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  • September 03, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    My cover story in this week's Phoenix on cyber security quotes Congressman Jim Langevin, who has been a leading voice on the issue in the House. But another member of the Rhode Island delegation - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse - is also active on the issue. He co-authored a recent op-ed for CNN, with Senators Barbara Mikulski and Olympia Snowe, on the topic.

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  • May 26, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed is one of seven Senate Democrats named to a House-Senate panel that will iron out the differences between the two chambers' versions of a sweeping financial overhaul bill.

    Reed, a senior member of the Senate banking committee, helped craft the legislation. But he enters the conference amid significant disappointments:

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  • May 13, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Among the dizzying array of amendments to the financial reform package now under debate in Washington are a series aimed at the credit card industry. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is co-sponsor, with Republican Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, of a measure that might have the best shot at becoming law.

    The bill would restore the states' ability to limit interest rates imposed by out-of-state lenders on their residents.

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  • April 13, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Though never on the short list for a Supreme Court nomination, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse saw his name bandied about quite a bit on Capitol Hill and in the blogosphere after Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement. Now, he tells DC publication The Hill that he is not interested:

    Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.

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  • February 26, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    National Journal has published its annual vote rankings and Rhode Island's senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, are tied with three other Democrats - Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Roland Burris of Illinois, and Ben Cardin of Maryland - as the most liberal in the chamber.

    With neither senator up for re-election this fall, Rhode Island Republicans will not be able to exploit their records when the attacks might have the maximum appeal.

  • January 22, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, seeking a new term, seems to be running up against a Democratic Party eager - for ideological and political reasons - to strike a populist blow against those associated with Wall Street excess and the financial collapse.

    Bernanke needs Senate confirmation. And two key Democratic senators, Barbara Boxer of California and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, have already come out against him.

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  • December 21, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Sheldon Whitehouse's speech on Republican obstruction of health care reform this weekend makes some powerful arguments about a GOP trading in wanton mistruths and willing, even, to hold up a key defense appropriation in its efforts to block passage of the bill.

    But it is his comparison of the opposition to Nazi brownshirts and McCarthyites that has inflamed the blogosphere.

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  • October 14, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    A strong piece in Politico on the changing culture of the United States Senate speaks to Rhode Island's outsize clout in the chamber:

    Rhode Island’s Reed stands out most, leading by his quiet example. In his 12 years, he has established an extraordinary committee base affecting domestic and defense policy; with the U.

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  • October 09, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    A new reader poll at The Washington Post's political blog, The Fix, has Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Claire McCaskill tied for most underrated senator.

    Yesterday, we asked Fixistas to choose the most underrated member of the U.S. Senate from a list of six options. More than 3,600(!) of you offered your opinion.

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  • October 09, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who favors a public option in the push to reform health care, tells D.C. publication The Hill that Senator Max Baucus' relatively moderate health care proposal, which includes no public option, appears ascendant.

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and his centrist allies received a major boost Wednesday when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) delivered an analysis of his legislation, which does not include the public option.

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  • October 01, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will join Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for a first-of-its-kind, administration-sponsored live chat on health care at 5:30 p.m. From the Huffington Post:

    The White House has announced that it will hold a live chat with Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.

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  • June 12, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Sheldon Whitehouse's pronouncements on waterboarding get play on Andrew Sullivan's blog (he of Atlantic fame):

    "I want my colleagues and the American public to know that measured against the information I have been able to gain access to, the story line we have been led to believe--the story line about waterboarding we have been sold--is false in every one of its dimensions.

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  • May 15, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    As evidence mounts that the Bush Administration pursued torture for political ends - to elicit evidence of a tie between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda in a bid to justify the Iraq War - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is stepping up his already sharp rhetoric on harsh interrogation techniques.

    A report in the Daily Beast by former NBC investigative reporter Robert Windrem says that Vice President Dick Cheney suggested waterboarding a former Hussein intelligence official who might have knowledge of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties.

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  • May 14, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse have recommended that President Obama name Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island Peter F. Neronha the new U.S. Attorney for the state.

    “Peter Neronha is a veteran prosecutor and a dedicated public servant. He is a true professional. His exemplary service in the U.

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  • May 13, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Tune into Sheldon Whitehouse's Senate subcommittee hearings on the Bush Administration's "torture memos" here. And in the meantime, here's the senator's prepared opening statement:

    Winston Churchill said, “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” The truth of our country’s descent into torture is not precious, it is noxious.

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