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Morning Plum: GOP Senate candidates confirm extent of Koch brothers’ influence

Ever since Democrats began linking GOP Senate candidates to the billionaire Koch brothers, Republicans — and plenty of neutral commentators — have sneered dismissively about the strategy. It could only be about pumping up Dem fundraising; or it was a desperate ploy to distract from Obamacare; or it was merely about driving up Republican candidates’ […]

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Here’s the latest in the investigation into Michael Brown’s death: A newly surfaced audio recording allegedly captures the exact moment that unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. According to an attorney for an unidentified man who lives in an apartment building near the site of the […]

The GOP’s great Latino hope dresses down DREAMers

As a number of us have argued, the House GOP’s hardening opposition to Obama’s programs to shield low-priority offenders from deportation is boxing Republicans into a position to the right of Mitt Romney’s 2012 “self deportation” stance. This is the opposite direction many GOP strategists hoped the party would move after its historic 2012 loss […]

Hillary Clinton isn’t talking about Ferguson. That’s not a bad thing.

Are you dying to hear what Hillary Clinton has to say about the events in Ferguson, MO? A lot of people seem to be. Here’s an article in Politico about the fact that she ignored a reporter’s question about it at a book signing. Here’s a CNN panel discussing her silence. Here’s a Huffington Post […]

Morning Plum: A sharp racial divide, even on police militarization

When it comes to the Ferguson shooting, polls have shown a stark racial divide in reactions to it concerning everything from President Obama’s handling of the crisis to the question of whether the police response to protestors went too far. Now a new Pew poll finds a similar racial divide on still another question: Whether […]

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At Michael Brown’s funeral today, thousands were in attendance. A lot of people were upset about a New York Times story on Brown, which asserted that because he had “dabbled in drugs and alcohol,” among other things, he was “no angel.” Matthew Yglesias had a response: When I was Brown’s age I also […]

Bleeding heart liberal Karl Rove attacks Senate Dems from the left

The other day, I noted that Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS is up with a new ad that slices and dices Dem Senator Mark Pryor’s quotes to create the impression he supports raising the Social Security retirement age in ways that should frighten today’s seniors. Just as they have in the last two cycles — in […]

The coming return of “Dems In Disarray!”

Be warned: “Dems In Disarray” is on its way back. That phrase is familiar to you if you’re a reader of the political press, because it has appeared in headlines so often it became a cliché long ago. The bitter joke among professional liberals is that political reporters are so predisposed to write about Democratic […]

Morning Plum: How demographics could whiplash GOP

If you are a Democratic operative involved in Senate races this cycle, you are probably tormented by the unrelenting quality of demographic realities that are eroding the foundation of Dem Senate control, putting it at grave risk of collapse. However, like waves that come in only to recede again, the shifts washing over our politics […]

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Jonathan Cohn makes the case for why Robert McCulloch, the prosecutor overseeing the Michael Brown case, should step aside: The issue with McCulloch isn’t whether he’s capable of mastering and presenting the material. It’s whether he’ll do so in an impartial way. Prosecutors are always close to police, because they work closely on investigations. […]

Rand Paul flirts with the Steve King wing of the GOP

There’s a lot of chatter today about the statement Rand Paul delivered in an interview expressing his support for the House GOP bill to end Obama’s program to defer the deportation of illegal immigrants brought here as children. Thus far over half a million people have been approved for the program. Rand Paul would remove […]

Obama criticized for not spending enough time on stagecraft

If you’ve been reading the political news lately, you might be thinking that Barack Obama is like a high school senior who already has a job lined up after graduation, and is just going through the motions until his current responsibilities are over and done with. He’s getting lots of criticism for not doing many […]

Morning Plum: GOP’s Obamacare repeal follies continue

One of the most amusing subplots of the 2014 elections has been the endless and frequently comic struggle of GOP Senate candidates to articulate their position on Medicaid. The politics of Obamacare are supposed to be nothing but a slam dunk for Republicans — yet many can’t seem to answer the simple question of whether […]

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• Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is testifying in the remarkable corruption trial of he and his wife, Maureen, and the whole thing is completely nuts. The sheer variety of ways the McDonnells’s “friend” Jonnie Williams found to shower the couple with his largesse — vacations, clothes, a Rolex, a drive in a Ferrari, paying for the […]

Another outbreak of House GOP chaos?

So Paul Ryan is vowing there won’t be any government shutdown this fall. He claims House Republicans will avoid the catastrophic mistake of last year, and will pass a clean continuing resolution funding the government by October 1st, the end of the fiscal year — averting a political disaster heading into the 2014 elections. But […]

Why Obama is constrained in talking about race on Ferguson

The latest poll about the events in Ferguson comes from CBS and the New York Times, and you will not be surprised to learn that evaluations of President Obama’s performance on this issue, like evaluations of his performance on every issue, are divided along racial lines: Forty-one percent of Americans are satisfied with how the […]

Morning Plum: Can Dems defend expanding coverage to poor in red states?

Ever since embattled Dem Senator Mark Pryor went up with a new ad discussing his cancer and touting his vote for the health law as the right thing to do, critics have pointed out that he failed to name the whole law in the spot, so the ad doesn’t really count as a full-throated defense […]

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Earlier today, I argued that nothing President Obama says about Ferguson is going to promote healing. Jonathan Capehart says black people in particular have unrealistic expectations about what Obama can or should do: Throughout his presidency, some African Americans have called on Obama to do more to show he cares about the black community. […]

Nothing Obama and Holder say will change racial debate over Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder is going to Ferguson, MO today, and we can all hope that he makes some progress in calming the situation and moving the investigation into Michael Brown’s shooting forward. Holder’s status as the highest-ranking African-American in the government (after the President), and the fact that he has been more outspoken than […]

From a vulnerable red state Democrat, a strong pro-Obamacare ad

One of the key questions of this cycle has been: With the potency of anti-Obamacare attacks fading as enrollment mounts and roll-out problems are forgotten, will we reach a point where vulnerable Democrats in red state territory feel comfortable airing ads touting their support for health care reform? In what may be the first, and […]

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