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Tribeca Film Festival: Without Borders

Tribeca Film Festival: Without Borders

04/30/12 06:09PM

One of the knockouts in a very strong field at this year's Tribeca Film Festival here in New York was Una Noche, a remarkable, harrowing film about teenagers in Havana dreaming of starting over in Miami. The film won Best New Narrative Director, Best Cinematography (which is best described as rapturous) and Best Actor for Javier Nunez... read more

Monday's Mini-Report

04/30/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* The Obama administration made its first formal acknowledgement today of "its use of drone strikes against terrorism suspects, lifting but not removing the shroud of secrecy that surrounds the nation's expanding use of targeted killing operations overseas."* A win for women's health, Part I... read more

Always choose wealthy parents

04/30/12 04:46PM

It didn't as generate much attention as some of his other wealth-related gaffes, probably because it came on a Friday afternoon, but Mitt Romney's latest gem comes with a larger significance.The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was telling students at Otterbein University in Ohio about the virtues of starting new businesses. read more

Obama stays on offense on OBL, 2012

04/30/12 03:38PM

Republicans have spent the last few days trying an odd sort of bullying tactic, effectively telling President Obama, "If you boast about your successful mission to kill bin Laden, we'll slam you for politicizing national security."Watching Obama this morning, I get the sense he doesn't mind the fight (via Jed Lewison).For... read more

Running against a party, not an opponent

04/30/12 02:17PM

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) recently said she has "very little tolerance" for students drowning in student-loan debt, because young people seem to want opportunities "dumped in your lap." Soon after, President Obama was in North Carolina, reminding students of the lawmaker's rhetoric.When Rep. read more

Would Romney have been in this meeting?

Romney struggles with bin Laden line

04/30/12 01:34PM

Late last week, as part of the anniversary of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, President Obama's campaign unveiled an ad that celebrated the successful strike, while asking, "Which path would Romney have taken?" Today, the presumptive Republican nominee tried to answer the question.Seeking to neutralize one of President... read more

Detroit kids start 'Freedom School'

Detroit kids start 'Freedom School'

04/30/12 12:54PM

Part of what you're supposed to do in high school is re-create the world. You start breaking away from the rules adults put on you, and you make the world new. That's your job. Your community, meanwhile, is supposed to give you a safe place to go to school and a decent education when you get there. You study, and they make it possible... read more

Richard Mourdock (left) and Sen. Dick Lugar (right).

Lugar v. Mourdock

04/30/12 12:32PM

There's no shortage of compelling primary fights this year, but I'd argue none is as interesting as the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Indiana. There's only a week to go, and it's not too late for campaign watchers who haven't been keeping an eye on the race to tune in.At the outset, perhaps the most remarkable thing... read more

Monday's campaign round-up

04/30/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* In advance of the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, Gov. Scott Walker (R) doesn't want to tell anyone where his campaign headquarters is located. He also refuses to publish... read more

Obama visits a Chrysler plant in Detroit.

Romney takes credit for Obama policy he condemned

04/30/12 11:11AM

The Detroit Free Press' Tom Walsh recently noticed that Mitt Romney has taken so many contradictory positions on the Obama administration's auto-industry rescue, the Republican "must be on the verge of exhaustion from all the verbal contortions and mental gymnastics he puts himself through."That was in February. The... read more

McCain discovers a distaste for 'politicization'

04/30/12 11:01AM

President Obama's re-election campaign is eager to remind voters of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, especially now in light of the one-year anniversary of the raid. This led Obama's team to release a video last week noting the president's role and Mitt Romney's positions on the issue.On Friday, Sen. John McCain (R... read more

A pox on one of your houses

A pox on one of your houses

04/30/12 10:57AM

Rules are rules. When it comes to the political establishment discussing what ails the American system, the rules dictate that "both sides" are always to blame for everything in all instances. read more

The problem of 'working from different facts'

04/30/12 08:00AM

If you didn't catch "Meet the Press" yesterday, you missed a lively conversation about, among other things, women's votes in 2012 and the policy controversies that have put women's issues at the forefront of the political landscape.As you'll see in this clip, around the 5:20 mark, Rachel noted the pay disparity... read more

Morning Maddow: April 30

04/30/12 07:47AM

Obama campaign grapples with new voter I.D. laws.The Ron Paul strategy at work in Alaska.Newt's long farewell may cost him at the GOP convention.Some members of the public will get to view video feeds of Guantanamo trials. Why Nevada won't be following Arizona to the fringes of immigration law.Sen. Scott Brown makes a half court shot... read more

This Week in God

04/28/12 10:05AM

First up from the God Machine this week is a look at an unexpected political/theological fight that may have 2012 electoral implications. It's one of those rare controversies in which a high-profile conservative policymaker is facing intense criticism from religious leaders on a high-profile moral issue.House Budget Committee Chairman Paul... read more