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* Research 2000's chief, Del Ali, sends me a long, rambling and very angry response via email to the Daily Kos lawsuit. It's a must-read.

* Good read: Senator Debbie Stabenow on why extending unemployment benefits is far more important than worrying about the deficit.

Money quote: "To take money from job creation to fund unemployment benefits makes no sense."

* Interesting theory from Mark Halperin: He reports that some senior Republicans wish John Boehner would stop defending his "ant" crack, but theorizes that GOPers like Boehner have developed a reflexive desire to duke it out with Obama, similar to during the Clinton years.

* Indeed: Boehner is digging in, slamming Obama's use of the "ant" line as "whining" and "childish partisanship."

* And speaking of Boehner, he worried aloud recently that the America he grew up in might soon be no more. Mike Tomasky recalls the America Boehner grew up in.

* Really? Some Washington Dems are mulling the possibility of passing climate change legislation in the lame duck session after the November elections. The fierce urgency of after-the-elections!

* Tea Partiers vow to take out Lindsey Graham after he says the Tea Party movement will "die out."

* Obama calls for immigration reform, but doesn't outline any details or timelines.

* But David Dayen says Obama defly tossed the ball into the GOP's court.

* A great no-nonsense fact-check from McClatchy debunking the right-wing talking point that Obama hasn't done enough on the spill because he failed to waive the Jones Act.

* Steve Benen skewers the New York Times's bogus explanation for dropping the word "torture."

* Takedown of the day: Ryan McNeely versus Blue Dog Dem Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin.

* And Sharron Angle's new Web site expunges her Tea Party past.

What else is happening?

By Greg Sargent  |  July 1, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Climate change , Foreign policy and national security , Happy Hour Roundup , Political media , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans , Tea Party  
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"Some Washington Dems are mulling the possibility of passing climate change legislation in the lame duck session after the November elections. The fierce urgency of after-the-elections!"

Indeed. Seems like the lame duck session will be quite busy. Hmmm, what other unpopular measures can we ram through before we [might] lose our majority?

"Democratic leaders are likely to punt the task of renewing Bush-era tax cuts until after the election. Voters in November’s midterms will thus be left without a clear idea of their future tax rates when they go to the polls.

"...It’s not going to get done before the election. The lame-duck session is when all of this is going to get resolved,” Harkin said.

Posted by: sbj3 | July 1, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Let's add immigration reform to that busy lame duck session.

Posted by: sbj3 | July 1, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Greg, that Ali email brings the crazy.

It's a good example of when you ought to save an email as a draft before sending it out.


Maybe the question is: what took so long for Kos to recognize that the operation seemed funky?

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 1, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Greg, thanks for the link countering the Roll Call piece on Sandlin. I read that earlier and thought what a load of cr__. Nice to see someone spell it out for me. The Blue Dogs are absolutely infuriating and all this UI back and forth is really damaging not only to the un-employed but to the economy and consumer confidence. I still can't believe they're doing this.

Reid managed to bring Snowe and Collins on board last night but still needs one more vote for a stand alone bill, now the Blue Dogs are pissing on the fire hydrant. When Byrd gets replaced after the holiday the Senate may be able to pass something, we'll see. From your link:

"When the media frames this as about deficits without noting that Blue Dogs routinely support measures that increase deficits when it suits them, it does a grave disservice to our discourse. If Herseth Sandlin doesn’t believe it’s worth spending money to help create jobs or to extend UI benefits because she’d rather spend the money elsewhere, then that’s the debate we need to have, not the pretend debate of brave members standing up to Pelosi as part of an “anti-deficit insurgency.”

Posted by: lmsinca | July 1, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The House passed the extenders bill as a stand alone and Sandlin voted aye, but she wouldn't vote for the jobs bill. It's cruel and unusual punishment for people losing their benefits to have to go through an important holiday weekend not knowing their fate.

Posted by: lmsinca | July 1, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Great article on the America John grew up in. We could do away with the deficit if we put the top tax rate back at 90%. Lets see if we can get his vote to put back the America he grew up in. This way our city won't have to turn off every other street light.

Posted by: soapm | July 1, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Republicans filibustered the jobs/state aid/unemployment bill even though it was paid for, except for the unemployment part that is always considered emergency deficit spending. The states, and all of us will be suffering for it now.

"For months, governors and economists alike have been warning that unprecedented revenue shortfalls in the states would lead to draconian budget cuts and massive layoffs. Now with the July 1 start of fiscal year 2011 for many states, doomsday is here. And thanks to Republican obstructionism in Congress, the combined $89 billion budget gap facing the states could result in 900,000 jobs lost - and an end to the nascent economic recovery."

"Last month, President Obama asked Congress to send him a $50 billion aid package for the states in order to avert "massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters." And with good reason. Despite the success of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, economists like Stephen Gordon warned "The increases at the federal level have not been enough to compensate for the spending cuts at the local and state levels." While the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and former McCain economic adviser Mark Zandi among others touted federal aid to the states as the biggest bang for the stimulus buck, a new report from the Rockefeller Institute painted a grim picture if Congress failed to act."

Posted by: lmsinca | July 1, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Where is everyone?

Posted by: SDJeff | July 1, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Jeff, I think the weather is so nice in the east this week that everyone is just blissed out. Some may be streaking, but I can't confirm that.

It's not because we're all rooting for the Cubs, that's for sure. Season...over.

Looking forward to the World Cup starting up again tomorrow.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 2, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

"Where is everyone?"

I think they're all reading Greg's latest post. It lists all the ideas the GOP has for solving our nation's problems:

Posted by: jzap | July 2, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

TPM is reporting that Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), one of the two Dems in opposition to the FinReg conference report, has caved. She now is supporting it.

If only Chris Dodd and Barney Frank could convince Russ Feingold to come around, they might be able to undo those minor castrations they made in the hope of securing Scott Brown's phantom support.

Posted by: jzap | July 2, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm supposed to be working but I was hoping this place would be buzzing so I could procrastinate a little. Good to see Cantwell supporting the measure. Honestly I'm not optimistic this will go far enough, but unlike health care, I don't see the window closing on financial reform, and I think they could stand to make it a little better, this is the gutless Senate I'm talking about, so I guess this is the best we're gonna get.

Oh well, back to the job....

Posted by: SDJeff | July 2, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

All, morning roundup posted:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 2, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

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