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16 Oct 2009

Say On Pay With BofA

White House special master for compensation Kenneth Feinberg brought the hammer down on exiting Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis today, clawing back his salary and bonus for 2009. He still is on track to collect a $53.2 million dollar pension when he leaves the CEO position, so he’s not

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16 Oct 2009

More Health Care Tea Leaves From Harkin, Lincoln

Ezra Klein writes today that the blending of the two health care bills into one for the Senate floor will be a true blend – those issues where both the HELP Committee and the Finance Committee weighed in will result in one compromise or other, and other issues where only

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16 Oct 2009

House GOP’er Hyping “Muslim Infiltration” in DC Wrote Foreward For Book Making Claim

In yesterday’s roundup I mentioned this story about some conservative McCarthyites hyping a claim about Muslims planting “spies” on Congressional committees to influence national security policy. The claim is entirely based on a dubious book called Muslim Mafia written by a discredited character named Dave Gaubatz. But the Charlotte Observer

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16 Oct 2009

New Report: Conservative Republicans Are Delusional Paranoids

An eye-opening new report from the Democratic-aligned research organization Democracy Corps suggests that conservative Republicans, the majority of the GOP base, harbor a well-developed, consistent, peculiar worldview about President Obama and his “hidden agenda” for the country. Armed with “facts” from conservative media, these individuals, fully 2/3 of the Republican

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16 Oct 2009

Rumor: Public Option To Be Left Out Of Merged Senate Bill

David Herszenhorn quotes anonymous Senate aides saying that the merged bill may not include a public option: Democratic aides say that Senate leaders working with the White House to meld the two bills are inclined to leave the public option out and to let supporters propose amendments to add it

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16 Oct 2009

Latest CBO Score Shows House Health Care Plan Costs The Same, Covers More Than Baucus-care

This is a pretty big deal. The Senate Finance Committee has all along touted their version of health care reform as the only deficit-neutral bill that keeps under President Obama’s benchmark of $900 billion dollars over 10 years. It turns out that the latest CBO analysis of the merged bills

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