Kennedy death may prevent sweeping health legislation

Sen. Orrin Hatch says Ted Kennedy’s death may prevent broad health reform from being passed. (Bloomberg) Sen. Jim DeMint is happy to be a detractor of Obama’s health care reform efforts. (NYT) As it is, the health bill would cut Medicare spending, says Doug Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office. (NYT) Rep. Ron Paul …

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Local news coverage on LittleSis

LittleSis got a great piece of press today in The Buffalo News. Business reporter Stephen Watson really “got” our site and explained it in a clear way to readers, too. The story references our Robert Hormats report and our health care project with the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, but also recognizes the larger context of …

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Dems reorganize on health fight

After Ted Kennedy‘s death, Senate Democrats scramble to reorganize. (Reuters) Amid predictions that the economy is on an upswing, FDIC Chair Sheila Bair reports the banking industry lost billions last quarter due to bad loans. (NYT) Commodity and Futures Trading Commission Chair Gary Gensler says there is now greater support for regulation of the derivatives …

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The search is on for Kennedy replacement

The fight begins to name Ted Kennedy‘s successor. (WSJ) For Democrats, Kennedy’s death has become a rallying point to pass a health bill. (NYT) AIG CEO Robert Benmosche defends the vacation he took not even a week after starting his new job. (Reuters) FDIC Chair Sheila Bair has announced tougher restrictions on equity firms looking …

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Liberal Lion succumbs to brain cancer

Senator Ted Kennedy dies overnight at his home in Cape Cod. He was 77. (NYT) The newest victim of town hall health care attacks is Rep. Jim Moran (WSJ) Rep. Henry Waxman takes on the drug industry to help pay for Medicare costs. (NYT) President of the National Economic Council Larry Summers may have been …

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Bernanke reappointed for second term

President Obama renews Ben Bernanke‘s chairmanship at the Federal Reserve, praising his calm amid the financial crisis. (NYT) Republicans come out with a “Medicare manifesto” in an effort to get senior citizens on their side. (WSJ) Ezekiel Emanuel, Obama’s health care adviser and brother to Rahm, is under fire for his past writings on health …

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Gang of Six holds on to bipartisan hopes

The Gang of Six, also known as the Senate Finance Committee, is the only government body still holding out hope of a bipartisan health bill. (WSJ) Tom Daschle, once Obama’s pick for health and human services secretary, hasn’t been able to keep out of the health debate. (NYT) Obama has only made 43 percent of …

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Yet Another Goldman Tie to the Federal Government

In 2005, another example of questionable ties between lobbyists and government positions drifted into the fore, raising the eyebrows of some political pundits and government watchdogs: James C. Langdon Jr., Chairman of George W. Bush’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, lobbied William Wicker, a high-ranking executive at Goldman Sachs Asia, in order to secure a major …

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Health care blogs you should be reading

In addition to big print media sources, we here at LittleSis have been carefully following what the powerful blog world has to say. With respect to our health care project, there is a lot of quality stuff being written out in the blogosphere. All of you looking up congressional-staffers-turned-healthcare-lobbyists might be interested to see what’s …

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Elderly fear drop in Medicare coverage in new health plan

The elderly rethink their support of Obama over health care reform. (NYT) Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will speak today at the Fed annual retreat about the past year and how he sees the future. (AP) As Citigroup and AIG submit their executive pay scales to Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg, Obama won’t micromanage this one. (Bloomberg) …

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Partnership with Responsible Endowments Coalition

LittleSis is excited to announce a new partnership with the Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC). REC trains and supports college students making social change by pushing their universities to make responsible investment common practice. I got to meet a bunch of these students at their retreat in Brooklyn last weekend. They are working on some really …

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Health care bill may split in two

The White House and Senate Democrats may consider splitting the health care bill into two pieces to get GOP support on at least one of them. (WSJ) Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will travel to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the Fed’s annual meeting. (NYT) Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $1.2 billion in grant …

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