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Mrs. Warren goes to Washington

Elizabeth Warren was the only senator on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, aside from the chair and ranking minority, to show up at last Thursday's hearing on indexing the minimum wage to inflation.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s credentials, support, and savvy make her almost untouchable — and she knows it.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 22, 2013

RIP, Richard Walton; speaking truth to power; folks we love

Flags have been at half-mast at Casa Diablo all week as your superior correspondents mourn the passing of a great man.
An irreplaceable man
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 04, 2013

In the Phoenix: Web Piracy

I've got a cover story in today's Phoenix about the suddenly white hot debate over Internet piracy - a debate that has fired up the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 19, 2012

Reed Opposes Internet Piracy Bill

With the tide quickly turning on a pair of anti-Internet piracy bills before Congress - the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 18, 2012

Reed and Whitehouse on Detainee Policy

The US Senate last week, in a vote that scrambled the usual partisan calculus, approved a controversial detainee policy - with Rhode Island Senators Jack...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 05, 2011

Turkey time

It's time for the Phoenix 's third annual turkeys issue, wherein we call out Rhode Islanders for acts most fowl.
Injustice, deception, and simple boneheadedness: the Phoenix presents its third annual dishonor role

Question of the Day

Ian Donnis over at WRNI chats with Senator Jack Reed, who remains hopeful that Congress, afte the failure of the supercommittee, can work out a...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 21, 2011

Memo to Jack Reed: Cut the bull on Afghanistan; iPad iLliteracy; hazing Cain

Phillipe and Jorge love Senator Jack Reed, but there comes a time when you just have to say, "Don't try to bullshit two bullshitters."
Lipstick on a pig
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 04, 2011

Gay Marriage Proponents Target Reed

A coalition of local and national advocates for same-sex marriage have launched a campaign urging Senator Jack Reed to join the other three members of...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 27, 2011

A decade of turmoil

9/11 has become such a given — such a fixed star in American culture and politics — that as the tenth anniversary approached, it was easy to imagine we had somehow come to terms with the attacks.
Rhode Island’s brightest minds on where we are now
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 09, 2011

Reed's Housing Crisis Fix

Senator Reed's quirky housing fix lands on Time's web site: There’s an old Lily Tomlin joke where she says, “Wouldn’t it be great if all...
By David Scharfenberg  |  August 09, 2011

Reed Draws Line on Medicare

Senators Jack Reed and Tom Harkin demanded in a conference call with reporters this morning that the GOP take Medicare reform off the table in the debt-ceilings negotiations. From The Hill:...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 03, 2011

Those Pesky Debt Ceiling Votes

Government shutdown averted, the next major battle in Washington will be over raising the federal government's debt ceiling. Republicans are threatening to vote against it unless...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 13, 2011

Capitol Hill Shocker!: Reed Won't be SecDef

Senator Jack Reed issued his 12,343rd denial of interest in the Secretary of Defense post today. You've got to wonder when the national press corps...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 12, 2011

How Dependent is the RI Delegation on Defense Industry Contributions?

The alleged $10 million kickback scandal involving a Rhode Island-based Navy official and defense contractor Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow (ASFT) has focused attention on campaign contributions offered up...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 14, 2011

Reed to Leave HELP, Whitehouse Steps In

Senator Jack Reed, who serves on the Appropriations Committee, is in line to become Rhode Island's first chairman of a Senate appropriations subcommitee since John Pastore....
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 27, 2011


Reed on the Arizona shootings, the Tea Party, and why Bob Gates might stick around

Just days after the Arizona tragedy, the Phoenix sat down with Senator Jack Reed for a Q+A about the shooting, the Tea Party, and some troubling news out of Pakistan.
Ask the Senator
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 14, 2011

The 2011 political forecast

The great wave election of 2010 did little to reshape Rhode Island's Congressional delegation. Neither of the state's senators faced re-election and Democrats held onto both House seats, with Congressman-elect David Cicilline replacing the retiring Patr
Getting Back To Business
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 17, 2010

In the Phoenix: TFA and the Delegation

A new issue of the Phoenix hits the stands today. And I've got pieces on Teach for America, the controversial program that recruits top-tier college...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 16, 2010

UPDATED: Reed, Bedazzled

UPDATE: Senator Reed's office writes to say that his bling is a West Point class ring. Here's a Wall Street Journal piece on the significance of...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 03, 2010

Reed's National Security Bona Fides

With President Obama under fire for supporting the proposed mosque and community center near Ground Zero in Manhattan, Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed played the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  August 16, 2010

Reed's Challenge

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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 26, 2010

How Rhode Island can eliminate homelessness

Making it a reality is a matter of political will.
The concept is as simple as it is radical: give the homeless a place to live, with no strings attached
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 14, 2010

Reed's New Role: Kagan Defender

President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court has quickly become a political football in the run-up to a crucial fall election. Senate candidates from...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 12, 2010

Reed and Financial Reform

Senator Jack Reed has been at the center of a months-long effort to tighten restrictions on derivatives - financial instruments at the heart of the economic...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 26, 2010

Reed's Office: No Deal on Derivatives Reform

I made reference in this space, yesterday, to a report from Washington publication The Hill that had Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, saying...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 21, 2010

Report: Reed and Gregg Close on Derivatives Deal

Washington publication The Hill is reporting that Senator Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Senator Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican, are close to...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 20, 2010

Reed Hints at GOP Senators Who Might Back Financial Reform

Washington insiders' publication The Hill reports that Senator Jack Reed, in an appearance on MSNBC this morning, hinted at some of the Republicans who might...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 16, 2010

Housing Postscript

On Friday, I wrote about the Obama Administration's new approach to the foreclosure crisis, suggesting it was a victory of sorts for Senator Jack Reed...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 29, 2010

On Foreclosure

The Obama Administration's announcement today of a broad new effort to deal with the nation's foreclosure crisis represents, in part, a triumph for Senator Jack...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 26, 2010