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Scott Brown stumbles on policy basics

Scott Brown stumbles on policy basics

02/16/12 04:22PM

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) surprised a lot of people earlier this week when he endorsed an unpopular, far-right proposal on contraception. Inexplicably, the ostensible moderate threw his support behind a plan to allow all private-sector employers to deny any health services that businesses might find morally objectionable, including access to... read more

Here's an image you won't see on March 1.

Romney to skip upcoming debate

02/16/12 03:14PM

The Romney campaign has been hinting for over a month that it might start declining invitations to candidate debates. It doesn't come as too big a surprise, then, that the former governor has decided to skip CNN's March 1 debate in Atlanta."With eight other states voting on March 6th, we will be campaigning in other parts of the... read more

Quote of the Day

02/16/12 02:12PM

Foster Friess is perhaps best known as the very wealthy benefactor behind Rick Santorum's super PAC. As of this morning, he'll probably be known for something else.During an interview with msnbc's Andrea Mitchell, Friess tried to make the case that the presidential campaign should focus on substantive issues, but in the process,... read more

Pelosi to GOP on contraception: 'Duh!'

02/16/12 01:34PM

House Republicans organized a hearing this morning on the Obama administration's policy on access to contraception, and the first panel was made up exclusively of men -- each of whom opposes the White House position. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was not amused."Five men are testifying on women's health,"... read more

Struggling to prepare for prime time

Struggling to prepare for prime time

02/16/12 12:40PM

Given all of the discouraging trends of late for Mitt Romney, why do so many continue to assume he'll win the Republican presidential nomination? Jon Chait flagged some interesting tidbits about the former governor's principal rival.Here are some things to keep in mind when assessing Rick Santorum's chances of beating Mitt Romney.... read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

02/16/12 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:* With Rick Santorum releasing four years of tax returns, won't Mitt Romney feel a little more pressure to release more than one year? read more

Maloney asks, 'Where are the women?'

Maloney asks, 'Where are the women?'

02/16/12 11:36AM

Following up on an earlier item, here was the witness table at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as discussion about contraception access and health care got underway.You'll notice, of course, that all of the witnesses are men. read more

Romney's poorly-timed criticism of the auto rescue

02/16/12 10:50AM

Just two days ago, Mitt Romney published a lengthy condemnation of the Obama administration's rescue of the American auto industry. With General Motors announcing its largest annual profit in company history this morning, the Republican presidential candidate's timing clearly could have been better.For all of 2011, G.M. earned $7.6... read more

Chairman Issa isn't exactly fair and balanced.

Issa to keep contraception fight going

02/16/12 10:16AM

Republican efforts to combat contraception access have failed rather spectacularly. After a pointless culture-war fight, the American mainstream -- including Roman Catholics and self-identified Republican voters -- agrees that the GOP is wrong and the Obama administration is right.The smart move for congressional Republicans would be to simply... read more

Declaration of independents

Declaration of independents

02/16/12 09:23AM

For much of 2011, when pundits claimed President Obama's re-election prospects were poor, one area in particular was frequently cited: Obama was struggling with independents, with whom he'd done quite well in 2008. If the president has lost the independents, the argument goes, he's lost a chance at a second term.Putting aside the... read more

Jobless claims reach four-year low

Jobless claims reach four-year low

02/16/12 08:40AM

The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, despite occasional setbacks, and most analysts expected this morning's report to show a modest uptick in filings.The good news is, that didn't happen. The better news is, initial jobless claims have reached a level so low, the... read more

Congress strikes a deal on payroll cut

02/16/12 08:00AM

It wasn't easy, and there were times yesterday when the deal was in doubt, but shortly after midnight, as Tricia noted earlier, bipartisan talks produced an agreement on extending the payroll tax break through the end of the year.Members of a House-Senate committee charged with writing a measure to extend a payroll tax reduction said... read more

Morning Maddow: February 16

02/16/12 07:44AM

The deal to extend the payroll tax cuts is finalized.Santorum releases his tax returns.New Jersey's Assembly votes on same-sex marriage today, and after a procedural delay so does Maryland's House.The Daily Kos announces Operation Hilarity.The actress in that awful Pete Hoekstra ad apologizes.Want to know what's going wrong in... read more

Commemorative Bob McDonnell vaginal  ultrasound probes!

Commemorative Bob McDonnell vaginal ultrasound probes!

02/16/12 01:26AM

As featured in tonight's segment on Virginia's pending law to require transvaginal ultrasounds of women seeking abortions, commemorative vaginal probes like these could one day be collectors' items should Virginia governor Bob McDonnell join the Republican ticket as the vice presidential candidate in 2012:*Special thanks to Ali... read more


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