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The Plum Line: March 6, 2011 - March 12, 2011

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By Greg Sargent  | March 12, 2011; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Happy Hour Roundup

* House Republicans unveil another proposal to temporarily fund the government with $6 billion in cuts, and oddly enough, Senate Democrats are far quicker to embrace the proposal than conservative groups are, a sign of how far to the right...

By Greg Sargent  | March 11, 2011; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Bill Keller's wrongheaded attack on HuffPo

A lot of people have weighed in on this already, but I do think it's worth taking a moment to dwell on the attack that New York Times executive editor Bill Keller launched yesterday on The Huffington Post and its...

By Greg Sargent  | March 11, 2011; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Wisconsin 14 planning "homecoming" march on capitol tomorrow

The fourteen Wisconsin Democrats who have been on the lam for weeks are all returning to the state tonight -- and will celebrate their return with a march together on the capitol tomorrow meant to signal that they fully intend...

By Greg Sargent  | March 11, 2011; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (208)
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National Dems enter Wisconsin fray with new ad targeting GOP state senator

For the first time, national Democrats are sinking money into a TV ad targeting an individual Wisconsin GOP state senator, a sign that the Beltway Dem establishment may be getting serious about rallying behind the recall drives now underway in...

By Greg Sargent  | March 11, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Do people care about the deficit?

Duncan Black poses a question: Nobody cares about the deficit. Why don't people understand this? Matthew Yglesias attempts an answer: Politicians don't understand that the voters don't care about the deficit because the voters themselves don't understand that they don't...

By Greg Sargent  | March 11, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Marc Thiessen invents a terrorist group

Yesterday, in an attempt to justify New York GOP Rep. Peter King's broad and pointless hearings on domestic radicalization, consevative Post writer Marc Thiessen decided he'd invoke a terrorist group that does not yet exist: Al-Shabab/al-Qaeda in East Africa. In...

By Adam Serwer  | March 11, 2011; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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The Morning Plum

* House GOP to take plunge into "entitlement" cuts: GOP Rep Paul Ryan says in a new interview that House Republicans will take the first step into the "entitlements" briar patch, vowing to offer fundamental changes to Medicare and Medicaid...

By Greg Sargent  | March 11, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  House GOPers, Labor, Morning Plum, Senate Dems, Social Security, budget  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* Taken all together, liberal groups have raised nearly $2 million for recall drives against Wisconsin GOP state senators, a sign that the national Dem base won't lose interest in this standoff anytime soon. * Sam Stein's reporting reveals the...

By Greg Sargent  | March 10, 2011; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security, Happy Hour Roundup, Health reform, House GOPers, Labor, budget  
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Pete King's Muslim hearings turned out to be relatively sane -- thanks to pressure from left

At the conclusion of his Homeland Security Committee hearings on "the Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response," GOP Rep. Peter King noted with obvious satisfaction that the hearings had gone better than they could...

By Adam Serwer  | March 10, 2011; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Wisconsin Dems ask district attorney to invalidate GOP maneuver

Here's a copy of the legal complaint that Wisconsin Democrats are filing today: They are asking the district attorney who has juristiction to block last night's GOP legislative maneuver, on the grounds that it violated the state's open meeting...

By Greg Sargent  | March 10, 2011; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Newsflash: Recalls are legitimate in Wisconsin

Ezra Klein, on last night's events in Wisconsin: It seems to me that the system worked. Democrats were able to slow the process down and convince both voters in Wisconsin and the national media that there was something beyond business...

By Greg Sargent  | March 10, 2011; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
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Poll: Majorities support recall of two Wisconsin GOP senators

Here's something that could give some momentum to efforts to recall Wisconsin GOP state senators in the wake of last night's end-run passage of Scott Walker's measure to roll back public employee bargaining rights. I've got an advance look at...

By Greg Sargent  | March 10, 2011; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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Feingold: Wisconsinites will hold Republicans accountable

A strong statement from fomer Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, who seems to endorse the push to recall Wisconsin GOP officials: "Last night will be remembered as a black mark on the history of Wisconsin government. The actions by 18 Republican...

By Greg Sargent  | March 10, 2011; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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The Morning Plum

* The smoke clears from the wreckage in Wisconsin: As everyone takes stock of yesterday's events, it's becoming clearer that the situation in Wisconsin is now going to escalate exponentially, and on multiple fronts. Today labor leaders and strategists involved...

By Greg Sargent  | March 10, 2011; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
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GOP's shenanigans in Wisconsin ensure the fight will only escalate

Here's what Wisconsin Republicans accomplished tonight: In a situation where they had repeated opportunities to resolve this standoff and plausibly declare victory for themselves, they have now ensured that this battle is only going to escalate. This evening, Wisconsin Repubicans...

By Greg Sargent  | March 9, 2011; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (208)
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Happy Hour Roundup

UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: The Wisconsin Democratic Party sends over a copy of the forthcoming statement from Dem chair Mike Tate, and note the explicit threat to mount a recall drive targeting Governor Scott Walker: "Using tactics that trample on the...

By Greg Sargent  | March 9, 2011; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Can Obama's political operation make difference in budget fight?

Senate Democrats are practically begging Obama to insert himself into the budget fight with House Republicans. They want him to use his bully pulpit to make a broad case against GOP budget cuts as a job-killer (to coin a phrase)...

By Greg Sargent  | March 9, 2011; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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NAACP to Pete King: Drop your effort to stereotype Muslims

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is weighing in for the first time on Pete King's hearings into the radicalization of Muslims, arguing that King's plans ignore the history of domestic terrorism in the United States and...

By Greg Sargent  | March 9, 2011; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Right-leaning think tank says Rove group "misrepresented" its data in ad attacking public employee unions

As you may have heard, Crossroads GPS, the group founded by Karl Rove, has gone up on the air with a new 60-second ad that attacks public employees and the Democrats who support them as greedy thugs. The spot, which...

By Greg Sargent  | March 9, 2011; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Only conservatives and Tea Partyers think Islam encourages violence

With Pete King set to kick off his hearings into the radicalization of Muslims tomorrow, Pew Research comes through with a new poll providing some invaluable public opinion context. In particular, Pew finds that the only group to think Islam...

By Greg Sargent  | March 9, 2011; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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The GOP's war on voting

In 2007, then-Republican governor of Florida Charlie Crist moved to restore voting rights to ex-felons in the state. It was an unusual move for a Republican, since the GOP generally supports felony disenfranchisement laws because they disproportionately affect blacks who...

By Adam Serwer  | March 9, 2011; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
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The Morning Plum

* Scott Walker, feeling heat, suggests compromise with labor and Dems: The Milwakee Journal Sentinal posts newly-released emails showing that Governor Scott Walker is privately floating ideas for a compromise with missing Democrats in order to find a way out...

By Greg Sargent  | March 9, 2011; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Happy Hour Roundup

* The budget skirmishing continues as Harry Reid prepares to force Senate Republicans to vote on what he calls the "Tea Party" spending plan favored by House GOPers, in the belief that some moderate Republicans will balk. * Post fact...

By Greg Sargent  | March 8, 2011; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Pete King's three ring circus

It looks like Pete King's hearings into Muslim radicalization are really shaping up as a three ring circus -- in more ways than one. A Democratic staffer on the Homeland Security Committee, which is hosting the hearings set to begin...

By Greg Sargent  | March 8, 2011; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Report: More Wisconsin GOPers wavering in support for Walker

Two Wisconsin newspapers, the Milwalkee Journal Sentinel and Green Bay Press Gazette, are now reporting that two more Wisconsin GOP Senators are wavering in their support for Governor Scott Walker: In an interview with the Green Bay Press Gazette, Sen....

By Greg Sargent  | March 8, 2011; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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Conservatives claiming "vindication" for Bush on Gitmo are wrong

Yesterday the Obama administration announced it would file new charges in military commissions, indicating that the president's promise to close Gitmo will go unfulfilled for the foreseeable future.  Conservatives committed to burnishing Bush's legacy were quick to claim vindication, arguing that...

By Adam Serwer  | March 8, 2011; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Drive to recall Wisconsin GOP senators gaining steam, Dems say

So how's the drive to recall Wisconsin GOP state senators going? If these new numbers the Wisconsin Democratic Party shares with me are accurate, it's already exceeding expectations in a big way. Graeme Zielinski, a spokesman for the party, tells...

By Greg Sargent  | March 8, 2011; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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The Morning Plum

* David Obey predicts Walker will be recalled: Quote of the morning, from former Wisconsin Rep. and top labor ally David Obey: "It is apparent to me that if the Governor does not engage in meaningful compromise, he will be...

By Greg Sargent  | March 8, 2011; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security, House GOPers, Labor, Morning Plum, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, deficit  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* Senator John Ensign's retirement means Republicans can breathe a big sigh of relief, and both parties will aggressively pursue the seat. Also: It provides an opening for Sharron Angle to have another run at changing this Congress's current course...

By Greg Sargent  | March 7, 2011; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Walker attacks Dems, succeeds in making them more resolved to hold out

Governor Scott Walker held a press conference this afternoon in which he hammered away at missing state senate Dems in an effort to force them to cave and return to Wisconsin to pass his proopsal rolling back public employee bargaining...

By Greg Sargent  | March 7, 2011; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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OFA: GOP budget could mean loss of nearly one million jobs

The White House and Democrats have taken criticism from some on the left for signaling weakness in budget negotiations with Republicans by accepting billions in cuts at the outset -- a stance that risks letting the GOP define the terms...

By Greg Sargent  | March 7, 2011; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Pete King admission undermines his own case for anti-Muslim hearings

Is Pete King backing away from his own stated reasons for holding hearings on Muslim radicalization this week? On CNN this weekend, King seemed to quietly do just that, making an interesting admission in an exchange with Dem Rep. Keith...

By Adam Serwer  | March 7, 2011; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Big majority of Wisconsin independents wants Walker to compromise

Everybody is writing about the new poll from the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute finding Scott Walker tanking in the polls, but it seems to me this number from the internals is the key one: I'm going to read you two...

By Greg Sargent  | March 7, 2011; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Wisconsin Dems demand probe of Walker's conduct on fake Koch call

Governor Scott Walker's conduct on the prank call with the David Koch imposter has largely receded from the national media spotlight, but if Wisconsin Democrats have their way, it will be the subject of an investigation by Wisconsin's enforcer of...

By Greg Sargent  | March 7, 2011; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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The Morning Plum

* Wisconsin Dems deny reports that they are set to return: Yesterday the Wall Street Journal caused a stir by reporting that Dems were signaling that they were prepared to return to the capitol even if Governor Scott Walker fails...

By Greg Sargent  | March 7, 2011; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy....

By Greg Sargent  | March 6, 2011; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (330)
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