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More security doesn't make us more secure

08/13/12 08:13PM

My father and I went to the movies recently, in Florida. As we approached the ticket holder after buying our tickets, I was asked to open my bag. My father, who had no bag, was asked to empty his pockets. That is one sign of American moviegoing, post-Aurora.Another sign was exhibited by a man named Scott Smith, who also went to the movies last week. When he went to see "The Dark Knight Rises" in Westlake, Ohio, just west of Cleveland, Mr. Smith brought with him his gun. Also, ammunition for said gun, and several knives.According to local Police Lt. read more

Supporters of Paul Ryan's other opponent light up a bridge in Walworth County, Wisconsin.

And another thing...about Rob Zerban

08/13/12 05:10PM

Paul Ryan will square off against his new opponent, Vice President Joe Biden, at a debate in Danville, Kentucky 59 days from now. Both men have spent their adult lives in Congress: At 28, Ryan was the youngest member of his class in the House, while Biden reached the Senate at 29, a year shy of the Constitution’s minimum age for senators. And both men will argue, of course, that Washington is broken. read more

Paul Ryan gives a thumbs-up to supporters during a campaign stop Sunday.

Why the Paul Ryan pick is good for America

08/13/12 12:02PM

The success of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, more than any other politician including Barack Obama, attests to the value of packaging in politics. Ryan is physically fit and Washington-handsome, and is a solid speaker and communicator. read more

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas.

This week's Homework? Get your Gabby on

08/12/12 01:00PM

#nerdland is back! As a result of the Romney-Ryan Republican Rollout -- or "RRRR" as I call it -- our show today was dominated with V.P. news.That said, I did want to take one moment to share one thought about the Olympics. read more

In our August 12 show, a new look at Paul Ryan

08/12/12 10:25AM

"Biggest secret in politics"? Maybe for some, but for about 36 hours now, well before he was introduced, we've known that Rep. Paul Ryan on Wisconsin is Mitt Romney's choice of running mate. (For a little more than 24, those suckered into giving up their personal information so they could have the news "broken" via iPhone app have known about the choice. read more

The GOP's diversity problem

The GOP's diversity problem

08/11/12 08:00PM

From Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Melissa Harris-Perry runs through the names of candidates who were fortunate enough to make... watch

Romney waging culture war, with fewer soldiers

08/09/12 01:51PM

 Trend pieces are somewhat of a plague of modern political writing. I'm disheartened, in particular, by the ones featuring young Republicans telling us how socially liberal they are. They generally follow the same formula:conservatives in their twenties talk about how they aren't anti-abortion, or against marriage equality; they express hope that today's Republican politicians can stay clear of the culture war; and then they finish off by talking about how, reservations be damned, they still support those candidates. read more

Mitt Romney putting forth his welfare argument again today in Iowa.

Hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, run amuck

08/08/12 06:01PM

If there was a bridge from the unreserved segregationist era of American conservatism to our current era -- when most politicians and their acolytes usually find more polite ways of using race -- I'd have to say that bridge should be named in honor of Alex Castellanos and Larry McCarthy. Some might give it Lee Atwater, given that he tailored the "Southern Strategy" for the modern Republican. read more

Gov. Phil Bryant speaks to reporters at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.

'Any couple' can get married, but not really

08/03/12 05:48PM

There are some days when I have to check my calendar to make sure this is 2012. This is one of those times.Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant recently denounced a church that stopped a black couple from marrying in its sanctuary. The First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, which is a predominantly white church, told Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson the day before their wedding in July that they were not allowed to be married in their church. The Wilsons are regular attendees at the First Baptist Church.Gov. read more

Yes, that's Antoine Dodson, in front of Chick-fil-A, on "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," wearing a t-shirt with Antoine Dodson's name on it. I'll explain this below.

Conservatives aren't doing Chick-fil-A any favors

08/03/12 11:30AM

I was in Philadelphia last weekend when, at the behest of an elderly family member in from out of town, I was dispatched to 9th and Passyunk for an authentic Philly cheesesteak. Since she preferred cheesesteaks with the meat sliced in long strips as opposed to those which have it all chopped up, she asked me to go to Geno's Steaks rather than Pat's King of Steaks right across the intersection. read more

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