Glenn Greenwald and Eliot Spitzer on the Gaza Flotilla

By: Wednesday June 2, 2010 7:39 am

You don’t often get a piece of cable TV this good, so it’s worth transcribing and posting in its entirety. Yesterday, two Netanyahu propagandists appeared on MSNBC prior to Glenn Greenwald, painting a picture of the flotilla raid that was so grossly distorted it was unrecognizable as the incident that is being rightfully condemned around [...]

Anthony Weiner, If You Want a Vote on the Public Option, Why Not Demand It?

By: Friday March 5, 2010 7:33 am

Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has a new op-ed in Politico calling for giving the public option a vote in the Senate. While he does not address the process dynamics, he leaves the impression that he is calling for an up-or-down vote on the public option as an amendment to the reconciliation bill or as a stand-alone [...]

Bart Stupak: “I Don’t Think They Have Ten Votes for the Senate Bill”; Open to Reconciliation-Only Route

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 2:19 pm

Watch CBS News Videos OnlineToday on CBS’s “Washington Unplugged,” Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Anthony Weiner (D-NY) threw some very cold water on the current plan of having the House pass the Senate bill unchanged, followed by the passing of some “fixes” through reconciliation. Stupak said, “I don’t think they have ten votes for the [...]

Glenzilla, Weiner Talk Health Care on Morning Joe

By: Friday February 26, 2010 9:26 am

Anthony Weiner, Glenn Greenwald and Joe Scarborough pointed out the obvious this morning– the public option is substantially more popular than the Senate/White House bill. Now that only 50 votes are needed, there is no good argument to be made for passing a bill without one — it’s simply a way to pay off Rahm Emanuel’s back room deals.

Weiner has also been outspoken on the subject of ending the insurance industry anti-trust exemption. He is one of the FDL Fire Dogs we’ll be helping in 2010, so if you’d like to donate to his campaign through ActBlue, you can do it here.

Kucinich Blows Grayson Out Of #1 Spot, Now Ahead by 11,000+ Votes in FDL Fire Dog Contest

By: Tuesday February 9, 2010 12:06 pm

Dennis Kucinich knocked Alan Grayson out of the #1 spot and now leads the field in Day 4 of the FDL Fire Dog Contest, to determine which members of Congress will get FDL support in 2010.

Vote now for the 2010 FDL Fire Dogs

FDL Statement on Health Care Reform

By: Wednesday January 20, 2010 1:42 am

Ezra Klein says that “a Democratic Party that would abandon their central initiative this quickly isn’t a Democratic Party that deserves to hold power.” I would add that if they don’t stand up to the lobbyists they’ve kowtowed to from the start, “holding power” won’t be anything they have to worry about.

Martha Coakley and “Sidecar” Reconciliation: The Public Option Lives Again

By: Tuesday January 19, 2010 8:17 am

Theoretically, this “sidecar reconciliation” could happen quickly in the Senate, since the underlying bill has already passed. The Finance and HELP committees would probably have to approve, and then it could go to the floor for a vote.

None of this, by the way, is a function of what happens to day in Massachusetts. It can — and should — happen regardless of what happens with the Coakley/Brown election in Massachusetts today. The Democrats have a huge perception problem that the health care bill is just the bank bailout extended to the insurance companies, and they need to fix it if they want to turn the ship around before the 2010 elections.

PNHP Statement on Lowering Medicare Age to 55

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 11:08 am

Here is the PNHP Statement:

Lowering the eligibility age for Medicare to 55 only works if it is mandatory. Otherwise it becomes the place where all the sickest patients get dumped. That might be okay for the sick people since Medicare is often better and more secure than private coverage, but it would drive total health care costs (and premiums) up, not down.

Citizen Whip Count — Update

By: Thursday June 11, 2009 5:00 am

I just want to take a minute to thank everyone who is taking time out of their day to make calls and stand by their commitment to end the war. When I look over the lists and read about the thousands of calls people are making to the offices of members of congress, and I see people like Toby who called 25 offices in one day, it makes it all worthwhile.

Thank you to everyone who has called, and who continues to call.  It’s a highly fluid situation, and Rahm Emanuel is furiously horse trading for votes.  Sources on the Hill say that they’ve never seen this kind of full-court press from the White House.  Members are being bribed, bullied and cajoled into abandoning their commitment to vote against any war funding that doesn’t include a time table to bring the troops home.

The conference meeting will be at 3pm ET today.   I’ve updated the Whip Tool to include the latest information we have on the vote count.  

Please keep the calls coming.