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Why aren’t libertarians talking about Ferguson?

The shooting death by police of Ferguson, MO teenager Michael Brown, and what has happened in the aftermath, has been blanketing the news for the past few days. It’s a story about race, but it’s also become a story about the power of the state and how it’s wielded, and against whom. So my question […]

Morning Plum: The Democrats’ ‘kitchen sink’ strategy for 2014

As I reported the other day, Dem leaders are planning an aggressive effort during the August recess and beyond to draw attention to the House GOP lawsuit against President Obama and turn it into a positive in the 2014 elections. The idea is to cast the GOP as extreme and committed to destructive governing — […]

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President Obama released a statement today on the killing of Michael Brown: The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local […]

Everyone suddenly remembers that Hillary Clinton is a foreign policy hawk

There are few things the political press loves more than an intra-party squabble, so it wasn’t surprising that when Hillary Clinton gave an interview to The Atlantic about foreign policy that offered something less than fulsome support for everything Barack Obama has done, it got characterized as a stinging rebuke. The Post’s Chris Cillizza described […]

Morning Plum: For tea party Republicans, it’s always about Obama

What if the 2014 elections aren’t really about Obama, after all? At least for everyone other than tea party Republicans, that is? A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds the president’s approval rating in familiarly low territory — 40 percent. But the poll also finds that a large majority of Americans, say Obama is not a factor […]

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Remember how conservatives confidently predicted that in the second year of the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges, consumers would experience “rate shock” as their premiums skyrocketed? According to the latest data, not so much: Premiums on ObamaCare’s health insurance exchanges will rise by an average of 7.5 percent next year, according to a new analysis. […]

Iraq flares up as issue in top-tier Senate race

In an interview with ABC News, Joni Ernst, the GOP Senate candidate in Iowa, suggested the U.S. should not have pulled troops out of Iraq when it did, blaming that supposed failure for the current escalation of violence: “What we see going on in Iraq right now, if this current administration had followed guidance from […]

Republican fear-mongering on Iraq isn’t going to work

Now that the United States is engaging militarily in Iraq, both the Obama administration and its Republican critics are trying to convince the public that their preferred response to the situation there is the most appropriate one. That has produced a stark rhetorical divergence. To simplify a bit, the administration is arguing that this conflict […]

Morning Plum: Republicans running away from House GOP

It’s often observed that the House GOP’s lurch to the right on policy and periodic outbreaks of reckless brinksmanship have made life difficult for statewide GOP candidates who are trying to appeal to a more diverse electorate than that found in many House GOP districts. Case in point: Thom Tillis, who is running for Senate […]

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Today the United States began airstrikes against targets of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Surprisingly, Republicans think they aren’t tough and manly enough: Republicans suggested that the administration had acted too slowly and timidly to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and now was moving too cautiously against […]

GOP Senate candidate admits Obamacare helped a few people

The other day, Gallup released a major new survey finding that the steepest drops in uninsured rates had occurred in two states that could decide control of the Senate — Arkansas and Kentucky. The sharpest drop in the nation was in Arkansas, where the uninsured rate was practically cut in half. Dem Senator Mark Pryor […]

Back to Iraq, but Obama’s way

We’ve now begun some very limited military action in Iraq, with airstrikes hitting artillery positions of the Islamic State (IS), combined with airdrops of food and water to the group of Yazidis stranded on a mountaintop where they fled from IS. Naturally, the Obama administration’s opponents are saying it isn’t enough. In a certain sense, […]

Morning Plum: As GOP lurches right on immigration, sane Republicans watch in horror

In Arkansas, GOP Senate candidate Tom Cotton is running an ad attacking Senator Mark Pryor over the border crisis that veers headlong into Ted Cruz/Steve King territory. In Michigan, GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land is up with another border spot that is almost as bad. It is increasingly sinking in with the political classes […]

Happy Hour Roundup

The campaign news of the day is no real surprise: Democratic Sen. John Walsh suspended his campaign for a full Senate term on Thursday, bowing to pressure to back out of the race after a plagiarism scandal threatened to eliminate his already slim chance of victory in Montana. In a statement to Lee Newspapers, […]

When the Koch brothers become a liability for Republicans

A new poll commissioned by the League of Conservation Voters and AFSCME finds that Dem Gary Peters is leading GOPer Terri Lynn Land in Michigan by seven points, 43-37. The average of polls shows Peters leading by over six points. Is it possible that in this particular race, climate change and the Koch brothers — […]

Is it time for a Marshall Plan for Gaza?

With the fighting suspended in Gaza, the area’s residents are combing through the rubble of what used to be their homes and businesses. Israel has temporarily degraded Hamas’ military capacity. Yet it seems clear the Netanyahu government is also Hamas’ greatest ally, the former’s policies and decisions all but guaranteed to validate the latter’s argument […]

Morning Plum: Big problem for Dems — their voters have the blahs

A new CBS News poll finds that Democrats are leading in the generic ballot matchup by four points, 41-37. The polling average finds the generic matchup virtually tied. Taken together as signs of the overall political environment, this suggests there are still no signs of that GOP wave we keep hearing about. At this point […]

Happy Hour Roundup

Former Obama aide Reid Cherlin aptly sums up the Obama presidency as seen from the perspective of the White House: They know that in spite of everything, they have managed over six years to accomplish much of what Obama promised to do, even if accomplishing it helped speed the process of partisan breakdown. And […]

The Tea Party may be losing races, but it’s actually winning

While there are still a few primaries remaining this year, yesterday saw one of the last seemingly vulnerable prominent Republicans, Kansas senator Pat Roberts, prevail over his Tea Party opponent by eight points — not an easy victory, but not a nail-biter either. GOP House incumbents facing challenges from the right also won their races. […]

How far can Obama go on deportations?

President Obama is reportedly mulling an executive action that could defer deportations for as many as five million illegal immigrants, for example by broadening the program for people brought here illegally as children to include their parents and the parents of children who are already U.S. citizens. It’s still unclear what he will do — […]

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