- They wanted to keep those stakeholders in the room and [the public option] was the price some thought they had to pay."
- From the page: "This spring and summer, hundreds of millions of gallons of oil seeped into the Gulf of Mexico.
Simultaneously, debate raged in Congress about offshore drilling, energy independence, "cap-and-trade" legislation and a shift away from fossil-fuel energy sources.
Nevertheless, congressional candidates and federal political committees nationwide have raked in more than $17 million from the oil and gas industry so far during the 2010 election cycle -- a number on pace to easily exceed that of the most recent midterm election four years ago."
- The Democratic Party's infrastructure responded with noticeable alarm on Tuesday to a report that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may be funding its political efforts with foreign donations.
The story, broken by the liberal blog Think Progress, contained all the elements of a compelling election story -- a pro-business lobby, operating largely in the dark, supporting conservative, free-trade candidates with money that may be culled from international corporations. Somewhat lost in the discussion (though quite evident in the Think Progress report) was the possibility that the Chamber's actions pushed the legal limits for acceptable electioneering.
- From the page: "Warren Buffett proposed a further tax cut for the middle class, upper middle class and lower middle class -- essentially, everyone except the wealthy -- in an interview Tuesday with CNNMoney's Poppy Harlow, at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, DC (Check out more clips atFortune)."
- Fifty-four percent of voters say they would be more likely to back a candidate who supported health care reform, according to the poll. That number includes 51 percent of independents and 79 percent of Democratic voters. Fifty-nine percent of Republican voters, however, say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supported the legislation.
- From the page: "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the other California Democrats are calling for aninvestigation into the foreclosure fraud scandal that has forced the nation's biggest banks to halt foreclosures in 23 states."
- From the page: "n a month's time, Americans will go to the polls in the midterm elections and if current polling is correct the Republicans should win control of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate. If they do it would slam the brakes on President Obama's legislative agenda.
Howard Dean is a former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and is now helping the party's fundraising effort for the midterms. He believes the polls are wrong and that the Democrats will triumph. "
- From the page: "Many supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement that has shaken up politics share the same views as the Christian right on social issues like abortion and the role of religion in public life, according to a poll released on Tuesday."