THE PLUM LINE

Opinions from Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman

Coming soon to your local police department: killer robots

San Francisco has opened the door, and police all over the country are likely to rush through it.

By Paul WaldmanDecember 2, 2022

Trumpists are vowing to sabotage Biden. Act on this now, Democrats.

Hopes are dimming that Democrats will act to disable the debt limit during the lame-duck session.

By Greg SargentDecember 1, 2022

How to tell if Republicans mean what they say about working people

They talk about being an anti-corporate workers' party, but when it comes time to help workers, it's a different story.

By Paul WaldmanDecember 1, 2022

Biden is averting a railroad strike but missing an opportunity

He could do much more to stand up for American labor and challenge our ideas about work.

By Paul WaldmanNovember 30, 2022

New Trumpist threats in Arizona make electoral college reform urgent

How the scheming of Kari Lake and her election-denying allies shows the need for reform.

By Greg SargentNovember 29, 2022
Opinion

Truth can defeat ‘gaslighting,’ the word of the year. But not always.

"Gaslighting" is the Merriam-Webster Word of the Year, and the problem is worse than ever.

By Paul WaldmanNovember 28, 2022
Opinion

How Trump is handing white supremacists huge propaganda victories

A historian of white power movements sheds light on Trump's dinner with Nick Fuentes.

By Greg SargentNovember 28, 2022
Opinion

A new type of reporter emerges: The ‘mass shooting correspondent’

Journalists are becoming veterans at covering the carnage of mass shootings.

By Greg SargentNovember 25, 2022
Opinion

Kevin McCarthy’s border trip shows how tired this stunt has become

Put on your olive shirt, gaze with steely resolve across the Rio Grande — and make immigration reform less likely.

By Paul WaldmanNovember 23, 2022
Opinion

Why Trump and Kevin McCarthy should fear a Warnock victory

Democrats can counterprogram the coming GOP wave of Benghazi-style investigations.

By Greg SargentNovember 22, 2022
Opinion

Donald Trump is back on Twitter. Here’s why we shouldn’t fear.

Elon Musk may have restored the former president’s account, but it’s not 2016 anymore.

By Paul WaldmanNovember 21, 2022
Opinion

How Marjorie Taylor Greene’s MAGA House will boost Trump

The hidden way that Republicans will use House probes to protect Trump.

By Greg SargentNovember 18, 2022
Opinion

Welcome to the Congress of endless investigations

Republicans will investigate the border, Hunter Biden, the IRS, Hunter Biden, the Justice Department and Hunter Biden.

By Paul WaldmanNovember 18, 2022
Opinion

5 big ways Republicans are coping with Trump’s 2024 run

Above all, Republicans seem determined to avoid telling Trump voters the truth.

By Greg SargentNovember 17, 2022
Opinion

Rick Scott’s Paul Ryanist fantasies are a big loser for the GOP

An ill-fated challenge to Mitch McConnell based on illusions about what the public wants.

By Paul WaldmanNovember 16, 2022
Opinion

John Fetterman made big gains in Trump country. New data reveals how.

The senator-elect outperformed Joe Biden in some of Pennsylvania's Trumpiest counties.

By Greg SargentNovember 16, 2022
Opinion

The GOP prepares to tear itself apart

It's unclear who the party's rebels are and who the establishment is.

By Paul WaldmanNovember 15, 2022
Opinion

The quiet vindication of Liz Cheney

Cheney's strategy to defeat pro-Trump MAGA candidates is showing surprising success.

By Greg SargentNovember 14, 2022
Opinion

Republicans want Trump to take the blame. Good luck with that.

There's another elephant in the room that Republicans don't want to talk about.

By Greg SargentNovember 11, 2022
Opinion

Why the midterms were the Y2K of elections

The threat of disruption and subversion was real. The reason it was kept in check? Preparation.

By Paul WaldmanNovember 11, 2022