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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Morning Plum: Scott Brown’s Obamacare repeal follies

In a new interview, he says he supports the law’s goals.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 04/25/2014

Morning Plum: John Boehner admits Republicans are the problem

A moment of true clarity from the House Speaker.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:08 AM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Morning Plum: Conventional wisdom about 2014 takes another hit

New polls show that red state Senate Dems are not dead and buried just yet.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Morning Plum: Jeb Bush, Eric Cantor, and the GOP’s future

What Cantor’s latest attack on Obama really tells us.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Morning Plum: Republicans at odds over whether to acknowledge Obamacare beneficiaries

Still, this is progress of a sort.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:47 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/15/2014

Morning Plum: On Obamacare, the conversation is changing

Republicans now feel the need to say they support dramatically expanded coverage.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 04/14/2014

Morning Plum: The GOP’s economic agenda for women

Republicans plan their counterattack.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:05 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 04/11/2014

Morning Plum: What Sebelius’ resignation says about the Obamacare debate

Republicans retreat to a fallback position: the law cannot work by definition.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 04/10/2014

Morning Plum: Republicans know, just know, Obamacare will destroy country

A new poll sheds some light on GOP Obamacare-hatred.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Morning Plum: Once again, it comes down to women

The Dem push on a women’s economic agenda is about far more than just 2014.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Morning Plum: Why 2014 looks so bad for Dems, and what they can do about it

A new poll shows their core voters may disproportionately stay at home.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:43 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 04/07/2014

Morning Plum: As GOPers pretend Obamacare beneficiaries don’t exist, number of uninsured falls again

A new reality dawns in which Obamacare just might work.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Morning Plum: In GOP, 47 percenter-ism is alive and well

A new report suggests Paul Ryan’s budget would shred the safety net.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Morning Plum: Live by the bogus narrative, die by the bogus narrative

How about a more nuanced look at the politics of Obamacare?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:20 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Morning Plum: Will Paul Ryan blueprint hurt GOP in 2014?

Dems plan to label it the “Koch Budget.“

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Morning Plum: Do Republicans have a Plan B?

They don’t appear to have considered the possibility that Obamacare might work out over time.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 03/31/2014

Morning Plum: Pressure mounts on Obama over deportations

If Republicans don’t act by late summer, the president may have no choice.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:11 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Morning Plum: As O’care enrollment hits six million, GOP ramps up plan to replace it

Anyone else noticing a disconnect here?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Morning Plum: Is Obamacare repeal fatigue setting in?

A new poll finds that support for repeal continues to shrink.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Morning Plum: The incredible shrinking Obamacare sob story

Yet another Americans for Prosperity ad is debunked.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Morning Plum: The tea party and the minimum wage

AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka challenges tea party chieftain Jim DeMint to a debate.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 03/19/2014

The Morning Plum: The NSA is listening

They can now record all of a country’s phone calls. What will they be capable of a few years from now?

By Paul Waldman  |  08:27 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Morning Plum: What the Obamacare enrollment numbers mean

There are real people’s lives at stake.

By Paul Waldman  |  08:57 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 03/17/2014

The Morning Plum: As Crimea votes to secede, demands pour in for more effective posturing

Republicans will be insisting that Crimea’s secession never would have happened had Barack Obama not been so weak.

By Paul Waldman  |  08:51 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Morning Plum: Why Dems are tying Republicans to the Koch brothers

The strategy is more complicated than it appears.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:29 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 03/10/2014

Morning Plum: As GOP certainty about Obamacare’s collapse deepens, number of uninsured falls again

A new Gallup survey suggests the health law may be working.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:49 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Morning Plum: There’s a hole in Paul Ryan’s hammock

His “brown bag” anecdote crashes and burns.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:27 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 03/06/2014

Morning Plum: Republicans fret about GOP’s lack of economic agenda

Some in the party wonder whether running only against Obamacare will be enough.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 03/05/2014

The Morning Plum: Why GOP won’t evolve on gay marriage

The GOP base overwhelmingly opposes same sex marriage.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 03/04/2014

Morning Plum: Why Republicans have the advantage in 2014

A new poll suggests Obamacare is likely a wash, and that the GOP advantage is structural.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:56 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 03/03/2014

Morning Plum: The Medicaid expansion is bad because it’s Obamacare

The politics of the Medicaid expansion are complicated, even in red states.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Morning Plum: Bleeding heart Republicans really want health reform. No, really.

Here’s how Obamacare could fade as an issue.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:08 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Morning Plum: What will Florida special election tell us? Not much.

Dem Alex Sink’s pollster concedes a big GOP registration edge, but says she’s winning on Obamacare.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:53 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Morning Plum: No, the problem isn’t ‘polarization’

Pundits lament gridlock and dysfunction. The cause of them is obvious.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Morning Plum: Obamacare ‘horror stories’ fall apart under scrutiny

Americans for Prosperity releases documentation for its widely-pilloried ad, but it doesn’t add up.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Morning Plum: Hype versus reality in the war of Obamacare anecdotes

Americans for Prosperity is spreading hyped horror stories while working to block the law from helping real people.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:05 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/21/2014

The Morning Plum: Can minimum wage lift Dems in 2014?

How Dems hope to capitalize.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Morning Plum: How the GOP’s ‘Obamacare horror stories’ strategy works

A harsh new ad from Americans for Prosperity dramatizes the stakes.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 02/19/2014

Morning Plum: Tea Party economic worldview holding back GOP

GOP Senators privately search for a way to Yes on unemployment benefits.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Morning Plum: GOP is ‘ready to govern,’ but without any governing agenda

House Republicans decide not acting on big ticket items is the safest play.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:59 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Morning Plum: Mitch McConnell wrestles monster he helped create

GOP leaders reap the whirlwind, after misleading the base for years.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Morning Plum: GOP should cut right wing loose on immigration

The debt limit resolution reveals the true nature of today’s House GOP with uncommon clarity.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 02/12/2014

The Morning Plum: Dems hit back over Obamacare

More Dem ads are targeting the GOP repeal stance.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Morning Plum: Ted Cruz would love to debate immigration reform in 2015

Will John Boehner allow Cruz-ism to prevail?

By Greg Sargent  |  08:53 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Morning Plum: Dems call GOP’s bluff on immigration reform

It’s important to understand what John Boehner really meant when he said Republicans don’t trust Obama.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:20 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 02/07/2014

The Morning Plum: The GOP dance on immigration

What John Boehner really meant when he said Republicans can’t “trust” Obama.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 02/06/2014

Morning Plum: Republicans double down on another Big Lie about Obamacare

GOP distortions of the CBO report find their way into a new ad.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:30 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Morning Plum: On inequality, Republicans are all alone

A new poll finds broad public support for government action to reduce the income gap -- except among Republicans.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Morning Plum: No, Republicans have not ruled out citizenship

A top Republican offers new details on what the House GOP is thinking on immigration.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:22 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Morning Plum: GOP may kill immigration reform because #OBUMMER

Here’s a guide to what Paul Ryan really means.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Morning Plum: Republicans surrendering on debt limit? Not so fast!

Republicans still want to stage a debt limit hostage crisis. They don’t know which hostage to take, however.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/29/2014

The Morning Plum: Obama’s big gamble

He’s betting that the public agrees with the liberal economic vision, not the conservative one.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Morning Plum: Inside Obama’s game plan for 2014

The new approach is about moving his agenda forward, but also about re-engaging with the public.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 01/24/2014

The Morning Plum: More cracks in GOP resistance to Obamacare

Republicans slowly reconcile themselves to the idea that the law might not be 100 percent evil.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:20 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 01/23/2014

The Morning Plum: A nation of redistributionists and class warriors

A new poll finds a majority of Americans supports taxing the rich to help the poor.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Morning Plum: Mitch McConnell and the moral argument over Obamacare

A new ad touts the Kentucky Senator’s efforts to expand coverage to those who lack it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:31 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 01/21/2014

The Morning Plum: Obama, race, and the Affordable Care Act

The president makes striking comments about race and Obamacare.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Morning Plum: A Dem candidate who would expand O’care and Social Security

Here’s a House race to watch.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Morning Plum: How Dems are fighting back on Obamacare

A new TV ad shows the template Dems will use in 2014.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 01/15/2014

The Morning Plum: Dems sound alarm about right wing money

It’s time for unions and liberal groups to step up.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Morning Plum: Obamacare derangement fades among Republicans (a bit)

The GOP will not stage a debt ceiling hostage crisis to undermine the health law. Progress!

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Morning Plum: Republicans all over the map on jobless benefits

It falls to Marco Rubio to lay bare just how flimsy GOP arguments have become.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Morning Plum: Political ground shifts against Hammock Theory of Poverty

Republicans search for non-ideological ways to oppose an extension of unemployment benefits.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:24 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Morning Plum: Dems slam GOP Senate candidates over unemployment benefits

Dems see the issue as a winner in general elections.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Morning Plum: GOP has another chance to declare independence from Tea Party

Republicans claim they support extending unemployment insurance. Call their bluff.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:16 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Morning Plum: Republicans reframing fight over unemployment benefits

They are recasting the battle as one over fiscal responsibility, rather than over maintaining the safety net.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:59 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Morning Plum: Senate may kill UI extension today. Then what?

Next up: We may see serious negotiations over how to pay for it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:03 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/03/2014

The Morning Plum: The next battle over Obamacare

Expect House GOP votes designed to sow doubts about enrollment numbers.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 01/02/2014

Morning Plum: Will Republicans renew UI for their own constituents?

States represented by GOP Senators have higher unemployment rates than the national average.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 12/17/2013

The Morning Plum: The consequences of GOP opposition to Obamacare

Thanks to the refusal to opt in to the Medicaid expansion, racial, geographic and ethnic disparities in health care coverage are only likely to get worse, a new study finds.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:06 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 12/16/2013

Morning Plum: Insurance industry bets on Obamacare. GOP bets on failure.

Insurance companies will spend hundreds of millions to help make the law work, but Republicans know it has already failed.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/13/2013

The Morning Plum: Congress’ epic fail

Lawmakers remain far more likely to vote on a useless Iran sanctions bill than on extending a lifeline to over one million Americans.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Morning Plum: Top pollster advises Dems to go on offense on Obamacare

Stan Greenberg’s extensive new research confirms it yet again: The GOP repeal stance is not a winner.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 12/11/2013

The Morning Plum: Have Obama and the health law bottomed out?

After all of its problems, the Affordable Care Act is still on probation with many voters.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 12/10/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP set to stiff-arm conservatives once again?

Republican leaders appear ready to enter into basic governing compromises.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:03 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Morning Plum: Sequester will be lifted, but unemployed likely to be left behind

A senior Senate Democratic aide tells me the chances of an extension of an unemployment insurance extension for 1.3 million people are “slipping away.“

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Morning Plum: Fate of unemployment insurance hangs in the balance

A budget deal appears to be close, but an extension of benefits for the jobless appears nowhere in sight.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Morning Plum: Slowly, the political-media narrative on Obamacare turns

Harry Reid says Obamacare will be a plus for Dems in 2014.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 12/04/2013

The Morning Plum: Obama returns to an old standby -- the middle class

The President hopes to link Obamacare to the larger economic themes that have bailed him out in the past.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 12/02/2013

The Morning Plum: Obamacare gets another chance

But Republicans remain absolutely, irrevocably convinced the law has already failed.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:06 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 11/26/2013

The Morning Plum: What if the GOP stance on Obamacare proves a liability, too?

That’s not possible, because Obamacare’s doom is already sealed.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:59 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 11/25/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems should give Iran deal a chance

The White House’s request for flexibility seems like a reasonable one.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:27 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 11/21/2013

The Morning Plum: Draw a sharper contrast on Obamacare, Dems

Republicans plan a major new assault on the health law.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:41 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 11/19/2013

The Morning Plum: Here’s why Dems should stick with Obamacare

Disapproval of the law is running high, but core Democratic constituencies continue to tilt against repeal.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:57 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 11/18/2013

The Morning Plum: Obamacare is the salvation of the GOP. (Not.)

The health law’s problems are only encouraging Republicans to postpone dealing with immigration and tax reform.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:23 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 11/15/2013

The Morning Plum: For Democrats, it’s gut check time

This isn’t about Obama. It’s about the policy.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:31 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Morning Plum: Here’s why White House counts Obamacare enrollees this way

Don’t get spooked by short term politics, Dems.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 11/13/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems struggle to maintain unity as Obamacare woes mount

The White House’s short term problems may continue to get worse.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 AM ET, 11/12/2013

The Morning Plum: White House braces for terrible Obamacare enrollment numbers

But again: All that matters in the long run is whether the policy works.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:12 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 11/08/2013

White House tries to stanch Obamacare bleeding

But the long term politics of Obamacare could still favor the Democrats.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 11/07/2013

The Morning Plum: Labor blasts House Republicans over immigration

Is there any way to make individual GOP lawmakers pay a price for refusing to solve the country’s problems?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:16 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 11/04/2013

The Morning Plum: A year after election debacle, GOP hasn’t changed a bit

The disastrous Obamacare rollout is allowing Republicans to paper over problems and internal conflicts that will imperil the party over the long term.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:53 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 11/01/2013

The Morning Plum: Americans not ready to give up on Obamacare

A new poll finds more want to keep the law or expand it than want to “repeal and replace” or get rid of it entirely.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:16 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 10/31/2013

The Morning Plum: The deficit is falling. In Washington, that doesn’t matter.

Democrats have leverage in the coming budget talks, too. They should act like it.

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Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Morning Plum: There’s only one way to win the war over Obamacare

Over time, the policy known as the Affordable Care has to work.

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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Morning Plum: Why normal debate about Obamacare is impossible

Many Republicans refuse to even acknowledge the millions of Americans who will benefit from the law.

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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 10/28/2013

The Morning Plum: Maybe GOP should try governing again

It’s time for Republicans to accept that the Tea Party will probably never accept anything that results from conventional governing processes.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 10/23/2013

The Morning Plum: Obamacare rollout is awful. GOP’s position is a lot worse.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 10/22/2013

The Morning Plum: Outside the conservative bubble, GOP sustains epic damage

The GOP brand is in absolutely awful shape. Does that matter at all?

By Greg Sargent  |  08:18 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 10/21/2013

The Morning Plum: Don’t squander your shutdown gains, Dems

If there is anything that can trample on the Dem message -- that the GOP has lost the ability to engage in basic governing -- it’s Obamacare’s glaring web site failures.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 10/18/2013

The Morning Plum: How the GOP can save itself from the Tea Party

Republicans need to start governing again, even if it gets Tea Partyers very, very angry.

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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 10/17/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems break GOP addiction to chaos governing. But will it last?

This wasn’t just another Washington “win.” It was an important statement on principle.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 10/16/2013

John Boehner’s `moment of truth’ arrives

It was inevitable that the House Speaker would have to decide whether to throw the Tea Party overboard.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:02 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/11/2013

The Morning Plum: The secret GOP plot to salvage victory, or at least postpone defeat

Despite their “offer,” Republicans are fully intent on maintaining use of future debt limit deadlines in order to extract unilateral concessions from Democrats.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013

The Morning Plum: Boehner blinks

At this point, Republicans can’t decide where their phantom leverage lies, and can’t agree on what concessions to extract with that phantom leverage.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/09/2013

The Morning Plum: A clarifying moment of Washington dysfunction

Obama and Republicans don’t disagree over the need for negotiations. They disagree over the conditions within which those negotiations should take place.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 10/07/2013

The Morning Plum: John Boehner doesn’t really want to `negotiate’ with Obama

Can’t folks at least acknowledge the true nature of the GOP position here?

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Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013

The Morning Plum: Conservatives have no endgame in shutdown fight

House GOP leaders can’t find a way out of this mess because the right won’t let them.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 10/03/2013

The Morning Plum: Republicans and their voters are stuck in 2011

Tea Party Republicans need to understand that giving up on the idea of fake leverage over Obama is not surrender.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:43 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 10/02/2013

The Morning Plum: Governing crisis set to escalate dramatically

It’s becoming more likely that the government shutdown will spill over into the debt limit fight. Be. Very. Afraid.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:28 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Republicans enter the danger zone

As the government shutdown begins, a new poll suggests solid majorities, including of independents and moderates, no longer think the GOP is capable of constructive governing.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:50 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 09/30/2013

The Morning Plum: For GOP, a refresher on the meaning of the word `compromise’

Republicans redefine “compromise” as asking for only some of what they want at gunpoint, rather than all of it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 09/27/2013

The GOP’s Obamacare problem, in one sentence

Republicans need to tell us what they want, other than what they can’t have.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 09/26/2013

The GOP’s debt limit strategy is insane. People should say so.

Some Republicans want to insist on a late term abortion ban in exchange for a debt ceiling hike.

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Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 09/25/2013

The Morning Plum: Ted Cruz’s stance on Obamacare is the GOP’s stance on Obamacare

Good news about Obamacare! But Republicans must not acknowledge it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:34 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 09/24/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP’s problem isn’t which hostage to take. It’s the extortion strategy itself.

In embracing a new strategy to use the debt limit to undermine Obamacare, GOP leaders are ignoring the same realities they’re asking conservatives to accept.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 09/23/2013

The Morning Plum: Why won’t the GOP establishment let Ted Cruz defund Obamacare?

The Texas Senator is already laying the groundwork to blame anyone but himself for the failure of his defund-Obamacare con.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 09/20/2013

The Morning Plum: As Obamacare marches forward, GOP marches off cliff

Even as GOP opposition to Obamacare continues to radicalize, time may be on the law’s side.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 09/19/2013

The Morning Plum: Panic sets in among GOP elites

A new GOP poll finds opposition to Obamacare does not translate into support for GOP efforts to sabotage it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:27 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/18/2013

The Morning Plum: Are Dems turning on Obama? Yes. Does it matter? Not much.

The basic dynamic shaping our politics in the near future is divisions within the GOP, and that isn’t changing anytime soon.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 09/17/2013

The Morning Plum: On Syria, Beltway elites blow it with paint-by-numbers punditry

A new poll finds that majorities still say Obama is a strong leader with strong principles. Time to reevaluate all the unstated assumptions guiding commentary on these matters, okay?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 09/16/2013

The Morning Plum: Fewer than one in four Americans support sabotage of Obamacare

A new Pew poll finds that only 23 percent back efforts to make the law fail, yet that minority’s obsession is in effect dictating our entire political situation.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 09/13/2013

The Morning Plum: Delusions and lies about Obamacare come back to haunt GOP leaders

There is no sign the GOP leadership has any idea how to avert chaos this fall.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:28 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/12/2013

The Morning Plum: Senate conservatives stick the knife in House GOP leaders

For all the talk about how Syria “weakens” Obama, the dominant factor in the upcoming fights will be divisions among Republicans.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 09/11/2013

The Morning Plum: Obama is conflicted on Syria. That’s a good thing.

The President’s handling of Syria has many problems, but his treatment of it as a morally complex, evolving situation is not one of them.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:28 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 09/10/2013

The Morning Plum: If we avoid war, American people won’t care about process that got us there

Many seem to think that if a war opposed by huge majorities is averted, it will somehow put Obama’s presidency is on the line.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/06/2013

The Morning Plum: If Congress says No on Syria, Obama should (and probably will) listen

We may get to see the unfolding of a very interesting experiment.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 09/05/2013

The Morning Plum: The case Obama needs to make

The President may give an Oval Office address on Syria. These are the concerns he needs to address.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:24 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 09/04/2013

The Morning Plum: How White House hopes to get Congress to Yes on Syria

Congress is being given a way to rein in Obama's authority without blocking strikes on

By Greg Sargent  |  09:08 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 09/03/2013

The Morning Plum: How Republicans will make their Syria decision all about Obama

Some GOP lawmakers are already telegraphing their intention to oppose intervention on the grounds that Obama is too incompetent to execute it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:03 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 08/23/2013

The Morning Plum: John Boehner searches for a way out

The House GOP leader makes it clear there will be no government shutdown to defund Obamacare. But what's next?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:23 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 08/22/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP leaders approach day of reckoning

At a certain point, Republican leaders will have to level with the base about the GOP's lack of leverage to stop Obamacare.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 08/21/2013

The Morning Plum: Ted Cruz is absolutely right about Obamacare

The Texas Senator knows full well that once the Affordable Care Act's benefits kick in, the argument over the law will no longer be winnable.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:16 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 08/20/2013

The Morning Plum: Republicans may need Nancy Pelosi to bail them out

Top Democrats are increasingly convinced Republicans will simply not be capable of averting disaster in this fall's fiscal confrontations.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 08/19/2013

The Morning Plum: For Obamacare opponents, time is running out

What if the push to defund Obamacare turns out to be a big fizzle, even among the conservative grassroots?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:00 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 08/16/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP elites in full blown panic

If Republicans believe their only political problem on Obamacare is the reckless push for a government shutdown, they are kidding themselves.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:57 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 08/15/2013

The Morning Plum: Where's that conservative backlash on immigration?

Another House Republican comes out for comprehensive reform. But does it matter?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:26 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 08/14/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems must get it right in this fall's spending fights

Chris Van Hollen lays down some core principles for Dems to follow in the confrontations to come.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:26 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 08/13/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP leaders retreat from the abyss

A new report claims House Republicans are confident they can avoid a government shutdown debacle this fall.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:59 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 08/12/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP talking points on Obamacare descend into gibberish

Do Republican officials really believe the claim that Obama is the one who wants to shut down the government will fly?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 08/09/2013

The Morning Plum: The Obamacare trap

Every time Republicans propose a replacement for Obamacare, conservatives revolt -- reminding everyone of what Republicans are trying to obscure in the first place.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 08/08/2013

The Morning Plum: The conventional wisdom on immigration reform is wrong

The key question to ask is this: Are House Republicans seriously grappling with the issue?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 08/07/2013

The Morning Plum: The GOP's fundamental miscalculation on Obamacare

What if Republicans are making the exact same mistake about Obamacare they made about the economy in 2012?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 08/06/2013

The Morning Plum: Only the total destruction of Obamacare will do

Marco Rubio claims that you are not really against Obamacare unless you advocate for defundign the law.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 08/05/2013

The Morning Plum: Be very afraid of a government shutdown

In an interview, Eric Cantor refuses to disabuse the base of all the lies and distortions about Obamacare and government spending that are making any sane effort to reach compromises impossible.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:11 AM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 08/02/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP leaders reap the whirlwind

Republican leaders have created this mess, but Nancy Pelosi may well have to bail them out of it.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:25 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 08/01/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP discovers voting to repeal Obamacare is easier than governing

House Republicans learn that cutting spending is difficult and unpopular, and that basic governing is no picnic, either. So how about another Obamacare repeal vote?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 07/31/2013

The Morning Plum: Ostrich Punditry refuses to reckon with reality of today's GOP

The core question remains: Is there any set of concessions -- or any display of presidential leadership -- that could induce Republican leaders to compromise?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 07/26/2013

The Morning Plum: Even Republicans are openly worried about GOP's sabotage governing

Some even say they could cost the GOP the House.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:58 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 07/24/2013

The Morning Plum: How long can GOP keep this up?

A new poll finds that majorities see Republicans as the inflexible, intransigent party.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:24 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 07/23/2013

The Morning Plum: Republicans are deluding themselves -- time is on Obamacare's side

Even conservatives are beginning to realize that Obamacare might gain traction with the public over time.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:16 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 07/22/2013

The Morning Plum: John Boehner is the leader of House Republicans. Remember?

The House Speaker wants reporters and commentators to believe immigration reform is very likely dead.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:20 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 07/19/2013

The Morning Plum: Among Senate Republicans, a new Compromise Caucus emerges

It may be premature to predict Mitch McConnell's grip is loosening, but important developments are afoot.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 07/18/2013

The Morning Plum: Immigration reform's prospects depend on whether Boehner and Ryan show leadership

It is not inevitable that the right wing must dictate the outcome.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 07/17/2013

The Morning Plum: A thaw in GOP resistance to basic governing?

Dems plan to capitalize on yesterday's filibuster victory to renew the push for a budget deal.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:26 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 07/15/2013

The Morning Plum: Time to go nuclear

If the current level of GOP obstructionism doesn't justify a rules change by Dems, what level would justify it?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 07/12/2013

The Morning Plum: Why the battle over filibuster reform matters

Folks need to take a stand on which side is right and which side is wrong.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 07/10/2013

The Morning Plum: House GOP stares into abyss on immigration

One expert on the House says there's still a narrow path to passage for reform.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 07/08/2013

The Morning Plum: The problem isn't generic "Washington gridlock." It's the House GOP.

Any account that doesn't clearly and forthrightly explain that GOP intransigence is the primary reason for dysfunction is just misleading people.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:26 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 06/27/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP doesn't need no stinkin' makeover

On every major issue in the news right now, Republicans are running in the opposite direction from the one recommended in that RNC call for a GOP makeover.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:06 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 06/24/2013

The Morning Plum: Will John Boehner really kill historic opportunity to reform immigration?

If the GOP base does kill reform, it will only be because Republican leaders allowed it to.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 06/12/2013

The Morning Plum: Holding Dems who vote wrong way on guns accountable

Mike Bloomberg urges hundreds of Dem donors to withhold contributions from red state Dem Senators who continue to toe the NRA's line.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:45 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Where is the line, Harry Reid?

What will it take for Democrats to revisit filibuster reform?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:39 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 01/08/2013

The Morning Plum: Job one for the White House -- isolate the NRA

The White House and Democrats appear to be fully engaged for the fight to come. They will have to be.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:26 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, gun control, Morning Plum, nra

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Morning Open Thread

Let’s get started.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/13/2012

Morning Open Thread

Let’s get started.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:00 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Reality check: Romney and GOP could still repeal Obamacare

Forget about Senate “rules.” A GOP majority could probably do it.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:40 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

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Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Happy Hour Round-up

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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

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Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

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Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

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Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Could ‘Obamacare’ be getting more popular?

New poll finds relatively good news for Obama and the Democrats.

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Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 01/02/2012

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By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:30 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Policymaker of the Year?

Robert Gates made major strides in changing the Pentagon culture before stepping down.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:25 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our daily wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:30 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Happy hour roundup

From Matt Yglesias to Greg Miller to Steve Greene, here’s the good stuff.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:55 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/25/2011

Health care cost controls are not a federal budget issue

There’s more to it than the federal budget.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 10/26/2011

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Our daily wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:10 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Democrats are playing politics on jobs. And that’s a good thing.

And that’s a good idea.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:00 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 09/05/2011

The dysfunctional Republican Party

It knows what it’s against, but it can’t make policy.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  09:27 AM ET, 09/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 08/31/2011

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By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:15 PM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 08/31/2011

Why Romney shouldn’t want Sarah Palin in the race

The Sage of Wasilla could be a distraction.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  08:45 AM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 08/30/2011

Health reform’s new ally: indifference

Partisan opposition to the law is dissipating.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  08:45 AM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:20 PM ET, 08/13/2011

Clock running out for Pawlenty

Romney and Perry seem most on track for the nomination.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  08:20 PM ET, 08/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Happy hour roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:00 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 08/03/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

What’s happening around the Web.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:45 PM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 08/03/2011

Time for a warning shot on appointments

How Obama could bypass GOP obstructionists.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:15 PM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 07/31/2011

How the deal won’t affect 2012

Neither Democratic or Republican pitches will change.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:00 PM ET, 07/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Obama’s gay marriage conundrum

The White House refines its position.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:52 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Happy Hour roundup

Must-read links.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:00 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 05/06/2011

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Must-reads from today and earlier.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:30 PM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 05/05/2011

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Some must-reads from today and earlier.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:30 PM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Dave Camp is out (on Medicare)

The Ways and Means chair apparently has no intention of moving legislation on Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  11:58 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 05/03/2011

Happy hour roundup

Some must-reads from today, some from last week.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:30 PM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 05/02/2011

Using what you have

Part of this mission’s success is due to Obama retaining Bob Gates at the Pentagon.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:47 PM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/02/2011

Obama gets it right in statement on bin Laden

The flourishes were not memorable, but the sound bite – “Justice has been done” – was solid.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:15 PM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 PM ET, 04/29/2011

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By Jonathan Bernstein  |  08:45 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)