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Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 22nd, 2011

Can Harry Be a Hero?

That is the question that supporters of Social Security should be asking as we brace for President Obama's State of the Union address next week. Specifically, the question is whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will keep up his spirited defense of Social Security or whether he will buckle to ... continue reading

November 3rd, 2010

SENATE: Democrats Retain Control Amid GOP Gains

With Democratic leader Harry Reid's victory in Nevada, Republican hopes for taking over the Senate faded – even as Reid's leadership qualities were sure to be put to the test in a more narrowly divided Senate. Republicans picked up six seats — in Indiana, Illinois, Arkansas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and ... continue reading

November 3rd, 2010

Jubilant GOP wins the House, falls short of Senate

[...]Incomplete returns showed the GOP picked up at least 57 House seats — the biggest party turnover in more than 70 years — and led for eight more, far in excess of the 40 they needed for a majority. Among the losers was Rep. Tom Perriello, a first-termer from Virginia ... continue reading

September 24th, 2010

Liberals seethe over Dem punt on tax cuts

Liberals are expressing outrage that Democrats are not holding a vote to extend tax cuts for the middle class before the elections.Two weeks after President Obama delivered an impassioned speech on the need to raise taxes for the wealthy, Democrats on Capitol Hill have delayed a vote on the politically ... continue reading

September 21st, 2010

Senate Republicans use filibuster to block efforts to repeal 'don't ask don't tell' policy

Gay rights advocates waiting for the Senate to repeal "don’t ask, don’t tell" got the message loud and clear from Republicans on Tuesday -- don’t hold your breath.Senate Republicans voted to halt a military spending bill that included a repeal of the controversial policy, using a filibuster the Democrats needed ... continue reading

September 21st, 2010

Senate blocks move to lift ban on gays in US military

WASHINGTON — The US Senate Tuesday blocked moves to repeal a ban on gays in the military in a procedural vote, indefinitely delaying consideration of the controversial measure.Known as "Don't ask, Don't tell," the 1993 law has aroused impassioned debate with celebrities such as pop star Lady Gaga calling for ... continue reading

September 21st, 2010

Senate Republicans block 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal

An effort to repeal the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy went down to defeat Tuesday afternoon, with Senate Democrats and Republicans squaring off in a procedural vote.In the face of a promised filibuster by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Democrats could not convince a single GOP senator to cross over ... continue reading

September 20th, 2010

Senate to vote on taking up 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

Washington (CNN) -- Despite a high-profile push from pop star Lady Gaga and other gay rights supporters, the outcome of a key Senate vote Tuesday on whether to begin debate on legislation that includes a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy remains too close to call. Republicans ... continue reading

August 12th, 2010

Elizabeth Warren, likely to head new consumer agency, provokes strong feelings

Somewhere along the line, Elizabeth Warren became a symbol. She's either the plain-spoken, supremely smart crusader for middle-class families that her supporters adore, or she's the power-hungry headline seeker her critics loathe, a fiery zealot disguised in professorial glasses and pastel cardigans. But no one disputes that she's the most ... continue reading

August 4th, 2010

Republicans want review of birthright citizenship

WASHINGTON – Leading Republicans are joining a push to reconsider the constitutional amendment that grants automatic citizenship to people born in the United States.Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Tuesday he supports holding hearings on the 14th Amendment right, although he emphasized that Washington's immigration focus should remain ... continue reading

July 23rd, 2010

Senate Democrats abandon comprehensive energy bill

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on Thursday gave up plans to attempt to pass an energy bill that caps greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, abandoning a priority of President Barack Obama.Obama had hoped to add a climate bill to the two biggest legislative successes of his presidency, a comprehensive health ... continue reading

July 22nd, 2010

Thousands of progressive activists meeting in Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Organizers of the annual Netroots Nation convention, beginning Thursday, hope what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas.With the president's poll numbers hurting and chatter increases about the possibility of major defeats for Democrats in this year's mid-term elections, sponsors of the fifth conference ... continue reading

July 20th, 2010

Tea party group on defensive over blog about NAACP

JUNEAU, Alaska – An official with the Tea Party Express on Monday blasted its expulsion from a national coalition over its refusal to oust a former chairman who satirized the NAACP in a controversial blog posting.The political action committee that raises money for Republican candidates was booted from the National ... continue reading

July 16th, 2010

Americans Blame Bush, Not Obama, for Deficit, Jobs, Afghan War

Democrats, facing a U.S. electorate angry about the economy and other issues, still have one political asset: George W. Bush. The former Republican president is blamed more than President Barack Obama for the budget deficit, unemployment and illegal immigration, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted July 9-12. Most surprising ... continue reading

July 15th, 2010

Congress approves sweeping Wall Street reforms

WASHINGTON – Congress on Thursday passed the stiffest restrictions on banks and Wall Street since the Great Depression, clamping down on lending practices and expanding consumer protections to prevent a repeat of the 2008 meltdown that knocked the economy to its knees.A year in the making and 22 months after ... continue reading

July 15th, 2010

Reid: Final vote on bank regulation on Thursday

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is planning a final vote Thursday morning on a sweeping overhaul of financial regulations. Passage in the Senate would send the bill to President Barack Obama for his signature. Reid announced the timing Tuesday after votes to ensure its passage fell into place. ... continue reading

June 25th, 2010

Senate again rejects expanded spending package

Senate Democrats abandoned on Thursday efforts to provide fresh aid to cash-strapped state governments and extend emergency unemployment benefits for millions of jobless workers, leaving in limbo President Obama's push for more spending to bolster the economy. The decision came after the Senate failed again to muster 60 votes to ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2010

US general in Afghan war at risk of losing his job

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rebuked his Afghanistan war commander for "poor judgment" Tuesday and considered whether to fire him in the most extraordinary airing of military-civilian tensions since Harry Truman stripped Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command a half-century ago.Gen. Stanley McChrystal is prepared to submit his resignation at ... continue reading

May 12th, 2010

U.S. Climate Bill Would Expand Offshore Drilling, Cut Emissions

Two U.S. senators plan to unveil legislation today that aims to expand offshore oil and natural- gas production and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent below their 2005 level by 2020. The bill by Senators John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman tries to remake the nation’s energy sector amid lawmaker ... continue reading

April 27th, 2010

Democrats push bank controls; GOP delays action

WASHINGTON – Undaunted by a Senate setback, Democrats appeared increasingly confident Monday they will be able to take advantage of Americans' anger at Wall Street and push through the most sweeping new controls on financial institutions since the Great Depression.The Senate, in a 57-41 vote, failed to get the 60 ... continue reading

April 26th, 2010

Financial reform nears test in Senate

WASHINGTON – The most sweeping overhaul of financial regulation since the Great Depression was on track to fail its first procedural test on Monday in the Senate, where Republicans vowed to block the Democratic bill.As Wall Street reeled from revelations out of a fraud case against Goldman Sachs, both sides ... continue reading

April 22nd, 2010

Michael Moore on Countdown With Keith Olbermann (Guest Host Lawrence O'Donnell) - Part 2

(At 1:55)MOORE: If the insurance company is caught denying somebody because of a preexisting condition ... their fine, according to this new law, is $100 a day. One hundred dollars. Now, do you think they're going to take the fine, or do you think they're going to pay thousands of ... continue reading

March 26th, 2010

Sen. McConnell unapologetic for trying to block Democrats' agenda

WASHINGTON — If it seems as if the political maneuvering over health care legislation has resembled a championship-level chess match, consider that one of the major players, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is widely acknowledged as a preternaturally skilled tactician. For his part, the Kentucky Republican has been uncharacteristically forthcoming ... continue reading

March 25th, 2010

Tiny Town of Searchlight Prepares for Tea Partiers

SEARCHLIGHT, Nev. -- Over 10,000 people from around the country are expected to descend on the tiny town of Searchlight, Nevada this weekend. They're coming for the kickoff of the Tea Party Express Tour and they're doing it in Harry Reid's hometown.Searchlight is about 60 miles south of Las Vegas ... continue reading

March 25th, 2010

GOP operative transforms into tea party strategist

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Tea Party Express is one of the most visible factions of the national movement that has taken on the appearance of a grassroots groundswell of anger against the federal government.The organization has led two national bus tours and will begin a third this weekend with a ... continue reading

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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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Apr 1st
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Mar 31st
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Mar 24th
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Mar 21st
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