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Rahm’s Thesaurus

Who says the Internet is transforming politics? Just take a look at Rahm’s new campaign video. There it is on the desk, a paper reference book, Roget’s II, just like the one your grandfather used to use. And I think that’s a Merriam Webster dictionary. [Insert searching-for-the-right-profanity joke here.] And then there is Rahm, who is …

What Pete Rouse Does Not Have In Common With Rahm Emanuel

Outgoing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is called a lot of things, but “selfless” is not often among them. No one says he shuns the limelight, or has a low-key personality, or prefers to give credit for his accomplishments to others.

But then no one has ever before had much reason to compare Emanuel’s hyperkinetic, …

The Pressures On Rahm

As Adam notes, I have a Time.com piece up saying that the White House is preparing for Rahm Emanuel’s departure as chief of staff as soon as early October. There is no doubt that Emanuel now finds himself in a tight spot: Many of the class of 2006 that he helped get elected to Congress are on the ropes in this midterm election, yet …

The White House Still Dealing With Rod Blagojevich Baggage

As expected, the trial of former Gov. Big Hair is proving a nuisance for the administration of Barack Obama, which has plenty of other things to worry about far more pressing than what political favors were and were not traded, discussed or rejected years ago in the shadowy underworld known as Chicago politics.

Issue #1 came to light …

With Financial Reform, What Becomes Of New York?

There is a regional subplot playing out in the debate for financial reform. Here are some clues: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel just flew up to New York to meet with investors. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spent part of his recess meeting with big financiers in New York. President Obama will head Thursday to New York …

More Massa

This fascinating clip making the rounds today documents some tension between Rahm Emanuel and Eric Massa way back in 2006. He lost New York’s 29th to Randy Kuhl by a fairly slim margin that year. Emanuel, then chair of the DCCC, doesn’t seem so impressed with the candidate in the video.

h/t Taegan Goddard

UPDATE: The clip is …

Why Incremental Health Care Reform Won’t Work

Note/update: A White House official denies that Emanuel has been floating any specific proposal. Says the official: “Rahm continues to speak with members and hear their thoughts, but has not been pushing or advocating one position over another.”

Politico reports that, in an effort to rescue what he can of the Obama Administration’s …

And they’re off…

The first day of negotiations to merge the Finance and HELP bills is now underway downstairs in S219 of the Capitol Building – just past the bathrooms off the Senate floor (I’m in the third floor press gallery). At the antique-looking wooden conference table: Harry Reid (at the northern head of the table) flanked by Chris Dodd and Max …

Health Care: The Public Option Fallback

Maine Senator Olympia Snowe’s idea of creating a public option as only a fallback if private insurance companies fail to produce genuine competition seems to be gaining currency at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue at the moment. Today’s Washington Post has new details on how a “trigger” would work:

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