The Plum Line: Obama


Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Have Democrats already lost on the budget?

Maybe, but there could be a bigger fight next time.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:19 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boehner, budget, government shutdown, Obama

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Pot and the complexity of giving the president a hard time

On over-the-top activists

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:29 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marijuana, President Obama

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:12 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democractic budget, President Obama

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Beltway bubble insulated from reality of sequester

Real people around the country are beginning to tune into the possibility that these spending cuts could do real damage to their communities and to the country's economic recovery.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:37 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, budget, sequester

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/21/2013

More evidence immigration reform won't fix GOP's Latino problem

Latinos disagree with Republicans on a range of policies -- not just immigration.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration, Obama, Republicans

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/19/2013

GOP's sequester shenanigans carry risks for 2014

Yes, Obama will take some of the blame if the sequester damages the economy. But Republicans could pay a larger price at the polls next year.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:45 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  congress, Obama, Republicans, sequester

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 02/12/2013

On immigration and climate change, Obama's rhetoric won't do much good

A new poll confirms that Presidential rhetoric tends to polarize more than to persuade.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:17 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 01/21/2013

An expansive case for progressive governance, grounded in language of Founding Fathers

Obama's second inaugural is squarely rooted in the tradition of progressive speeches from the past who appropriated the language of the Founding Fathers as their own.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:08 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 01/21/2013

How Obama made good on the promises of his first inaugural

How Obama made good on the promises of his first inaugural

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:19 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, economy, health care, inauguration, Stimulus

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/01/2013

Fiscal deal leaves central question of Obama presidency unresolved

The battle over the future of the American welfare state was not settled by today's outcome, and that fight is the crucial one.

By Greg Sargent  |  10:38 AM ET, 01/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, fiscal cliff, Medicare, Social Security

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 12/31/2012

A deal liberals can live with -- pending part two

The truth is it's extremely hard to evaluate these things even when everything is done and public

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:20 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, budget, fiscal cliff, Harry Reid, john boehner, Mitch McConnell, taxes

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 12/31/2012

A combative Obama calls, again, for a "balanced" deal

It's hard to figure out what the president was aiming for in the brief press conference he gave this afternoon.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  03:04 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, budget, fiscal cliff

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/31/2012

The case for the Dems' negotiating strategy

The White House strategy may be more than just a feckless cave -- there may be a rationale for it, after all.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:23 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barck obama, Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, Harry Reid

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Obama to GOP: Last chance

The President signals to GOP leaders that if we do go over the cliff, he intends to extract maximum political pain for it.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:38 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, john boehner, Mitch McConnell

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 12/28/2012

No 'cliff' solution today

But there's no reason to panic. There's little damage as long as everything gets wrapped up in January.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:10 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Democrats, fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 12/26/2012

The brave new world of Cabinet nominations

The rules have changed, and even Senate reform won't change them back.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:55 PM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, chuck hagel, Senate, Susan Rice

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 12/24/2012

Obama on track to stay in nation's good graces

Perhaps we should get used to thinking of Obama as a popular president.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:47 PM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Team Romney still doesn't see that Americans rejected its policies

There's little recognition from the campaign that Romney's big problem was the emptiness of his agenda.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:07 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Mitt Romney, romney campaign, team obama, team romney

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Finally! Obama shows true leadership on guns

In so doing, the President invited us to insist that he continue to engage the issue until real solutions are found.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:48 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, gun control, Newtown

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:10 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, gun control, Happy Hour Roundup, Newtown

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Did Boehner ask for permanent tax cuts for rich?

Judging by what was said in the private discussion between Obama and Boehner, we may be going over the cliff.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:24 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, john boehner

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Raising Medicare age could leave hundreds of thousands uninsured

A new report finds that far more seniors could be left uninsured than previously thought.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:56 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, fiscal cliff, Medicare

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 12/10/2012

No, Obama's campaign wasn't all that negative

Every presidential race is bemoaned as the nastiest and most negative ever.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  04:53 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2012 campaign, barack obama, Mitt Romney

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Obama drops the hammer on Michigan "right to work" push

The President spells out that "right to work" laws are rotten to their core.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:34 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Collective bargaining, labor

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Why Obama must weigh in again on gay marriage

Obama needs to clarify that he believes the right gay marriage is protected by the constitution -- and to prepare the public to accept this idea, too.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:40 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Gay marriage, gay rights, Proposition 8, Supreme Court

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Hands off state laws legalizing marijuana

Barack Obama should not undermine laws legalizing pot in Colorado and Washington State.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:37 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Legalizing marijuana, War on Drugs

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 12/07/2012

John Boehner nervously eyes the clock

The Speaker holds a press conference that only underscores his own weak hand.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:01 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, john boehner

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Business leaders siding with Obama on debt ceiling?

Business leaders don't want another rerun of the 2011 debt limit debacle.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:01 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, debt ceiling, House of Representatives, Mitch McConnell

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 12/05/2012

The election wasn't just about taxes and the deficit. It was also about jobs.

When it comes to government investment in job creation, the public sided in this election with the Democratic vision.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:16 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2012 election, barack obama, Mitt Romney, Stimulus

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 12/05/2012

The Morning Plum: Why Obama won't negotiate with GOP over debt ceiling

Republicans are planning to use the debt limit crisis to extort deep entitlements cuts. Here's why Obama won't play along.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, fiscal cliff, Mitch McConnell, Morning Plum

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 12/04/2012

No, more Latino votes wouldn't have helped Romney win

A faulty explanation that doesn't account for the size of, and reasons for, Romney's loss.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  01:13 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2012 election, 2012 presidential electino, barack obama, Latinos, Mitt Romney

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 12/04/2012

The Morning Plum: GOPers expect to cave on tax rates for rich

A well-connected conservative reporter says it's only a matter of time until Republicans cave on higher tax rates on the rich.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, john boehner, Mitch McConnell, Morning Plum

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 12/03/2012

John Boehner's exit strategy

Boehner has an endgame at the ready -- he can just wait until he has no choice but to extend the middle class tax cuts.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:03 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, fiscal cliff, House of Representatives, john boehner

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Why Washington should kick the can down the road

Lawmakers should not allow more austerity amid such a weak recovery.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  12:23 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, congress, deficit reduction, Election 2012, fiscal cliff, john boehner

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 12/03/2012

White House willing to go over fiscal cliff if absolutely necessary

Senior administration officials say Obama is willing to go over the fiscal cliff if absolutely necessary -- enhancing his leverage.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:04 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, fiscal cliff, john boehner, Republicans

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 12/03/2012

The Morning Plum: No more false equivalence. Both sides are not equally to blame.

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:59 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, fiscal cliff, john boehner, Morning Plum

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 11/30/2012

No, Dems don't need to compromise up front

Dems benefit from a fundamentally unbalanced situation

By Greg Sargent  |  01:47 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, fiscal cliff, Senate

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 11/30/2012

The Morning Plum: Skittish Democrats putting filibuster reform in peril

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:05 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, congress, fiscal cliff, Morning Plum, Senate

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:27 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, congress, fiscal cliff, Happy Hour Roundup, john boehner