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Posts by Sahil Kapur

Hands Off Social Security

By | 09.30.10 | 1:51 pm

Eleven Democratic senators have signed onto a resolution, sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), vowing to strike down any proposal by the White House debt commission to reduce Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age.

Grayson Camp Dismisses Poll That Shows Him Trailing

By | 09.29.10 | 12:22 pm

A fast-circulating Sunshine State News poll showed Rep. Alan Grayson’s (D-Fla.) dramatically trailing his Republican opponent, Daniel Webster, but today Grayson’s campaign forcefully dismissed the poll, citing the political leanings of its source. The poll shows him trailing Webster by 7 points.

Facing Steep Odds, 128 House Democrats Revive the Public Option

By | 07.29.10 | 6:15 am

Four months after President Barack Obama enacted the Affordable Care And Patient Protection Act, House Democrats have revived a top liberal priority that was eliminated from the sweeping health care law in the latter stages of a grueling year-long debate: the public option.

[Congress1] Armed with a new line More…

Axelrod: Elizabeth Warren ‘Obviously a Strong Candidate’ to Lead CFPB

By | 07.16.10 | 1:04 pm

A day after the Senate approved sweeping financial reform legislation, White House senior adviser David Axelrod affirmed that President Obama is considering progressive favorite Elizabeth Warren to lead the consumer financial protection bureau.

Warren is “obviously a candidate to lead this effort,” Axelrod said on a call with reporters this More…

On Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Obama Risks Alienating His Base

By | 07.13.10 | 6:00 am

The gay community caught a huge break last Thursday when a District Court judge in Boston ruled unconstitutional parts of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Gay rights activists who had been frustrated with the Obama administration’s halting approach More…

Fears Aside, Gun Rights Thrive Under Obama

By | 07.12.10 | 6:00 am

Last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill allowing gun owners in his state to carry firearms into houses of worship. Just days earlier, the Supreme Court extended federal gun rights provisions to city and state governments. And last summer, Arizona legislators voted to allow More…

As Afghan War Drags On, Some Democrats Threaten Revolt

By | 07.05.10 | 6:00 am

The war in Afghanistan has produced divisions among Democrats in Congress from the start, but a series of votes on Thursday night revealed a rising tide of Democratic discontentment that could alter the trajectory of the Obama administration’s approach to the conflict.

[Security1] A measure to fund the administration’s 30,000-troop More…

In Wake of Arizona Law, Labor Unites Behind Immigration Reform

By | 06.28.10 | 6:00 am

For most of their history, labor unions opposed attempts at loosening immigration laws and often threw their weight behind restrictionist measures. During the most recent overhaul effort in 2007, a schism among unions cracked an otherwise willing liberal coalition and helped defeat the reform bill. But now, in the More…

Dems Easily Defeat GOP Motion to Repeal HCR Mandate

By | 06.15.10 | 8:38 pm

Twenty-one Democrats joined all but one Republican in a vote to repeal the sweeping health care law’s individual mandate Tuesday evening. The motion failed 187-230.

The lone Republican was Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.), who represents the heavily Democratic New Orleans and was the only Republican to vote for More…

Rep. King: Spot Illegal Immigrants by Their ‘Shoes,’ ‘Grooming,’ ‘Accent’ or ‘a Sixth Sense’

By | 06.15.10 | 2:25 pm

In defense of Arizona’s immigration crackdown, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said he believes appearance-based profiling can play a valuable role in law enforcement.

“It’s not wrong to use race or other indicators for the sake of identifying that people are violating the law,” King said on the House floor, calling More…