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The Plum Line: May, 2011

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 05/02/2011

On Osama Bin Laden’s death

Some notes on his killing.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:42 AM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 AM ET, 05/01/2011

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:43 AM ET, 05/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 04/30/2011

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:33 AM ET, 04/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Happy Hour roundup

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

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 04/29/2011

That slippery debt limit

What really matters is possible long-term damage to the economy.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:32 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/29/2011

A little nuance, please

Let’s approach outside Dem spending with nuance.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 04/29/2011

Disclosure is good for democracy

The right is wrong about Obama’s new policy.

By Adam Serwer  |  11:15 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 04/29/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:32 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:40 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Obama’s reshuffle of national security team signals challenges ahead

Changes to national security team signal challenges ahead.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:35 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Wisconsin Dems have the momentum heading into final recall battle

Still more history.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:13 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Nonstop chatter about deficit does nothing to reassure people about economy

More evidence of this phenomenon.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:07 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 04/28/2011

Still more anger at GOP over Ryan plan

Voters in GOP districts angry over Medicare.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:48 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 04/28/2011

The right’s problem with Petraeus: He’s insufficiently gung ho about torture

He’s not pro-torture enough.

By Adam Serwer  |  10:51 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 04/28/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:34 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:08 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 04/27/2011

No, Obama didn’t release birth certificate as part of crafty plot

He didn’t release birth certificate to influence GOP politics.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:54 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Republicans punt on birth certificate, continue embarrassing the country

Oh well. We tried.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:28 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Can Dems make rage against Ryan Medicare plan a major national story?

They are pushing hard to establish a national narrative.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:45 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Now that Obama has released birth certificate, will media press Trump to release tax returns?

He suggested he might if Obama released birth certificate.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:59 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Time for conservatives and Republicans to call for an end to birtherism once and for all

They need to put an end to this nonsense.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:51 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 04/27/2011

An embarrassment to the country

The White House is forced to release Obama’s birth certificate.

By Adam Serwer  |  10:57 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 04/27/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:44 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:53 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Could Paul Ryan become a victim of his own plan?

It could create trouble for its author.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:33 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Dems seek to change conversation on gas prices

New Dem talking points suggest a new push.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:57 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Is Boehner softening on Ryan plan? No can do, spox says

His spokesman shoots it down.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:22 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Explaining the Dem strategy on entitlements

Dems are trying to thread a needle on entitlements.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:11 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Gay rights group: You’re damn right we pressured law firm on DOMA

Human Rights Campaign defends pressure tactics.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:13 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Opponents of gay marriage getting slimy and desperate

More slimy tactics from Prop 8 foes.

By Adam Serwer  |  10:52 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 04/26/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:49 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:07 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Haley Barbour: A loss, or just a decision not to run?

Was he winnowed from the field, or did he just opt not to run?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:19 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 04/25/2011

The meaning of `deficit hawk’ is largely arbitrary

It’s entirely arbitrary.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:37 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Romney: Obama responsible for huge `peacetime’ spending binge

But the two wars cost north of $1.5 trillion.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:15 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 04/25/2011

“The principle he’s defending is discrimination”

A lawyer resigns to defend DOMA.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:39 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/25/2011

More voters in GOP districts angry over Ryan’s Medicare proposal

Arkansas voters think so.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Our distorted conversation over the deficit

Yet the left’s position is absent from the debate.

By Adam Serwer  |  10:43 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 04/25/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:41 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 04/24/2011

Sunday Open Thread

The floor is yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:44 AM ET, 04/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 04/23/2011

Open Thread

The floor is yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:39 PM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 04/23/2011

The 2012 GOP field takes shape

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  08:47 AM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:15 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Warning signs on Obama’s left?

New polling suggests possible cause for worry.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:43 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 04/22/2011

The Fox News factor

The Tea Party had a powerful media ally.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:16 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Does the left really need to imitate the Tea Party?

The comparison is flawed.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:20 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Drones aren’t the problem. The stalemate is the problem.

They’ve come to symbolize stalemate.

By Adam Serwer  |  10:33 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/22/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:52 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Trump, Palin, and the GOP electorate

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:29 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Will `Gang of Six’ Dems cave on taxes and Social Security?

Don’t rush to judgment.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:49 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Paul Ryan’s own proposal endorses debt ceiling hike, Dems charge

Dems say Republicans have given away the game.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:23 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Yes, Obama is taking on the GOP. But is it too little, too late?

Obama’s aggressive attack on the GOP vision may be too late.

By Adam Serwer  |  12:48 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/21/2011

With GOP expressions of birtherism on the rise, why wouldn’t Donald Trump run?

Rise of GOP birtherism makes it more likely.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 04/21/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:34 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:50 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:50 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Dems to file huge amount of signatures to recall a fifth Wisconsin GOPer

The drive to recall Wisconsin GOPers continues.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:59 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Newsflash: GOP’s anti-abortion drive continues unabated — on the state level

It’s moving forward on the state level.

By Adam Serwer  |  04:55 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 04/20/2011

What’s Dick Durbin’s role in talks over fate of Social Security?

He insists he’ll protect liberal priorities.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:32 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Three months have passed. Where’s the GOP’s health plan?

They promised us one exactly three months ago.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Has the media helped Trump fabricate presidential candidacy out of thin air?

The press has created a presidential candidate.

By Greg Sargent  |  10:56 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 04/20/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:40 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:19 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 04/19/2011

How Obama can seize initiative in the spending wars

An idea for his next move in the spending wars.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:56 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Wisconsin recall drive continues to make history

Four recall elections are now set to happen.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:14 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 04/19/2011

The GOP’s Donald Trump birther problem is of its own making

It’s of the GOP’s own making.

By Adam Serwer  |  01:38 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/19/2011

How can Obama win back independents?

They agree with him, but disapprove of him anyway.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 04/19/2011

Dems’ first TV ad of the cycle hits Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal

The first ad of the cycle.

By Greg Sargent  |  10:51 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 04/19/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:53 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:40 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Can Dems take back Wisconsin state senate?

For the first time, it’s a real possibility.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:44 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Skirmishing over debt ceiling intensifies

The issue could divide business leaders from Tea Party.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:23 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Two House GOPers worry that Paul Ryan’s proposal could hurt seniors

Two House Republicans worry about impact on seniors.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:54 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Dems’ recruit for Senate was criticized by Dems over Abu Ghraib

Ricardo Sanchez may run for Senate in Texas — despite Abu Ghraib past

By Greg Sargent  |  12:12 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 04/18/2011

Republicans created the so-called Obama `czar’ problem

But the larger issue is Senate dysfunction.

By Adam Serwer  |  10:51 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 04/18/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:45 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 04/17/2011

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:26 AM ET, 04/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 04/16/2011

Open Thread

The floor is yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:50 AM ET, 04/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly roundup of news and opinion

By Greg Sargent  |  06:58 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Pelosi keeps Dems united against Ryan plan

Dems vote unanimously against Paul Ryan’s proposal.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:22 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Dear outraged Republicans: Politics is supposed to be a clash of visions

The complaining about Obama’s speech is bizarre

By Greg Sargent  |  03:30 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 04/15/2011

DCCC chair Steve Israel: Vote today on Paul Ryan proposal will cost GOP the House

Steve Israel says House vote on Ryan proposal will cost GOP House

By Greg Sargent  |  01:01 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 04/15/2011

The Republicans’ big leap

Backing a House budget plan that has little chance of going anywhere.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:18 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 04/15/2011

The elite birther backlash

It’s a problem of the Republicans’ own doing

By Adam Serwer  |  10:52 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 04/15/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:29 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:03 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 04/14/2011

John Boehner does what he has to do — again

Despite defections, he got the budget deal passed.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:11 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 04/14/2011

The Trump conundrum

Is there any point in fact-checking his birther claims?

By Greg Sargent  |  03:47 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Scott Walker admits he didn’t campaign on rollback of bargaining rights

Under questioning, he acknowledged he didn’t campain on rollback of bargaining rights.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:12 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Media establishment pronounces Obama’s plan serious

He gets thumbs up from leading opinionmakers.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Beltway consensus: Only Obama was partisan yesterday

Why was Obama the only one described that way?

By Adam Serwer  |  10:54 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 04/14/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:44 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:56 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Obama made the moral case for what it means to be a Democrat

By Greg Sargent  |  04:03 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Obama speech open thread

Here’s the speech, as prepared for delivery.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:48 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Poll: Independents agree with Dems on Medicare and tax hikes for rich

...on Medicare and tax hikes for rich.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:06 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Obama’s problem with liberal base is way overstated

It’s way overstated.

By Adam Serwer  |  12:03 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Schumer tries to drive wedge on GOP and debt ceiling

The battle could divide GOP’s business supporters from Tea Party base

By Greg Sargent  |  10:53 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 04/13/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:42 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:36 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Don’t count Sarah Palin out quite yet

She isn’t quite done.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:30 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Sherrod Brown to Obama: Don’t tamper with Medicare’s basic mission

The liberal Senator urges Obama to nix Ryan plan.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:17 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Moderately encouraging signs?

Growing signs he will not embrace Simpson-Bowles.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:44 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Paul Begala on the real lesson of Clinton wars: “The budget is a profoundly moral document”

Paul Begala on the real lesson of the Clinton Medicare wars.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:28 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 04/12/2011

It’s the safety net, stupid

Will Dems defend it, or not?

By Adam Serwer  |  10:53 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 04/12/2011

The Morning Plum

Our daily roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:43 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly roundup of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:37 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Obama should tell GOP: Time to get serious

He should attack the GOP for phony numbers.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:19 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Learning the right lessons from Clinton’s Medicare battle with Newt

The real reason Clinton won his Medicare standoff with Newt.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:32 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Dems’ top recall target in Wisconsin: More extreme on workers’ rights than Scott Walker

The Dems’ top recall target outdoes Wisconsin Governor.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:45 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 04/11/2011

A debate Dems are destined to lose

What Dems need to do in Medicare debate.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:57 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 04/11/2011

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By Greg Sargent  |  08:44 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 04/10/2011

The Plum Line: Sunday’s open thread

The floor is yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:52 AM ET, 04/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 04/09/2011

Budget debate was fought entirely on the GOP’s turf

Conservative grumbling is beside the point.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:11 AM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 04/08/2011

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By Greg Sargent  |  07:01 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 04/08/2011

So which is it: The Ryan tax, or the Ryan deficit?

Paul Ryan owes us an explanation.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:17 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Boehner spox denies there was spending deal, but Reid’s staff reiterates: Yes there was

Both sides differ on what happened.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:10 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Why Dems keep using Tea Party as a weapon

It’s about exploiting division between GOPers and indys.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:49 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Could shutdown fight persuade Obama and Dems to be more confrontational?

In 1995, Clinton only rose when he adopted strategy of confrontation.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:32 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Harry Reid moves to box John Boehner in

Harry Reid accuses GOP of shutting down government over women’s health.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:59 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Budget showdown shows culture war is alive and well

Republicans may force a government shutdown over women’s health issues.

By Adam Serwer  |  10:59 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 04/08/2011

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By Greg Sargent  |  08:31 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 04/07/2011

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By Greg Sargent  |  06:38 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 04/07/2011

It’s really, truly over: New report completely debunks New Black Panther nonsense

It’s official: The whole story is total nonsense.

By Adam Serwer  |  04:45 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Right wing group that demagogued on Medicare cuts now backs Paul Ryan’s proposal

The right wing group now embraces Ryan’s proposal.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:13 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Recall momentum continues: Dems collect huge number of signatures to recall Randy Hopper

They’ve collected enough signatures to recall another GOPer.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:39 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 04/07/2011

GOP leadership’s challenge: Navigating gap between base and independents

On a shutdown, there’s a big gap between independents and his base.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:51 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Can we stop calling Paul Ryan’s plan `brave’ yet?

Pundits who say his ideas are courageous have it backwards.

By Adam Serwer  |  10:49 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 04/07/2011

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Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 04/06/2011

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By Greg Sargent  |  06:42 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Obama and Dems still treading water on judicial nominations

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:08 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Pelosi: Dems shouldn’t take GOP’s bait on Medicare

Nancy Pelosi likens today’s Medicare fight to the 2005 Social Security battle.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:39 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Why the left’s showing in Wisconsin Supreme Court race is a big deal

Why the labor/Dem showing in Wisconsin race is a huge deal.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:51 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Dems planning to use Ryan proposal to go on offense in Senate races

National Dems will turn Paul Ryan into a liability in Senate races.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:07 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Public reaction to Libya illustrates the `bully pulpit’ fallacy

Public opinino on the war shows bully pulpit’s limitations.

By Adam Serwer  |  10:38 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 04/06/2011

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By Greg Sargent  |  08:36 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 04/05/2011

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By Greg Sargent  |  06:46 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 04/05/2011

GOP Senator Tom Coburn admits it: `My taxes are going to go up’

Tom Coburn says it’s folly to imagine otherwise.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:17 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 04/05/2011

GOP has again moved goalposts for budget compromise, Dems say

Dem aide says GOP changed conditions for compromise.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:20 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 04/05/2011

But are Paul Ryan’s numbers real?

Reporters should take them with a big dose of salt.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:02 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Time to call Paul Ryan’s bluff on tax hikes

Let’s remember he once said he could support tax hikes.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:20 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Why John Boehner is bringing us to brink of government shutdown

The Speaker has a reason for bringing us to the brink.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:17 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 04/05/2011

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By Greg Sargent  |  08:38 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 04/04/2011

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By Greg Sargent  |  06:48 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 04/04/2011

What 2012 GOP hopefuls could learn from Bob Dole

What 2012 GOPers could learn from Dole 1996.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:07 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Does Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal give Obama an opportunity?

A poll last year found strong opposition to Medicare vouchers.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:04 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Jim Messina: 2012 campaign will be “best grassroots organizing in American history”

Obama’s campaign manager seeks to reassure activists.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:48 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Obama’s money machine gears up

The President will woo his top donors today.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:50 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Wisconsin recall drive already making history

It has already exceeded historical precedent.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:28 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 04/04/2011

Koran burning may be reprehensible, but it’s still free speech

...but it’s still free speech.

By Adam Serwer  |  10:49 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 04/04/2011

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By Greg Sargent  |  08:32 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 04/03/2011

Plum Line: Sunday’s open thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:49 AM ET, 04/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 04/02/2011

Wisconsin university to GOP: Sorry, your demand for Walker critic’s emails is a bust

No evidence thus far of wrongdoing by Professor Cronon

By Greg Sargent  |  01:42 PM ET, 04/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 04/02/2011

Open Thread

The floor is yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 04/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

Worthwhile reading this week.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:00 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Amateur hour for Senate Republicans

The proposed balanced-budget amendment’s transparent dodge on taxes.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:27 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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