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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

A Republican Lawsuit Against Obama Will Mostly Just Piss Off Democrats

Here's an interesting tidbit via Greg Sargent. The latest McClatchy poll asked voters what they think of (a) impeaching Obama and (b) suing Obama. A full 45 percent of Republicans favor impeachment and 57 percent favor suing him. But...Show More Summary

Obama’s Imperial Presidency? Ctd

Douthat fears an imminent Obama power grab on immigration. In response, Greg Sargent talks to experts about the limits of executive power. Here’s an important point by attorney David Leopold, “former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and immigration reform advocate who has consulted with the White House on immigration law”: Though many argue […]

Afternoon Must-Read: Greg Sargent: Senate documents and interviews undercut ‘bombshell’ lawsuit against Obamacare

Greg Sargent: Senate documents and interviews undercut ‘bombshell’ lawsuit against Obamacare: "Documents from the Senate committees... >...that worked on versions of the bill in 2009--combined with a close look at the history of theShow More Summary

Top Headline Comments 7-30-14

Happy Wednesday. Greg Sargent's piece on the ACA's missing federal subsidies yesterday gave me such lulz. In case you missed it, here's Jeff B.'s take. And here's Patterico's. Here's my summation in 140 characters. But, honestly, I think Sargent might...

Thanks, Greg: WaPo's Sargent Thinks Obamacare's Senate History Refutes Halbig Plaintiffs; It Really Helps Them

At the Washington Post's Plum Line blog this afternoon, Greg Sargent argued that the legislative history of Obamacare supports the argument that Congress intended that participants in federal exchanges be entitled to premium subsidies...Show More Summary

WaPo?s Greg Sargent Devastates Halbig Case Against Obamacare Federal Subsidies With Bombshell Reporting (JeffB.)

Guest post by JeffB./@esotericCD. Wait, did I say "devastates?" I meant "vindicates." I get confused about stuff like that sometimes. Then again, in my defense, so does Greg Sargent. Let me explain. This is a lengthy post, so fair warning....

House Democrats to hammer GOP on Boehner lawsuit during August recess

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Litigator of the House John Boehner Greg Sargent reports House Democrats plan to use Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama as exhibit number one on how Republicans are out of touch and focusing on all the wrong things: This...Show More Summary

Unlike a majority of Americans, Republicans still under delusion that Obamacare hasn't helped anyone

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Greg Sargent notes an interesting result from CNN's latest Obamacare survey, which found that while 54 percent of Americans believe Obamacare has helped their family or other families across the country... ... an astonishing 72 percent...Show More Summary

Lots of Americans Think Obamacare Has Benefited Nobody

Greg Sargent points us to an interesting new CNN poll about Obamacare. It asks the usual question about favoring or opposing the law, with the usual results. The basic question shows that Obamacare is unpopular by 40-59 percent, but when you add in the folks who "oppose" it only because they wish it were more liberal, it flips to 57-38 percent. Show More Summary

Sargent: The Facts on Border Security

Greg Sargent, Washington Post: 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. Show More Summary

No, Obama doesn’t deserve points for lecturing Congress on infrastructure

President Obama is going on a campaign this week, pushing Congress to spend on national infrastructure — the roads, rails and bike paths that Americans use every day. My colleague Greg Sargent speculates that, “The looming battle over infrastructure – particularly in the short term, over the fate of the Highway Trust Fund – could provide a particularly stark […]

Infrastructure

In this Greg Sargent piece on the need for Democrats to talk more about economic issues is a depressing piece of information about government spending on infrastructure, which is at its lowest levels on record, with data going back to 1947: Indeed, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis data compiled by Moody’s for its investors […]

Immigration Reform: It's Finally Officially Dead

I've had a friendly argument with Greg Sargent for some months about whether immigration reform was dead, or was merely on life support and still stood a chance of resuscitation. But in a way, it may turn out we disagreed a little less than we thought. Show More Summary

How the U.S. can solve its immigration crisis: legalize drugs

A refugee crisis has blown up along the American border in the last couple months. Something like 50,000 refugee children have arrived in the United States in 2014, an increase of more than 90 percent from last year. As Greg Sargent points out, this is a genuinely tricky issue as a matter of immigration law and policy. Show More Summary

When You’ve Lost Megyn Kelly…

Pretty cool. Megyn Kelly directly confronts Dick and Liz Cheney by reading from @paulwaldman1's rant: https://t.co/AloCeL3BgK — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) June 19, 2014 Note Kelly’s facial expression — skeptical, all through the clip. Show More Summary

Bloomberg poll: Voters still think Obamacare is worth keeping

3 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Recent developments in Virginia aside, there's still not a whole lot of clamoring out there for Obamacare repeal, except maybe among the people who voted for David Brat and those applauding his victory. Greg Sargent sums up the latest...Show More Summary

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