The Plum Line: Beltway scandal-mania


Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 07/16/2013

IRS audit author Russell George is testifying under oath again. Will media care?

George's attempt to explain the shortcomings in this "scandal" will likely get far less attention than the initial allegations did.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:14 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Dems have more questions for IRS audit author Russell George

Congressional Democrats demand that Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee call George back to the Hill to answer more questions under oath about the IRS targeting of progressive groups.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:45 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/21/2013

The Obama IRS scandal retreats to the fever swamps

Mitch McConnell gives a speech in which he effectively acknowledges that the scandal has entered into fact free territory.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:46 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Breaking: Full House committee transcripts shed new light on genesis of IRS targeting

Elijah Cummings releases the full transcripts, after Darrell Issa refused to do the same.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:01 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Calling Darrell Issa's bluff

Democrats give the GOP investigations ringleader until Monday to explain in more detail why he won't release transcripts of witness testimony on the IRS scandal.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:30 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Republicans still struggling to connect Obama to IRS scandal

Darrell Issa and other Republicans have already decided the White House directed IRS targeting, and will now search for evidence to prove it.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:33 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 05/31/2013

GOP injects 'scandals' into discussion of student loans

Huge majorities see the economy as a higher priority than the scandal-fest that has gripped Washington.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:02 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Hatred of Obama could lead to GOP overreach

We may be seeing a rerun of the 1990s in more ways than one.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:12 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Separating what matters from what doesn't in scandal coverage

The press needs to regain some perspective on these stories.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:11 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Scandals are no substitute for an agenda

At a certain point, Republicans will need to develop a set of actual policies to run on in future elections.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:39 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Beltway narrative schizophrenia

Do the current scandals show that Obama is a power-mad Nixonian dictator? Or do they reveal that he's weak and unable to control the government he presides over?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:32 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 05/14/2013

Why Washington scandal-mania may save Medicare and Social Security

If the scandal train continues down the tracks, a Grand Bargain will become less and less likely.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:43 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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