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05/25/11 06:47PM

The Senate rejects the Ryan plan today.Democrats take the NY-26 win as an opportunity to ride the anti-Ryan plan wave.  NH-2 could be next. Tim Pawlenty is under the microscope for pardoning a child molester.Oprah says goodbye. read more

Today's Underbuzzed

05/25/11 03:24PM

A lot of stories have fallen by the wayside in all the post-morteming on NY-26. Here's a few of them:The GOP is now looking to start kicking people off Medicaid, too. Because the Medicare thing's working out so well.Health-care reform is already saving seniors and the disabled hundreds of dollars a year.VP Biden says an increase in tax revenue must be part of the deal. Here's the thing to worry about with the increasing focus on raising tax revenues without raising tax rates. The only way to do that is to start closing loopholes (deductions, credits, exemptions, etc.). read more

The Wednesday Outlook

05/25/11 12:21PM

Clearly, NY-26 is today's big political story. It's interesting to watch those Republicans who are free to buck the Tea Party, and even some who aren't, admit that this was something more than message failure. But both Democrats and Republicans can still blow this big time.Democrats, of course, can forfeit their status as Medicare's defenders by putting it on the table. You defend things by keeping them off the table. But Republicans can also blow this--and not just by continuing to defend the Ryan plan. read more

Morning EDition: May 25, 2011

05/25/11 11:01AM

Here's a look at some of the stories that caught my eye on the interwebs this morning. I'll have today's Outlook and Underbuzzed a little later on, so check on back this afternoon.TODAYPres. Obama addresses Parliament.Competency hearing for Jared Loughner, alleged shooter of Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ).NY-26Whether the GOP sees it as a referendum on Medicare could determine whether it becomes one.Nate Silver sees it as a referendum on Medicare.Rep. Peter King (R-NY) gets it.GOP PAC American Crossroads kinda gets it, too.Strategists in both parties get it.Does Pres. read more

Ed's Guest List, Tuesday 5/24

05/24/11 08:36PM

Rep. Steve Israel, (D-NY), DCCC Chairman.Len Lenihan, Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee in Erie County, NY.Rep. Gary Peters, (D-MI).Rep. Russ Carnahan, (D-MO).Michael Steele, Former RNC Chairman. read more