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Medicare at 50: Looking back, and looking forward

washingtonpost.com — Fifty years ago this week, Lyndon Johnson signed into law Medicare, the first truly ambitious realization of the long-harbored liberal goal of securing a role for the federal government in providing health care to the poor and the elderly. He declared: "No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine.
Jul 31, 2015

Medicare turns 50: My take on what we should remember about its passage and history: washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…

Aug 01, 2015

RT @NormOrnstein: excellent piece by @ThePlumLineGS on the meaning of Medicare and major social reform after 50 years washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…

How Hillary will cast Republicans as the party of the past

washingtonpost.com — Today, Hillary Clinton is set to deliver a speech calling on Congress to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and her campaign says she will blast "Republican arguments against increased engagement" with Cuba and contend instead that engagement will allow us to address human rights abuses while advancing "a core set of values."
Jul 31, 2015

RT @ThePlumLineGS: Hillary's poli director talks to me about how she'll use Cuba, climate, Iran to cast GOP as party of past: washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…

Jul 31, 2015

Hillary's poli director talks to me about how she'll use Cuba, climate, Iran to cast GOP as party of past: washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…

Jul 31, 2015

In intvu w/me, Hillary's political director vows sharp contrast w/Rs on international engagement: wapo.st/1gsSsCL

Jul 31, 2015

Hillary will draw hard contrast w/GOP on need for more int'l engagement, her political director tells me: wapo.st/1gsSsCL

Jul 31, 2015

Hillary embraces O's deepening of engagement on Cuba, climate, Iran. I talked to her political director: wapo.st/1gsSsCL

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Donald Trump and the Cattle Car Caucus

washingtonpost.com — Well, it was bound to happen eventually: Donald Trump has finally made a genuinely useful contribution to the public debate.
Jul 30, 2015

Seminal moment in GOP prez debate here. Donald Trump explicitly calls for mass deportation: wapo.st/1IbfHrA

Jul 30, 2015

Donald Trump on the 11 million undocumented: "We got to move 'em out...we will get them out": wapo.st/1IbfHrA

Jul 30, 2015

RT @ThePlumLineGS: Donald Trump on the 11 million undocumented: "We got to move 'em out...we will get them out": wapo.st/1IbfHrA

Jul 30, 2015

How many GOP 2016ers will sign up for Trump's cattle car? He's making it harder to weasel this. @theplumlinegs wpo.st/KCvS0

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Morning Plum: GOP push to defund Planned Parenthood heats up

washingtonpost.com — Amid the furor over the undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue prices, the battle is intensifying in the Senate over the Republican push to defund the organization. Democrats charge that the GOP campaign would defund women's health services more broadly. Republicans claim the money would be re-distributed to other groups that provide such services.
Jul 30, 2015

Two *Republican* Senators appear to agree defunding Planned Parenthood would cut women's health: wapo.st/1MvFUq6

Jul 30, 2015

Two GOP Senators: If we defund Planned Parenthood, women will lose health care: wapo.st/1MvFUq6

Jul 30, 2015

RT @ThePlumLineGS: Two GOP Senators: If we defund Planned Parenthood, women will lose health care: wapo.st/1MvFUq6

Jul 30, 2015

RT @ThePlumLineGS: Two GOP Senators: If we defund Planned Parenthood, women will lose health care: wapo.st/1MvFUq6

Which side is really ‘pro-Israel’? Backers of the Iran deal ramp up

washingtonpost.com — The battle in Congress over whether to approve the nuclear deal with Iran is fueling a separate but related argument over another long-debated question: What does it mean to be "pro-Israel"?
Jul 29, 2015

NEWS: Backers of Iran deal now set to spend $5 million, fueled partly by Jewish donors who *support* it: wapo.st/1VNtHkH

Jul 29, 2015

RT @ThePlumLineGS: NEWS: Backers of Iran deal now set to spend $5 million, fueled partly by Jewish donors who *support* it: wapo.st/1VNtHkH

Jul 29, 2015

Contrary to conventional wisdom, some Jewish donors are chipping in $ to *defend* Iran deal: wapo.st/1VNtHkH

Jul 29, 2015

Backers of Iran deal set to double spending on it, now planning $5 million campaign, I'm told: washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…

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Morning Plum: Don’t fear the Iran debate, Democrats

washingtonpost.com — The announcement of a historic deal with Iran curbing that country's nuclear program makes it more likely that the 2016 election will be fought, at least partly, around a broad argument over the proper extent of U.S. international engagement as a means to solve the biggest future challenges we face.
Jul 29, 2015

Hillary speech on Cuba is latest sign she'll contrast self w/Rs around int'l engagement (Iran, climate): washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…

Jul 29, 2015

Hillary is for int'l engagement on Cuba, Iran, climate change; Rs are against it on all three. washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…

Morning Plum: The GOP Congress is set to run off the rails. That could help Hillary Clinton.

washingtonpost.com — Hillary Clinton has signaled that she hopes to run for president in part by painting the GOP-controlled Congress - and, by extension, the Republican Party - as a divisive, destructive, hidebound, reactionary force.
Jul 29, 2015

Be Very Afraid. A series of Congressional crises loom this fall, just when GOP primaries heat up: wapo.st/1ezSV4k

Jul 29, 2015

RT @ThePlumLineGS: Be Very Afraid. A series of Congressional crises loom this fall, just when GOP primaries heat up: wapo.st/1ezSV4k

Jul 29, 2015

RT @ThePlumLineGS: Be Very Afraid. A series of Congressional crises loom this fall, just when GOP primaries heat up: wapo.st/1ezSV4k

Jul 29, 2015

GOP Congressional chaos coming this fall could help Hillary. But it could also help Jeb and Walker: wapo.st/1ezSV4k

Jul 29, 2015

GOP Congress is set to hit some serious turbulence this fall. How that could help Hillary: washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…

Hillary’s lurch to the left has been greatly exaggerated

washingtonpost.com — For days now, a noisy battle has reverberated throughout the Beltway Pundit Thunderdome. Is Hillary Clinton's campaign too focused on winning Obama coalition voters, at the exclusion of everyone else? Could that endanger her candidacy? Wouldn't winning that way imperil her ability to govern and tear the country asunder?
Jul 29, 2015

@HotlineJosh Ds believe (rightly or wrongly) that these positions do not *preclude* reaching beyond O coalition: washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…

Morning Plum: GOP governors running for president will fight Obama on climate

washingtonpost.com — Folks aren't focused on this yet, but your humble blogger continues to insist that it may prove very, very important. If President Obama helps negotiate a global climate accord later this year, one of the crucial contrasts of the 2016 election could turn on a hugely consequential question: Should the U.S.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

post-gazette.com — Hillary Clinton declined Tuesday to take a position on the Keystone pipeline and suggested we may not know her position until she is president. Her comments seem likely to compound the grief she was already getting from the left over the issue.
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Aug 02, 2015

@tommorrison950 that is the exact opposite of what I wrote. I'm all for it, and have said so repeatedly

Aug 02, 2015

Hillary issues strong statement backing Obama climate plan, rips GOP. Here's what that's about: washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…

Aug 02, 2015

@brianjameswalsh thanks...maybe I'm wrong but I thought Trump only said he'd let the "good ones" back, whatever that means :)

Aug 02, 2015

@mariojrusso @jpaceDC in general media has failed to press Rs on what they'd do about the 11 million. (AP had a good one on Trumps latest)

Aug 02, 2015

Obama's new EPA rules set up key contrast for 2016. I spoke to Hillary's political director about that: wapo.st/1gsSsCL

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