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Congress passes $636 billion in military spending

The US Congress on Saturday sent US President Barack Obama a massive annual military spending bill that funds current operations in Afghanistan and pays for the troop withdrawal from Iraq. In a rare weekend vote, the Senate approved the 636.3-billion-dollar package, which cleared the House of Representatives 395-34 on Wednesday,…

Former Congress member: Don’t let Senate usurp House’s powers

A former Democratic member of Congress has come out swinging in an op-ed for The Hill against “the suggestion that the Senate is so tied in knots that the House will simply have to accept without change whatever can win 60 votes in the Senate.” Martin Frost, a moderate Democrat…

Ed Schultz to Obama: ‘Your base thinks you’re nothing but a sellout’

WASHINGTON — Progressive radio’s most popular talker seems a little fed up with President Obama after this week’s health care concessions. “Right now, Mr. President,” declared Ed Schultz on his 6 pm MSNBC show, “Your base thinks you’re nothing but a sellout, a corporate sellout, at that. I know it’s…

Major unions line up against Senate health bill

Two of the nation’s largest, most influential unions expressed serious reservations Thursday about the Senate health care bill, with the AFL-CIO coalition calling it “inadequate and too tilted toward the insurance industry.” “The absolute refusal of Republicans in the Senate to support health care reform and the hijacking of the…

Nelson stalls health bill over anti-abortion demands

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson said Thursday he won’t support the Senate health bill in its current form, saying he’s still not satisfied that the bill will prevent federal funding from going to abortions. The senator from Nebraska became the focus of Democrats’ efforts Thursday to rally the 60 votes they…

Dean: I won’t “vigorously” support Obama’s re-election

WASHINGTON — Escalating his opposition to what remains of the health care legislation, former Gov. Howard Dean has taken more swipes at President Obama, after a contentious back-and-forth that led to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs publicly sniping at him on Wednesday. Dean, who outspokenly championed the public option and also…

Sanders: ‘As of this point’ I’m not voting for bill

In what may be a huge setback for the Democratic leadership, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Wednesday on the Fox Business Network that “as of this point” he cannot vote for the Senate health care bill after the concessions recently made to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT). “He wants to strengthen…

Michael Moore ‘holds Connecticut responsible’ for public option failure

Progressive filmmaker Michael Moore has called for a boycott of the state of Connecticut if voters there don’t start an effort to unseat Sen. Joe Lieberman. “People of Connecticut: What have u done 2 this country?” Moore asked in a Tweet Wednesday afternoon. “We hold u responsible. Start recall of…

US House approves Iran sanctions

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved sanctions legislation aimed at forcing Iran to freeze its nuclear program by depriving the Islamic republic of gasoline. The measure would empower US President Barack Obama to effectively block firms that supply Iran with refined petroleum products, or the ability to…

Lieberman falsely insists he didn’t change mind on Medicare buy-in

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) on Tuesday denied having reversed his position on the Medicare buy-in compromise. The provision has been put forth in lieu of the public option, and allows individuals aged 55 to 64 the opportunity to part-take in Medicare. “I didn’t change my mind on the…

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