The Plum Line: debt ceiling


Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Are Republicans ready to surrender on the debt ceiling again?

There are some signs that Republican backbones may be weakening when it comes to the debt limit.

By George Zornick  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Debt limit

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Did Barack Obama do John Boehner a big favor?

Maybe -- just maybe -- the House Speaker could cite the Dem refusal to cave as a reason for Republicans to resume with the normal give and take of governing.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:55 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:01 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, government shutdown

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 10/15/2013

As GOP insanity continues, damage to the economy deepens

Nonstop crises and an obsession with austerity are already damaging the U.S. economy to an untold degree.

By Ryan Cooper  |  04:43 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 10/15/2013

The core argument that’s driving this whole crisis

The dispute that has paralyzed the system is, at bottom, is over what constitute acceptable governing norms.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:20 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Dems dare GOP to provoke another hostage crisis during 2014 elections

Democratic aides say Republicans have two choices: Either take the debt limit off the table or find the party torn apart once again in 2014.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 10/14/2013

A way out of the crisis

Democrats should demand a permanent disabling of the debt limit as an extortion tool as part of any compromise.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:08 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Dems sense a GOP cave

It does look like Republicans are set to cave on the debt limit, but that could mean an even longer government shutdown.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:19 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 10/10/2013

House GOP leaders look for a way out

It’s still unclear whether Republicans are willing to raise the debt limit, without any conditions attached.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:13 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 10/09/2013

How the debt limit puts Senate Republicans in a jam

The usual delaying tactics they have employed to such great effect may work against them this time, as default looms.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:29 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Explaining the true nature of GOP debt limit extortion

We need better debt ceiling metaphors. Here’s one.

By Ryan Cooper  |  12:03 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 10/08/2013

John Boehner needs a gimmick, but one Dems will agree to

House Republicans roll out yet another way of postponing the inevitable.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:17 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 10/07/2013

Senate Dems to call GOP’s bluff on debt limit

Democrats will move a clean debt ceiling increase in the Senate as early as this week.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:26 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 10/03/2013

John Boehner gives away the game (a bit)

A trial balloon leak lets it be known that the House Speaker will not allow default under any circumstances. Or will he?

By Greg Sargent  |  04:20 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 10/03/2013

What the White House fears most about the debt limit fight

Senior Obama administration officials are uncertain whether John Boehner grasps the degree to which the President cannot cave in the debt limit fight.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:17 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Why Dems must not give an inch to GOP debt limit blackmail

The GOP bluff must be called.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:34 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Our current governing crisis, in two sentences

Makin’ it simple.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:20 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Republicans have `a bomb strapped to their chest’

Either Republicans are prepared to allow extensive harm to the country, or they aren’t. Which is it?

By Greg Sargent  |  12:19 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Obama pollster: On debt limit, GOP is delusional

Joel Benenson says public perceptions of the GOP are so dim that they are taking a severe risk by flirting with a default showdown.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:35 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 09/25/2013

If Obama endorses his own impeachment, GOP will agree not to destroy the U.S. economy

What will it take for folks to reckon with the truly insane nature of GOP demands on the debt ceiling?

By Greg Sargent  |  03:23 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Mainstream Republicans in worse shape than Ted Cruz

He’s the natural consequence of the post-policy Republicans

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:02 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Obamacare, Ted Cruz

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Bush budget director: Debt ceiling brinksmanship risks scuttling recovery

Sorry, Republicans: Agreeing not to destroy does not count as a concession on your part.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:57 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 09/18/2013

If we get a debt ceiling crisis, it’s because Republican voters want one

A new poll finds a majority of Republicans who believe not raising the debt ceiling would cause serious economic harm say Congress should not raise it, anyway.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:28 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 09/12/2013

How Dems view this fall’s fiscal fights

Progressives are worried about yet another cave.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:20 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, House GOP chaos

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 09/11/2013

John Boehner must cut loose the Tea Party

At some point, House GOP leaders will simply have to pass something with the support of a lot of Democrats.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:33 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Boehner’s phony new ransom demand

John Boehner's demand to cut entitlements may be his last move before capitulation.

By Alex Seitz-Wald  |  10:13 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 08/27/2013

John Boehner's escape hatch is closing

The new debt ceiling timeline puts the House speaker in a bind on Obamacare.

By Alex Seitz-Wald  |  09:31 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Obamacare

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Another GOP Senator breaks with debt ceiling hostage strategy

Roy Blunt joins with John McCain in declaring that Republicans should not stage another confrontation.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:43 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 07/23/2013

The new normal

After repeatedly conceding that default would damage the U.S. economy, John Boehner again threatens default if Dems don't give Republicans the spending cuts they want.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:22 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 07/22/2013

McCain to Republicans: Forget about any more crazy debt ceiling hostage taking

Still more signs of optimism that a bloc of Senate Republicans is breaking with the GOP leadership's hostility to basic governing.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:14 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 07/08/2013

GOP threatens debt limit showdown as deficit continues to fall

Republicans aren't likely to be impressed by the latest news about our improving fiscal situation.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:06 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 05/29/2013

Paul Ryan admits GOP can't govern without a hostage crisis

The House GOP budget chairman says budget negotiations separate from the debt ceiling battle are bound to fail.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:55 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Tea Party Senators jump the shark

John McCain lays into far right Senators over their debt ceiling lunacy. Will other moderates follow suit?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:48 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 05/17/2013

The ultimate in manufactured crises

Both sides have already agreed that the debt limit must be raised -- yet we're supposed to pretend it gives one side leverage, anyway.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:18 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 05/08/2013

Chaos governing

Republicans refuse to enter into fiscal negotiations unless they can wield the threat of crashing the economy to get their way.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:44 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 04/29/2013

GOP's debt limit threat goes off the rails

In case you needed more evidence that the GOP has become a "post policy party," note the Republicans' latest exercise in extortion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:39 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

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

GOP strategist: Republicans should not create debt ceiling "crisis"

Amid all this talk of a GOP "makeover," few Republicans are asking whether it might be a good idea to stop provoking governing crises.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:14 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Are we heading for another debt ceiling fight?

Asked if House Republicans will make new demands in exchange for a debt ceiling hike next month, a House GOP aide says: "Stay tuned."

By Greg Sargent  |  03:10 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Latest GOP budget scheme would slash federal government to ribbons

If the GOP really thinks it can wipe away deficits in 10 years, that could require downsizing government by as much as one third.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:18 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 01/23/2013

GOP exchanges debt limit fantasy for budget fantasy

Republicans release the debt limit hostage, but are now wedded to the political fantasy that they will wipe away the deficit in 10 years with only spending cuts.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:07 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Nancy Pelosi to Dems: Hold out for clean debt limit hike

If John Boehner can't pass his temporary debt limit increase, that could increase Dem leverage for a clean debt ceiling hike.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:47 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Keep letting Boehner twist in the wind

House Dems should lay low and force Boehner to find the votes for his latest maneuver himself.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:45 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Dems to GOP: Thanks, but the debt ceiling is still your problem

Democrats respond to the House GOP's debt ceiling offer by letting John Boehner continue to twist in the wind.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/18/2013

GOP takes off the suicide bomb vest

By agreeing to a three month debt limit extension, the House GOP leadership has effectively taken the threat of default off the table -- total surrender.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 01/17/2013

An easy way out for the GOP: Accept the inevitable

The problem with the GOP's debt ceiling hostage strategy isn't in the execution. The problem is the strategy itself.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:22 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Another GOP Senator recognizes the inevitable

Susan Collins joins Lisa Murkowski in coming out and saying the debt ceiling must be raised.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:23 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Debt ceiling endgame comes into view

Senate Dems may be able to force the House to deal with the debt limit.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:39 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Maybe the 'blister' of GOP opposition really will get popped

The history of Newt Gingrich's losses against Bill Clinton suggests a decisive Obama victory in the debt fight really could matter over the long term.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:39 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, Tea Party

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/14/2013

The Tea Party's last stand?

Obama is behaving like someone who is determined to break the Tea Party once and for all.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Tea Party

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Dems hold a trump card in debt limit showdown

If Dems move to pass a clean debt limit hike, Republicans may be harder pressed to oppose it than you might think.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:26 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Debt limit, fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/14/2013

The Morning Plum: The debt ceiling is the GOP's problem. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Again: If Republicans want to threaten to destroy the economy to get their way, it's their problem.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, guns guns guns, Morning Plum, platinum coin

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 01/11/2013

Top Senate Dems to White House: If you unilaterally raise debt ceiling, we've got your back

In a letter to the White House, top Senate Dems tell Obama that they will support whatever unilateral move it decides to make to raise the debt ceiling.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:55 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/11/2013

Business leaders to GOP: No more debt limit hostage taking!

The GOP's threat of leverage takes yet another hit.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans, us chamber of commerce

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 01/11/2013

The Morning Plum: The NRA's Big Lies

The organization's Second Amendment alarmism, extreme views on sensible gun regulation, and outright dishonesty render it less and less credible.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, gun control, Morning Plum, nra, platinum coin

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Karl Rove accidentally unmasks the GOP's debt ceiling ruse

The GOP strategist admits that Republicans will never allow default -- which means the debt ceiling doesn't give them leverage, after all.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:47 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, karl rove, Republicans

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 01/10/2013

The Morning Plum: Will any Republicans support sensible gun law reforms?

Perhaps some moderate Republicans can be induced to resist the increasing southernization of the GOP.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, gun control, Morning Plum, platinum coin

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Did White House really leave "platinum coin" option open? Doubtful.

All Jay Carney did today was refuse to take a position on whether such an option is even legal or viable.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:30 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, platinum coin

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Business leaders: Failure to raise debt ceiling will drive markets "haywire"

The pressure to raise the debt ceiling is about to get a good deal more intense.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  business community, debt ceiling, fiscal cliff

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 01/09/2013

The Morning Plum: Clever GOP spin on debt ceiling

Republicans are painstakingly defining the debt ceiling hike as a concession they will be making to Obama, rather than as something that must be done to protect the country from financial disaster. And news orgs are playing along.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, gun control, Morning Plum, platinum coin

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:26 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, gun control, Happy Hour Roundup, platinum coin

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 01/08/2013

GOP disarray over debt ceiling

More signs that Republicans don't have the leverage in the debt ceiling fight they claim.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:45 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, john boehner, Mitch McConnell, Republicans

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 05:20 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Debt ceiling hostage taking is far more absurd -- and destructive -- than "mint the coin" is

The "mint the coin" campaign is greeted with derision, even as the GOP's threat to blow up the economy is greeted with yawns.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:20 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, platinum coin

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Republicans getting weak-kneed about debt ceiling fight

Still more signs emerge that the debt ceiling doesn't give Republicans the leverage they've claimed.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:10 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, john boehner, Mitch McConnell

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 01/07/2013

The Morning Plum: No, we are not 'finished' with the tax debate

Republicans will have to agree to more in revenues, whether they like it or not.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling platinum coin, fiscal cliff, Morning Plum

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:00 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff debt ceiling, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Ignore bogus polling on debt limit

Despite what internal polls say, the GOP would lose a political battle over the debt ceiling.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:51 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Washington's 'Blazing Saddles' moment

The debt ceiling mess is deeply unhinged, even by Washington standards.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:19 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 01/04/2013

A veteran hostage negotiator's advice on handling the GOP

Obama needs to be willing to use a trump card to resolve the situation without the GOP's help -- and make the GOP understand it's not in control of the situation.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:56 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, Republicans

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/04/2013

The debt ceiling isn't Obama's problem. It's the GOP's problem.

What if Republicans don't have the leverage in the debt ceiling fight they think they have?

By Greg Sargent  |  11:50 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 01/04/2013

The Morning Plum: What does 'not negotiating' look like?

Obama and Dems vow not to negotiate with the GOP over the debt limit, but it's not clear they have any choice.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, immigration reform, Morning Plum

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/03/2013

The Morning Plum: Media shouldn't get rolled by GOP debt ceiling spin

News accounts are portraying the looming debt limit standoff as a standard Washington negotiation. It isn't.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, filibuster reform, fiscal cliff, Immigration, Morning Plum

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:30 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, gun control, Happy Hour Roundup, john boehner

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 12/17/2012

The Morning Plum: Is 'God, guns, and gays' losing its peril for Democrats?

Demographic shifts mean that Dems no longer need rural white conservatives -- and no longer need to fear the cultural issues they care so much about.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, gun control, john boehner, Morning Plum, Newton

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Looks like we're stuck with GOP game playing on debt limit

Republicans are unlikely to relinquish whatever leverage the threat of default gives them, so it looks like we're headed for another showdown.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:26 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 12/11/2012

On debt ceiling, GOP is defining extortion down

Republicans plan to wage another debt limit battle -- confirming again that they believe it's legitimate to threaten damage to the U.S. economy to get what they want.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:57 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff

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 03:34 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Pelosi: Dems must say No to raising Medicare eligibility age

Liberals fear the White House and Dems will agree to raise the Medicare eligibility age. But Nancy Pelosi says No.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:34 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, House of Representatives, Medicare, Nancy Pelosi