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The Plum Line: July 4, 2010 - July 10, 2010

Happy Hour Roundup

* Just so you grasp the stakes of the Nevada Senate race: The fates of Obama, Harry Reid and the Dem agenda are all inextricably intertwined. * And the Reid-Angle showdown is going to get a lot more ferocious: Mark...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 9, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
Categories:  2010 elections , Happy Hour Roundup , House GOPers , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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The GOP meetings with lobbyists will be televised

Must see video! Do you want to watch Republicans discuss their agenda behind closed doors with what Dems inisist is a secretive cabal of powerful lobbyists? Well, you are going to get to do just that: Republicans have agreed to...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 9, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Financial reform , House Dems , House GOPers  
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Obama: Yes, government can facilitate recovery

One other thing about Obama's appearance in Nevada today: It was good to see him restate the case that government can, in fact, faciliate economic recovery, in the face of a relentless campaign to discredit this idea. This is better...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 9, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Financial reform  
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How do you sell Obama's policies in the state with highest unemployment?

Obama's visit to Nevada on Harry Reid's behalf is particularly interesting because the unemployment rate in that state is the highest in the nation. How can Obama and Dems sell that state on the idea that their policies are working?...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 9, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  2010 elections , Financial reform , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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Is Obama a patsy, or a thug?

Which is it? It's almost too obvious to point out, but there's a glaringly comic contradiction at the heart of the various GOP messages we keep hearing about Obama's handling of the oil spill and his treatment of BP. Is...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 9, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Climate change , House GOPers , Senate Republicans  
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The Morning Plum

* Obama jumps on Angle's "slush fund": In another sign Dems will continue to pound away at Sharron Angle's comparison of the BP escrow cash to a "slush fund," the President pounced on it at a fundraiser for Harry Reid...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 9, 2010; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  2010 elections , 2012 , Financial reform , Foreign policy and national security , Morning Plum , Political media , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* Revelation of the day: Dems realize their problems with independents will be so daunting this fall that they'd better hurry up and rekindle that magic among new Obama voters before it's too late. * Not our usual fare, but...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 8, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  2010 elections , Climate change , Financial reform , Happy Hour Roundup , House GOPers , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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The message of Palin's "Mama Grizzlies" video

One of the primary messages here seems intended for Republican Party officials across the country. By producing such a slick political ad with an undeniably strong political message, the signal is clear: Palin is a political force to be...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 8, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Angle: I shouldn't have used term "slush fund"

Sharron Angle, under fire for comparing the BP escrow cash to a "slush fund," walks it back and declares support for the BP fund in a statement sent over by her campaign: "Having had some time to think about...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 8, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  2010 elections , Climate change , Senate Republicans  
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Why GOP obstruction helps Republicans, part II

As you regulars know, I've been noting here regularly that GOP obstruction could perversely end up benefiting Republicans politically, because voters may end up holding Dems accountable for government dysfunction, since they run the place. Here's yet another data point...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 8, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  2010 elections , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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Sharron Angle: The $20 billion in BP escrow cash was "slush fund"

Looks like Sharron Angle has now had her ultimate Rand Paul moment: During a radio appearance she labeled the $20 billion BP escrow fund secured by the White House as a "slush fund." Angle also seemed to agree with a...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 8, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2010 elections , Climate change , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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The Morning Plum

* This one will contribute to the growing sense that Dems are essentially paralyzed in the face of the faltering recovery: The Federal Reserve is now weighing stepping in. * Only in the alternate reality known as the U.S. Senate:...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 8, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Climate change , Financial reform , Foreign policy and national security , House Dems , Morning Plum , Political media , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans , Tea Party  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* Another angle on the Obama lawsuit against Arizona: It's a shot across the bow of other states considering doing the same. * Shocker of the day: Lindsey Graham, formerly seen as the best hope for bipartisan cooperation on immigration...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 7, 2010; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
Categories:  Climate change , Foreign policy and national security , Happy Hour Roundup , Health reform , Immigration , Political media , Senate Republicans  
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MSNBC's excuse for banning Markos doesn't hold water

By now you may have heard that Markos Moulitsas, the founder of Daily Kos, has charged that he's been blackballed from appearing on MSNBC because he got into a Twitterwar with Joe Scarborough. According to Markos, MSNBC chief Phil Griffin...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 7, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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White House takes ownership of Arizona lawsuit

Good. It looks like the White House isn't flinching from taking ownership of the Justice Department's lawsuit to overturn the Arizona immigration law. After the lawsuit was announced yesterday, people began asking whether Obama would refrain from attaching himself to...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 7, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  2010 elections , 2012 , Immigration , Senate Dems  
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Sharron Angle: We're going to "pursue" Harry Reid for reposting my Web site -- possibly in court

Now that the Harry Reid campaign has reposted Sharron Angle's previous campaign Web site advertising her Tea Partying positions, Angle may be heading to court to stop him. That's what Angle said on a Nevada radio station this morning. Asked...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 7, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  2010 elections , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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The America John Boehner grew up in? Check out the GOP platforms at the time

Ever since John Boehner accused Dems last week of "snuffing out the America that I grew up in," people around the Web have taking stabs at defining the America of Boehner's youth. On a slow news day, here's another contribution:...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 7, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Health reform , House GOPers  
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The Morning Plum

* So now we know why GOP Rep Darrell Issa gets media attention every time he shouts "scandal" in Obama's direction! Mark Leibovich reveals the press's attitude towards the man who will hire dozens of subpoena-wielding investigators if the GOP...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 7, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  2010 elections , Foreign policy and national security , Health reform , House Dems , House GOPers , Immigration , Morning Plum , Political media , Senate Republicans  
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Happy Hour Roundup

UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: The Harry Reid campaign is defying Sharron Angle's cease and desist order, and has gone up with a reconstituted version of Angle's old Web site showing all her previous Tea Partying in all its glory. The Reid...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 6, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  2010 elections , Financial reform , Foreign policy and national security , Happy Hour Roundup , House Dems , Senate Republicans , Tea Party  
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Netanyahu praises Obama for ... his Cairo speech to Muslim world!

For many hawkish and pro-Israel commentators, there are few events that are more infamous than Obama's speech in Cairo last summer. Though he reaffirmed in that speech that the U.S.'s bond with Israel is "unbreakable," many analysts have simply ignored...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 6, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security  
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It's official: Obama admin will sue Arizona

So it's official: Obama's Justice Department will announce this week that it's suing Arizona to overturn the onerous immigration law. In case you doubt that this will revive the national yelling match over immigration, the two Republican Senators from Arizona,...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 6, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Immigration  
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Tea Partiers' concerns are virtually identical to those of Republicans, poll shows

For some time now, the Post's E.J. Dionne has been valiantly making the case that the Tea Partiers, rather than representing some new political phenomenon, are essentially just right-wing Republicans. The only new thing about them, Dionne suggests, is the...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 6, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Political media , Tea Party  
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Why GOP obstruction will benefit Republicans

I've been yelling about this for some time, so I'm glad to see that this perverse dynamic is starting to get more attention: It seems likely that GOP obstruction, far from being a liability to Republicans, will play in their...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 6, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
Categories:  2010 elections , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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The Morning Plum

* Today's main event is a joint press availability with President Obama and Netanyahu, and here's the domestic political angle: Dems are apparently worried that even the slightest hint of tension or disagreement could be used against them in the...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 6, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  2010 elections , Climate change , Foreign policy and national security , Health reform , House Dems , House GOPers , Morning Plum , Political media  
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Monday Roundup

* Where elite opinion is heading: Don't miss Fareed Zakaria's strong criticism of the folly of our involvement in Afghanistan. If you watch only one video today, make it this one. * But: Joe Biden says the drawdown timetable is...

By Greg Sargent  |  July 5, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  Climate change , Foreign policy and national security , Political media , Senate Republicans , Tea Party  
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