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GOP courts danger with its enormous presidential field

This is a big week for presidential contenders. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders holds an event today launching his already-announced run, while Martin O’Malley will reportedly be announcing his candidacy on Saturday. Rick Santorum has an event scheduled for tomorrow which will presumably involve him throwing his hat in the ring, and most exciting […]

Morning Plum: GOP already divided over how to respond if Court guts subsidies

Some Congressional Republicans have apparently decided it might prove a wee bit problematic for the GOP if the Supreme Court guts health coverage for millions of people and they don’t appear willing to do anything about it. So they are offering a variety of contingency fix plans that would temporarily keep subsidies flowing to those […]

Happy Hour Roundup

• Here’s a story to warm the hearts of Republican political consultants: Jeb Bush, who has a longtime relationship with this seaside town where generations of Bushes have vacationed, is having a house built for him at the family compound on Walker’s Point, with a wraparound porch and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean. The […]

The Koch brothers try to rein in the GOP presidential clown show

If you’re a Republican primary voter, you’re probably feeling pretty good about the presidential primaries. Even if you haven’t yet found the candidate who will make you swoon, one thing you’ve got is choices. By my count, there are currently 10 candidates who are declared or all but certain to run, and another four who […]

So how’s that “showing the GOP can govern” thing going?

Congress left town this weekend for their Memorial Day recess, with their final mini-drama the failure to reauthorize the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records that began as part of the Patriot Act. The House passed a bill called the USA Freedom Act (not showing a lot of creativity there) which would […]

Happy Hour Roundup

Haven’t had enough Benghazi? Well here you go: The State Department on Friday released nearly 900 pages of e-mails on Libya and the Benghazi attacks from the private account Hillary Rodham Clinton used while she was secretary of state. The messages have been turned over to a select House committee investigating the Sept. 11-12, […]

Getting past the noise in the raging debate over Fast Track

As early as today, the Senate may vote to grant President Obama the “Fast Track” authority he’s seeking to negotiate the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. From there it’s over to the House, where its prospects are uncertain. So what’s the real deal with the Fast Track process? My view: While some concerns about the […]

The political media don’t like Hillary Clinton. But what if she doesn’t need them?

Hillary Clinton doesn’t like the media, and they don’t like her. Both have legitimate reasons for feeling as they do, but there’s no getting around that simple fact. Clinton’s grievances go back two and a half decades, and what has reporters agitated at the moment is that Clinton is making it difficult for them to […]

Morning Plum: How Republicans will try to blame Obama if the Court guts subsidies

Senator Chris Murphy is getting lots of attention because he delivered a speech on the Senate floor while brandishing a poster bearing a “shruggie.” That, he says, is the actual GOP contingency plan for the millions who might lose health care if the Supreme Court invalidates subsidies in three dozen states. But Senator Murphy is […]

Happy Hour Roundup

From the damned-if-he-does, damned-if-he-doesn’t file: Jeb Bush on Thursday put a bit more space between himself and his brother, part of a slow-motion and seemingly reluctant distancing effort as he moves toward a White House bid. After being asked by a questioner at a sports bar here whether there is any “space” between the […]

Republicans want GOP leaders to be even more confrontational towards Obama

A new Pew poll finds that a huge majority of Republican voters want the GOP Congress to be even more confrontational towards President Obama than it has been thus far, while Democrats are much more closely split on whether Obama should be more confrontational towards Republicans: The survey finds deep differences in how Republicans and […]

Sorry, Republicans: Obamacare is getting more and more entrenched

Republicans have always had a problem where rhetoric meets reality on the Affordable Care Act. In the abstract, the law has never been overwhelmingly popular, but many of the things the law actually does — like preventing insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions — are extremely popular. And so, if Republicans actually […]

Morning Plum: The new GOP strategy on Iraq is to blame Obama

After struggling for days with questions about the genesis of the Iraq War, the GOP presidential candidates appear to be coalescing behind a new strategy: Shift the focus to what’s happening in Iraq right now, and blame it all on Obama. As a number of us have noted, the current line of questioning for Republicans […]

Happy Hour Roundup

The NSA bulk records story keeps moving in the same direction: The Justice Department has informed lawmakers that the National Security Agency will need to begin shutting down its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records after Friday if Congress fails to act by then to reauthorize or amend the program. In a memo, the […]

Sick man whose Obamacare story went viral could be screwed again by Supreme Court

By now you may have learned of the plight of one Luis Lang, a South Carolina man whose story went viral after it was reported that he couldn’t afford to treat an illness that was threatening to make him blind — and blamed Obamacare for it. He has since come around to the view that […]

The minimum wage movement gets its biggest victory yet

The city council in Los Angeles has passed a bill to increase the minimum wage in the nation’s second-largest city to $15 an hour, in stages between now and 2020. While similar increases were recently passed in San Francisco and Seattle, L.A.’s size alone — it has a population of almost 4 million, four and […]

Morning Plum: Obama depicts climate change as national security risk

As your humble blogger has noted before, President Obama can help ensure that climate change plays a larger role in the 2016 election simply by talking about the issue, thus elevating its profile and making it more likely that the GOP contenders will loudly oppose whatever he is proposing. In a speech today, Obama will […]

Happy Hour Roundup

The political media’s long nightmare is finally over, reports Robert Costa: Hillary Rodham Clinton broke a long drought to take a few questions from the traveling press here Tuesday, distancing herself from President Obama’s trade pact and defending the millions of dollars she and her husband have made from giving speeches. At the end […]

Rising skepticism among Democrats about Obama’s big trade deal

Last week, two dozen House Democrats attended a classified briefing with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to seek reassurance on a core concern about the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership: What is the guarantee that countries like Vietnam will have to fully implement higher standards for the country’s workers as a condition for gaining the benefits of […]

Presidential candidates should come clean about who they’d appoint to Supreme Court

While Republicans (and many reporters) are complaining that Hillary Clinton has been unwilling to answer questions from the press, there’s one thing she seems to be clear about. Appearing at an event in Iowa, she said: “I will do everything I can to appoint Supreme Court justices who protect the right to vote and do […]

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