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How Netanyahu’s victory could alter American politics

Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won an unexpected election victory, leaving him poised to form a new government and continue in office. What appeared to be an increasingly desperate and repugnant bid to hold on to power turned out to be a remarkably shrewd strategy. No one in Israel could have been surprised; if […]

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Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan may not be able to take sole credit for pushing Aaron Schock and his super-cut six-pack out of Congress, but they do seem to have given him the final push: Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday, less than 12 hours after POLITICO raised questions about tens of […]

Could Oregon’s voting law signal a Democratic push to open up elections?

This is apparently what happens when a Democratic secretary of state — the kind in charge of elections, not the kind in charge of diplomacy — unexpectedly becomes her state’s governor: On Monday, Oregon became the first state that will automatically register voters using information collected at the DMV. Anyone eligible will be given an […]

Here comes a new GOP push for a military buildup

With Congress moving toward the creation of something resembling an actual budget for the federal government, it’s time for a new Republican push for increased defense spending. An ever-expanding military has long been one of the central pillars of American conservatism along with low taxes and “traditional” social values, but since the financial crisis of […]

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Glad we got that cleared up: On the final day of his reelection campaign, Benjamin Netanyahu said that as long as he serves as prime minister of Israel, there will not be an independent Palestinian nation. His assertion, made on camera to an Israeli media site, appeared to reverse Netanyahu’s previous declarations of support, […]

Congressional Republicans surrender on transforming Medicare

It’s time for the Republican Congress to start the long, tortured process of creating a budget, and as Alexander Bolton of The Hill reports, now that Paul Ryan has moved from chairing the Budget Committee to running Ways and Means, this version is going to be a little different from recent ones. Specifically, the transformation […]

If Netanyahu loses, will Republicans still be ‘pro-Israel’?

The Israeli election takes place tomorrow, and there is a real possibility that Benjamin Netanyahu will lose. While the election will be close and the intricate coalition system the country uses leaves lots of room for uncertainty, the final election polls showed Netanyahu’s Likud Party trailing the Labor-led Zionist Union; Netanyahu is even telling his […]

Open Thread

All: I’m taking the week off, but the excellent Paul Waldman will be dropping in to entertain you any minute now. He’ll be blogging here full time all week. Enjoy!

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Get ready for some Christie-mentum (or maybe not): New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told leading GOP policy analysts this week that he will make overhauling Medicare, Social Security and other long-term entitlement programs a centerpiece of his likely presidential campaign, according to participants in the talks. Christie’s decision to embrace a politically risky […]

Why the email controversy probably hasn’t dented Hillary Clinton’s public image

The first polls taken since the news of Hillary Clinton’s email controversy broke are beginning to trickle in, and they aren’t likely to make Republicans particularly happy. According to the Pew Research Center, only 17 percent of people said they were following the story closely (though that included 34 percent of Republicans). Starved as we […]

Here’s what a real Democratic presidential primary might look like

The other day, I noted that it might be time to start hoping for a real Democratic presidential primary. Not solely because Hillary Clinton’s handling of the email mess shows she might benefit from being challenged, but also because there are real differences among Democrats that would benefit from an airing. Former Maryland governor Martin […]

Morning Plum: Chaos in Congress is about to get a lot crazier

The quote of the week, one that will likely reverberate through the halls of Congress for many months to come, is this one from GOP Rep. Charlie Dent, lamenting the inability of the House GOP caucus to unite behind, well, anything at all: “We really don’t have 218 votes to determine a bathroom break over […]

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Every election brings new innovation in the field of billionaires influencing the democratic process, and this one seems to be no exception: In the last presidential contest, super PACs were an exotic add-on for most candidates. This time, they are the first priority. Already, operatives with close ties to eight likely White House contenders […]

Battle over Obama’s actions on deportations suddenly heats up

The Department of Justice has now called on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a Texas judge’s injunction on Obama’s executive actions on deportations, which had put those actions on hold and left millions in limbo. This significantly ratchets up the legal battle over one of the most controversial and contested initiatives of […]

Here’s why all the GOP probes of Hillary probably won’t work

As we noted this morning, House Republicans may now be mounting investigations of Hillary Clinton’s emails through multiple committees, including the Benghazi select committee, the government oversight committee, and perhaps the foreign affairs committee. Don’t be surprised if the Senate tries to get in the act, too. There are a few things to understand about […]

Morning Plum: How the Senate battle over Loretta Lynch will ‘make history’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that there will be a vote next week on whether to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. Roll Call’s David Hawkings has a fascinating read this morning arguing that the battle over her confirmation is poised to make history — and not, perhaps, in a way that reflects […]

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Looks like the Justice Department’s investigation of Ferguson, MO is having a pretty significant effect: The embattled police chief of Ferguson, the focus of bitter complaints of racial discrimination within his department that turned into national protests after one of his white officers fatally shot an unarmed black teenager last August, will resign his […]

Maybe it’s time for a real Democratic presidential primary

The continuing controversy over Hillary Clinton’s emails, culminating (for now) in yesterday’s contentious sparring with reporters, is likely to deepen the desire among Democratic activists and voters for a real Democratic presidential primary. That might force Clinton to spend months sharpening her handling of questions such as those swirling around her emails — not to […]

For Tom Cotton, letter to Iran is anything but a ‘fiasco’

There are a lot of people, including some Republicans, who by now have concluded that Tom Cotton’s Iran gambit was a truly terrible idea. I’d hazard a guess that at least some of the 46 other Republican senators who signed on to Cotton’s letter to the government of Iran essentially trying to sabotage negotiations over […]

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