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Bacon cocktail... need I say more?

04/13/12 07:45PM

This bit of mixology comes courtesy of bacon or -- more specifically -- Baconfest Chicago, an event that draws dozens of Chicago's best chefs and restaurants to exhibit their favorite bacon-based dishes. Tickets to tomorrow's event sold out in minutes, but organizers reserved two for the enthusiast who could create the best cocktail... read more

Ahead on the 4/13 Maddow show

04/13/12 06:45PM

Happy Friday! Tonight's guests include:Ricky Burgess, Pittsburgh councilmanHampton Dellinger, former North Carolina deputy attorney general, currently blogging about the John Edwards trialBill Maher, host of "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBORachel Maddow and executive producer Bill Wolff share a preview of tonight's show: read more

Friday's Mini-Report

04/13/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* In the wake of North Korea's humiliation, what's next? "Most analysts believe the failed test will encourage the military ... to take some provocative action to bolster its credentials, increasing the likelihood of a nuclear test that the country appeared to already be preparing."* Did the... read more

Allen West wants a reward

Allen West wants a reward

04/13/12 04:24PM

In a rather ridiculous display, even by 2012 standards, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) told constituents this week that there are 78 and 81 members of the "Democrat Party" in Congress who are "members of the Communist Party."This was further evidence, not only of West's unhinged personality, but also of the depths of the... read more

Ledbetter matters

Ledbetter matters

04/13/12 03:30PM

About a year ago, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer appeared at the Netroots Nation conference, and mentioned the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as one of the White House's accomplishments.Daily Kos Associate Editor Kaili Joy Gray, moderating the session, told Pfeiffer, "You mentioned Lilly Ledbetter. Frankly we're a... read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XIII

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XIII

04/13/12 02:00PM

Mitt Romney recently felt comfortable lecturing journalists about, of all things, "quality control" when sharing the news with the American public.As Ed Kilgore joked, "Now I suppose when you have already developed a reputation for towering mendacity on subjects large and small, a medium-sized lie about your views on media... read more

Queen Mary, boss.

Today in Hyperbole: Why modern America is just like 16th century England

04/13/12 01:30PM

On their radio show WallBuilders Live, hosts Rick Green and David Barton bravely ignored that voice that prevents other broadcasters from saying things that sound completely bonkers and plowed forward with their relentless self-persecution narrative.Here's what popped out during a discussion about the role religious liberty played in the... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

04/13/12 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:* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is hoping to exploit opposition to Paul Ryan's House Republican budget plan, putting up billboards in the districts of 14 vulnerable... read more

The RNC has a women's blog (sort of)

The RNC has a women's blog (sort of)

04/13/12 11:30AM

I learned something from Jamison Foser yesterday that I did not know: the Republican National Committee has a special blog devoted exclusively to women. The Democratic National Committee has one blog that covers women's issues, but the RNC has created a stand-alone site on the issue, presumably to help the party deal with its generally poor... read more

A lot of ground to make up

A lot of ground to make up

04/13/12 11:05AM

With Rick Santorum stepping aside, Gallup marked the end of its polling on the race for the Republican presidential nomination with an interesting report the other day. The point was to highlight some historical context -- how does Mitt Romney's standing among GOP voters compare to other recent party nominees?As it turns out, not well.... read more

'Like watching a temper tantrum by a 2-year-old'

'Like watching a temper tantrum by a 2-year-old'

04/13/12 10:17AM

Candidates seeking high office, especially those who are novices unfamiliar with the basics of American government, often perceive political careers as glamorous. After the election, however, these candidates confront a cold reality -- governing and legislating is difficult, tiresome, and often pretty dull.How politicians adapt to this rude... read more

In his official portrait, Romney sits alongside his health care law, which he doesn't want to talk about.

If a bill falls on a website, does it really make a sound?

04/13/12 09:25AM

Yesterday was the sixth anniversary of Mitt Romney signing his Massachusetts health care reform plan into law, a milestone the presumptive Republican presidential nominee seems eager to ignore.How eager? Ezra Klein made an interesting observation about this.Here's something odd: There's nothing on Mitt Romney's Web site about the... read more

Vice President Biden touts the Buffett Rule in Exeter, N.H.

It's not raising a tax; it's closing a loophole

04/13/12 08:35AM

The debate over the Buffett Rule is missing something important. As it stands, the fight is between Democrats who believe millionaires shouldn't pay a lower tax rate than the middle class vs. Republicans who says no one's taxes should go up by any amount at any time for any reason.That's a legitimate fight, to be sure, but there&... read more

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