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The Plum Line: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

Saturday Roundup: Hearst won't say whether Helen Thomas will keep job

* Hearst Newspapers is refusing to say whether it will stand by White House veteran reporter Helen Thomas in the wake of conservative outrage over her remarks about Jews leaving Palestine and going back to Europe. Conservative Web sites have...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 5, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
Categories:  Climate change , Foreign policy and national security , Political media  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* Activists on the aid ship bound for Gaza say they won't resist if Israeli forces board, making a confrontation unlikely. * Latest: The containment cap seems to be successfully capturing oil, though no one is sure precisely how much....

By Greg Sargent  |  June 4, 2010; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  2010 elections , Climate change , Foreign policy and national security , Happy Hour Roundup , Political media , Senate Dems  
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Liz Cheney attacks Obama for saying flotilla deaths were "tragic"

It's not surprising that Liz Cheney is now faulting Obama's handling of the Israeli raid on the flotilla. What is noteworthy is how she's doing it: She's faulting the President for describing the loss of life as "tragic." Not kidding....

By Greg Sargent  |  June 4, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security  
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GOP to attack Kagan's gun control work for Clinton

Get ready for the next Republican attack line on Elena Kagan: 1990s gun control issues. Kagan had a hand in multiple gun control measures during her stint in the Clinton administration, according to info from newly released Clinton library documents...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 4, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Senate Republicans , Supreme Court  
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Harry Reid: I look forward to Israel's probe of itself

With another aid ship steaming towards Gaza, Harry Reid, the second most powerful member of the Democratic Party in the country, issues an oddly-timed statement strongly defending Israel's flotilla raid: "Israel is one of our strongest and most important allies,...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 4, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Senate Dems  
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Is Sarah Palin's robocall for Nikki Haley illegal?

Sarah Palin has recorded a robocall for South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, defending her against charges of an affair by hailing her as a "brave and strong conservative woman" and accusing her foes of "all kinds of made-up nonsense."...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 4, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  2010 elections  
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The Morning Plum

* There's no getting around the fact that the public is unhappy with Obama's handling of the Gulf spill: A new CBS poll finds that nearly two thirds of Americans want Obama to be doing more. * Which prompts the...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 4, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Climate change , Foreign policy and national security , Morning Plum , Political media  
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Happy Hour Roundup: "Furious"

* Sorry Mr. President, your latest display of anger about the Gulf spill, in a new interview with Larry King, just won't cut it: "I am furious at this entire situation," he said. "Somebody didn't think through the consequences of...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 3, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  2010 elections , Climate change , Happy Hour Roundup  
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No apology: Cantor blasts Dems for rehashing Malek's purging of Jews

Eric Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in the House, is brushing off Dem calls for the disavowal of top GOP donor and power-broker Frederic Malek, who is suddenly in the news because new info came to light about his...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 3, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  2010 elections , House Dems , House GOPers  
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Top GOP power-broker Frederic Malek counted "ethnics" for Nixon

As you may have heard, Frederic Malek, a top GOP donor and power-broker and adviser to Sarah Palin, is suddenly in the news for his role in helping purge Jews -- otherwise known as "ethnics," in the euphemism of choice...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 3, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  2010 elections , House GOPers , Senate Republicans  
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News orgs quietly hiring "ideological" journalists

The New York Times has announced that it will now host liberal numbers guru Nate Silver at its Web site -- another sign that dreaded "ideological" reporters and analysts are increasingly finding a home at stodgy old non-ideological news outlets....

By Greg Sargent  |  June 3, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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White House claim that Romanoff applied for job is accurate, Romanoff spox says

The White House statement this morning was accurate in claiming that Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff applied for a job in advance of hearing back from the White House about employment possibilities, a Romanoff spokesman just confirmed to me. "The...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 3, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Political media , Senate Dems  
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Have Sue Lowden's Senate hopes flown the coop?

Chickens-for-checkups may have provided us with weeks of entertainment, but the story has a serious side: Weeks after this tale first waddled its way into the national consciousness, it may have ended Sue Lowden's Senate hopes. Two new polls out...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 3, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2010 elections , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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The Morning Plum

* So how bad for the White House is the story surrounding Andrew Romanoff, the Colorado Senate candidate who discussed job possibilities with the White House? At this point, both Romanoff and the White House agree: No job was promised....

By Greg Sargent  |  June 3, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Happy Hour Roundup

* Even the diehards over at The Corner say Mark Kirk's misleading references to his service should be a campaign issue. * Breaking: A Congressional Dem calls on Obama to be tougher with Israel in the wake of the flotilla...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 2, 2010; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  2010 elections , Foreign policy and national security , Happy Hour Roundup  
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People hate BP and want Obama's boot on its neck

New numbers from Rasmussen, which tends to tilt conservative, show just how disliked BP really is and how much the public wants them held accountable for the Gulf disaster: Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 2, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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White House to Israel: No repeat flotilla attack, please

With another aid ship currently steaming towards Gaza, the Post reported this morning that the White House is privately pressuring Israel to avoid a repeat of the raid that left nine civilians dead and provoked an international outcry that has...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 2, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Obama doubles down on gov't as force for good

There's a meme building which holds that the Gulf spill threatens Obama's larger project: To restore faith in government itself as competent, as an effective force for genuine, lasting reform. Both David Brooks and Frank Rich have sounded this alarm,...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 2, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Kirk campaign acknowledges another misrepresentation of military service

Mark Kirk's Senate campaign has now acknowledged a second misrepresentation of his service record, admitting to me that his Web site falsely claimed that he was "the only member of Congress to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom." This latest...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 2, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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The Morning Plum

* The next test of American-Israeli relations: With another aid ship heading for Gaza, the U.S. is pressuring Israel behind the scenes to ensure that the flotilla incident is not repeated. * Harold Meyerson goes there: The refusal of big...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 2, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  2010 elections , Climate change , House Dems , Morning Plum , Political media , Senate Republicans , Tea Party  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* Eric Holder goes for it: He opens a criminal and civil probe of BP. * And dammit, the president is really, really angry, according to this extraordinary exchange today between reporters and Robert Gibbs, who confirms that Obama has...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 1, 2010; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Cantor to Obama: Stand up for Israel!

I noted below that it was only a matter of time before Republicans urged Obama to stand up more forcefully for Israel against criticism of its flotilla attack. GOP Rep. Eric Cantor, who is Jewish, is first out of the...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 1, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
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Source: Hillary asking foreign leaders to `dial down' criticism of Israel

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been privately asking foreign leaders to "dial down" criticism of Israel until all the facts of the flotilla attack are known, according to a source who personally discussed the matter with her. "She says...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 1, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Anthony Weiner strongly defends Israeli attack on flotilla

In a sign that some Dems in Congress may rally behind Israel in the face of international condemnation of the attack on the aid flotilla, Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York strongly defended Israel's move in an interview, blaming the...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 1, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security , House Dems  
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No amount of 'emoting' from Obama will suffice

It needs to be said that the growing chorus of calls for Obama to show more "anger" or "emotion" about the gulf oil spill are pure B.S.: No matter how angry or emotional he becomes, he will always have fallen...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 1, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Climate change , Political media  
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The Morning Plum

* Question o' the day: Can the Obama administration really succeed in convincingly distancing itself from BP, more than a month after the spill erupted? * Eric Holder is now heading to the Gulf, suggesting the spill could soon be...

By Greg Sargent  |  June 1, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  2010 elections , Climate change , Foreign policy and national security , Health reform , Political media , Senate Dems  
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Memorial Day Open Thread

* The White House braces itself for a whole new level of blame and recrimination over its handling of the Gulf spill. * Also in that link, Bobby Jindal, anti-government diehard: "We need our federal government exactly for this kind...

By Greg Sargent  |  May 31, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Sunday Roundup

* Obama: We're in charge, and we're angry. Now that BP's latest efforts to plug the damn hole have failed, Obama issues a new statement on the crisis essentially taking ownership of the new way forward. Obama says the Coast...

By Greg Sargent  |  May 30, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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