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Entries Tagged as 'Chris Dodd'

Dodd: Senate is “A Dysfunctional Institution”

February 11th, 2010 · Comments Off

Mike Stark does some great work interviewing Senator Chris Dodd, getting him to speak out against the obstructionism by the Republicans that have turned the Senate into a dysfunctional institution. he had some pretty strong words for the conduct of certain Senators (that remained unnamed), saying they needed to “start acting like Senators”. But perhaps […]

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McEnroe on Dodd

January 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

One of Connecticut’s top political commentators, Colin McEnroe, has pretty much the same assessment of Dodd’s legacy as I do: Chris Dodd will be understood, generally, as one of the great senators of his generation. Agreed.

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NYT’s Ed Board Should Read the NYT

January 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

The New York Times editorial board, “Will the Real Chris Dodd Stand Up? 1/7/10: That coziness — especially the V.I.P. cut-rate mortgage he received from the now-defunct subprime lender, Countrywide Financial — is one of the reasons his state’s voters have turned against him. [Emphasis added] The New York Times’s David Herszenhorn, “Senators Are Cleared […]

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On Senator Chris Dodd’s Retirement

January 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

There isn’t anyone in American politics who I respect or think more of than Senator Chris Dodd. I had the privilege to work for him for most of 2007 and the early days of 2008. I was fortunate that not only did I get to work for him, but helped him wage some of the […]

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Sirota on Bernanke

December 8th, 2009 · Comments Off

David Sirota has a very good post on the interesting coalition of votes that is emerging against the re-confirmation of Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve Chairman on the Senate Banking Committee. He thinks Chairman Chris Dodd “shouldn’t be impossibly movable to “no,” but probably is,” citing Dodd’s historic ties to the banking and finance industry […]

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Tags: Chris Dodd · Economy

Rebutting GOP Smears of Dodd on Countrywide

September 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

David Fiderer of the Huffington Post again provides a thoughtful and comprehensive rebuttal of the last round of bogus smears being hurled at Chris Dodd by Republicans who choose to ignore that Dodd was already exonerated of any wrongdoing related to Countrywide mortgages. Congressional investigation showed that Countrywide was not offering bargain rates for VIPs: […]

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Dodd, Leahy, Feingold, & Merkley to Repeal Retroactive Immunity

September 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

It’s about damned time. Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Russ Feingold (D-WI), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) announced today that they will introduce the Retroactive Immunity Repeal Act, which eliminates retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies that allegedly participated in President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program. “I believe we best defend America when we also defend […]

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Tags: Chris Dodd · Rule of Law

Dodd on the State of Health Care Reform

September 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

Via CT Blogger of My Left Nutmeg, here’s Senator Chris Dodd talking about the state of health care reform. Of particular note is Dodd’s take on the notion that the Democratic Party has been unable to maintain caucus discipline generally and the importance for their to be caucus discipline on the procedural vote to move […]

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Tags: Chris Dodd · Health Care

Repeating Debunked Smears

September 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Senator Chris Dodd has taken a lot of heat over the last year plus about loans he received from Countrywide. After taking a lot of fire from the right over them, the Senate Ethics Committee investigated and cleared Dodd of any wrong doing. Dodd had the circumstances of the loan audited and has released hundreds […]

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Dodd’s Eulogy of Kennedy

August 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Senator Chris Dodd delivered this speech Friday night at the memorial for Senator Kennedy in Boston. It’s a great tribute from one of Ted Kennedy’s closest friends in the world and a sign of what three plus decades of collaboration can achieve for a nation. Tonight, we gather to celebrate the incredible American story of […]

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Tags: Chris Dodd · Democrats