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The big problem with Paul Ryan’s new poverty plan

Today, Rep. Paul Ryan is unveiling his latest idea to change the federal government’s poverty programs. For someone who is constantly saying how concerned he is about poverty, Ryan’s previous budgets have relied an awful lot on slashing benefits to poor people. But this time, he promises that his proposal doesn’t cut benefits, but merely […]

Morning Plum: GOP lawsuit against Obama could play into Dems’ hands

Democratic leaders are planning an aggressive effort to turn the House GOP lawsuit against President Obama into a political positive in the 2014 elections, with ads and other paid media designed to cast the GOP as extreme and committed to destructive governing — which Dems hope will contrast sharply with their concrete economic policy agenda. […]

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Liberal media bias alert: Today the New York Times had not one but two investigative blockbusters aimed at Democratic politicians. One tells the story of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office hindering corruption investigations. The other contains some very bad news for Montana Senator John Walsh: An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s […]

It doesn’t look like Congress will act on border crisis

Today, a House GOP border working group rolled out its plan for addressing the border crisis: Changes to the 2008 trafficking law to expedite removals of arriving minors, some kind of humanitarian role for the National Guard, and $1.5 billion for more border security. Meanwhile, Senate Dems are set to roll out their own proposal […]

The deepening divide between red and blue America

Halbig v. Burwell, the case in which opponents of the Affordable Care Act won a dramatic if temporary victory yesterday, has profound implications for millions of Americans’ health care. But it’s also a demonstration of a trend that is determining more and more of what our politics and our country are going to look like […]

Morning Plum: Republicans are certain Obamcare hasn’t helped anyone in America

With the political world still pondering what yesterday’s court rulings mean for the future of Obamacare, CNN has published a fascinating new poll that asks a question I haven’t seen before. It asks whether the law has personally helped respondents, but then follows up and asks whether respondents think the law has helped others. And […]

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The news of the day was of course the two Obamacare rulings, one declaring people in states relying on the federal exchange should have their subsidies taken away, and one ruling the opposite. Republicans were cheered by the first decision, but Brian Beutler says they shouldn’t get too happy about it: There’s no use […]

What today’s Obamacare rulings really tell us

Only hours after Obamacare opponents celebrated the D.C Circuit Court’s decision invalidating subsidies to those the federal exchange, the Fourth Circuit Court has now weighed in with precisely the opposite decision, upholding the IRS rule extending those subsidies. That was a short party wasn’t it? Now the story is no longer “crushing blow” — the […]

What today’s Obamacare ruling reveals about the GOP

Today in a two-to-one decision a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit delivered Republicans perhaps their biggest victory yet in their ongoing legal battle to destroy the Affordable Care Act. This case is far from over — it will probably be appealed to the full appeals court (where today’s decision […]

Morning Plum: The GOP’s transparent border crisis game

There are two big piece of news today on the border crisis. The first is that Rick Perry is calling in the National Guard. The second is that Senate Dems are preparing to move forward with a measure to give Obama the $3.7 billion in funding he’s requested for the crisis — and Senate Republicans […]

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Creative policy thinker Rick Perry has come up with a way to address the problem of those Central American kids coming to the border: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will immediately send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have […]

Republicans sit out a major cultural transformation

Today, President Obama signed an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating in hiring based on sexual discrimination. As Jonathan Capehart notes,  the order “will apply to the 24,000 companies designated as federal...Show More Summary

Why the ‘rich Hillary Clinton’ storyline is so dumb

Today the Republican party unveiled a new web site titled Poor Hillary Clinton, making the devastating point that Hillary Clinton has lots of money and should therefore not be elected president. If that’s what the geniuses at the RNC think is going to win the 2016 election for them, it may be time to start […]

Morning Plum: Immigration battle could damage GOP for years

This week, we may find out whether Congress is capable of responding to the crisis of young migrants crossing the border — or whether it will punt entirely before going home for August. If the latter happens, both parties will bear blame. While Republicans are divided over whether to respond to the debacle at all, […]

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Here’s something Republicans will be getting angry about next week: President Barack Obama on Monday will sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers of federal contractors and the federal government. Show More Summary

Could southern black voters save the Senate for Democrats?

Yes, that could happen. Nate Cohn has a terrific piece today arguing that, for the first time since Reconstruction, southern black voters could be pivotal to the outcome of a national election. That would be the battle for the Senate this fall: Since the days of Jim Crow, a fairly unified white Southern vote has […]

Elizabeth Warren and the limits of liberal enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton

This morning, Senator Elizabeth Warren gave the keynote address at Netroots Nation, the highest-profile gathering of liberals on the political calendar. It wasn’t the greatest speech ever given, but it highlighted why so many liberals wish Warren would run for president, and the limits of liberal enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton. As actor Mark Ruffalo said […]

Morning Plum: How Republicans are trying to hamstring Obama on immigration

On the surface, the partisan skirmishing over minors crossing the border seems like pretty straightforward political maneuvering, with Republicans trying to saddle Dems with blame for the debacle, and Dems blasting Republicans for heartlessness towards the plight of children fleeing horrible conditions at home. But what’s really going on here is that both sides are […]

Happy Hour Roundup

There was a terrible tragedy in the skies over Ukraine today: A Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday with 295 people on board, and U.S. intelligence later confirmed that it was brought down by an antiaircraft missile. The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine immediately blamed each other […]

How Democrats need to talk about the border

As the political war over the crisis at the border escalates, Senate Democrats recognize that they need to do better in pushing back against Republicans in the big argument over the larger meaning of searing visuals of unaccompanied minors crossing into South Texas. They are aware they need to sharpen their case that in reality, […]

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