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McCain blames Obama for partisan climate in DC

The responsibility for the most partisan atmosphere in Washington history goes to President Barack Obama, according to Sen. John McCain. “[Obama] said there would be a change in the climate in Washington,” McCain told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “There’s been a change. It’s more partisan. It’s more bitterly divided than…

Kennedy’s widow: Health bill is ‘imperfect’ but needed

While imperfect, a health reform bill before US lawmakers would achieve many of the goals championed by the late senator Edward Kennedy, his widow said Saturday. The “liberal lion” of the Senate, who died in August after losing a battle to brain cancer, believed that “this year the stars —…

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…

Watch: Franken smacks down Lieberman on Senate floor

In what may have been a reflection of progressives’ anger towards Sen. Joe Lieberman, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken shut down a speech by Lieberman on the Senate floor Thursday, refusing to give the Connecticut independent extra time to finish a statement on health care reform. While that move instantly angered…

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…

Olbermann: ‘Not health, not care, not reform’

Clearly as disappointed in the resulting Senate healthcare bill as many progressives are today, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann gave a preview of his ‘Special Comment’ that aired on Countdown Wednesday evening in a diary at Daily Kos, ” There could not be a finer line between the words compromise and compromised…

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…

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