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A dispatch from the department of strange bedfellows: With the health insurance marketplace now open for a second year, President Obama will be depending more than ever on the insurance companies that five years ago he accused of padding profits and canceling coverage for the sick. Those same insurers have long viewed government as […]

Democrats might fracture over deportations, advocates worry

Senate Democratic leaders are circulating a letter to President Obama, pledging full support for his coming executive action to shield millions from deportation. The letter makes the case that bringing all these people out of the shadows will be good for the economy, and that Obama has broad authority to act to improve the immigration […]

Obamacare’s Year Two is off to a good start. But the politics are still terrible.

The news, an old saying goes, doesn’t cover successful airplane landings. But there’s one extremely notable successful landing happening right now, and unless you’ve gone to the inside pages of your newspaper, you might have missed it: open enrollment for the second year of the Affordable Care Act exchanges has begun, and in its first […]

Morning Plum: Separating fact from spin in coming government shutdown fight

With President Obama set to announce executive action to temporarily shield millions from deportation, Congressional Republicans are already laying the groundwork to blame that action for any future governance failures of their own.Show More Summary

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Looks like President Obama may be headed for the third veto of his presidency: Even as the House passed legislation Friday authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline by a decisive vote of 252 to 161, President Obama is signaling he is increasingly skeptical of the project. Congressional momentum for granting the permit […]

A SCOTUS ruling against Obamacare: Health care for the poor, but not for the working middle class?

If the Supreme Court kills Obamacare’s subsidies to people in the states on the federal exchanges, more than four million people in those states would likely see their premiums rise, probably forcing many to drop health coverage altogether. This will create a very interesting question for Republican governors and legislators in some of these states, […]

Morning Plum: Democrats want compromise. Republicans don’t. That’s bad for Democrats.

We keep hearing — from pundits, and Republicans and Democrats alike — that last week’s electoral outcome shows that “the American people” just want the parties to work together and make government function again. But this isn’t quite right. Yes, a lot of Americans want more generic “compromise.” Democrats and independents want compromise. But Republican […]

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Steven Mufson notes how other countries have been using China’s inaction on climate as an excuse for their own unwillingness to take steps to reduce emissions, but now that argument is much harder to make: Xi’s pledge to ratchet up the share of non-fossil fuels from the current 8 percent to 20 percent of […]

Obama’s immigration move revealed: The focus is on the family

Looks like the White House is not wasting any time moving forward with executive action to ease deportations, or at least it’s floating a pretty big trial balloon to that effect. Here’s the breaking news from the New York Times: WASHINGTON — President Obama will ignore angry protests from Republicans and announce as soon as […]

How the Gruber controversy previews the coming GOP Congress

When a supposedly controversial video emerged a few days ago of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber saying some impolitic things (which weren’t entirely accurate; more on that below) about the Affordable Care Act, one set of reactions was entirely predictable. Conservative blogs and right-wing talk radio shows would eat it up, saying, “See?!? We told you […]

Morning Plum: The Paul Ryan blueprint is back!

For House Republicans, their guiding fiscal and economic lodestar remains — and will forever remain — the hallowed Paul Ryan budget. In its various iterations, it would repeal Obamacare, radically restructure Medicare to the detriment of beneficiaries, block-grant Medicaid, and aim most of its draconian budget cuts at programs benefiting people with lower incomes. Robert […]

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Republicans are hopping mad about the pledge President Obama made with the Chinese premier for mutual reductions in carbon emissions. “The president continues to send a signal that he has no intention of moving toward the middle,” said [Mitch] McConnell, who is in line to become the new Senate majority leader in January. “I […]

Could climate change become key issue in 2016 presidential race?

The ambitious deal to curb climate emissions that the U.S. has reached with China could move us in the direction of fulfilling a long-sought dream of the environmental movement: Making the fate of the Earth just a tiny bit more relevant in electoral politics. It could help ensure that climate change becomes an issue — […]

Memo to Democrats: Stop chasing voters who won’t ever support you

When Democrats lose an election, they can be counted on to fall to their knees and beg forgiveness from the voters who rejected them, even in an election like this one where the results were determined almost entirely by turnout (which this year was the lowest since 1942). This happens again and again despite the […]

Morning Plum: Democrats’ electoral disaster puts Obamacare in serious peril

Now that Congress is returning for the lame duck session, the true potential long term consequences of the GOP electoral rout are now becoming more visible through the haze of smoke that still hangs over the wreckage of the Democratic debacle. Among those consequences: It could make a global climate treaty and a deal curbing […]

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Open enrollment in health care exchanges begins this weekend. How’s it going to go? Massachusetts and Minnesota have sharply increased the number of call center workers who will help people enroll in health plans through the states’ insurance exchanges. Colorado has created an online avatar named Kyla to guide consumers through the sign-up process. […]

Why a Bernie Sanders presidential candidacy is good for Democrats — and for Hillary Clinton

Ever since people started thinking about the 2016 presidential primaries, the assumption has been that the Republican side will feature a fascinating and bloody donnybrook with no initial frontrunner and as many as a dozen potentially realistic candidacies, while the Democratic contest will be no contest at all, but rather a coronation for Hillary Clinton. […]

Can Democrats get their act together at the state level?

With all the attention paid to the Republican takeover of the Senate last week, few people noticed that the GOP had an equally good election in state legislatures. And while the ramifications of the results in Congress might only shape the next two years, the effects at the state level could be felt for far […]

Morning Open Thread

All: I’m taking the day off, but Paul Waldman will be dropping in to entertain you soon enough. Enjoy!

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President Obama took a rather bold policy stance today: President Barack Obama waded directly into the debate over net neutrality Monday, calling for stronger open Internet rules by treating broadband like a public utility and banning Internet fast lanes. Obama’s full-throated endorsement puts the idea squarely in play as the FCC continues crafting new […]

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