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Senate Judiciary Committee Considers Lifting Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurers

By | 10.14.09 | 1:12 pm

As the debate over health care reform rages on, there’s been almost no attention to the fact that health and medical malpractice insurance companies since 1945 have been exempt from the federal antitrust laws aimed at keeping every other private market competitive. The McCarran-Ferguson Act has allowed insurance More…

Band of Senate Dems Pressures Obama on Cramdown

By | 07.23.09 | 3:00 pm

Roughly three months after Senate lawmakers killed legislation empowering homeowners to escape foreclosure through bankruptcy, some upper-chamber Democrats are looking to revive the corpse. They hope to pressure the White House into spending valuable political capital on a cause fallen by the wayside.

Up to now, More…

Hey, Sen. Whitehouse, What About Calling the Bosses?

By | 05.06.09 | 4:52 pm

While we’re all duly praising Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) for calling a hearing next Wednesday on the torture memos, I’m still puzzled by one thing: why isn’t the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts calling the authors of the memos to explain how and why they More…

Durbin and Whitehouse Raise Concerns About Pending OPR Report

By | 05.05.09 | 6:49 pm

More than a year ago, Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill..) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) asked the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate the conduct of lawyers at the Office of Legal Counsel, whose work provided legal justifications for waterboarding and other abusive interrogation tactics.

Since then, the two senators More…

A Top 10 List That Matters

By | 10.17.08 | 3:55 pm

Esquire has released its rankings of “the 10 best members of Congress.”

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), a 34-year House veteran, tops the list — he’s credited with holding the Bush administration accountable, as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, while others have been unwilling or indecisive.

Torture by Any Other Name

By | 10.17.08 | 12:32 pm

Before a packed crowd at the Netroots convention, Cass Sunstein, a law professor at Harvard and the University of Chicago and a legal adviser for Sen. Barack Obama, was asked how the next president should address the Bush administration’s potential war crimes. When Sunstein said the new adminstration must be More…