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The Plum Line: September, 2013

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:37 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

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

GOP continues sinking as government shutdown looks all but certain

Fewer than one in four independents and moderates favor the Republican Party’s handling of the budget.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:15 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

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

Our current governing crisis, in two sentences

Makin’ it simple.

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

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 09/30/2013

John Boehner doesn’t have to let the Tea Party paralyze whole government

What if more than half of House Republicans would be just fine with a vote on a “clean CR,” even if it has to pass with a lot of Democrats?

By Greg Sargent  |  11:55 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 09/30/2013

The Morning Plum: For GOP, a refresher on the meaning of the word `compromise’

Republicans redefine “compromise” as asking for only some of what they want at gunpoint, rather than all of it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 09/29/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:58 AM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 09/28/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:06 AM ET, 09/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open thread

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:39 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Dems hope to jam John Boehner as Senate conservatives keep stabbing him in back

House GOP leaders are again stuck with a choice between stiff-arming the Tea Party and taking the blame for a government shutdown.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:13 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

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

Republicans have `a bomb strapped to their chest’

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

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

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 09/27/2013

The GOP’s Obamacare problem, in one sentence

Republicans need to tell us what they want, other than what they can’t have.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:32 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

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

Obama pollster: On debt limit, GOP is delusional

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

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

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 09/26/2013

GOP pollster: Don’t over-interpret disapproval of Obamacare

By Greg Sargent  |  12:39 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 09/26/2013

The GOP’s debt limit strategy is insane. People should say so.

Some Republicans want to insist on a late term abortion ban in exchange for a debt ceiling hike.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:56 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:43 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

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

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

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

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

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 09/25/2013

The GOP’s problem with Latinos isn’t just about immigration. It’s also about health care.

What if the GOP drive to destroy Obamacare will also compromise the party among this crucial, fast growing demographic?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:15 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 09/25/2013

The Morning Plum: Ted Cruz’s stance on Obamacare is the GOP’s stance on Obamacare

Good news about Obamacare! But Republicans must not acknowledge it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:34 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:02 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

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

Mainstream Republicans in worse shape than Ted Cruz

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

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

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Immigration reform is on life support, but it isn’t dead yet

There is a long, winding path to success, as improbable as it may seem.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:34 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

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

Bush budget director: Debt ceiling brinksmanship risks scuttling recovery

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

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

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

The Morning Plum: GOP’s problem isn’t which hostage to take. It’s the extortion strategy itself.

In embracing a new strategy to use the debt limit to undermine Obamacare, GOP leaders are ignoring the same realities they’re asking conservatives to accept.

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

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:51 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Nancy Pelosi moves to pressure Republicans on immigration

The Dem leader in the House may introduce a version of the Senate immigration reform bill -- and challenge Republicans to support it, too.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:52 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 09/23/2013

John Boehner doesn’t have to let a radical minority paralyze our government

Nobody wants a government shutdown except for Tea Party Republicans. Why, then, is one looming?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:42 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 09/23/2013

House GOP to Ted Cruz: Win, Rocky, win!

The Texas Senator is infuriating fellow Republicans on the House side for attempting to blame them for his own failure.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:47 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 09/23/2013

The Morning Plum: Why won’t the GOP establishment let Ted Cruz defund Obamacare?

The Texas Senator is already laying the groundwork to blame anyone but himself for the failure of his defund-Obamacare con.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:57 AM ET, 09/21/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:57 AM ET, 09/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:21 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Have Democrats already lost on the budget?

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

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

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Dems seek to maximize pressure on John Boehner

House Republicans move forward with their defund-Obamacare kamikaze mission.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:33 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 09/20/2013

In blow to immigration reform, House ‘gang of seven’ bill looks dead

Dem Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a key member of the gang, tells me it isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:59 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 09/20/2013

The Morning Plum: As Obamacare marches forward, GOP marches off cliff

Even as GOP opposition to Obamacare continues to radicalize, time may be on the law’s side.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:12 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 09/19/2013

No more magical thinking about the presidency

Pundits need to do a better job in understanding how the process really works.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:14 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  political media

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Really?

A new poll finds that more than two thirds of Americans think Republicans haven’t compromised enough with Obama.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:07 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Ted Cruz unmasks his own confidence game

Senate conservatives have effectively conceded their defund-Obamacare push was always a scam.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:29 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ted Cruz

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 09/19/2013

The Morning Plum: Panic sets in among GOP elites

A new GOP poll finds opposition to Obamacare does not translate into support for GOP efforts to sabotage it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:27 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:11 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

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

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

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

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

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 09/18/2013

The conservative alternative to Obamacare isn’t an alternative to Obamacare

It would do far less to solve the real problem.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:29 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 09/18/2013

GOP leaders postpone the inevitable reckoning

House Republican leaders make it official: They will vote to defund Obamacare. That changes exactly nothing.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:16 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/18/2013

The Morning Plum: Are Dems turning on Obama? Yes. Does it matter? Not much.

The basic dynamic shaping our politics in the near future is divisions within the GOP, and that isn’t changing anytime soon.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:48 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 09/17/2013

GOP climate skeptics to hold hearing on climate science

House Republicans wrestle with a divide over global warming.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:48 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  climate change, Fate of the Earth

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 09/17/2013

The big story this fall will be the divisions within the GOP

Obama’s standing due to Syria won’t have any impact on the government shutdown or debt limit fights.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:54 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Rip off the Band-Aid, John Boehner

At some point, the House Speaker will need to stiff-arm the Tea Party and admit Obamacare isn’t getting defunded.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:05 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 09/17/2013

The Morning Plum: On Syria, Beltway elites blow it with paint-by-numbers punditry

A new poll finds that majorities still say Obama is a strong leader with strong principles. Time to reevaluate all the unstated assumptions guiding commentary on these matters, okay?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:07 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 09/16/2013

This time, it’s Boehner, not Obama, who needs to avoid a government shutdown

Look for the House Speaker to do all he can to avoid disaster.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:36 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 09/16/2013

The limits of ‘non-partisan’ analysis

Critics of Obama on Syria should come clean about what they really believe about the actual policy choices he’s made.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:38 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  political media

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Who are the make-Obamacare-fail dead-enders, anyway?

Their position is extreme, yet they wield disproportionate influence over the debate. Here’s why.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:05 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 09/16/2013

The Morning Plum: Fewer than one in four Americans support sabotage of Obamacare

A new Pew poll finds that only 23 percent back efforts to make the law fail, yet that minority’s obsession is in effect dictating our entire political situation.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 09/15/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:14 AM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 09/14/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:32 AM ET, 09/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads

Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:55 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Rand Paul isn’t going anywhere in 2016

The Republican Party hasn’t really changed on foreign policy issues.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:35 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 elections

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 09/13/2013

The coming Obamacare fight holds real peril for Republicans, too

GOP officials trying to sabotage the law will be in the position of standing in the way of expanded health coverage for their own constituents.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:13 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 09/13/2013

On Syria, the people have spoken

A new poll finds public opposition even to targeted, limited strikes.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:48 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 09/13/2013

The Morning Plum: Delusions and lies about Obamacare come back to haunt GOP leaders

There is no sign the GOP leadership has any idea how to avert chaos this fall.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:28 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:57 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 09/12/2013

The Syria dodge

Folks need to be a bit more forthcoming about what they really believe about whether Obama is doing the right thing on Syria.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:15 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Syria won’t make GOP’s immigration problem go “poof” and disappear

Syria or no Syria, Republicans will still pay the same price among Latinos if they kill reform.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:59 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

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

How Dems view this fall’s fiscal fights

Progressives are worried about yet another cave.

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

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/12/2013

The Morning Plum: Senate conservatives stick the knife in House GOP leaders

For all the talk about how Syria “weakens” Obama, the dominant factor in the upcoming fights will be divisions among Republicans.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:27 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:27 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 09/11/2013

GOP lawmakers, cowed by the right, drop pretense of policy sanity

Republican lawmakers have no incentive to vote with the GOP leadership for the good of the party if it angers the right.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:15 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Where are Republicans on sentencing reform?

By Greg Sargent  |  02:58 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  War on Drugs

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

John Boehner must cut loose the Tea Party

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

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

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 09/11/2013

The Morning Plum: Obama is conflicted on Syria. That’s a good thing.

The President’s handling of Syria has many problems, but his treatment of it as a morally complex, evolving situation is not one of them.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:28 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:41 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Reasons for skepticism about emerging Syria deal

The former White House coordinator for weapons of mass destruction tells me he doesn’t think he differences between the US and Russia can be bridged.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:44 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Yet another scheme to block Obamacare

GOP leaders will demand a one-year delay in the law in exchange for raising the debt limit.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:30 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

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

Russian proposal allows Dems to stop the bleeding

Aides say the Russian suggestion of international oversight of Syria’s chemical weapons has hit the pause button on the war debate.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:09 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 09/10/2013

The Morning Plum: If we avoid war, American people won’t care about process that got us there

Many seem to think that if a war opposed by huge majorities is averted, it will somehow put Obama’s presidency is on the line.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:20 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 09/09/2013

The White House’s conundrum on Syria

The problem is that the administration can't offer reassurance to one set of concerns without undercutting its efforts to assuage a whole other set of concerns.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:36 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 09/09/2013

No, a loss on Syria would not destroy the Obama presidency

No matter what happens on Syria, the coming battles over funding the government, the debt limit, and immigration will be just as perilous for the GOP.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:53 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

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

The Morning Plum: A liberal alternative to war in Syria?

House progressives will introduce a resolution this week urging all diplomatic options be exhausted before military action. Its fate will provide clues to the depth of Congressional opposition to strikes.

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

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

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:09 AM ET, 09/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads

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

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:04 AM ET, 09/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:51 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Alliance of Tea Party libertarians and anti-war Dems looks like the real thing

There is a surprising amount of overlap between the vote to end NSA surveillance and the developing opposition to Syria strikes.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:47 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/06/2013

If Obama heeds Congress on Syria, the Dem base will have his back

Pundits will widely see a Congressional No vote on Syria as a sign of presidential weakness. What if the public doesn't see it in these terms?

By Greg Sargent  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

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

The Morning Plum: If Congress says No on Syria, Obama should (and probably will) listen

We may get to see the unfolding of a very interesting experiment.

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

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:57 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Be wary of Congressional kabuki on Syria

Until Members of Congress say they oppose the mission itself, they aren't really in the No camp.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:02 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Some very good news for Obamacare

A new study suggest the alarmist warnings of the law's opponents aren't going to come to pass.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:28 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Why House Dems think Syria resolution could still pass

The whip counts may be misleading.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:25 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 09/05/2013

The Morning Plum: The case Obama needs to make

The President may give an Oval Office address on Syria. These are the concerns he needs to address.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:24 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:03 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:03 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Business community and GOP are getting along just fine, thank you

Corporate leaders may be professing surprise at all that Tea Party craziness, but at bottom, Tea Party ideology works out just fine for them.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:12 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tea Party

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 09/04/2013

White House working hard to woo House liberals on Syria

On a conference call, a "frank" and "candid" set of exchanges.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:55 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Syria provides tough challenges for anti-war left

In some ways, this is a tougher environment than activists faced during the run-up to the Iraq War.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:09 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 09/04/2013

The Morning Plum: How White House hopes to get Congress to Yes on Syria

Congress is being given a way to rein in Obama's authority without blocking strikes on

By Greg Sargent  |  09:08 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:30 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Why the public is skeptical about Syria intervention

Americans believe the administration's argument about Assad's guilt, but not its argument that striking Syria would do any good.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:30 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 09/03/2013

On Syria, Obama can’t take liberals and Dems for granted

Chris Van Hollen says that if the White House goes too far in wooing John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Obama could lose the support of Democrats.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:40 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Syria debate gives John Boehner an escape hatch

The House Speaker can point out that we shouldn't be having a debate over shutting down the government in the middle of a debate over whether to go to war.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:02 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  war

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

The Morning Plum: How Republicans will make their Syria decision all about Obama

Some GOP lawmakers are already telegraphing their intention to oppose intervention on the grounds that Obama is too incompetent to execute it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:03 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 09/02/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:41 PM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 09/02/2013

The ‘McCain Doctrine’ is nonsense

No harm will come to the republic if Congress sometimes influences foreign policy.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:33 PM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 09/02/2013

Neocons outraged that Obama wants democratic approval for war

Hawkish Republicans go from attacking the president for ignoring Congress to blasting him for consulting it.

By Alex Seitz-Wald  |  01:32 PM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 09/02/2013

Why the left is split on Syria

Liberals are divided between a desire to protect human rights and to avoid war

By Alex Seitz-Wald  |  11:56 AM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 09/02/2013

Morning Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:35 AM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 09/01/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:33 AM ET, 09/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads, sound off

 

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