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Financial reform: The lobbyists move in

Financial reform: The lobbyists move in

Congress’ final tinkering with Wall Street overhaul this month offers lobbyists a last-ditch shot to reshape the package on behalf of clients with billions at stake. Even as the legislation gets tougher on banks by the week, agents of influence are hardly strangers on Capitol Hill. Many once worked for the lawmakers they’re lobbying. Rep. […]

‘None of the above’ gaining ground on Harry Reid

‘None of the above’ gaining ground on Harry Reid

Harry Reid faces one wild-card factor in November’s election: None of the above. Nearly 11 percent of voters in Nevada’s Democratic primary last week chose “none” over Reid, reflecting a sense of frustration within his own party over the Senate majority leader’s performance. The 12,335 Democrats who voted for “none of these candidates” — a […]

Obama, GOP in pissing contest over Medicare pay for docs

Obama, GOP in pissing contest over Medicare pay for docs

President Barack Obama is asking Republican lawmakers to approve billions of dollars in new spending to avert a scheduled 21 percent cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients. If GOP senators don’t allow the stalled proposal to pass, some doctors will stop treating Medicare recipients, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet […]

Obama may strike out on health benefits extension

Obama may strike out on health benefits extension

If Chuck Lacasse had gotten his pink slip four days earlier, Uncle Sam would have covered most of his family’s health insurance while he looked for a new job. But Congress allowed emergency health care assistance for unemployed workers to expire May 31, and seems unwilling to renew it despite pleas from President Barack Obama. […]

Tea Party becomes Harry Reid’s new best friend

Tea Party becomes Harry Reid’s new best friend

The Tea Party and its extreme right-wing Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s new best friends. Before Tuesday’s Senate primary in Nevada, most political oddsmakers considered Reid a goner. Now he’s got new life, thanks to the nomination of Angle, a fringe Tea Party poster child who thinks water flouridation […]

Another comeback for Bill Clinton

Another comeback for Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton’s back. The former two-term president may have finally found a role in Obama world after struggling to fit in after the caustic Democratic presidential campaign that sullied his reputation. Clinton is heading up special projects for Haiti and outreach to North Korea for the White House. He was the closer in rural Pennsylvania […]

Sharron Angle: A gift to Democrats from the political gods

Sharron Angle: A gift to Democrats from the political gods

Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee to challenge embattled Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his seat in Nevada, could be a gift from the political gods for Reid’s campaign. Angle, a favorite of the Tea Party, is a political fruitcake who believes fluoridation of water is a Communist plot, booze should be outlawed, mothers […]

Unknown South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee faces felony charge

Unknown South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee faces felony charge

How did a 32-year-old unemployed vet who lives with his parents and who faces a felony charge end up the Democratic nominee for Senate in South Carolina? That’s a question vexing political professionals in the Palmetto state and one that has some smelling a Republican rat in the primary process that saw Alvin Greene, a […]