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The GOP faces a ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ moment over DHS funding

As the Republican-controlled Congress grapples with governing in this mess over funding the Department of Homeland Security, the sense of deja vu is overwhelming. And Greg Sargent does a masterful job of recounting just how many times we have seen this movie before and the predictable way it will end. Think of it as an […]

The Supreme Court is putting billions of dollars to states at stake in Obamacare case

Greg Sargent takes a stab—a well-informed and considered stab—at determining what's at stake economically for the states that might lose out in King v. Burwell, if the Supreme Court decides to take subsidies away from the states using the federal insurance exchange. Show More Summary

Republicans and Democrats Are Both in Favor of Approval to Fight ISIS

So what does the public think of President Obama's request for an authorization to use military force against ISIS? According to a new NBC/Marist poll, they're basically in favor: Greg Sargent has a partisan breakdown, and approval of the AUMF is surprisingly bipartisan: 60 percent of Democrats approve and 52 percent of Republicans approve. Show More Summary

The Unkindest Cuts

This afternoon Republicans announced that Iowa freshman GOP Sen. Joni Ernst will be delivering the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, and via Greg Sargent frankly I can’t think of a more fitting spokesperson. Iowa happily elected her after saying this: “What we have to do a better job of is educating not [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

Why the Supreme Court Should Ignore Insurance Subsidy Disruption in the Obamacare Subsidies Case

2 months agoNews : Reason

The Washington Post ’s Greg Sargent looks at how many people could be affected by a Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell, an upcoming challenge to the implementation of Obamacare. The challengers in he case argue that the plain text...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Set to Devastate Millions of Lives Later This Year. But Will They Pull the Trigger?

Greg Sargent notes that the future of Obamacare is one of the big political unknowns of the new year: One of the big, looming questions of 2015 is this: Will the Supreme Court really gut Obamacare subsidies in the three dozen statesShow More Summary

Suddenly Republicans Don't Like Mavericks Anymore

Greg Sargent had an interesting piece yesterday about President Obama's recent decision "to be as aggressive and ambitious as possible in unilaterally pursuing his agenda wherever he can," and how his executive actions are "setting in...Show More Summary

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Let SCOTUS gut Obamacare

3 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

From Rebecca Leber's article in TNR Greg Sargent: The current legal challenge that could gut Obamacare subsidies in three dozen states is regularly described by its proponents as an effort to enforce the law as written. As Dave Weigel...Show More Summary

Even Federalist Society Members Say Obama Action On Deportation Is Legal

Greg Sargent's Morning Plum points out that what Obama plans to do is legal, and even wingnut lawyers don't believe otherwise. The problem, of course, is that facts have nothing to do with the swelling tsunami of Republican outrage that...Show More Summary

Obama Immigration Policy Clearly Legal

Greg Sargent has a great explanation of the legal aspects of President Obama’s likely decision to focus deportation resources away from certain immigrants.  Key points: Even if Obama expands the numbers temporarily shielded from deportation, the enforcement machinery would still continue to deploy the same level of resources towards deportations. And: Congress has given the [...]

Elections Have Consequences 2.0

The words “deportation relief” jumped out at me from Greg Sargent’s Washington Post blog posting titled “Get ready for a titanic battle over immigration.” Those two words seem so benign

If Supreme Court Invalidates Obamacare Subsidies, Pressure Is On Republicans

A Supreme Court ruling could result in millions of Americans losing benefits.  If Republicans don’t fix it, they’ll get the blame. Greg Sargent explains: So let’s say SCOTUS does strike down the subsidies. If so, it will create an interesting situation for Republican lawmakers. It will make it impossible for them to get away with [...]

The Next Congress

Democrats are increasingly pessimistic about holding the Senate. As Greg Sargent notes in the Washington Post: with Democrats narrowly favored in New Hampshire and North Carolina, the route to 50 seats will probably also require Democratic wins in Colorado and Iowa at the outset, followed by a surprise pickup elsewhere. This is not impossible. But […]

Social Security emerges as an issue in Kentucky Senate race

4 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Greg Sargent on relatively quiet, last-minute effort by Alison Lundergan Grimes her campaign allies to make Social Security an issue in the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign: When reporter Joe Sonka asked whether...Show More Summary

How Voting Is Like Social Sharing

4 months agoNews : Reason

Over at The Washington Post, Greg Sargent notes that Democrats have a frequent turnout problem in midterm elections, and it doesn't appear to be going away. Despite having sunk tons of cash and effort into boosting turnout amongst core consituencies, it looks likely that the party's midterm turnout problem is going to continue this year. Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, Sept. 29: PRES SAYS YES TO CLIMATE ACTION, SENATE STUCK; FLAWED NEW PLAN FOR NEW ENERGY IN CALIF; SOLAR PANELS GET BETTER

PRES SAYS YES TO CLIMATE ACTION, SENATE STUCK Obama gives good speech on climate change, and Congress shrugs Greg Sargent, Sept. 23, 2014 (Washington Post) “At the United Nations today, President Obama gave a decent speech about climate change. Show More Summary

Bill Clinton To Dems: We Need To Get Out And Vote

Looks like Bill Clinton will be out there, urging Dems to get out the vote in the Southern states. He's right, we're not used to turning out in the mid-terms and we have to change that. Greg Sargent at the Plum Line: For the purposes...Show More Summary

Wednesday Evening Open Thread

The America-hating AP dares to suggest that ISIS is not outside your window trying to kill you RIGHT NOW. http://t.co/Xedmcs1UIF — daveweigel (@daveweigel) September 10, 2014 Greg Sargent, also — “Is the Media Putting Its Thumb on the Scale?“: …[H]alf-baked suggestions that Americans want generic “action” risk being misleading. Show More Summary

Morning Must-Read: Greg Sargent: GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Follies Continue

Greg Sargent: GOP’s Obamacare repeal follies continue: "One of the most amusing subplots of the 2014 elections... >...has been the endless and frequently comic struggles of GOP Senate candidates to articulate their position on Medicaid.... Show More Summary

A huge step forward for Obamacare: Pennsylvania's Republican governor embraces Medicaid expansion

By Michael J.W. Stickings Greg Sargent reports: In another sign that the politics of Obamacare continue to shift, the Medicaid expansion is now all but certain to come to another big state whose Republican governor had previously resisted it: Pennsylvania. Show More Summary

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