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Monday's Mini-Report

04/02/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* For the first time since last week's Supreme Court arguments, President Obama addressed the legal state of the Affordable Care Act today. read more

Rove draws parallel between NAACP, Crossroads

04/02/12 04:35PM

Poor Karl Rove is feeling picked on again. All he wants to do is receive millions in secret donations to lie about Democrats, without feeling aggravation about pesky concepts like "transparency" and "disclosure." Is that so wrong?Ryan J. Reilly reports today that Rove's comically-dishonest American Crossroads is facing... read more

Pics: Great Virginia license plate challenge

04/02/12 01:26PM

As we were saying last week, the Commonwealth of Virginia offers a special license plate that benefits the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood. We discovered this when Karen Bohn of Spotsylvania wrote it to say that she'd just ordered the plate for herself. It comes with the message "Trust Women. Respect Choice."After that, you... read more

Romney presented his new stump speech in Wisconsin.

'Ownership Society' becomes 'Opportunity Society'

04/02/12 12:47PM

When George W. Bush and his team were gearing up for the 2004 election, they came up with a theme to help summarize the administration's governing philosophy. It was called the "Ownership Society."The message never really resonated with the public, but the Republican team was pretty invested in it, at least for a while. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

04/02/12 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:* Wisconsin's Republican presidential primary is tomorrow, and PPP shows Mitt Romney leading Rick Santorum in the state, 43% to 36%.* Speaking of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Mayor Tom... read more

Biden: 'This is not your father's Republican Party'

04/02/12 11:31AM

For much of the American mainstream, there's a general understanding of the two major political parties: voters choose between a center-right Republican Party and a center-left Democratic Party. This dynamic has been pretty consistent for many decades, and voters broadly know what to expect from both sides.One of the broader goals for... read more

Here's an image we apparently won't see at the Republican convention in Tampa.

Haley, Rubio would turn down VP nod

04/02/12 10:32AM

With the Republican establishment lining up behind Mitt Romney, and the general-election phase apparently getting underway in earnest, this is about the time we'd expect to see GOP officials signaling their willingness to join Romney's ticket. Virginia Gov. Bob "Mandatory Ultrasound" McDonnell (R), for example, has already... read more

Ryan didn't 'misspeak'

04/02/12 09:32AM

Everyone misspeaks from time to time, especially in public affairs. Someone might accidentally say Iraq, when they meant Iran. Someone meant to say 47, but they said 57. They're just verbal slipups, and they're hardly worth getting excited about.But in politics, it's worth appreciating the difference between actually misspeaking... read more

Women boost Obama in swing states

Women boost Obama in swing states

04/02/12 08:35AM

Campaigning in Wisconsin yesterday, Mitt Romney seemed well aware of the recent polling trend. "We have work to do," the Republican said, "to make sure we take our message to the women of America."The available evidence, however, suggests American women have already heard that message, and they're not especially... read more

Morning Maddow: April 2

04/02/12 07:42AM

"You know who profits from high gas prices?  Mitt Romney." --Obama Super PAC adA Romney presidential candidate was name-checked on Mad Men last night (here's the video)Women are abandoning the GOP where it countsAdvisor v. advisor articles #shotsfiredThe Syrian rebels get communications equipment from usOsama bin Laden's 3... read more

This Week in God

03/31/12 10:20AM

As "This Week in God" settles in on Saturday mornings, the God Machine has plenty to offer again this week.First up is a look at religious right activism surrounding the upcoming "Day of Silence," an annual anti-bullying event, intended to protest and raise awareness of harassment against LGBT students. read more

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