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The Plum Line: October, 2013

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:46 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 10/31/2013

The last remaining obstacle for ENDA: Religious liberty?

A Senate vote nears on ending anti-gay workplace discrimination.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:51 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 10/31/2013

What do Republicans say if Obamacare works?

It’s not impossible that Republicans are miscalculating once again.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:20 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 10/31/2013

Dear Dems: Like it or not, your fates are tied to Obamacare

All that matters is whether the law works over time.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:47 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 10/31/2013

The Morning Plum: The deficit is falling. In Washington, that doesn’t matter.

Democrats have leverage in the coming budget talks, too. They should act like it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Ryan Cooper  |  06:08 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Immigration reform is definitely undead

Three House Republicans have now embraced the Dem comprehensive reform proposal.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:35 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Memo to Dems: Don’t panic about Obamacare (yet)

A new poll finds that fewer than one in three Americans think the current problems show the law is an unsalvageable catastrophe.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:49 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 10/30/2013

How the carbon bubble will pop

Congressional action on climate change is currently impossible, but there are small things Obama can do right now.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:43 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fate of the Earth

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Morning Plum: There’s only one way to win the war over Obamacare

Over time, the policy known as the Affordable Care has to work.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:36 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Ryan Cooper  |  06:46 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Immigration reform is sort of undead

Two House Republicans sign on to the Democratic plan for

By Greg Sargent  |  04:48 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

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

The implosion of the GOP brand, in one more chart

The Republican brand is collapsing among the very voter groups it must improve among in order to broaden its national appeal.

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

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 10/29/2013

The filibuster must die

The long term success of the Democratic agenda depends on it.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:48 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster without end

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Morning Plum: Why normal debate about Obamacare is impossible

Many Republicans refuse to even acknowledge the millions of Americans who will benefit from the law.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:03 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:43 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 10/28/2013

There will be a budget deal -- if Republicans want one

The GOP are not willing to do the hard work of figuring out their own governing priorities.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:57 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 10/28/2013

For Republicans, a big test on gay rights

Will Republicans really stand in the way of ending gay workplace discrimination?

By Greg Sargent  |  02:01 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Right-sizing the security state

It’s time for a serious rethinking of NSA surveillance.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:40 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 10/28/2013

The Morning Plum: Maybe GOP should try governing again

It’s time for Republicans to accept that the Tea Party will probably never accept anything that results from conventional governing processes.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:16 AM ET, 10/27/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:16 AM ET, 10/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads

Posted at 07:12 AM ET, 10/26/2013

Open Thread

All yours

By Greg Sargent  |  07:12 AM ET, 10/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:08 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, round up

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

Liberals go to war with each other over Obamacare

Play nice, folks.

By Ryan Cooper  |  04:10 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Warning: It’s not impossible Obamacare might get fixed

The administration vows that the site will be running smoothly by the end of November. What happens if that -- gasp! -- actually happens?

By Greg Sargent  |  02:10 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Immigration reform is dead. Or maybe it isn’t.

If reform is really dead, why do folks have to keep proclaiming it to be the case?

By Greg Sargent  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 10/25/2013

The Morning Plum; Yes, liberals should criticize Obamacare failings

It’s the right position on the policy substance and on the politics.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:23 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Ryan Cooper  |  06:27 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 10/24/2013

The implosion of the GOP brand, in one chart

By Greg Sargent  |  04:23 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 10/24/2013

What the heck is the point of snooping on Angela Merkel?

It’s time for a more streamlined surveillance system, for the good of the country.

By Ryan Cooper  |  02:18 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Obama: House Republicans must prove they can govern again

Dems put Republicans on notice: If you kill immigration reform, you will pay a major price.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:07 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013

The Morning Plum: House GOP pivots from Obamacare to Obamacare

Serious Congressional oversight when it comes to the health law’s rollout problems would be welcome. Can the House GOP supply it?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:00 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Dems running away from Obamacare? Meh.

A lot of this is just typical maneuvering to get press.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:28 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Memo to Dems: Don’t fall into GOP’s Obamacare trap

Implementation problems are awful. Dems can say so, without running away from the law wholesale.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:23 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 10/23/2013

The JPMorgan settlement: A sign of Dems’ new economic populism?

There is real electoral wealth for Dems in a serious stand for Wall Street accountability.

By Ryan Cooper  |  12:16 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wall Street

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 10/23/2013

The Morning Plum: Obamacare rollout is awful. GOP’s position is a lot worse.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:51 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 10/22/2013

How Dems should make this fall’s fights all about jobs

When it comes to fiscal priorities, the public is on the side of Dems. In the coming budget talks, they should act like it.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:42 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jobs

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Immigration reform: Still not quite dead

GOP Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart suggests a way forward.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:08 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 10/22/2013

In coming budget talks, Dems must emphasize jobs, jobs, jobs

The state of the economy is far more important to Dem chances in 2014 than the deficit is, yet the latter continues to be the top priority.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:28 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jobs

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 10/22/2013

The Morning Plum: Outside the conservative bubble, GOP sustains epic damage

The GOP brand is in absolutely awful shape. Does that matter at all?

By Greg Sargent  |  08:18 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Ryan Cooper  |  06:20 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Making Republicans pay a price for climate science denialism

The League of Conservation Voters is engaged in a very interesting experiment. Will it work?

By Greg Sargent  |  03:41 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fate of the Earth

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/21/2013

As Obamacare runs into problems, Americans still want to give it a chance

Disapproval of the law just doesn’t translate into support for the GOP quest to eliminate it through any means necessary.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Washington is still stuck in the wrong conversation

We are talking about how much austerity to continue to impose, when we should actually be talking about whether to impose more austerity.

By Ryan Cooper  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  safety net

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 10/21/2013

The Morning Plum: Don’t squander your shutdown gains, Dems

If there is anything that can trample on the Dem message -- that the GOP has lost the ability to engage in basic governing -- it’s Obamacare’s glaring web site failures.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 10/20/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:22 AM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads

Posted at 06:23 AM ET, 10/19/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:23 AM ET, 10/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:45 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Let’s hope Republicans get over their paranoia about primaries

If House Republicans start fearing general election losses, it might be a good thing for the country.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:24 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 10/18/2013

A way forward on immigration reform?

By Greg Sargent  |  02:01 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Here’s a `grand bargain’ for ya: Tax cuts for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending

Republicans won’t give ground on new taxes? Ask them for stimulus spending instead.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:23 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Grand bargain

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 10/18/2013

The Morning Plum: How the GOP can save itself from the Tea Party

Republicans need to start governing again, even if it gets Tea Partyers very, very angry.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:03 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Ryan Cooper  |  06:19 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Labor puts Dems on notice: Don’t touch Medicare and Social Security benefits

The AFL-CIO is saying No to any “grand bargain” that guts the safety net.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:53 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  safety net

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

Did Barack Obama do John Boehner a big favor?

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

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

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Fake crises are distracting us from really serious ones

While Washington is consumed with a standoff whose outcome was always obvious, important news about the environment is causing barely a ripple.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:37 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fate of the Earth

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 10/17/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems break GOP addiction to chaos governing. But will it last?

This wasn’t just another Washington “win.” It was an important statement on principle.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

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

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

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

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Is John Boehner’s job safe?

The Speaker is safe for now, but don’t rule out a coup attempt.

By Ryan Cooper  |  05:00 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  john boehner

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Ted Cruz will try to do all of this again. Will John Boehner let him?

A GOP Congressman calls on the non-crazies to stop Ted Cruz next time.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:16 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 10/16/2013

GOP shutdown disaster could give Dems a big lift

DCCC chair Steve Israel tells me that as many as five new recruits could enter the House races in the wake of the crisis.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:15 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 10/16/2013

John Boehner’s `moment of truth’ arrives

It was inevitable that the House Speaker would have to decide whether to throw the Tea Party overboard.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:02 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:12 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour Roundup

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

As GOP insanity continues, damage to the economy deepens

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

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

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

The core argument that’s driving this whole crisis

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

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

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Dems to House GOP: The answer is No

The House GOP rolls out one last ditch effort to stave off the inevitable, and Dems reject it once again.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:55 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 10/15/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems think they’re killing debt limit GOP extortion for good

Won’t we simply find ourselves back in the same situation in a few months? Dems think we won’t. Let’s hope they’re right.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:02 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  congress, government shutdown

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Will House Republicans allow a retreat?

With a deal in sight, the question is whether House Republicans are ready to accept it.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:51 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  default, government shutdown

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

Dems dare GOP to provoke another hostage crisis during 2014 elections

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

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

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Why that crazy tea party rally matters. A lot.

If this continues, it will be time to start talking seriously about real reform.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:55 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tea Party

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

A way out of the crisis

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

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

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 10/13/2013

John Boehner’s only choice: Throw the Tea Party overboard

There is no deal that is acceptable to both the Tea Party and Obama and Senate Democrats. Therefore, the only way out is through an alliance of Dems and non-Tea Party Republicans.

By Greg Sargent  |  10:16 AM ET, 10/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 10/13/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:25 AM ET, 10/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads

Posted at 06:57 AM ET, 10/12/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:57 AM ET, 10/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Open Threads

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Government shutdown is already doing severe damage

Look no further than Utah, hope state of Tea Party Senator Mike Lee, one of the shutdown’s chief evangelists.

By Ryan Cooper  |  03:11 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Dems to GOP: No more extortion. No more extortion. No more extortion.

House Republicans float a new offer, but there is still no sign they grasp how Dems view the current standoff.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:16 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/11/2013

The Morning Plum: The secret GOP plot to salvage victory, or at least postpone defeat

Despite their “offer,” Republicans are fully intent on maintaining use of future debt limit deadlines in order to extract unilateral concessions from Democrats.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:54 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 10/10/2013

How Janet Yellen might help Dems in 2014

The economy might matter far more in next year's elections than any of today's hostage crises -- and the Fed may be the only game in town.

By Ryan Cooper  |  05:23 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Fed

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

Dems sense a GOP cave

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

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

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

House GOP leaders look for a way out

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

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

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

The Morning Plum: Boehner blinks

At this point, Republicans can’t decide where their phantom leverage lies, and can’t agree on what concessions to extract with that phantom leverage.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Plum

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:35 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hour, Happy Hour Roundup

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

How the debt limit puts Senate Republicans in a jam

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

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

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Gallup: GOP’s favorability sinks into Clinton impeachment territory

The last time the GOP’s numbers were this bad was on the very day House Republicans voted to impeach Bill Clinton.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:07 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

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

Explaining the true nature of GOP debt limit extortion

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

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

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/09/2013

The Morning Plum: A clarifying moment of Washington dysfunction

Obama and Republicans don’t disagree over the need for negotiations. They disagree over the conditions within which those negotiations should take place.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:12 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 10/08/2013

The basic story: Democratic unity

Barack Obama’s press conference shows solid Democratic resolve.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:20 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

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

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

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

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 10/08/2013

GOP shutdown shenanigans giving Dems a big recruiting boost?

DCCC chair Steve Israel tells Democrats that potential recruits in very tough GOP districts are expressing a renewed interest in running.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:20 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 10/08/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP addicted to something-for-nothing governing

We’re seeing the implications of it right now, and it ain’t pretty.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Greg Sargent  |  06:15 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 10/07/2013

More red flags for GOP

Three fourths of independents and moderates disapprove of the GOP’s handling of the budget fight.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:22 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Do `moderate’ Republicans really want to vote to fund the government?

They should be pressed to say whether they support a discharge petition.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:04 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

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

Senate Dems to call GOP’s bluff on debt limit

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

By Greg Sargent  |  11:26 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 10/07/2013

The Morning Plum: John Boehner doesn’t really want to `negotiate’ with Obama

Can’t folks at least acknowledge the true nature of the GOP position here?

By Greg Sargent  |  08:35 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 10/06/2013

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:33 AM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:10 AM ET, 10/05/2013

Open Thread

All yours.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:10 AM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Greg Sargent  |  04:59 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Dems move to force Republicans to reopen the government

House Democrats have hit on a way to use a “discharge petition” to force a House vote to fund the government, despite the House GOP leadership’s unrelenting opposition to allowing one.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:46 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Moderate Republicans could help reopen government right now if they wanted to

Why aren’t more of them vocally calling on the House GOP leadership to allow a vote on a “clean CR“?

By Greg Sargent  |  12:06 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013

The Morning Plum: Conservatives have no endgame in shutdown fight

House GOP leaders can’t find a way out of this mess because the right won’t let them.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:43 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 10/03/2013

John Boehner gives away the game (a bit)

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

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

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

What the White House fears most about the debt limit fight

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

By Greg Sargent  |  01:17 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Republicans have no idea why they’ve shut down the government

Reporters need to ask House Republicans: why are you against a clean CR?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  11:51 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 10/03/2013

The Morning Plum: Republicans and their voters are stuck in 2011

Tea Party Republicans need to understand that giving up on the idea of fake leverage over Obama is not surrender.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:43 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:57 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 10/02/2013

How Dems could play procedural hardball in shutdown fight

Senate Democrats could use the House GOP votes against them.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:04 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 10/02/2013

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

The GOP bluff must be called.

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

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 10/02/2013

The Morning Plum: Governing crisis set to escalate dramatically

It’s becoming more likely that the government shutdown will spill over into the debt limit fight. Be. Very. Afraid.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:28 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Happy Hour Roundup

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By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:55 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Are House Republicans looking for a way out?

Boehner sees the real danger of allowing the GOP to be seen as incapable of governing.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:34 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Dems to GOP: No Obamacare extortion. Period, full stop.

Chris Van Hollen tells me Dems will not agree to any “negotiations” involving the Affordable Care Act.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:23 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Ignore the daily spin wars over Obamacare

If the program works on a basic level, it is here to say, no matter how much Rush Limbaugh lies about it.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:36 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Republicans enter the danger zone

As the government shutdown begins, a new poll suggests solid majorities, including of independents and moderates, no longer think the GOP is capable of constructive governing.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:50 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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