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Is Mitt Romney just a 'strange dude' from Boston?

02/02/12 12:30PM

msnbc's Dylan Ratigan: “Here’s my two cents on Mitt Romney. Everybody thinks ‘Oh well rich, he’s out of touch, he doesn’t know how to connect to people. I think that that is wrong…I think Mitt Romney’s problem is more that he’s just kind of a weirdo from Boston. It’s less that he’s rich or poor; it’s more that he’s just kind of a strange guy that doesn’t relate to people that well. If he was poor he wouldn’t relate to people that well, and if we rich he wouldn’t relate to people that well. He’s just kind of a strange dude, and so he kind of screws things up. read more

Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Brady Industries February 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Must Read Op-Eds for Thursday, February 2, 2012

02/02/12 12:06PM

MITT SPEAKS. OH NO!BY GAIL COLLINSNEW YORK TIMESRomney seems obsessed with the idea that his enemies are spreading rumors that he’s going to be devoting his presidential campaign to proposing new programs to help the poor. Really, I do not think this is going to be a problem. ... Rest assured that Mitt Romney is not going to be spending a single second fretting about the problems of really, really poor people. His supporters can breathe a sigh of relief. read more

An excerpt from Thomas Caplan's 'The Spy Who Jumped off the Screen'

An excerpt from Thomas Caplan's 'The Spy Who Jumped off the Screen'

02/02/12 06:13AM

Update: President Clinton calls in to discuss his friend's bookChapter NineEarly in the morning, after Greg Logan’s film had been screened, Ty took a Net Jet flight from Nice to Washington. At Dulles Airport he quickly cleared both immigration and customs and collected the rental car he had prearranged, a deliberately inconspicuous Taurus. As instructed, he followed the access road to I-495, the Washington Beltway, and the heavily trafficked inner loop of that to I-270. Within an hour he was exiting onto Maryland Route 15, at the Victorian spa town of Thurmont. read more

Afghanistan, Egypt soccer violence and Iran

Afghanistan, Egypt soccer violence and Iran

02/01/12 07:00PM

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday that major combat in Afghanistan could end in 2013 and that the U.S. hopes to shift to a "training, advise and assist role" in the region. The Council on Foreign Relations' Richard Haass discusses the plan... watch

Meet the man who's busting Wall Street

Meet the man who's busting Wall Street

02/01/12 07:00PM

Time's Rick Stengel joins Morning Joe to reveal the magazine's latest cover, which focuses on prosecutor Preet Bharara and how he's busting Wall Street criminals. Stengel also discusses Facebook's filing for an IPO. watch

Is Mitt Romney's narrative a 'constant...

Is Mitt Romney's narrative a 'constant mistake'?

02/01/12 07:00PM

Just how big of a deal is Mitt Romney's comment about the country's "very poor"? Will it be the thing he can't live down? Will Democrats seize on this remark and paint Romney as being out of touch with the country? Former DLC chairman Harold Ford Jr.... watch

Will candidates address the issue of education while campaigning in Nevada?

Will candidates address the issue of education while campaigning in Nevada?

02/01/12 04:00PM

The conversation about education has taken a backseat in recent campaign coverage, but that could soon change as the Republican presidential candidates take their fight west for Saturday’s primary in Nevada.After a long battle in Florida, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich join Rick Santorum and Ron Paul in the Silver State to campaign for the state’s 28 delegates. Nevada has traditionally voted for the winner in past presidential elections.Nevada is also the most recent state to announce their plan to apply for a waiver for the No Child Left Behind act that was signed into law back in 2002. read more

Will Romney's 'poor' comment become fodder for rivals?

Will Romney's 'poor' comment become fodder for rivals?

02/01/12 12:18PM

Up until this morning, you probably would've been safe in assuming Newt Gingrich's comments about moon colonies and kosher meals were going to be the enduring memories from a rather bitter Florida primary.But this morning, during an interview with CNN, primary winner Mitt Romney may have given his rivals something to sound bite and loop to infinity.While discussing his economic plans, Romney made a comment about the country's "very poor" and the country's "very rich."Both Greg Sargent and The Washington Post's Rachel Weiner wonder if the "very poor" comment will haunt him.Sargent was kind enou read more

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