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The Plum Line: November 21, 2010 - November 27, 2010

Saturday Open Thread

Slow blogging, or perhaps no blogging at all, this weekend. Trying to detox. And to rest up a bit for the mayhem that's about to break out in the final weeks of lame duck. And by the way, I should...

By Greg Sargent  | November 27, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (222)
Categories:  Miscellaneous  
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Michael Gerson protests too much

Former Bushie Michael Gerson has a column up today ridiculing the notion -- pushed by some liberal commentators -- that Republicans have prioritized the destruction of President Obama above all else. He claims the argument that Republicans are out to...

By Greg Sargent  | November 26, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
Categories:  2010 elections, 2012, Political media, Senate Republicans, economy  
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Happy Hour Roundup

Because it's never too early for happy hour on the day before Thanksgiving, the best day of the year: * Steve Benen does a nice job answering my question below about what Obama should do to handle the new, emboldened...

By Greg Sargent  | November 24, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (221)
Categories:  2010 elections, 2012, Happy Hour Roundup, House Dems, Senate Republicans, Tea Party, gay rights  
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Yes, anti-Muslim bias is real

Conservative writer Jonathan Tobin argues that the small number of Muslim hate crimes indicates that those wringing their hands about American Islamophobia are making a big deal out of nothing: Even more to the point, the number of anti-Jewish hate...

By Adam Serwer  | November 24, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Majority of Republicans favors racial profiling at airports, while Dems, indys oppose

Republicans are the only group that favors racial profiling at airports, with a majority of them supporting the policy, while Democrats and independents are strongly opposed to it, according to internals of the new Washington Post/ABC News poll that were...

By Greg Sargent  | November 24, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security  
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Yes, but what should Obama do about GOP opposition?

One thing that continues to surprise me is that writers keep making the case that the GOP is devoted to nothing but the destruction of Obama's presidency without explaining what it is Obama should do about this state of affairs....

By Greg Sargent  | November 24, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  2010 elections, 2012, House GOPers, Senate Republicans  
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The Morning Plum

* Right's attack on TSA invasion of privacy going bust? It appears the American people aren't in sync with Drudge or Rush Limbaugh, whose latest rant is: "Keep your hands off my tea bag, Mr. President." A big majority of...

By Greg Sargent  | November 24, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  2012, Foreign policy and national security, Health reform, House GOPers, Senate Republicans, taxes  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* With the right exploiting the furor over the TSA pat-downs to increase calls for racial profiling, former Bush homeland security chief Michael Chertoff suggests the idea could actually make life easier for Al Qaeda. * Strong stuff from Jonathan...

By Greg Sargent  | November 23, 2010; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  2012, Happy Hour Roundup, Political media, Senate Republicans, economy, gay rights  
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David Brock defends using undisclosed donors

Today's New York Times reports that part of the new effort David Brock is setting up to counter the right's massive spending in advance of 2012 will depend on...undisclosed donors. Media Matters, of course, hammered away relentlessly at Republicans and...

By Greg Sargent  | November 23, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2010 elections  
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Van Hollen: Dems need to "hope for the best, and plan for the worst" from GOP

In recent days, various liberal commentators have been posing a question: How realistic are Democratic leaders about the nature, intentions, and motives of the new and emboldened GOP opposition? In an interview with me just now, Chris Van Hollen, who...

By Greg Sargent  | November 23, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  2010 elections, House Dems, House GOPers, economy  
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Amid pat-down uproar, the public does not support racial profiling

Glenn Greenwald and Eugene Robinson are understandably upset about the uproar over the TSA pat-downs, because they think people are only angry over these policies now that they are being targeted. If the policies were only directed at Arabs...

By Greg Sargent  | November 23, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security  
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GOP battle over ethanol heats up: Grassley swipes at Coburn and DeMint

It looks like Chuck Grassley is not happy with fellow GOP senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn for calling on Congress to let billions in ethanol subsidies expire this year. As I reported here yesterday, DeMint and Coburn, two leading...

By Greg Sargent  | November 23, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Senate Republicans, energy  
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Thiessen recycles false talking points on military commissions

It's hardly a surprise that former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen would use his Monday column to attack the Obama administration over the verdict in the Ahmed Ghailani case. What is somewhat surprising is that he's stuck to the same misleading...

By Adam Serwer  | November 23, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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The Morning Plum

* Rank-and-file Republicans want gridlock: That's what a new ABC News poll finds: GOPers are the only group that wants governmental gridlock, with 43 percent saying it's a good thing, versus 42 percent who say the opposite. By contrast, independents...

By Greg Sargent  | November 23, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security, Health reform, Morning Plum, taxes  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* Political calculus of the day: Marc Ambinder explains why the White House is so nervous about the backlash against pat-downs: The issue is sensitive because physical space intrusions are just about the last thing an administration cast by Republicans...

By Greg Sargent  | November 22, 2010; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security, Happy Hour Roundup, Health reform, House GOPers, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans  
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Psst: DADT repeal is still not quite dead

Okay, a quick update on what's going on with the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Short version: It still isn't quite dead. As you know, the news broke this morning that the Pentagon will release its much-anticipated report gauging...

By Greg Sargent  | November 22, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, gay rights  
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Left accuses GOP of economic "sabotage"

It looks like some folks on the right are purporting to be really, really surprised by the suggestion being made by some liberals that Republicans will actively try to sabotage the economy in order to increase their odds of taking...

By Greg Sargent  | November 22, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  2010 elections, Political media, economy  
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Bombing victims' families support decision to try Ghailani in civilian court, spox says

The families of victims of the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa support the Obama administration's decision to try Ahmed Ghailani in civilian court, even if they were disappointed with the verdict, a spokesperson for the families tells us. This...

By Greg Sargent and Adam Serwer  | November 22, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security  
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The next big GOP intra-party war: Ethanol subsidies?

Is there a new intra-GOP war brewing -- a sequel to the Tea Party's big victory in the battle over earmarks? Fresh off a big victory over the GOP establishment on earmarks, conservative GOP senators are opening up a new...

By Greg Sargent  | November 22, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
Categories:  2010 elections, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, Tea Party  
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The Morning Plum

* More key movement on DADT: The Pentagon's report will be released a day early, on November 30th, and it's expected to find that Don't Ask Don't Tell can be repealed with minimal impact. This is important: The Pentagon report...

By Greg Sargent  | November 22, 2010; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  2012, Foreign policy and national security, Morning Plum, Senate Republicans, gay rights  
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Sunday Open Thread

If Dems repudiate all their accomplishments and admit GOP ideas are superior, agree to big cuts to popular programs long associated with the Democratic Party, and nominate Evan Bayh and Heath Shuler in 2012 in order to prove they'll put...

By Greg Sargent  | November 21, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
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