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If We Only Had An Institution That Would Inform Us About Such Alarming Developments

Whatever McConnell/Ryan/Trumpcare looks like in its final form, it will eviscerate Medicaid to give huge tax cuts to the rich. Greg Sargent notes that many Americans don't seem to know this: Cutting spending on the poor to facilitate...Show More Summary

The summary of the Senate AHCA

Here is the TLDR of the Senate AHCA draft. Here is the difference between the Senate and House GOP repeal bills, helpfully summarized in two sentences:https://t.co/5eWQjmXEuM pic.twitter.com/cPuClgWg9W — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) June 22, 2017 There are a lot of details that matter (I even like Sec. 102-b-1-B-II) but that is the fundamental difference. CPI-U comes […]

Thursday Morning Open Thread: Saying the Quiet Parts Out Loud

AP poll: 65% think Trump doesn’t have much respect for US democratic institutions & traditions or none at all: https://t.co/Eri4mGa8VW — Michiko Kakutani (@michikokakutani) June 15, 2017 Greg Sargent, in the Washington Post, Republicans are privately angry at Trump for accidentally unmasking their big scam”: House Republicans are angry with President Trump for blurting out […]

Oh Lordy, Jim Comey!

To listen to this episode of Trumpcast, use the player below: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab Jamelle Bouie talks to Greg Sargent of the Washington Post about James Comey’s testimony and whether or not...Show More Summary

How Donald Trump's Tantrum Is Driving Up Insurance Premiums

The giant toddler in the White House is doing unthinkable harm to those of us who need premium supplements under the Affordable Care Act. In the Washington Post this morning, Greg Sargent points to cause and effect. He spoke to Brad Wilson, the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Show More Summary

House Democrats Raising Money at Fast Pace

A spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee told Greg Sargent they are “on track to announce sometime this month that it raised $20 million online this year — which would already outpace the entire online haul of the last [...]

2:00PM Water Cooler 5/2/2017

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Politics 2016 Post Mortem “Why did Trump win? New research by Democrats offers a worrisome answer.” [Greg Sargent, WaPo]. “Economic anxiety.” As if an opioid epidemic and tens of thousands of excess deaths per year in deindustriallized America were some sort of psychological condition… “Clinton headlines events for groups troubled […]

What was learned from focus groups of people in Wisconsin and Michigan who voted for Obama and then didn't vote in 2016 or voted for Trump.

Greg Sargent reports (in The Washington Post): A shockingly large percentage of these Obama-Trump voters said Democrats’ economic policies will favor the wealthy — twice the percentage that said the same about Trump. I was also permitted...Show More Summary

What Should Democrats Say About Jobs?

Greg Sargent reports today on work by Priorities USA to figure out why so many people who voted for Obama in 2010 turned around and voted for Trump in 2016: One finding from the polling stands out: A shockingly large percentage of these...Show More Summary

Trump Making Obamacare More Popular

Greg Sargent, Washington Post: President Trump had hoped to celebrate his 100-day mark by boasting of his success in obliterating his loser predecessor's signature domestic accomplishment -- and in replacing it (naturally, since Trump is a winner) with something that delivers more and better health care for less money. Show More Summary

Waldmann Vs Waldman (finally)

I am generally very very impressed by Paul Waldman at the Plum line blog (for one thing I admire the lack of Ego he demonstrates by writing for a blog subtitled “Greg Sargent’s take from a liberal perspective). Waldman is reliably brilliant (so is Sargent). Now finally I find something he wrote with which I […]

Trump’s potential flip-flop on climate is good and bad

My friend Greg Sargent at the Washington Post has a nice write-up of the latest news that Donald Trump may, or may not, be preparing to flip-flop on climate change. You’ll recall that Trump had earlier declared climate change a “Chinese hoax.” Were Trump to come around on climate change, of course that’d be a good […]

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Nativism and Chaos

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Greg Sargent/WaPo: The Trump pivot: Make the plutocrats happy. Keep feeding his voters nativism. Everyone in Washington is struggling to make sense of Donald Trump’s reversals on multiple issues. The Post   reports   that “establishment”...Show More Summary

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The battle for Congress heats up

3 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Greg Sargent/WaPo: In the battle over Obamacare’s future, Trump just blinked. Bigly. Ever since the GOP repeal-and-replace bill crashed, President Trump has   confidently vowed that it’s only a matter of time until Democrats come groveling to him on their knees, begging for a deal that will save them from the collapse of the Affordable Care Act. Show More Summary

Trump’s Reality Distortion Field is Shattering

Greg Sargent at the Washington Post has long been making the case that Trump’s main communications strategy is to assault the notion of shared objective reality itself. In Trumpworld, the only arbiter of crowd sizes or climate science or wiretapping is Donald Trump himself, and everything else is “fake news” regardless of what facts might invalidate... Read more »

"Far beyond unconventional levels of dishonesty"

For the Washington Post opinion blog The Plum Line, Greg Sargent wrote: "The events of this week are revealing with a new level of clarity that President Trump and the White House have ventured far beyond unconventional levels of dishonesty." Obligatory screenshot: On Twitter, Jonathan Zittrain wondered if Sargent actually meant "far beyond conventional levels […]

Spicer Is Spinning Flynngate As a "Matter of Trust, Pure and Simple"

From the White House briefing room: Spicer just confirmed that Trump was "informed" of DOJ warning that Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. When? — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 14, 2017 The answer turns out to be January 26. Show More Summary

Open Thread: Jason Chaffetz, Craven Careerist

"The president said, 'no oversight. You can't talk about anything that has to do with oversight.'" — Untroubled GOP chair of oversight https://t.co/N8GzcYl4Aj — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 7, 2017 Chaffetz gets a 30-min mtg...Show More Summary

If Obama Was For It, We Had To Be Against It

Just a reminder -- this is a (slightly edited) rerun of a post from August 10, 2012: Biden: McConnell decided to withhold all cooperation even before we took office, by Greg Sargent, Washington Post: I’ve got my copy of Michael...

Late Night Open Thread: Trumpstuntin’ Like A Giant Meteor Aimed Straight At Us

An important point from @brianbeutler on what the exec order really tells us about the Trump White House:https://t.co/bITgRx7WOr pic.twitter.com/pPvBdJLNav — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) January 31, 2017 Mattis, Kelly and TillersonShow More Summary

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