Turning Pretty Words Like “Bipartisanship” Into Action

By: Saturday November 10, 2012 9:00 am

With the election over, let the haggling begin. I’m not talking about the back-and-forth over the Fiscal Hillock (h/t Jackdawracy at Calculated Risk). I’m talking about nominations. Judicial nominations in particular.

Consideration of dozens of nominees have been stalled in the Senate, and dozens more vacancies lack nominees. Everyone who follows these things knew that any action this summer, as the election was getting into full swing, was not going to happen. Well, the election is over . . . and still the nominees wait. The judicial emergencies continue, and justice is increasingly delayed for thousands as dockets around the country continue to build.

Both Obama and the GOP need to demonstrate that they can do more than simply talk about working with one another; moving forward on these judicial nominations would be a good place to turn their pretty words into action.


Dayen’s Roundup from March 27, 2012

By: Wednesday March 28, 2012 6:15 am

Dayen’s news roundup from Monday, ;March 27, 2012, including stories on the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act, Solicitor General,, Medicaid, student loans, LIBOR, Paul Ryan budget, Occupy our Homes, Obama, Olympia Snowe, Bob Kerrey, Dennis Rodman and more.

Before Retirement, Olympia Snowe’s Husband Dealing With For-Profit Education Corruption Lawsuit

By: Sunday March 4, 2012 8:45 am

The Justice Department complaint has been public since last August, and Snowe has been dinged for it locally in Maine. The fact that Snowe and her husband may have personally benefited from the ripoff of low-income college students hasn’t really entered the conversation. But often the cover story isn’t the real story. Maybe this is one of those times.

Senators Stake Out Positions for Blunt Amendment Vote Tomorrow

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 3:50 pm

Harry Reid has scheduled a vote on the Blunt amendment, which would allow employers to refuse insurance mandates on virtually any medical service simply by stating a moral objection to the practice, for tomorrow. Reid actually introduced the amendment himself when the Republicans wouldn’t.

Why Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe’s Decision Not to Run Is Great News for Democrats

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 11:15 am

This election year was looking bleak for Democrats in the Senate simply because Democrats have 23 seats to defend, while the Republicans only need to defend 10 seats. But Senate Democrats’ hopes received a huge boast when Maine’s Republican Senator Olympia Snowe made the surprise announcement she would not seek another term in a state that has by other measures been strongly Democratic.

Olympia Snowe Will Not Seek Re-Election in Maine

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 3:21 pm

In a highly unexpected announcement, Olympia Snowe, the Senator from Maine, will not seek re-election, putting another seat on the table for the Democrats in the Senate and possibly shifting what was seen as a likely Republican takeover into more of a tossup.

Sens. Snowe, Collins Support Compromise on Birth Control Access

By: Monday February 13, 2012 2:20 pm

We know that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has rejected the new compromise policy on birth control access, and that the Republican leadership agrees with them. But does that mean they have a chance to shift policy legislatively? The chances of that took a severe blow today, when Maine Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins came out in favor of the Obama Administration’s new rules.

Dayen’s Roundup from October 18, 2011

By: Wednesday October 19, 2011 6:15 am

David Dayen’s New Roundup from Tuesday night, October 18, 2011. Stories on Israel/Palestine prisoner exchange, record deportations, Snowe, Tester, Liz Warren, James Kwak, Corray, and many more.

Merkley: “Real Concerns” About AG Settlement, Wants Warren at CFPB ASAP

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 2:55 pm

About a year ago, I appeared at Netroots Nation with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), the Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim and Professor Elizabeth Warren on a panel called “The Forgotten Foreclosure Crisis.” Speaking with Merkley today, I remarked that we could hold the same panel again this year, without changing a word of it, and not be out of date in the slightest. Sen. Merkley agreed.

Obama Energy Security Plan Launches Like Lead Balloon

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 3:43 pm

Let’s just say that the President’s energy security speech didn’t go over so well among the communities of interest.

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