Elizabeth Warren: GOP ‘Ringing the Dinner Bell’ for Lobbyists


Sen Harry Reid and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty)
Sen Harry Reid and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty)

 

Tim Devaney | The Hill | Reader Supported News | May 18, 2016

en. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and fellow Democrats are vowing to block Republican efforts to roll back controversial regulations.

Warren on Wednesday slammed the GOP for connecting policy riders that would overturn regulations to must-pass government funding bills.

In recent years, Republicans have turned to policy riders in an attempt to cut off regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, Labor Department and other federal agencies.

“It’s like ringing the dinner bell for lobbyists,” Warren said. “They are swarming this place, because they have all sorts of goodies they want to sneak into” the government spending bills.

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Stop Dreaming About a Clinton-Warren Ticket. It’s Not Happening.


Senator Elizabeth Warren looks on as then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination in 2013. (photo: Getty Images)
Senator Elizabeth Warren looks on as then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination in 2013. (photo: Getty Images)

 

Annie Karni | Politico | April 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton is intrigued by the idea of an all-female ticket. But allies say she likely won’t pick the woman of progressive dreams: Elizabeth Warren.

lizabeth Warren would be the dream vice presidential pick for millions of forlorn Bernie Sanders supporters, an instant antidote to the charge that Hillary Clinton is too close to Wall Street.

But in interviews with more than a dozen prominent Democrats and campaign allies, most viewed a Clinton-Warren ticket as an unlikely scenario — despite the appeal of a two-woman ticket to Clinton campaign officials and also to Clinton, who sources said is intrigued by the idea.

Clinton and the senior senator from Massachusetts don’t have a close, personal relationship — in fact, there’s no evidence to show they even particularly like each other — and Clinton insiders worry Warren could upstage the likely Democratic nominee during the general election. While there’s confidence in the energy she could bring to the ticket, questions loom about the anti-Big Bank crusader’s appeal among white working class voters, as well as her lack of experience.

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Elizabeth Warren Defends Bernie Sanders From Goldman Sachs Criticism


Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., defended Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders from criticism by Goldman Sachs on Wednesday. Pictured: Warren listens during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on July 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty)
Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., defended Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders from criticism by Goldman Sachs on Wednesday. Pictured: Warren listens during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on July 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty)

 

David Sirota and Andrew Perez | International Business Times | Reader Supported News | February 4, 2016

lizabeth Warren entered the intensifying battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, defending Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders from a new attack by the head of Goldman Sachs — a Wall Street behemoth whose executives have delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton, her presidential campaign and her family’s foundation.

In an interview with International Business Times hours before Wednesday night’s Democratic town hall in New Hampshire, the Massachusetts senator — whose endorsement is coveted by both Democratic candidates — slammed Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein for asserting earlier in the day that Sanders’ criticism of Wall Street had created a dangerous environment in America.

“He thinks it’s fine to prosecute small business owners, it’s fine to go hard after individuals who have no real resources, but don’t criticize companies like Goldman Sachs and their very, very important CEO — that’s what he’s really saying,” Warren told IBT.

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Hillary’s No Neo-Con. She’s Far More Dangerous


Hillary Clinton at the Democratic Debate. (photo: Travis Dove/NYT)
Hillary Clinton at the Democratic Debate. (photo: Travis Dove/NYT)

 

Steve Weissman | Reader Supported News | January 18, 2016

ack in September 2013, well before Bernie Sanders decided to run for president, the liberal journalist Peter Beinart called attention to the leftward swing among Democratic Party voters, marked by Elizabeth Warren’s popularity and Bill de Blasio’s victory in the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City. More to the point, Beinart explicitly challenged Hillary Clinton to move left and ride the new wave to power – or risk getting overwhelmed by what he called “The Rise of the New, New Left.” The following month, I responded with “Don’t Let Hillary Housebreak the New New Left.”

Beinart’s choice of labels was wildly misleading. For those who missed his reference, the original New Left of the 1960s – best embodied by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) – initially looked toward the kind of Democratic Socialism that Bernie Sanders now proclaims. We gave radical, mostly white support to the civil rights movement, usually leaning toward the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). We opposed both sides in the Cold War, seeing both as promoting nuclear disaster. We broke with the mainstream refusal to cooperate with Communists, an ideological prohibition that encouraged witch hunts, red-baiting, and the stifling of thoroughgoing social and economic reform.

And perhaps best known, we played a leading role in organizing the campus-based opposition to the War in Vietnam, which Beinart’s liberal heroes – former vice president Hubert Humphrey, labor leaders Walter Reuther and David Dubinsky, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr – condemned us for doing.

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The Summer of the Bern


Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders march with supports at the Independence Day Parade in Waukee, Iowa. (photo: Arun Chaudhary)
Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders march with supports at the Independence Day Parade in Waukee, Iowa. (photo: Arun Chaudhary)

 

Scott Galindez | Reader Supported News | September 11, 2015

s the end of summer approaches, we find Bernie Sanders with the wind at his back building a political revolution that has the establishment starting to get nervous. We have Hillary Clinton attempting to stall her downward spiral by offering a public apology for conducting State Department business on her private email server. We also have Joe Biden gearing up to rescue the party from Bernie’s growing movement.

When I arrived in Iowa in February the story was “Will Elizabeth Warren run?” Everyone thought she was the only one with a chance to challenge Hillary Clinton, the most prohibitive frontrunner in modern politics. Most progressives, including myself, loved Bernie Sanders but weren’t sure if he could overcome the “S-word.” That’s why so many of us held out for Elizabeth Warren, whom we thought was more electable.

Looking back, I still think Warren would have been a great candidate, but she doesn’t have the track record that “Bernie” has had in the progressive movement. She may be the rising progressive star, but she has a long way to go to match Bernie’s credentials.

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Warren Won’t Commit to Senate Reelection Bid


Elizabeth Warren. (photo: Getty Images)
Elizabeth Warren. (photo: Getty Images)

 

Jesse Byrnes | The Hill | Reader Supported News | August 24, 2015

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The liberal favorite, who was elected to the Senate in 2012, said in an interview that it’s too early to talk about a second term, even as she expressed frustration at getting things done in Congress.

“Republicans have blocked two separate bills that we’ve tried to move forward to reduce the interest rate on student loans. That just seems wrong to me,” Warren told Boston WBZ-TV‘s Jon Keller.

Asked if that meant she’d seek another term to the Senate, Warren put up her hands: “Too early to talk about that.

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Bernie Sanders Could Be Setting Up a Future Presidential Run by Elizabeth Warren


 

| Forward Progressives | August 21, 2015

That’s why I find his decision to run for president at 73 years of age interesting. If elected, he would be 75 and instantly become the oldest president ever elected to their first term – topping Ronald Reagan by six years.

So I just can’t help but ask: Why now? 

If Sanders is this “revolutionary” as many of his supporters claim, someone who’s tired of the status quo, why didn’t he run in 2000 or 2004? Heck, why not in 2008 when the country was reeling from eight years of failed Bush policies? If he truly believes in the issues on which he stands (and I believe that he does), then why wait so late in life to run for probably the most stressful and difficult job in the world?

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Elizabeth Warren: We Need to Expand Dodd-Frank


Elizabeth Warren. (photo: The Hill)
Elizabeth Warren. (photo: The Hill)

 

Lydia Wheeler | The Hill | Reader Supported News | July 21, 2015

inancial reform advocates are using the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to push for more financial regulations.

Starring in a video produced by Americans for Financial Reform, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) calls for expanding the federal law that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

“We need a world where the largest financial institutions in this country understand they can’t build their business models around cheating people, and they can’t get out there and take crazy risks and expect the American taxpayer to pick up the tab when something goes wrong,” she said.

Warren, an architect of the CFPB, described the world of 10 to 15 years ago as a place where anyone could get a ‘”free” credit card.

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You Get What You Fight For


Senator Elizabeth Warren. (photo: ElizabethWarren.com)
Senator Elizabeth Warren. (photo: ElizabethWarren.com)

 

Elizabeth Warren | Reader Supported News | June 30, 2015

ello,

Ten years ago, if someone had told you we’d have national health care reform and 50-state marriage equality in 2015, you probably would’ve looked at them like they were crazy.

But people didn’t give up. They took punch after punch, year after year, from some of the most powerful interest groups in the country – but they never, ever stopped fighting.

Why do we fight? Because last week’s Supreme Court rulings proved: You get what you fight for.

It’s up to us to keep fighting to level the playing field for working families. It’s up to us to beat back the armies of lawyers and lobbyists that set the agenda in Washington. We’ve done it before – and we can do it again.

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Elizabeth Warren Calls for Public Hearings on Banks


Elizabeth Warren (photo: Jason Reed/Reuters)
Elizabeth Warren (photo: Jason Reed/Reuters)

 

Sam Forgione and Sandra Maler | Reuters | Reader Supported News | May 26, 2015

S Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling for U.S. Department of Labor hearings on whether banks accused of rigging foreign exchange markets should be allowed to manage retirement accounts, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

“When banks plead guilty to a crime, federal agencies must do more than look the other way,” Warren told the Financial Times. “The SEC has already granted waivers to each of these banks without any detailed explanation, but it is not too late for the Department of Labor to hold a public hearing before it decides that such brazen lawbreakers can be trusted managing workers’ retirement accounts.”

Five of the world’s largest banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co and Citigroup Inc, were fined some $5.7 billion, and four of them pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges over manipulation of foreign exchange rates, authorities said on May 20.

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