Who is framing the “Cadillac-plan” debate?

If you’ve turned on the TV this morning you know the networks can’t stop talking about “gold-plated Cadillac plans,” insurance coverage that costs upwards of $10,000 more than the national average. Senator Kerry has proposed taxing the insurance companies that offer them in order to raise money for universal health coverage. The New York Times …

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Your president drinks Bud Light

President Obama and Vice President Biden have beers with Henry Louis Gates and the Cambridge police officer who arrested him. (NYT) Cash for Clunkers program is suspended after it runs out of funds, but Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says it will honor backlogged requests. (WSJ) A report sent out by New York Attorney General Andrew …

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Sen. Carl Levin Issues Subpoena to Goldman Sachs

After an extended period of blog lethargy, I’m making my debut on Eyes on the Ties today in order to announce a LittleSis research project: we’re working to develop a comprehensive list of all the connections between Goldman Sachs executives and influential government officials and lobbyists. Serendipitously (or perhaps not), Senator Carl Levin has also …

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Senate to probe Goldman, Deutsche for mortgage fraud

The Senate will form a panel, headed by Carl Levin, to probe Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank on charges of mortgage fraud in 2008. (Reuters) Rahm Emanuel‘s meeting worked, as four of seven Blue Dogs compromised on health reform, as concessions were made to cut cost and wait on the final vote until September to …

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Six at the table, how many in the room?

Six centrist Senators got some attention from the New York Times today for their role in shaping health care reform. Never mind that the room is small and the “debate” couldn’t be framed more narrowly; Senator Olympia Snowe tells us that Max Baucus, the ringleader, is “very inclusive.” The story includes an annotated photograph of …

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CBO report says public and private insurance can coexist

House Dems are using a recent Congressional Budget Office analysis that says both public and private insurance options can work to boost support for their health care bill. (Reuters) In what promises to be the world’s most awkward meeting, President Obama will meet with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and the Cambridge police officer who …

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Blue Dogs hold up health care

A small group of fiscally conservative Democrats, led by Jim Cooper from Tennessee, continue to resist health reform. (WSJ) SEIU President Andrew Stern throws the support of the nation’s largest union behind Obama’s health care legislation, but top supporters of the plan say the Blue Dogs won’t make a difference when it comes up to …

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Mediator Summers?

Yesterday the New York Times reported that Christine Varney, the new antitrust chief at Justice, was running into resistance as she attempted to do her job (frowned upon in the halls of power). The most significant dispute appears to have occurred between her and the Transportation Department, which approved an “antitrust immunity request” against Varney’s …

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Hormats on Rubin

It should be no surprise that State Dept nominee Robert Hormats and Robert Rubin are well-acquainted, both Bobs having served their country at Goldman Sachs during the eighties. During the nineties, when Rubin was in the Clinton administration, they were a sort of Washington-Wall Street tandem, consistently agreeing on what was best for global financial …

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Reid dismisses Obama’s August health care deadline

Senate majority leader Harry Reid says there’ll be no movement on health care legislation until after the summer break, missing Obama’s August deadline. (NYT) Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke proposes new consumer protection laws for those with mortgage and home-equity loans. (WSJ) Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein is hoping to win back the public’s favor by …

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