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The Plum Line: April, 2013

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:48 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Republicans are feeling a bit of pressure on guns. Will it matter?

Kelly Ayotte takes a beating at a town hall meeting, and Jeff Flake slides in the polls.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:29 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Why the Green Lantern Theory of Presidential Power persists

The answer lies in the fact that many neutral writers are more willing to make process judgments than ideological ones.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:36 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  political media, politiical media

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

Will Obamacare implementation be a major issue in 2014?

It remains to be seen whether Republicans can really capitalize on implementation failures without offering a meaningful health care alternative of their own.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:01 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Republicans continue to ignore black voters at their peril

The GOP has essentially given up on ever winning African Americans. That's a serious mistake.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 04/30/2013

The Morning Plum: The GOP and ‘post-policy nihilism’

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:17 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup, Hapy Hour

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 02:41 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Jason Collins vaults over a gay rights barrier

By becoming the first openly gay player in major team sports, Collins paves the way for other gays and lesbians to pursue sports careers.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:41 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Dems need a tough and united front on sequestration

The chances that Republicans can be forced back to the table to deal on the sequester appear minimal. But Dems should not agree to anymore piecemeal changes to it.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 04/29/2013

A small victory against anti-tax conservatives

The fact that the absolutist antitax brigade is losing this battle is a small step in the right direction.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:37 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 04/29/2013

The Morning Plum: How conservatives will try to kill immigration reform

Will the right's campaign to kill reform really prove as fearsome as advertised?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:05 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:17 AM ET, 04/28/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:17 AM ET, 04/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 04/27/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:39 AM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 04/26/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:45 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 04/26/2013

McCarthyite Republicans (What else is new?)

Why do mainstream conservatives allow themselves to be defined by the McCarthyite ravings of the fringe?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:07 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  republican party

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 04/26/2013

The biggest obstacle to Republican reform

The base still supports the worst elements of the party.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  03:27 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  republican party

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 04/26/2013

The political perils of Obamacare implementation

The dangers are enhanced by the fact that Republicans are still looking for ways to undermine and derail the law.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  12:19 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

The Morning Plum: The problem gun reformers face

New signs have emerged that the gun debate is not over yet. But reformers still have yet to prove that they can extract a political price from Senators who stand in their way.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Happy Hour Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:49 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Open Threads

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 04/25/2013

John McCain boxes in House GOP on immigration

The Arizona Senator states flatly that immigration reform cannot happen unless conservatives accept the need for a path to citizenship.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:10 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/25/2013

The NRA doesn't think the gun fight is `over'

In an unusual move, the NRA is running ads lending support to a Democrat -- Max Baucus -- even though the gun bill has already been defeated.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 04/25/2013

A left-right populist alliance against the big banks?

Senator Sherrod Brown, who is pushing a "too big to fail" measure along with Senator David Vitter, is cautiously optimistic that a broad coalition can coalesce behind the legislation.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:01 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wall Street

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/25/2013

How George W. Bush can help reform the Republican Party

Today's GOP has forgotten the aspect of Bushism that emphasized that government could be a force for good in people's lives.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:32 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 04/25/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP makeover is impaired by delusional thinking

The GOP will not be able to soften its image until it untethers itself from the delusions that Obamacare will be repealed and that you can cut spending forever with no consequences.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 04/24/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:13 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 04/24/2013

House liberals demand meeting with Obama on Chained CPI

The left is not going to allow any Grand Bargain without putting up a major fight.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:08 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 04/24/2013

A modest proposal in response to Boston bombings

Will Republican Senators support or oppose background checks on would be buyers of powders used to make bombs?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:18 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  terrorism

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/24/2013

On guns, Dems hold the sensible middle ground

Even Fox News' polling shows overwhelming support for expanding background checks. Has Fox joined the liberal gun-grabbing conspiracy?

By Greg Sargent  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 04/24/2013

The Morning Plum: The next challenge for gun reform advocates

They need to prove that Senators who fail to support common sense efforts to limit gun violence can be made to pay a genuine political price, even in red states.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:37 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Republicans lean in hard on immigration

There's no going back now.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:39 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Senate must act on gay workplace rights

Jeff Merkley says the time has come for the Senate to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:08 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Max Baucus's mixed legacy

The retiring Senator from Montana helped build one of the most important progressive reforms in generations -- Obamacare -- but he also helped empower the forces that would dismantle it.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Yup: Radicalized GOP is what killed expanded background checks

The death of Toomey-Manchin is only the latest sign of the radicalization of the Republican party.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:15 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 04/23/2013

The Morning Plum: The Green Lantern Theory of Presidential Power

The Toomey-Manchin background check compromise failed because of two things: The Republican Party, and the 60 vote Senate.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:24 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Yup: Cutting spending means you have to cut spending

Republicans claim the sequester is a great victory for them, while blaming every individual sequester cut they don't like on President Obama.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:38 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Americans don't believe in shredding Constitution to fight terror

A new poll finds that a plurality worries more about government trampling constitutional rights while battling terrorism than it does about government not doing enough to fight it.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:51 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Flashback: Grassley called on Dems not to `use' Newtown deaths

The Iowa Senator claims the Boston bombing should factor into the immigration debate.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 04/22/2013

What Chris Christie's support for gun control says about GOP

The New Jersey governor's national ambitions could be complicated by his embrace of gun reform in his home state.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:29 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 04/22/2013

The Morning Plum: Boston bombings probably won't derail immigration reform push

The only nativist sentiment that will be stoked by the Boston bombings is already pretty stoked to begin with.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:24 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/21/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 04/20/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:12 AM ET, 04/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 07:29 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:29 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Why Dems will keep pushing on guns

The hidden lesson of the Manchin-Toomey defeat is that Dems have every incentive to keep pushing gun control, all the way through 2016.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:25 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 04/19/2013

It's not easy being a United States Senator

Why can't Senators get more credit for all the political courage they've already shown?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:52 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Why Republicans won't support marriage equality anytime soon

Senator Rob Portman's approval dips after he comes out for gay marriage -- a reminder that it still alienates a key chunk of the GOP base.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:39 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 04/19/2013

The Morning Plum: Foes of immigration reform pounce on Boston bombing

It's unclear how aggressively the right will seek to draw a link between the Chechen bombing suspects and the immigration reform debate, but if this line picks up steam it will again demonstrate how hard reform will be to accomplish.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Happy Hour Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:29 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Open Threads

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Will there be any fallout for killing background checks?

Senator Jeff Flake takes a big hit from the Arizona Republican and from Gabrielle Giffords' husband.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:35 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 04/18/2013

On immigration, Republicans grab Tea Party monster by the tail

Republicans are now on the receiving end of right wing paranoia.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:08 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 04/18/2013

An insult to the Sandy Hook families

When Republicans claim that the White House is using the families as "props," they are suggesting the families are incapable of thinking for themselves.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:13 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 04/18/2013

The Morning Plum: Gabrielle Giffords isn't going away

She seems determined to keep testing the boundaries of what's politically possible.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:32 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Stronger background checks go down -- this time

Today was a brutal day for supporters of tough new legislation. But it still can be a step forward.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:16 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Paul Ryan, in a box?

If the House GOP budget chairman wants to run for president in 2016, that won't make the prospects for fiscal compromise any brighter.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:14 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Paul Ryan

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Newtown families will look on as Senate sinks Toomey-Manchin today

By Greg Sargent  |  01:19 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 04/17/2013

The real immigration compromise

The compromise at the heart of immigration reform is not a policy compromise between pro-immigration and anti-immigration forces. It's a political compromise between Democrats and Republicans.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:35 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

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

The Morning Plum: If gun proposal dies, what happens when there's another shooting?

The history of gun control politics tells us that there will always be another massacre.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:23 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Newtown families ask for meeting with Mitch McConnell

McConnell's office initially turns down the request, but families intend to keep up the pressure.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:04 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 04/16/2013

How out of touch is today's GOP?

A new poll finds that fewer than one in four Americans believe the GOP is in touch with the concerns of most people in the United States today. Does that matter?

By Greg Sargent  |  02:03 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 04/16/2013

On immigration, will Republicans take Yes for an answer?

The compromise proposal unveiled today addresses all the concerns raised by Republicans about enforcement. Now we'll see if they are willing to take the deal.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:58 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 04/16/2013

The Morning Plum: Will red state Dems kill expanded background checks?

When Obama asserted during his SOTU speech that the Newtown families "deserve a vote" on gun reform, Senators applauded. Will they make good on that applause?

By Greg Sargent  |  08:45 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Open Thread

Our thoughts are with the victims of the Boston bombings and their families.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:27 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Explosions and mayhem in Boston

Reports of two huge explosions in Boston, with many injuries.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:25 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  miscellaneous

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 04/15/2013

ACLU: Toomey-Manchin bill would make national gun registry less likely

Not long ago, conservatives widely cited the ACLU's "concerns" about gun legislation to make their case that it was a threat to privacy. Now, however, the ACLU confirms that its concerns have been resolved -- and that it thinks the Manchin-Toomey proposal would make a national gun registry less likely.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:10 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Down to the wire for expanded background checks

Will red state Dems kill the Toomey-Manchin compromise?

By Greg Sargent  |  11:35 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 04/15/2013

The Morning Plum: Background checks a major test for self-described `moderate' Republicans

If you want to understand why progress in Washington is impossible, note that a group backed by Rand Paul is now attacking Susan Collins for daring to even think about compromising with Dems on guns.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:46 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 04/14/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:31 AM ET, 04/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 04/13/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:14 AM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:20 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 04/12/2013

After recognizing need to evolve on gay rights, GOP fails to evolve on gay rights

The RNC -- which recently acknowledged the need to evolve on gay rights -- has now reaffirmed that opposition to gay marriage remains party dogma.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:53 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 04/12/2013

No, the `Hastert Rule' isn't supposed to be Holy writ

The author that created the idea of the Hastert Rule tells me it was never intended to be a rule.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:55 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Conservative pro-gun Senator demolishes arguments against background checks

Senator Tom Coburn has sent a letter to colleagues pitching his own plan on background checks. In the process, he has demolished the right's leading arguments against expanding them.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:13 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 04/12/2013

The Morning Plum: The GOP's policy nihilism

Mark yesterday down on your calendars as the day the GOP's fiscal ruse was finally unmasked with total clarity.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:11 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Happy Hour Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:38 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 04/11/2013

What will John Boehner say to Gabrielle Giffords?

The Arizona shooting victim and former Congressional colleague of the House Speaker wants him to allow a vote. How will Boehner reply?

By Greg Sargent  |  04:56 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 04/11/2013

John Boehner distances himself from the NRCC (sort of, anyway)

Will the NRCC continue attacking Dems over a proposal the Speaker supports?

By Greg Sargent  |  03:18 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 04/11/2013

"Gang of Eight" reaches immigration deal. But will GOP take it?

The progress on immigration suggests that the only way to achieve breakthroughs with today's GOP is to persuade Republicans that it's in their interests to cooperate.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  02:01 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Hard right's gun filibuster crashes and burns

Nearly one third of the United States Senate doesn't believe the Senate should even debate a problem that's killing thousands of Americans each year.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:05 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 04/11/2013

The Morning Plum: How expanded background checks could pass the House

GOP Rep. Peter King says the emerging background check compromise could actually pass the House of Representatives -- under the right circumstances. This isn't over yet.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:34 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Roundup

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Fiscal frauds

As soon as Democrats budge on entitlements, GOP lines up to attack.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:42 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social Security

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/10/2013

GOP leaders: By all means, cut Social Security, but don't tax the rich

Obama will likely take a political hit for proposing Social Security cuts. But his budget has also put Republicans in a very bad spot.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:15 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social Security

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 04/10/2013

A big, big step forward on gun control

The alliance between Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin has the potential to change the gun debate.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:55 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

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

The Morning Plum: Obama makes Republicans an offer they will refuse

The President's new budget gives Republicans precisely what they themselves asked for, but it will be rejected out of hand anyway.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:59 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 04/09/2013

The real story behind the McConnell circus

The strategy for Sen. Mitch McConnell is to ask people whether or not they like Washington -- or Chicago, or New York, or San Francisco -- liberals.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:35 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 04/09/2013

How GOP anti-tax dogma helps liberals

By continuing to refuse any deal that includes new revenues, Republicans are preventing any entitlement cuts from happening.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  03:44 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Is GOP filibuster of gun bill collapsing?

Contra Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, at least seven Republicans now support moving to debate on the gun proposals.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:58 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Mitch McConnell versus Mother Jones

If the campaign of the Senate minority leader suggested a publication broke the law without evidence, that's a big deal.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:25 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

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

The Morning Plum: Mitch McConnell joins far right fringe on guns

There is still a way for the gun control side to win, even if it's a long shot.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:58 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Voter registration could be automatic

Most democracies have automatic voter registration. The United States could join them.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:52 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Voting

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Same-sex marriage, yes, but what about ENDA?

Could the Employment Non-Discrimination Act actually pass during the current divided Congress?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:29 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights, United States Senate

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Why Republicans don't fear public opinion on guns

Republicans are well aware that many Americans don't know what it is they're actually opposing.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 04/08/2013

On immigration, Republicans need to lead

If Republicans want immigration reform, they are simply going to have to alienate their base.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:33 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 04/08/2013

The Morning Plum: Revisit filibuster reform, Harry Reid

If the GOP's obstruction of a proposal that is supported by nine in 10 Americans isn't enough to prompt Dems to take another look at rules reform, nothing will be.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 04/07/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:57 AM ET, 04/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:16 AM ET, 04/06/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:16 AM ET, 04/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 04/05/2013

In the battle for the House, GOP will likely retain majority

The structural and historic factors point heavily against Dems taking back the House, though it is not impossible.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:13 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 04/05/2013

House liberal leader: Say No to the Grand Bargain

Dem Rep. Raul Griljalva vows to vote No on any grand bargain containing Chained CPI, and says in the end, the sequester may be less awful than any bad deal.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:25 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Why expanded background checks are not dead

Dems are in quiet negotiations with GOP Senator Pat Toomey over a possible compromise, which would represent a real breakthrough.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:14 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Another moment of real clarity in the fiscal debate

Obama manages to demonstrate once again that there is literally nothing he could offer Republicans -- even things they themselves have said they want -- to induce them to compromise.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:17 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 04/05/2013

The GOP can't shake that `47 percent' talk

Republicans have tried to distance themselves from Mitt Romney's remarks, but the truth is that the ideas underlying them are central to the GOP vision.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:36 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 04/05/2013

The Morning Plum: Why Obama wants a Grand Bargain

Obama's budget will offer entitlements cuts in exchange for new revenues, in hopes of reaching a deal that will remove the deficit from the conversation for the medium term and allow a pivot to other issues.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 04/04/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:20 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 04/04/2013

A silly `gun rights' talking point

Why the argument that we should enforce current law first before expanding background checks is bogus.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:31 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 04/04/2013

Rand Paul and the `politics of paranoia'

Another tale involving Senator Paul drives home why we can't make progress on any major issues facing the country.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:50 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 04/04/2013

The limits of the Democrats' sequester strategy

A new poll finds that the number of Americans who think the sequester is hurting the economy is going down. Not what Democrats predicted.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:54 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 04/04/2013

The Morning Plum: The GOP dilemma on immigration

Second class citizenship is not the answer to the GOP's problem. Republicans will have to embrace citizenship, or we're not getting reform.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:58 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 04/03/2013

White House allies roll out campaign on sequester

The big question is whether the sequester will turn being the party of long term austerity into an untenable political posture.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:04 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 04/03/2013

The GOP and the black helicopter crowd

Republican opposition to the U.N arms trade treaty shows why we can't solve the country's problems.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:32 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Why expanding background checks would, in fact, reduce gun crime

A leading expert in gun policy responds to the leading conservative arguments against the proposal.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:51 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 04/03/2013

The GOP's border security roadblock

It's not clear that there is anything that would satisfy the demand among Republicans for more border enforcement.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:26 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 04/03/2013

The Morning Plum: Republicans increasingly isolated on many major issues

Polls show that Republican voters are out of step with the American mainstream on everything from immigration to health care to taxes to entitlements to marriage equality. Does this matter?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:02 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 04/02/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Greg Sargent  |  06:39 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 04/02/2013

President Obama should talk about climate change. A lot.

The only way to get media attention on global warming is for our politicians to talk about it. People should pressure them to do just that.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:46 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 04/02/2013

Flashback: John McCain's pro-gun control past

Flashback: John McCain's pro-gun control past

By Greg Sargent  |  02:27 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 04/02/2013

Another step forward for gay equality

Senator Mark Kirk's support for gay marriage is significant for what it says about government's power to exclude gays from the institution of marriage.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:57 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/02/2013

What Marco Rubio's dance on immigration tells us about Washington

It is not good for the GOP in the long run if there is simply no proposal of any kind conservative Republicans can support, as long as it has Obama's name on it.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:34 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 04/02/2013

The Morning Plum: The sequester is not a Beltway joke

It's time to subject the GOP claim of sequestration "victory" to more skepticism and scrutiny.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Greg Sargent  |  05:50 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Marco Rubio joins the "slow down" caucus

By Greg Sargent  |  03:33 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Don't let Senators off the hook on guns

Every Senator who opposes expanded background checks needs to be asked whether they want the current background check law repealed. If they support it, how is expanding the law a threat to Constitutional rights?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:12 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 04/01/2013

For the GOP, social conservatives aren't the only problem

Republican economic priorities are also a key reason the party is struggling to remake itself.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:26 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 04/01/2013

The Morning Plum: Will the GOP base ever allow the party to evolve?

The views of rank and file Republicans on immigration, health care, gay rights, and the proper role and scope of government is impeding the party's makeover.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:06 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Moring Plum, Morning Plum

 

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