in the health care debate, just held an event where he announced that he would strip the insurance industry of the anti-trust law exemption they gained in the 1945 McCarran-Ferguson Act. Leahy, Schumer and I will announce today @ 11:30am ET that we

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21 Oct 2009

As Polls Fade, Deeds Releases Ad With Obama

Creigh Deeds is, by most measures, fading in the Virginia governor’s race. Two polls show him trailing Republican Bob McDonnell by double digits with two weeks to go. So Deeds is pulling out his trump card. He’s released an ad with Barack Obama, touting Deeds at a campaign event earlier

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21 Oct 2009

Negotiation Works? Iran Nears Agreement On Nuclear Deal

A potential victory for diplomacy is brewing in Vienna. After initial reports about Iranian nuclear talks were termed “slow,” today negotiators have reached a draft deal on shipping Iran’s nuclear enrichment to Russia for processing. Under the draft deal, most of Iran’s stockpile of low enriched uranium would be shipped

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21 Oct 2009

Poll: Marco Rubio Gaining On Charlie Crist

A Quinnipiac poll shows conservative Marco Rubio making a race of it in Florida against Governor Charlie Crist in their Republican Senate primary. This could explain why Crist has moved sharply to the right in recent days. Gov. Charlie Crist’s lead over former state house speaker Marco Rubio in the

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21 Oct 2009

House Dems To Try Large Policy Rebrand At Last Minute

After spending months putting the phrase “public option” into the national consciousness, House Democrats, according to The Hill, want to drop that term in favor of “Medicare Part E”. Say hello to “Medicare Part E” — as in, “Medicare for Everyone.” House Democrats are looking at re-branding the public health

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21 Oct 2009

Pelosi About To Include Medicare +5 Public Option In House Bill

By now you’ve probably heard about Nancy Pelosi’s decision to include the more liberal version of the public option in the final House bill, the one that includes Medicare + 5% rates, as the Progressive Caucus has sought, instead of negotiated rates. This may be slightly premature. Whatever bill she

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