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  • U.S. Senate Votes 60 to 40 in Favor of Doing Something

    Breaking from its 16-month strategy of (with incredibly few exceptions) not doing stuff, fighting about shit and accomplishing fuck-all, the United States Senate today voted to get something done

    The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to end its three-week debate on a bill to rewrite the nation's financial regulations, paving the way for a final vote on the landmark legislation.

    The 60-to-40 vote — the minimum required to end debate — succeeded, though two discontented Democrats broke party ranks for the second day in a row. The measure squeaked by with the help of three Republicans: Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, and Scott Brown of Massachusetts, whose concerns Obama administration officials worked to assuage in the lead-up to Thursday's vote.

    "It's been hard to get to this point," Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor, adding, "but I think it's been a good debate."

    This all, of course, means that…

    Under Senate rules, debate on the legislation is now limited to 30 additional hours[.]

    And this is a job that people spend their lives fighting for.

    Tags: Financial Reform, Harry Reid, Money, Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown, Senate, Susan Collins
  • Rachel Maddow's 2012 Senate Campaign Is Off to a Great Start

    Last week Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown emailed his supporters about a new challenge for 2012, and a new reason why they should donate to his re-election campaign: the burgeoning candidacy of MSNBC host (and fellow Bay Stater) Rachel Maddow…


    It's only been a couple of months since I've been in office, and before I've even settled into my new job, the political machine in Massachusetts is looking for someone to run against me. And you're not going to believe who they are supposedly trying to recruit — liberal MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow.

    [...] I relish being an independent voice in Washington, one that doesn't march in lockstep with the rest of the Washington crowd. The Democratic Party bosses in Massachusetts disagree. They want a rubberstamp who will vote for their plans to expand government, increase debt and raise taxes. Someone like Rachel Maddow. I'm sure she's a nice person — I just don't think America can afford her liberal politics.

    Massachusetts Dems are recruiting Rachel Maddow for the Senate? Really? That seems unlikely, but hey, Scott Brown is the most powerful man in Washington. Surely he's got the inside dirt on these things.

    In typical new-candidate fashion, Maddow denied the rumor on her next show (Duh, she doesn't want to blow her announcement later in the year, when she unveils her campaign logo). But now the jig's up: Rachel Maddow took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe

    Hi, I'm Rachel Maddow. I host a TV show on MSNBC. I also live in Western Massachusetts, in the beautiful hilltowns of Hampshire County.

    Buttering up the locals like a pro! Wow, she'll be good on the stump.

    I'm not running against Scott Brown. I never said I was running against Scott Brown. The Massachusetts Democratic Party never asked me to run against Scott Brown. It's just not true. Honestly. I swear. No, really.

    So the big campaign kickoff — when do you think she'll do it? April? Early May? Maybe at Fenway, center field?

    Tags: Massachusetts, Rachel Maddow, Scott Brown, Senate
  • Jobs Bill Passes Senate Despite Overwhelming Support

    Although facing strong opposition (apparently?) from Americans angered by the lack of jobs and poor economy, the U.S. Senate has somehow managed to pass a bill to help get jobs for Americans and possibly stimulate the economy.

    Oh, that Senate and its wasteful spending! Grrrr!

    Companies that hire the unemployed would claim new tax breaks under a jobs-promoting bill the Senate passed Wednesday, delivering President Barack Obama and Democrats a much-needed victory.

    The 70-28 vote sends the bill back to the House, which passed a far more costly measure in December. Many in the House consider the Senate bill too puny, but they may simply adopt it and send it to Obama in order to get a win. Democratic leaders promise more so-called jobs bills are on the way.

    Do you know who I feel bad for in all this? Not the Americans who will be put to work despite their vehement protestations, but a droopy little -Democratic Senator from Connecticut.

    If Joe Lieberman had only been informed ahead of time that Scott Brown would be voting with the Democrats, thus giving it the wind to get passed, he could have a thought up a reason to oppose it. And then we'd all be talking about him today.

    Poor little guy.

    Tags: Bipartisanship, Democrats, Economy, Joe Lieberman, Scott Brown, Senate, Stimulus, Unemployment
  • How to Build a Funky, Funky Turtle Fence, with Rep. Pete Hoekstra

    The Auto-Tune the News guys are fresh from chillaxin' their main homey Stephen Baldwin at CPAC (Ed note: Huh?) and back to droppin' edits or something. Whatever it is that they do…

    Tags: Bobby Jindal, Football, Health Care, House of Representatives, Pete Hoekstra, Scott Brown, Senate, Sports, Trent Franks
  • Scott Brown Forgets the Point of Scott Brown, Votes with Dems on Jobs Bill

    When Mr. Brown came to Washington Mitch McConnell stopped drooling long enough to nickname him "41," as in, "from here on out the GOP has 41 votes in the Senate and the Democrats have 59 and nothing will ever get done, ever, the end, hooray."

    Scott Brown seems young to be having senior moments, but here it is

    [I]n the second vote of his Senate career, Brown promptly voted to help Democrats cut off a Republican filibuster of a $15 billion jobs bill engineered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

    "It's not a perfect bill," Brown said shortly after voting. "I was comfortable with that vote."

    Brown defended his vote, saying he was concerned about putting people back to work. "Anytime you can make a small step, it's still a step," said Brown.

    Mitch McConnell's new nickname for Scott Brown cannot be published on a family-friendly website*.

    *Whatever that is. Mitch McConnell's new nickname for Scott Brown is "goat scrote." An old Kentucky saying, I believe.

    Tags: Democrats, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Scott Brown, Senate, Unemployment