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Morning Plum: Majority wants GOP to fix Obamacare if Supreme Court guts it

Republican leaders are openly rooting for the Supreme Court to gut Obamacare subsidies in three dozen states, explicitly in order to accomplish what Republicans failed to accomplish through the political and legislative process. That suggests Republicans have no intention to agree to any “fixes” to the law if SCOTUS does gut it, even though some […]

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Breaking — Republican politician does the right thing: Indiana has been given the green light to expand its Healthy Indiana Plan, which would offer insurance to an additional 350,000 Indiana residents, who currently lack insurance. The state will begin taking applications today for its so-called HIP 2.0 plan, for which coverage begins Feb. 1, […]

Mitt Romney and political ‘authenticity’

There’s a whole lot of hooting and derision out there today about this quote from Philip Rucker’s piece on Mitt Romney and his deliberations about whether to run for president for a third time: If he runs again in 2016, Romney is determined to re-brand himself as authentic… Re-brand himself as authentic! That’s just quintessential Romney […]

The Koch brothers don’t care if you care about their plan to buy 2016 election

The Koch brothers are done being shy. That’s the conclusion one would have to draw from the fact that they just announced that they hope to spend $889 million on the 2016 election, an unprecedented amount of outside money. It won’t all be theirs — they’re assembling a kind of Plutocrat Politburo, a group of […]

Republican state officials cast doubts on anti-Obamacare lawsuit

In King v. Burwell, the challengers’ primary argument is that Congress deliberately designed the law to deny subsidies to people in states that opted for the fallback federal exchange, as part of a “carrots” and “sticks” mechanism to pressure states to set up their own exchanges. If the Supreme Court sides with the challengers, it […]

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Witness the glory of democracy, where everyone has a voice: A network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch aims to spend a staggering $889 million in advance of the next White House election, part of an expansive strategy to build on its 2014 victories that may involve jumping into the […]

Can Republicans create their own credible economic populism in time for 2016?

When Republicans trooped to Iowa over the weekend for Steve King’s “Freedom Summit,” it was as much of a dash to the right as you would have expected from an event hosted by perhaps the most fervently anti-immigrant member of Congress, in a state whose presidential caucus was won by Rick Santorum in 2012 and […]

Morning Plum: The last stand of the anti-gay marriage warriors?

With the GOP presidential hopefuls trooping to Iowa this weekend to march to the drum of anti-”amnesty” warrior Steve King, the focus is now on the very real differences between the potential candidates on issues from immigration to Iran to gay marriage. The GOP hopefuls are already engaged in a delicate dance on marriage equality, […]

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An important read from Brian Beutler on the King v. Burwell lawsuit: The ACA’s threat to withhold subsidies from states that didn’t set up their own exchanges was so clear and unambiguous (so the lawsuit argues) that as early as 2011, dozens and dozens of Republicans in Congress had no idea this threat existed. […]

Rand Paul ‘clarifies’ remarks about disabled

The other day, Rand Paul stirred controversy when he had this to say about the looming debate over what to do about funding shortfalls in the Social Security Disability Insurance program, which is set to become a major flashpoint in the weeks ahead: “If you look like me and you hop out of your truck, […]

GOP candidates head to Iowa to dig deeper hole with Hispanics

Are you a Republican presidential candidate looking to meet and greet some Iowa voters this weekend while also alienating the Hispanics you’ll need to get to the White House if you’re fortunate enough to win your party’s nomination? Then you’d better get yourself to the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, an event organized by […]

Morning Plum: The only elections that mattered: 2010 and 2014

To hear Republicans and conservatives tell it, the only two elections that mattered in the last decade were those that took place in 2010 and 2014. Thus, when President Obama, in his State of the Union address, took the extraordinarily brazen step of using the high-profile occasion to outline a series of proposals he and […]

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Our descent toward a Stalinist nightmare continues: The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for private coverage under the president’s health care law. The Health and Human Services Department says at least 400,000 people signed up last week. That brought total enrollment in the 37 states […]

For SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts, anti-Obamacare lawsuit poses major dilemma

The government has now filed its brief responding to the challengers in the King v. Burwell lawsuit, which claims the Affordable Care Act doesn’t make subsidies available to people in states on the federal exchange. If the Supreme Court upholds the challenge, it could yank subsidies from millions and unleash untold disruptions that could cripple […]

Let’s stop pretending Israel isn’t a partisan issue

When House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without bothering to let the White House know, as is normal practice when dealing with foreign leaders, he no doubt thought he was getting a little sauce for the gander. You want to find ways to get Republicans mad, President Obama? […]

Morning Plum: Republican governor makes powerful case for Obamacare

This week, the government submits its brief in the King v. Burwell lawsuit. That will renew attention to the question of whether the Supreme Court will conclude that the Affordable Care Act doesn’t make subsidies available to the three dozen states on the federal exchange — which could yank coverage from millions of people. So […]

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It’s looking as if the feds are set to clear Darren Wilson: The Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who killed an unarmed black teenager in August, law enforcement officials said. That would close the politically charged case […]

Center for American Progress, poised to wield influence over 2016, reveals its top donors

The Center for American Progress, the preeminent liberal think tank in Washington, is poised to exert outsized influence over the 2016 president race and — should Hillary Clinton win it — the policies and agenda of the 45th President of the United States. CAP founder John Podesta is set to run Clinton’s presidential campaign, and […]

How struggling Americans reacted to Obama’s speech — in real time

The policies the President laid out in his State of the Union speech may be going nowhere on Capitol Hill. But they amount to a kind of template for the broader economic agenda and governing philosophy that will define the post-economic-crisis, post-deficit-hysteria — and even post-Obama — Democratic Party, heading into the 2016 elections and […]

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Here’s the Republican Party, with more of that skillful outreach to Latinos: The GOP has…announced it will be offering a Spanish-language rebuttal, which will be delivered tonight by freshman Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a young conservative from a diverse Miami congressional district. But there’s a wrinkle. According to a press release from the House […]

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