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The Plum Line: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

Happy Hour Roundup

* Senator Scott Brown has come out in support of repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, but he is abiding by Mitch McConnell's threat that Republicans won't vote for cloture on DADT or anything else Dems want until the Bush tax...

By Greg Sargent  | December 3, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  Happy Hour Roundup, House Dems, House GOPers, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, gay rights, taxes  
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What are opponents of DADT repeal thinking?

One thing that's been oddly missing from the debate in the Senate over repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell is any discussion of the moral and human dimensions of this story, at least as it concerns the gay service-members themselves. The...

By Greg Sargent  | December 3, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, gay rights  
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Scott Brown comes out in favor of DADT repeal

This is potentially important. The statement just out from Senator Scott Brown's office: "I have been in the military for 31 years and counting, and have served as a subordinate and as an officer. As a legislator, I have spent...

By Greg Sargent  | December 3, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Senate Republicans, gay rights  
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Can we please have some nuance?

It's being widely reported right now that at the Senate hearings this morning, the Service Chiefs issued very stark warnings against repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell. And it's true that Army Chief of Staff George Casey and U.S. Marine Corps...

By Greg Sargent  | December 3, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security, Senate Dems, gay rights  
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Would the GOP prefer a judge overturn DADT?

During yesterday's DADT hearings, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, and Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson all emphasized the necessity of Congress repealing don't ask don't tell before a judge does. Raising the specter of "judicial...

By Adam Serwer  | December 3, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  gay rights  
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The Morning Plum

* Facts of life: The reality is that it's increasingly obvious that all the Bush tax cuts are going to be extended. The only real question at this point is what Dems get in return. The reality is also that...

By Greg Sargent  | December 3, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security, Morning Plum, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, gay rights, taxes  
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Andy Stern will vote No on deficit commission

Former top labor leader Andy Stern has privately informed deficit-commission co-chair Erskine Bowles that he will vote against the commission's package of proposals, a source close to Stern tells me, effectively ending hopes of getting the desired 14 members to...

By Greg Sargent  | December 2, 2010; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  deficit  
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In defense of White House on Bush tax cuts

With everybody beating up on Obama's handling of the Bush tax cuts fight, it's only fair to note one crucial thing in the White House's defense: It isn't Obama's fault that Congressional Democrats punted on holding a vote on just...

By Greg Sargent  | December 2, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  House Dems, House GOPers, taxes  
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The military leadership's challenge to GOP Senators

It's important that we be 100 percent clear on what happened at this morning's Senate hearings on Don't Ask Don't Tell. Military leaders essentially pleaded with GOP Senators to support repealing DADT, arguing that the failure to do so would...

By Greg Sargent  | December 2, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security, gay rights  
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Is Senator Kyl holding New START hostage to tax cuts?

The burden of proof is on Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) to show that monitoring Russia's nuclear arsenal is more important than making sure the top 2% get a tax cut. Whatever genuine substantive concerns Republicans have about the START treaty--the ones they've...

By Adam Serwer  | December 2, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security, Senate Republicans  
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Lefty group running ad slamming Obama -- in Iowa

Now this is a pretty in-your-face move: The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which yesterday unveiled a new ad hitting Obama as weak in the Bush tax cut fight, is now going to run the ad in Iowa. Yesterday, PCCC announced...

By Greg Sargent  | December 2, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  taxes  
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The Morning Plum

* Five GOP heavy-hitters make the case for New START: Now that the secretaries of state for the past five GOP presidents have argued that we must ratify New START, surely that will be enough to overcome Jon Kyl's objections....

By Greg Sargent  | December 2, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security, House Dems, House GOPers, Morning Plum, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, Tea Party, deficit, taxes  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* With House Dems set to hold a high-stakes vote tomorrow on extending just the middle class tax cuts, it's worth noting that a fair amount of moderate Dems may buck the leadership and vote No. A partial list of...

By Greg Sargent  | December 1, 2010; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  Happy Hour Roundup, House Dems, House GOPers, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, gay rights, taxes  
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When is a tax cut really a tax hike?

With House Dems set to hold a high-stakes vote tomorrow on extending just the middle class tax cuts, Republicans are fanning out to denounce the move as a tax hike. The idea is that a plan to extend just the...

By Greg Sargent  | December 1, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  House Dems, House GOPers, taxes  
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Dems too quick to internalize that losing feeling

Outgoing Ohio Governor Ted Strickland erupts in an interview with Sam Stein, blaming Dems for failing to win the argument over the Bush tax cuts: Strickland said he was dumbfounded at the party's inability to sell the idea that the...

By Greg Sargent  | December 1, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  House Dems, Senate Dems, taxes  
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Right wing's latest argument: WikiLeaks scandal proves Obama is un-American

Conservatives and right-wing Republicans have come up with an interesting response to the WikiLeaks scandal: They're linking it to their ongoing "American exceptionalism" attack, in order to advance the narrative that Obama, in terms of culture and identity, is fundamentally un-American. As Greg...

By Adam Serwer  | December 1, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security, House GOPers  
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One Senator's modest proposal: Force Senators to actually filibuster

The problem for those who want to do away with the filibuster and restore some functionality to the Senate is that some argue it requires a two thirds vote to make it happen -- a virtual impossibility given today's Senate...

By Greg Sargent  | December 1, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Senate Dems, Senate Republicans  
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Despite McConnell's bluff, Senator Collins could still vote for DADT repeal, spox says

As you may have heard, Mitch McConnell sent a letter to Harry Reid today insisting that all GOP Senators will block all Dem initiatives until the standoffs over the Bush tax cuts and funding the government are resolved. The letter,...

By Greg Sargent  | December 1, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, gay rights  
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The Morning Plum

* Showdown over Bush tax cuts set for this morning: It looks like we're about to find out whether plans for a bipartisan working group on the Bush tax cuts have any chance of bearing real fruit or will devolve...

By Greg Sargent  | December 1, 2010; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Health reform, Morning Plum, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, gay rights, taxes  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* Is a deal taking shape where Republicans would get a temporary extension of all the Bush tax cuts in exchange for GOPers allowing a vote on the New START treaty? * The key point from Robert Gates at his...

By Greg Sargent  | November 30, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  2012, Happy Hour Roundup, House GOPers, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, gay rights  
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Boehner to Obama: Ongoing talks no substitute for extending all Bush tax cuts

A senior Republican aide passes on some new details of today's big private meeting between Obama and the newly emboldened GOP leadership, and the crux of what happened appears to be that GOP leaders told the President and Dems that...

By Greg Sargent  | November 30, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  House Dems, House GOPers, Senate Republicans, deficit, taxes  
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Pentagon report will leave opponents of DADT repeal little to work with

Okay, I've got some more detail for you on the findings in that forthcoming Pentagon report on the impact repeal of Don't Ask Don't tell will have on the military. The upshot: It will leave GOP moderates with no reasons...

By Greg Sargent  | November 30, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Bipartisan group of senators calls for ethanol subsidies to expire

In a clear sign of momentum against ethanol subsidies, a bipartisan group of more than a dozen senators has signed onto a letter urging Senate leaders to let the subsidies expire during this Congress, a move that could put many...

By Greg Sargent  | November 30, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  2012, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, Tea Party, energy  
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We can't blame Rahm, after all

The left has long targeted Rahm Emanuel as the primary reason the White House continues to trade away core liberal priorities in the quixotic quest for bipartisanship. But Rahm is now long gone. And the White House continues to lead...

By Adam Serwer  | November 30, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  House GOPers, Senate Republicans, deficit, taxes  
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The Morning Plum

* Boehner and McConnell stake out hard line on tax cuts: With the big meeting between Republicans and Obama set for today, the two GOP leaders weigh in with an Op ed in the Post that's intended as a preemptive...

By Greg Sargent  | November 30, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  Health reform, House Dems, House GOPers, Morning Plum, Senate Republicans, gay rights, taxes  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* Chuck Schumer is working very hard to create the impression that a lot of Senate Dems support his compromise proposal to end the Bush tax cuts only for those over $1 million. Senator, mind if Dems hold their vote...

By Greg Sargent  | November 29, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security, Happy Hour Roundup, House GOPers, Political media, Senate Dems, taxes  
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No mandate for repeal of health law, part 973

The new McClatchy-Marist poll does us all a public service and asks Americans whether they want specific provisions of the health reform law repealed. Guess what -- they don't want that at all: When it comes to the part of...

By Greg Sargent  | November 29, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Health reform, House GOPers, Senate Republicans  
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Dear moderate GOP Senators: Moderate GOP voters want DADT repealed

As you've heard by now, the fate of Don't Ask Don't Tell rests in the hands of a few moderate Republican Senators. With Senator John McCain continuing to threaten a filibuster of DADT repeal, only support from a handful of...

By Greg Sargent  | November 29, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Will pay freeze strengthen Obama's hand?

The White House this morning announced a two-year pay freeze for civilian Federal workers, a move designed to signal concern about the deficit, and judging by Obama's remarks to reporters about the freeze, he seems to think it will strengthen...

By Greg Sargent  | November 29, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  House GOPers, deficit, taxes  
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Marc Thiessen's enduring affection for torture

Last week, I wrote that many of those writing in support of the military commissions in the aftermath of the Ahmed Ghailani verdict, like Marc Thiessen, were actually just writing in support of torture. Then Thiessen obliged me by proving...

By Adam Serwer  | November 29, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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What the right's "American exceptionalism" attack on Obama is really about

Let's stipulate at the outset that there's really no point in getting into a debate with right-wingers over the question of whether Obama believes in "American exceptionalism." That's because the right intends this attack line as a proxy for their...

By Greg Sargent  | November 29, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
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The Morning Plum

* A big, big week ahead: The events of this week could go a long way towards establishing just how tenacious and confrontational the White House and Democrats will prove to be in dealing with the new, emboldened GOP leadership....

By Greg Sargent  | November 29, 2010; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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