Pelosi Against Social Security Cuts, Retirement Age Increase

By: Wednesday October 6, 2010 5:30 pm

I think it’s valuable that Pelosi wouldn’t give a vote of confidence to anyone on the deficit commission but who she appointed, and that she savaged the idea of raising the retirement age or cutting benefits. In the end, that could play a role when the vote-counting begins.


The Last Super: Delaware, DC, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin Primary Preview

By: Tuesday September 14, 2010 1:15 pm

Today effectively marks the end of the primary election season and the true beginning of the general elections. It’s not only one of the last primary days but one of the biggest, including Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. [Ed. note: Jon will be liveblogging results all night. Delaware polls close at 8pm EDT, with a number of others closing at 9. Look for results and reaction at FDL's Elections page.]

Rep. Waters’ Ethics Spat Bears No Relationship to Rangel’s

By: Sunday August 1, 2010 7:30 am

You don’t have to carry a torch for Maxine Waters to know that her case is wholly different than the case of Charlie Rangel’s, and that they’re being placed together because of coincidental timing and skin color.

Report: Rangel Cuts Deal to Avoid Trial (Update x2: Rangel Charged; Late Deal Reported)

By: Thursday July 29, 2010 11:35 am

Charles Rangel, the longtime Congressman and former Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, has reportedly cut a deal to avoid a trial before Congress on numerous ethical violations. The deal could be revealed at a House Ethics Committee meeting within the next hour.

NY Times: The Republican Opposition Rag

By: Sunday June 13, 2010 5:00 pm

Clark Hoyt has a really curious final column summarizing his three years as the NYT’s public editor. A lot of it is self-congratulation to the NYT for even having a public editor. But I’m most fascinated by Hoyt’s rebuttal of reader claims that NYT is a “liberal rag.”

Pete Stark to Chair House Ways and Means Committee, Replacing Rangel

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 1:01 pm

This is very good news, if true. Republicans frequently gun for Pete Stark because he’s fearless and he doesn’t back down from a fight. I was concerned that House Democrats would shy away from elevating Stark to such a powerful position, but Pelosi did indeed select him to replace Charlie Rangel as the head of the panel. And since John Boehner is objecting to the temporary nature of Rangel stepping down, Stark may get the seat permanently.

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