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Some good news about Obamacare that even conservatives should love

We now have some more good news about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and it’s good news of a type that ought to warm the hearts of the law’s conservative critics. There have been some developments that conservatives can lament, even as the rest of us find them cause for celebration. Some would […]

When in doubt, run against the Kenyan Muslim Socialist

Yesterday, Senator Pat Roberts — who has emerged as one of the most closely watched incumbents in the country, now that independent Greg Orman’s challenge to him could dictate who controls the Senate — raised a lot of eyebrows when he said this: “We have to change course because our country is heading for national […]

Morning Plum: Another midterm election about terrorism?

Early this morning, more airstrikes hit ISIS targets inside Syria, and residents report they were carried out by the American led coalition. Meanwhile, calls are growing louder for President Obama to seek Congressional authorization for the escalation. Congress’ failure to vote on war is a bipartisan abdication of responsibility. However, note this — Republicans are […]

Happy Hour Roundup

President Obama spoke before an assemblage of world leaders at the UN today about the need for global action on climate change. Ben Adler wasn’t blown away, but he gives Obama some credit: The most heartening thing by far was that our president did assume the U.S.’s proper place as a leader in global […]

Obama gives good speech on climate change, and Congress shrugs

At the United Nations today, President Obama gave a decent speech about climate change. He hit a number of key points: Climate change is not just an “urgent and growing threat”; it’s the most important and consequential issue of the 21st Century. The science is undeniable, as are the signs of rising danger all around […]

Why the GOP’s latest national security attacks probably won’t work

With the American air campaign against ISIS now expanding into Syria, President Obama updated the nation this morning: “We were joined in this action by our friends and partners: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Qatar. America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common […]

Morning Plum: The war escalates, scrambling politics of 2014

The United States and several Mideast partners have launched air strikes on multiple ISIS targets in Syria, in what the Post terms “an aggressive and risky operation marking a new phase in the conflict.” President Obama is set to address the nation later this morning. The U.S. military has also announced strikes against a “network […]

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Paul Ryan, in an interview with Phil Klein, has some sobering advice for his fellow Republicans: House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in an exclusive interview with the Washington Examiner, warned his fellow Republicans not to count on a wave this November as an excuse to avoid outlining an agenda. “This idea […]

Inside the war over the female vote

In another sign of the degree to which Dem hopes of holding the Senate turn on the increasingly brutal battle for women, the DSCC is out with a new ad that savages Colorado GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner’s gyrations on Personhood, which holds that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization. Gardner has […]

The conflict between Obama and the military may be overblown

Is Barack Obama at war with the military over how to proceed in Iraq and Syria? If you gave a cursory reading to recent news reports, you might think so. “Rift widens between Obama, U.s. military,” read a headline in this very paper. A speech Obama gave reiterating his determination not to fight another ground […]

Morning Plum: If Democrats lose Senate, they’ll go down fighting

It’s become a cliche to point out that Democrats may lose the Senate in part because of their “midterm drop-off problem,” in which core Dem groups such as minorities, young voters and single women are expected to stay home in disproportionate numbers, leaving behind an older, whiter, more-GOP-friendly electorate. But guess what — that’s really, […]

Happy Hour Roundup

Remember the crisis of Central American children showing up at the border? Haven’t heard much about it lately, have you? Dara Lind explains why: Quite simply, the surge of child migrants has stopped. As of August 2014, the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border had fallen back below the previous year’s levels. […]

Maybe Republicans should run on sending in ground troops

The big news of the day is that, after Congress (sort of) voted to go to war, Republican strategists are rolling out a new line of attack on Dem candidates over national security. The NRCC today unleashed a fearsome barrage of new ads accusing multiple House Dem incumbents and candidates of being soft on terrorists […]

Morning Plum: Elizabeth Warren bets against war

So the Senate has now approved authorization for Obama’s plan to arm and train the Syrian rebels. But as the Post observes, the Congressional votes this week exposed a “deep rift among Democrats over waging war, with a large bloc of liberals staunchly opposed to the modest mission, fearing another long-term engagement in Iraq.” Perhaps […]

Happy Hour Roundup

The Senate this evening easily approved a measure funding the government and authorizing the arming and training of the Syrian rebels. Now Congress will leave town without voting on the broader American escalation. Meanwhile, as noted earlier today, the war train is leaving the station. — gs  A Kansas court just ruled that […]

Senators cleverly avoid real vote on war

Today, the Senate is expected to authorize the funding and arming of the Syrian rebels, and then leave town without holding any vote on the broader American escalation — a striking abdication of Congressional responsibility. In other words, the only war vote we’re getting is on the narrow question of funding the Syrian rebels. Yet […]

On health care, Obama and the ACA can’t win no matter what

As you know by now, almost all the news about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been positive. Millions of people now have coverage. The rate of uninsured is at its lowest in decades. More insurers are lining up to participate in the exchanges. Many conservative states are coming around to expanding Medicaid […]

Morning Plum: Among Democrats, deep divisions over war

A little more than a decade after we went to war in Iraq with the blessing of many Congressional Democrats, many of them are once again embracing war. And it’s not hard to imagine that, depending on how things go, this could lead to serious divisions within the party, with unforeseen political consequences. Today, the […]

Happy Hour Roundup

The House of Representatives took care of some business this afternoon, voting to authorize the administration to train and equip Syrian rebels (but just the nice ones): Despite the concerns, the House voted 273-156 Wednesday to insert an amendment that authorizes Obama’s plans into a broader short-term spending bill that will keep the federal […]

Will lawmakers really leave town without voting on war?

Before Congress leaves town, it has just a couple of pieces of business to attend to. The most central is a continuing resolution that will keep the government open. Attached to that CR will be an amendment providing for support for Syrian rebel groups, just as President Obama asked for; it seems likely to pass […]

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