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Dems gear up for war over Obamacare subsidies

Reuters reports that Senate Democrats are already preparing to roll out their response if the Supreme Court invalidates Obamacare subsidies for millions in three dozen states: No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said that if the administration loses the case, Democrats would offer a short piece of legislation clearly saying the tax subsidies are also […]

The only way GOP governors can run for president is by shafting their own states

Given that there are currently 31 Republican governors, it’s natural that more than a few of them would be both successful enough and ambitious enough to run for president. Two more governors are about to formally enter the race: Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal will announce his candidacy today, and New Jersey’s Chris Christie is reportedly ready […]

Morning Plum: Hillary can’t run from the trade debate forever

Today the Senate is expected to cast the final vote granting President Obama “Fast Track” authority to negotiate the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. With trade badly splitting Democrats, Hillary Clinton had avoided taking a meaningful position on Fast Track, only suggesting she might not support it if it didn’t also include worker assistance (which […]

Happy Hour Roundup

It turns out Obama’s presidency isn’t over, after all: A razor-thin Senate vote Tuesday put President Obama on the cusp of claiming victory for his ambitious international trade agenda, clearing the way for legislation granting him “fast track” negotiating powers to potentially reach his desk by week’s end. Sixty senators — the bare minimum […]

In Paul Ryan’s district alone, 19,000 people may lose Obamacare subsidies

The other day we brought you new data from Families USA that hinted at the political chaos that could unfold if the Supreme Court guts subsidies for millions. The data, broken down by Congressional district, showed that in key swing states like Florida, North Carolina and Virgina, many House GOP districts are home to tens […]

Why Democrats will keep attacking the Koch brothers, even if it doesn’t change any minds

When the presidential election season comes, it’s now not enough to have a campaign; we also have a meta-campaign, a campaign about the campaign that creates a kind of ouroboros of moneyed influence. That’s what you might take from this report from the New York Times today: A “super PAC” that focuses on opposition research […]

Morning Plum: GOP presidential candidates ‘stammer and stumble’ over Charleston shooting

Let’s get started with this terrific piece by Philip Rucker and Anne Gearan recapping the not-terribly-courageous response from the GOP presidential candidates to the post-Charleston-shooting debate about race and the fate of the Confederate flag in South Carolina: The massacre last week at a church in Charleston, S.C., opened a leadership opportunity for the nearly […]

Happy Hour Roundup

More evidence that political controversy spurs change: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that the Confederate flag near the state Capitol should be moved, reversing an earlier position she had held and adding a powerful voice to the growing chorus of calls for the flag’s removal. “It’s time to move the flag from […]

Have liberals been backed into a corner on trade?

With high-stakes Senate votes set this week on whether to grant President Obama “Fast Track” authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the prospects for success turn on the big question of whether a bloc of 14 pro-TPP Senate Dems will swallow hard and vote Yes. There’s basically one factor that will determine how […]

We need bigger economic ideas. Can Hillary Clinton deliver them?

Campaigning last week in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton proposed a tax credit for businesses to hire apprentices. It’s a perfectly nice idea, but the truth is that it’s pretty limited – apprenticeships are something that only exist in certain kinds of jobs. If Clinton wants to be the candidate with ideas to address what ails […]

Morning Plum: Court decision gutting subsidies will squeeze GOP governors

As early as today, the Supreme Court will hand down its ruling in King v. Burwell, potentially invalidating subsidies for millions of people in three dozen mostly-Republican states. That could cause insurance markets to implode over time and potentially even lead to economic disruptions as well. So how prepared are these states for that possibility? […]

Happy Hour Roundup

The latest from South Carolina: The gunman charged with killing nine people in an African American church was unrepentant during a confession to police, even after almost backing out of what he called his “mission” because church members were so nice to him, according to law enforcement officials and others briefed on the investigation. […]

Obamacare endgame: Universal health care, but only in blue states?

As we come closer to a Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell, news organizations are gearing up to portray a decision nixing subsidies in three dozen mostly-Republican states as a fatal blow to the whole Affordable Care Act. CNN predicts such a decision could send “Obamacare” into a “death spiral.”  Reuters blares: “Obamcare faces […]

Morning Plum: Koch brothers pose tough conservative litmus test to 2016 GOP hopefuls

A key organization in the Koch brothers’ political network has a tough new litmus test question for all the 2016 GOP hopefuls: If the Supreme Court guts Obamacare subsidies for millions of people in three dozen states, how firm a stand are you willing to take against extending them? This suggests again that a Court […]

Happy Hour Roundup

Anthea Butler notices that when a white suspect commits an act of terrorism like the massacre in Charleston, we immediately begin describing him as mentally ill: U.S. media practice a different policy when covering crimes involving African Americans and Muslims. As suspects, they are quickly characterized as terrorists and thugs, motivated by evil intent […]

Obama’s trade agenda, back from the dead

So today the House of Representatives passed a bill giving President Obama Fast Track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. That means Obama’s trade agenda could still survive, which caused a stampeded of commentators who had declared it dead and buried (in a “stinging” and “humiliating” defeat for Obama) to admit they might […]

Obama ‘politicized’ the massacre in Charleston. And that’s fine.

Barack Obama today performed what has become a common ritual in his term in office: the president comes to the White House press room to deliver solemn remarks upon the occasion of a mass shooting, trying to channel Americans’ emotions and bring whatever measure of healing he can. But — in remarks that came shortly […]

Morning Plum: Pope calls for ‘international agreements’ for the ‘global common good’

Pope Francis’ powerful encyclical making an urgent moral case for action to combat climate change has now been released. E.J. Dionne has a good summary, noting that it aligns itself (mostly) with the scientific consensus that global warming is mainly caused by human activity, and that fairly dramatic changes in lifestyle and consumption are needed, […]

Happy Hour Roundup

Sharon Begley and Caroline Humer describe the economic effects if the Republicans win the King v. Burwell lawsuit: As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether people in 34 states can continue to receive Obamacare health insurance subsidies, economists are projecting billions of dollars in lost healthcare spending for hospitals, drugstores and […]

The political chaos that could erupt if Court guts subsidies, in three charts

As this blog has tediously documented, the largest numbers of people who stand to lose Obamacare subsidies if the Supreme Court guts them also happen to populate the major presidential and Senate battleground states. In Florida we’re talking about 1.3 million people; in North Carolina it’s over 450,000; and in Virginia it’s nearly 300,000 — […]

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