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The Plum Line: June, 2013

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 06/30/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:32 AM ET, 06/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 05:39 AM ET, 06/29/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:39 AM ET, 06/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:06 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Hillary's chances are impossible to predict

Her polling is unprecedented. That makes it harder, not easier, to interpret.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:21 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 06/28/2013

How dysfunctional House GOP will spike its top priority

Tax reform could get done -- if Republicans knew how to legislate.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:16 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Is the GOP House majority as safe as it looks?

Polling shows that Republicans may not have it as easy in the midterms as some people assume.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  12:15 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 06/28/2013

The GOP's ongoing lack of interest in reform

Looks like the GOP doesn't care

By Jamelle Bouie  |  10:09 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doma, Gay marriage, GOP, Immigration, student loans

Posted at 05:40 AM ET, 06/28/2013

Morning Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:40 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:40 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 06/27/2013

On immigration, what will Paul Ryan do?

The Congressman's approach to immigration may end up contrasting rather unfavorably with the leadership shown by another 2016 hopeful, Marco Rubio.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:54 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Dems have more questions for IRS audit author Russell George

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

By Greg Sargent  |  01:45 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beltway scandal-mania

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Wendy Davis and the new resistance against anti-abortion laws

Davis' rise is inspiring, but it's only the beginning of a very long battle.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:38 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wendy Davis

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 06/27/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP doesn't need no stinkin' makeover

On every major issue in the news right now, Republicans are running in the opposite direction from the one recommended in that RNC call for a GOP makeover.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:06 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:18 PM ET, 06/26/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:18 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 06/26/2013

A key tell in the Supreme Court's DOMA decision

Today may have been a better day than we know for the future of gay civil rights in America.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:52 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 06/26/2013

As Senate marches forward on immigration, House Republicans shrug

Reporters who are well connected inside the House GOP caucus insist nothing can force their hand.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:10 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 06/26/2013

A whole new era for gay rights and human decency

Today's Supreme Court victory may help put gay marriage bans on the path to extinction.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:45 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 06/26/2013

The Morning Plum: Darrell Issa backtracks on IRS scandal

The House GOP investigations leader now claims he "never" said the White House or Obama campaign was behind the IRS targeting -- underscoring the increasingly untenable nature of his stance.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:47 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:41 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 06/25/2013

How presidential power actually works

Politico suffers a massive outbreak of Green Lanternism.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  05:40 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  political media, politico media

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Obama casts saving the planet as common sense centrism

The president's big climate rollout seeks to recapture the sensible center.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:42 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  climate change

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Supreme Court gives big boost to `war on voting'

Voting rights advocates fear that by striking down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, SCOTUS may have given new impetus to state-level initiatives designed to restrict voting.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:06 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Franchise, voting rights

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/25/2013

The Morning Plum: With new climate push, Obama accepts reality of broken GOP

The President announces his most direct response yet to the most basic problem he faces: the GOP is not interested in functioning as a constructive governing partner.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:13 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Glenn Greenwald pushes back hard on latest Edward Snowden "revelations"

Snowden says in an interview that he got the job at Booz Allen to get access to documents to prove surveillance. But what does that really tell us?

By Greg Sargent  |  04:17 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Conservatives gird for major defeat on immigration

With a key vote set for tonight, it looks like immigration reform is set to take a big step forward in the Senate this week -- further marginalizing its right wing critics.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:20 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration reform

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 06/24/2013

In affirmative action ruling, Supreme Court sidesteps difficult questions

Not a bad short term outcome, but the major ideological battle remains unresolved.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:22 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Supreme Court

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 06/24/2013

The Morning Plum: Will John Boehner really kill historic opportunity to reform immigration?

If the GOP base does kill reform, it will only be because Republican leaders allowed it to.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 06/23/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:07 AM ET, 06/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 06:49 AM ET, 06/22/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:49 AM ET, 06/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:14 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Pelosi puts Boehner on notice: Don't try rerun of farm bill shenanigans on immigration

The farm bill debacle underscores the dilemma the House Speaker faces in the looming immigration debate.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:55 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/21/2013

The Obama IRS scandal retreats to the fever swamps

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

By Greg Sargent  |  01:46 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beltway scandal-mania

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 06/21/2013

The Senate is getting greener

The influx of young, energetic liberals into the Senate is also reorienting the Democratic caucus towards a more aggressive focus on climate issues.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:56 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  climate change

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 06/21/2013

The Morning Plum: Obama takes tentative step towards surveillance transparency

The President directs the DNI and DOJ to look at the possibility of declassifying FISA court opinions. That's welcome, but it's only a first step.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Happy Hour Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:07 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Joe Manchin goes to war with the NRA

The West Virginia Senator seems to be trying to reverse long-held assumptions about gun politics, in hopes of revising gun reform in the Senate later.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:18 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Farm bill debacle shows John Boehner needs Nancy Pelosi

The utter dysfunction of the House GOP, on stark display once again.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:39 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 06/20/2013

The Chamber of Commerce's war on Social Security

Deficits and health care spending are falling. But that hasn't slowed the drive to gut entitlements.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  01:19 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  safety net

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Keep pushing for declassification of secret court opinions on surveillance

A bipartisan group will introduce a measure in the House to declassify the FISA court opinions that make the secret NSA surveillance programs possible.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:46 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 06/20/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems beat back conservative drive to kill immigration reform

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:09 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Obama to mount major climate change push?

The White House is preparing to press hard on the issue this summer -- mostly through executive action.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:43 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  climate change

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Ted Cruz: Oppose immigration reform in name of `our humanity'

Now that the CBO found that immigration reform will dramatically slash the deficit, opponents are running out of arguments.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:47 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ted Cruz

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Can anything get House Republicans to support citizenship?

It's unclear that there is any amount of toughening up of border security provisions that could get House Republicans to embrace comprehensive immigration reform.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:27 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 06/19/2013

GOP will broadly oppose gay marriage for foreseeable future

Yes, Lisa Murkowski came out for marriage equality. But when it comes to the GOP, she is the exception.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:39 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/19/2013

The Morning Plum: Time to declassify those FISA court opinions, Mr. President

If the President wants that "debate" over the NSA programs and the appropriate balance between security and liberty, we can still have it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:28 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 06/18/2013

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

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

By Greg Sargent  |  03:01 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beltway scandal-mania

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Is Obama losing the public's trust? Very possible.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  01:36 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polling

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 06/18/2013

John Boehner is bluffing

The House Speaker claims he won't allow a vote on any immigration bill that a majority of House Republicans don't support. Don't buy it.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:59 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/18/2013

The Morning Plum: Conservatives may be getting marginalized in immigration talks

A new report suggests Republicans are moving away from the "hard triggers" for citizenship that could kill reform, but the news is not all good.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:32 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 06/17/2013

The need to feed The Crazy will cost the GOP

At what point will interest groups aligned with the GOP decide it is more focused on playing to the base than in basic governing?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:26 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Do Senate Dems have the votes for the `nuclear option'?

Frank Lautenberg's passing has made it harder for Dems to get the 51 votes they need to change Senate rules, though all is not lost.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:07 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster without end

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Supreme Court strikes blow for voting rights

By Greg Sargent  |  12:08 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Franchise, voting rights

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 06/17/2013

The Morning Plum: Marco Rubio's epic challenge on immigration

Right now, immigration reform's prospects may turn on whether Republicans are willing to take Yes for an answer.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:23 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 06/16/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:15 AM ET, 06/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 07:24 AM ET, 06/15/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:24 AM ET, 06/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:04 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Yes, we could have that `debate' about NSA surveillance

Couldn't the Obama administration declassify the court opinions that authorize surveillance if it wanted to?

By Greg Sargent  |  04:20 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Frustrated `gang of eight' senators give Marco Rubio an earful

The gang of eight's delicate dance on immigration.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:19 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 06/14/2013

Memo to conservatives: There is no `Hastert Rule'

The author of the supposed Hastert Rule wouldn't think much of the new effort among conservatives to enforce it.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:54 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 06/14/2013

The Morning Plum: An emerging middle ground on immigration reform?

Marco Rubio gives an interview that offers some grounds for optimism.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:54 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Here comes SCOTUS time

The big cases of this Supreme Court term will be decided soon -- and we could still have a big surprise

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:37 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Is this the year to end anti-gay workplace discrimination?

Expect Obama to ratchet up calls on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:11 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Calling Darrell Issa's bluff

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

By Greg Sargent  |  01:30 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beltway scandal-mania

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Forever chasing bipartisanship on immigration

Chuck Schumer hopes that if reform gets 70 votes in the Senate, it will force the hand of House Republicans.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:54 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 06/13/2013

If immigration reform dies, Latinos will likely blame GOP bigotry

The GOP could very well kill immigration reform, and Latino voters will likely conclude that there's no mystery why.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:32 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 06/13/2013

The Morning Plum: House GOP stomps all over Republican rebranding

The big ticket items coming out of the House of Representatives seem to run directly counter to the goals of that ballyhooed GOP "rebranding."

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:34 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Glenn Greenwald to Pete King: Bring it on

The journalist at the center of the NSA stories vows to keep it up in the face of threats of prosecution.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:16 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 06/12/2013

How conservatives are trying to kill immigration reform

Now that we've seen the details of John Cornyn's amendment to immigration reform, it looks like a stealth effort to kill it.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:25 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Republicans still struggling to connect Obama to IRS scandal

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

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:33 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beltway scandal-mania

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 06/12/2013

The Morning Plum: Holding Dems who vote wrong way on guns accountable

Mike Bloomberg urges hundreds of Dem donors to withhold contributions from red state Dem Senators who continue to toe the NRA's line.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:45 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:44 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 06/11/2013

A good start in bringing transparency to NSA spying

Can the emerging alliance between the civil liberties left and the libertarian right gain any results?

By Greg Sargent  |  03:06 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Ted Cruz gives away the game

The Texas senator unwittingly reveals what his opposition to immigration reform is really all about.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:47 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Could some Democrats vote against immigration reform?

The prospects for success remain very fragile.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:34 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 06/11/2013

The Morning Plum: John Boehner's big concession on immigration

The Speaker refuses to rule out the possibility that immigration reform could pass the House with mostly Democratic support.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:47 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:04 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 06/10/2013

About that paywall

I hope all of you regulars will subscribe.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:26 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Paywall

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Marco Rubio's careful immigration dance

How far to the right will he push reform?

By Greg Sargent  |  03:45 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 06/10/2013

How to get that `balance' right on NSA spying

We don't need to completely end the surveillance that the government says is necessary to keep Americans safe, in order to better safeguard their constitutional rights.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:58 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 06/10/2013

Is Cory Booker really a shoo-in for Frank Lautenberg's Senate seat?

Ambitious black politicians have historically had trouble climbing the ladder.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:36 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Corey Booker

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 06/10/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems must stand firm against right's push to kill immigration reform

Harry Reid lays down a key marker. Let's hope Dems stick with it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:16 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:19 AM ET, 06/09/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:19 AM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open thread, sound off

Posted at 07:13 AM ET, 06/08/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:13 AM ET, 06/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:32 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Does Obama really believe NSA programs have the "right balance"?

The President says it's time for a big "debate" about the proper balance between civil liberties and national security, but he already seems to think he's got it right.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:32 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Dems vow hard line in immigration reform's next phase

Dems will not accept the latest effort by Republicans to move the bill to the right, sources say.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:20 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/07/2013

The Morning Plum: Revelations expose basic contradiction at heart of Obama's war on terror

The President has said we need a "debate" over the proper balance between security and civil liberties, but it's unclear how far he's willing to go in giving up war on terror tactics to get that balance right.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:04 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Don't sweat Obamacare's low approval ratings

What will really matter is how implementation goes. Today's polls are irrelevant.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:46 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, Obamacare

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 06/06/2013

We need more transparency and debate around NSA phone records program

The first step in having a debate about the NSA story is for the administration to reveal more about it.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:47 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

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

House Republicans playing a very dangerous game on immigration

They run the risk of not just killing immigration reform, but killing it because of their hostility towards Obamacare, which is broadly popular with Latinos.

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

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 06/06/2013

Why the Virginia gubernatorial race matters for 2014

It's a test run for Dems who are hoping to avoid a rerun of 2010 -- and are looking to replicate 2012 turnout feats next year.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:50 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/06/2013

The Morning Plum: Immigration reform may be in trouble

How John Cornyn may succeed in killing reform's hopes.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:28 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:16 PM ET, 06/05/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:16 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 06/05/2013

Obamacare and collective action

"Bros" aren't victims of the Affordable Care Act

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

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 06/05/2013

The virtue of Senate reform -- for the minority

Simple-majority cloture would give Republicans the leverage they need and the outrage they want.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:24 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster reform, Senate

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 06/05/2013

Do Republicans want immigration reform?

Republicans, ultimately, must make a choice.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:55 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 06/05/2013

Note to Republicans: Chris Christie is on your side

Republicans are angry at the New Jersey governor for putting his ambitions first, but he is at bottom a conservative.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:12 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 06/05/2013

The Morning Plum: Can gun reform forces counterbalance NRA over long term?

A new effort to combat the NRA and unmask its extremism.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:18 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Obama says GOP obstruction of nominations is 'unprecedented.' What if he's right?

This needn't remain a he-said-she-said dispute. There are actual facts we can point to in an effort to determine who's right.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:57 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Filibuster without end

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Gabriel Gomez, independent of the national GOP?

Marco Rubio and Mitch McConnell agree: A vote for Gabriel Gomez in Massachusetts is a vote for a GOP Senate majority in Washington.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:48 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 06/04/2013

GOP deepens its problems with women

Republican Senators take a strange position when it comes to investigating sexual assaults in the military.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  12:05 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 06/04/2013

The Morning Plum: Behind jubilation about scandals, GOP is rudderless and adrift

For all the celebration, Republicans still have no strategy to deal with two major looming issues: Immigration and the debt ceiling.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 06/03/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:51 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 06/03/2013

Frank Lautenberg's death won't change the big picture much

His seat will likely remain in Democratic hands in 2014, and little will change between now and then.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:18 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 06/03/2013

Immigration reform will ease that entitlements "crisis" we keep hearing about

The Wall Street Journal editorial page calls on Republicans to embrace immigration reform -- for the good of Social Security.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:45 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 06/03/2013

What would "conservative reform" look like?

Conservative apostate David Frum offers Republican officials a set of guiding principles that they will completely ignore.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:20 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GOP reform

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/03/2013

The Morning Plum: Is GOP hyping of scandals prompting a media backlash?

Things really do seem a far sight better than they were in the 1990s.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:28 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:29 AM ET, 06/02/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:29 AM ET, 06/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 07:41 AM ET, 06/01/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:41 AM ET, 06/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

 

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