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* President Obama is within striking distance of signing another major piece of legislation this year, now that the House and Senate reached a deal on financial reform early this morning.

More later on the details of this, but for now it's worth noting that Obama and Congressional Dems are actually doing a lot of the stuff they said they'd do. This Congress is piling up a list of reforms and accomplishments that put it on track to be a very productive one, in jarring contrast to Congress' abysmal approval ratings.

* Obama will make a brief statement to the press this morning about FinReg. What remains to be seen is when -- or whether -- Dems will succeed in converting the growing list of legislative accomplishments into political advantage.

* The Wall Street Journal boils it down: "Large financial companies are facing a tougher leash." The Journal concludes that the bill is tougher than anticipated.

* But: The GOP succeeds in blocking the jobs and spending bill in the Senate, with Dems unable to attract one Republican to overcome the GOP filibuster, and it's uncertain when or if Dems will try to revive it.

Special bonus irritant: Ben Nelson voted with Republicans.

* Labor goes up with a new $100,000 TV ad buy in Maine hammering the state's two GOP Senators for joining with GOP obstruction of the jobs bill.

Question: Why do those two Republicans take far more heat from labor and the big liberal groups than Nelson does?

* And: Major questions remain unanswered about how Senate Dems intend to tackle climate/energy reform.

* Worth watching: Giving Dems a glimmer of hope, economic recovery may be kicking in faster in the most contested political battleground areas.

* Missed this yesterday, but that NBC/WSJ poll found that a plurality is unhappy with the idea of continuing offshore drilling. Not increased drilling; merely continuing with it. Drilling = political loser.

* More: A new Pew poll finds a majority now opposes increased drilling. Drilling = political loser.

* Jonathan Capehart: Republicans are winning the generic ballot matchup because because they aren't putting forward any real governing ideas for the public to compare with those of Dems. Discuss.

* New CNN poll: Forty one percent blame Republicans for the country's current economic problems, versus only 28 percent who blame Dems. But: A majority say they're angry at both parties.

* As predictable as the sunrise: Drudge is already obsessing about the number of pages in FinReg.

* And still more questions arise about what Sharron Angle really believes.

What else is happening?

By Greg Sargent  |  June 25, 2010; 8:26 AM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Climate change , Financial reform , Morning Plum , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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Answer: Because Ben Nelson is more of a Republican than Snowe and Collins combined. If Dem Senate Leadership and Pres Obama won't hold him accountable what chance do liberals and progressives have? Its not like he hails from NY or California after all.

On the other hand what I would like to see is the Pres and Dem leadership add his name when they talk about Republican obstruction. Pres Obama just did a youtube address over the weekend about GOP obstruction, if he throws Nelson's name in there its a lot more powerful. And really what would be the fallout? That Nelson continues to NOT vote with his caucus?

Eff him

Posted by: sgwhiteinfla | June 25, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

"Jonathan Capehart: Republicans are winning the generic ballot matchup because because they aren't putting forward any real governing ideas for the public to compare with those of Dems. Discuss."

I'm quite fond of that formation, Greg.

The morning crow of the rooster is now presumed to not actually be causal in the sun's rise. Discuss.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 25, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Discuss: It's clear, as we discussed yesterday that Republicans don't actually have anything to run on. It's much easier being the armchair quarterback than actually playing in the game.

If people knew what their plan was for solving our economic woes, I'm not sure they'd get as many votes as they seem to think. Cutting SS and Medicare or privatizing them is not a vote winner and I doubt that many of us, other than maybe the top 5% of the country, really care about the inheritance tax or cutting more taxes for the wealthy. Their big winner of repealing HCR seems to be losing steam as well.

And I sort of hope they pay for their shenanigans yesterday re the jobs/unemployment bill. I don't think it's only Dems out of work.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 25, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Jesuschristinheaven Rich Lowry is such a perfect fit for NR.

"Now that Obama has picked Bush’s general, he should replicate Bush’s stalwart style."

Stalwart means, apparently, having a cognitive process that resembles quick-set concrete, a total inability to question self or to imagine one might be in error, and to swagger about as if you are an erection.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 25, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Here's a fun Politico memory hole story...
http://www.cjr.org/the_kicker/a_politico_graf_goes_missing.php

h/t Yglesias

Posted by: bernielatham | June 25, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Note to Liam:

I saw some mention of possible retirement. I'm sorry, but you have not been excused. We will let you know when your services are no longer required.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 25, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Question: Why do those two Republicans take far more heat from labor and the big liberal groups than Nelson does?

Because Maine is far more purple than Nebraska.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 25, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Judging from my experience, the need to say something about politics and its ramifications stays in the DNA. My guess is that Liam will go off to do the things he's indicated, but that he'll be back when the spirit moves him. As long ss there's breath and fingers that type . . .

And Liam, Nancy Pelosi is 70. Not everybody goes McCain.

Posted by: AllButCertain | June 25, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

"Question: Why do those two Republicans take far more heat from labor and the big liberal groups than Nelson does?"

Answer - because there's some hope that the heat will have some traction in Maine. Complaints from labor and liberals would be more or less a badge of honor for Nelson in Nebraska.

Posted by: zimbar | June 25, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

And Greg, I'm liking this morning's Plum. It looks like a glass half full kind of day. (Or for the moment.) Plus this new little counter thingy makes it look maybe possible to handle longer posts so they don't disappear into moderation.

Posted by: AllButCertain | June 25, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Been reading about the deal struck on financial reform....am I missing something? Are any republicans expected to vote Yes? I can't imagine they will, so what's all the hoopla?

Posted by: SDJeff | June 25, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the republican candidates prefer to remain childless (without issue) rather than have things they spawn live after them.

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 25, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

As a 58 year old who was laid off after working my entire life but now can't even get an interview, I want to thank Scott Brown for now helping me along the road to homelessness by blocking the Unemployment bill.

I supported Brown previously but now? Forget it. Finish out your two years than you're out!

Posted by: wirro | June 25, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

SDJeff, as far as I can tell some concessions were made to Scott Brown in the hopes of winning his vote. I believe he may be the only possibility.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 25, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

wirro why did you support Brown in the first place? Sorry, that was extremely dumb of you. What a thing to admit, jeez.

Posted by: SDJeff | June 25, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

lmsinca, I'll be shocked if Brown votes for this bill. He's already on thin ice with republicans

Posted by: SDJeff | June 25, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Greg, I'm taking a closer look at the Warlord, Inc. report that came out on Monday/Tuesday regarding trucking, transportation, and bribery. Surprised there hasn't been more reporting on this issue, which involves the son of the Afghan defense minister. McChrystal's departure coincided with this report, which has meant the report itself has not been given much media attention.

Posted by: benintn | June 25, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

wirro, the failure of the Senate to pass the bill yesterday will affect hundreds of thousands just like you. I'm sorry for your situation and have read numerous angry comments from both sides of fence politically about the failure. Maybe if we all complain loud enough they'll change their position. Scott Brown is walking a fine line and if he continues to vote against the interest of his constituents he'll be out of a job soon. Unemloyment benefits are not usually used as a political football. Little consolation though I know. Best of luck. Make some phone calls and write letters and if there's any sort of a protest rally I'd go if I were you.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 25, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

All, Sarah Palin appears to endorse article comparing BP escrow fund to Nazism:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/palin_tells_followers_to_read.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 25, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

A Modest Proposal:

Why not make use of General McChrystal, for what he is very good at;

Hunting down small groups of bad guys.

Give him the assignment of forming, and leading a small group of elite forces, that go into places like Somali and Yemen to track down, and nail some of the known bad guys, that we can not get to, using conventional forces.

The group might even be tasked to sneak into the badlands of Pakistan, to try and locate guys like Bin Laden.

That would be giving the General something useful to do, and would also keep him away from what he is terrible at; diplomacy and public relations.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 25, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"* Something to watch: Now that Blanche Lincoln has won [the run-off in the Arkansas Democratic primary], will her tough-on-derivatives proposal remain in the FinReg bill? "

-- By Greg Sargent | June 9, 2010; 5:28 PM ET
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You have your answer.

Posted by: CalD | June 25, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Anti-Angle mention... Check.
Palin cat-nip... Check
No love for Rand Paul? Did he not come up on Journolist last night?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | June 25, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Anti-Angle mention... Check.
Palin cat-nip... Check
No love for Rand Paul? Did he not come up on Journolist last night?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | June 25, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Someone should start a "'Drudge Report' Report."

Just put up a big ass siren or twelve every time Drudge DOESN'T have something mind - numbingly stupid near the top of his site.

Matt Drudge should take his Fedora off, set in on fire**, put the fire out with tea (official drink of True Patriots), and send it to his buddy Rush to use an Oxycontin coaster.

I still can't believe that Drudge earned a name for himself by covering details of a presidents private life so conservatives who hated said president could fap like maniacs to them ... I mean... get all morally outraged while reading them ... you know, on behalf of "family values" and stuff. Because the GOP is like the Wu Tang Clan. It's for the children. Except for if the children need health care, then eff em. "Hands off mah liberteh, you tiny little Socialist." George Washington never got sick. Needz moar Four Fathers!

**for Weigel

Posted by: michael_conrad | June 25, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Drudge! What that ahole won't do to drive traffic! The nerve.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/palin_tells_followers_to_read.html#comments

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | June 25, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Australian Rupert Murdoch owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.

His partners at Comcast want to buy NBC.

Now if we just get Murdoch to pay his fair share of taxes. Same with Exxon. The truth is they pay little or no taxes in the United States.

Posted by: uniteusnow | June 25, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow.

"Australian Rupert Murdoch owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.

His partners at Comcast want to buy NBC.

Now if we just get Murdoch to pay his fair share of taxes. Same with Exxon. The truth is they pay little or no taxes in the United States."

Posted by: uniteusnow | June 25, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Consider the dots connected. Take that wingnuts!

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | June 25, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Did TPL get a conservative commenter upgrade? Looks like it. Cool.

Sharron Angle is just calling for "2nd Amendment remedies." No big deal. Nothing to see here folks.

Sarah Palin is just deploying her word salad (twitter version) to suggest that POTUS is Hitler - esque.

And Rand Paul... we'll he's only an Alex Jones - ish extreme glibertarian who very well play an instrumental role in electing Jack Conway -- a Senate seat pick - up few saw coming.

Wait... I'm not anywhere near journolist... I post at a group blog that is much, much smaller than this one, and the same topics either already have come up there, or soon will. That's because what Angle/Palin/Paul are saying/doing is truly crazy.

These three are Tea Party / GOP base favorites.

And Greg's is hardly in "I wonder what Sarah Palin thinks about this" territory. He's pointed out that some rely on Palin stories for hits and comments. This comment is a BFD. If you've got a problem with that, take it up with Godwin.

Posted by: michael_conrad | June 25, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

By "this comment," I'm obviously referring to Palin's tweet.

Multi - tasking is not good for comment clarity.

Posted by: michael_conrad | June 25, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Miguelito:

"Did TPL get a conservative commenter upgrade? Looks like it. Cool.

Sharron Angle is just calling for "2nd Amendment remedies." No big deal. Nothing to see here folks.

Sarah Palin is just deploying her word salad (twitter version) to suggest that POTUS is Hitler - esque.

And Rand Paul... we'll he's only an Alex Jones - ish extreme glibertarian who very well play an instrumental role in electing Jack Conway -- a Senate seat pick - up few saw coming.

Wait... I'm not anywhere near journolist... I post at a group blog that is much, much smaller than this one, and the same topics either already have come up there, or soon will. That's because what Angle/Palin/Paul are saying/doing is truly crazy.

These three are Tea Party / GOP base favorites.

And Greg's is hardly in "I wonder what Sarah Palin thinks about this" territory. He's pointed out that some rely on Palin stories for hits and comments. This comment is a BFD. If you've got a problem with that, take it up with Godwin."

Posted by: michael_conrad | June 25, 2010 4:14 PM


That's quite an echo chamber you're endorsing. What a breathtaking level of diverse topics you and your cohorts cover. Where do you find the time to come here and discuss the same thing?

P.S. I beleive the correct term is "Teabagger" Let's make sure we correctly identify all the lefty bugaboo's. And I will overlook any missing references to Rovian plots and Diebold cheating. For now.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | June 25, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

@ right-wingpersonwith"clever"(read: not at all)name

I believe it was the great Insane Clown Posse who said..."Reading comprehension, how does that work?"

My point was not that only stories covered by this blog and the one I contribute to are worthy. I was pointing out that Palin, Angle, and Paul are your movement's heroes.

They are the Tea Party. They are Conservatism 2010. Hate the mirror. Don't hate the guy holding it up to you.

Death panels, "extreme greenies" made us drill, Obama = Hitler tweet (Palin); end birthright citizenship, North American Union, Civil Rights Act NO!, over to you Alex Jones (Paul); her entire platform (Angle). I could sit here and type out a long list of all the conservative insanity and Hindrocket Postulate - y (you brought up the Teabagging' not me) weirdness... and misspelled signs... and general raging dumbassery coming from your buddies, but you'll just dismiss and as "bugaboo." The problem is that 'bugaboo' is all you've got. You stop defending scumbags and the certifiable and then we'll talk.

Intellectual "welfare queen" wants a handout. Hell no. Meritocracy and all that... and right now the only thing you merit is a Try Again, Wingnut (it's in your name, you know) and a notice that you should consider yourself officially tread upon.

Posted by: michael_conrad | June 25, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Michael,

You state: "@ right-wingpersonwith"clever"(read: not at all)name

I believe it was the great Insane Clown Posse who said..."Reading comprehension, how does that work?"

My point was not that only stories covered by this blog and the one I contribute to are worthy. I was pointing out that Palin, Angle, and Paul are your movement's heroes.

They are the Tea Party. They are Conservatism 2010. Hate the mirror. Don't hate the guy holding it up to you.

Death panels, "extreme greenies" made us drill, Obama = Hitler tweet (Palin); end birthright citizenship, North American Union, Civil Rights Act NO!, over to you Alex Jones (Paul); her entire platform (Angle). I could sit here and type out a long list of all the conservative insanity and Hindrocket Postulate - y (you brought up the Teabagging' not me) weirdness... and misspelled signs... and general raging dumbassery coming from your buddies, but you'll just dismiss and as "bugaboo." The problem is that 'bugaboo' is all you've got. You stop defending scumbags and the certifiable and then we'll talk.

Intellectual "welfare queen" wants a handout. Hell no. Meritocracy and all that... and right now the only thing you merit is a Try Again, Wingnut (it's in your name, you know) and a notice that you should consider yourself officially tread upon."

My first response vis a vis the above is so what?

But on further reflection, i'll double down on the so what. I happen to be a big advocate of drilling for oil. It's a great form of stored energy and believing that may be anathema in your polite circle of cohorts but it's certainly not out of the mainstream.

I also happen to agree the the 'Cuda's reference to death panels, maybe, when the time comes, we'll call them NICE like the Brit's. It's again, not out of the mainstream to think that increasing those receiving healthcare benefits while simultaneously cutting Medicare may result in some form of rationing. Admit it, the umbrage was not about death panels and rationing but that it made people think, and think negativly, about government run healthcare, thereby making it more difficult to force it down their throats.

I've often thought that Ron Paul and his family/followers were/are kooks, along with the North American Union. ZOMG!!!111!!! I don't agree with everything anyone else might agree with! I wouldn't of picked him but I'll back him only for the simple reason that he'll vote with the (hopefully) new Republican Senate majority and elect Demint or Cochran as Majority Leader(I bet that hit you like a kick in the nuts). You'll have to forgive me, I keep forgetting that only Republicans have crazies (Kucinich, J.Brown, M.Waters, C.McKinney, C.M.Brown dont countaapparantly).

On the third hand though, mispelled signs are unforgivable. Your right... I renounce my political faith!

http://mcmeador.wordpress.com/2009/03/13/some-awesome-protest-signs/

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | June 26, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

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