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Challenge: Mitt Romney and the Deathly Hellos

Challenge: Mitt Romney and the Deathly Hellos

07/27/12 01:26PM

Point of etiquette: When invited to a party -- like, say, the Olympics -- it's best not to disparage the party's success in front of the hosts before the party has even started. And if you try that in U.K., especially, don't expect your grievous breach of etiquette to go unnoticed by the tabloids. The Sun, legendary for its... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

07/27/12 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:* President Obama's campaign released a new TV ad this morning, which will air during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. read more

Worst. Surrogates. Ever.

Worst. Surrogates. Ever.

07/27/12 11:21AM

When you're a surrogate and prominent supporter of a presidential candidate, your campaign message should probably be focused on helping get that candidate elected. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) may have missed the memo.New Jersey's chief executive still has his eye on the nation's highest office.Gov. Chris Christie says he... read more

Romney remembers his NAACP speech differently

07/27/12 10:52AM

A couple of weeks ago, Mitt Romney brought his trusted teleprompter to the NAACP convention, where he received a polite reception, right up until he vowed to destroy a health care reform law that brings coverage to 7 million African Americans. The Republican then heard loud and sustained booing.Soon after, Romney made it seem as if he wanted to... read more

The Bachmann dividing line

07/27/12 10:23AM

For all of its faults, the Republican Party excels in several areas -- most notably message discipline and internal cohesion. With that in mind, it's been fascinating to see Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) divide her usually-unified party.To briefly recap, Bachmann and a handful of right-wing colleagues recently launched a bizarre crusade,... read more

The preoccupation with the Churchill bust

The preoccupation with the Churchill bust

07/27/12 09:51AM

The UK Telegraph caused a stir this week, quoting a Mitt Romney advisor arguing that the Republican would improve American-British relations because of Romney's "Anglo-Saxon heritage." But the same article included another tidbit: two Romney advisors told the reporter the candidate would "reinstate the Churchill bust... read more

U.S. economy still growing -- but not by much

U.S. economy still growing -- but not by much

07/27/12 08:50AM

Is the U.S. economy growing? Yes. Is it growing quickly? Not at all.The U.S. economy grew 1.5% in the second quarter, down from 2% in the prior period, as consumers and businesses spent at a slower rate, according to a preliminary government estimate. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch projected gross domestic product would rise by 1.3%.... read more

McCain, Graham, and Ayotte are pointing fingers in the wrong direction.

A defense-cut road trip

07/27/12 08:33AM

Republican concerns about the looming, automatic defense cuts are reaching a near-panic. Some high-profile GOP senators are now taking their message on the road, in the hopes that public pressure will change the direction of the discussion.Three Republican senators vocal on national security concerns plan to hit the road next week to warn voters... read more

Romney waves goodbye to his international credibility.

Romney steps on his own international message

07/27/12 08:00AM

So, Mitt Romney's international excursion is off to a rather unpleasant start. The extent to which this affects domestic politics is unclear, but if the Republican presidential hopeful hoped to prove to American voters he'll be a powerful, credible, leading force on the global stage, at this point, he's failing miserably.But there... read more

Morning Maddow: July 27

07/27/12 07:53AM

Romney vows to return Winston Churchill's bust to the Oval Office.Where would you rather live: Amercia or Amererica?Speaker Boehner is "more than happy" to give House Democrats a vote on the Bush tax cuts.Internal watchdog finds nepotism at the Justice Department.Jeff Bezos pledges $2.5 million to support same-sex marriage in... read more

Loaded show tonight

Loaded show tonight

07/26/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Thursday’s show – Mitt Romney had a rough day in the UK, plus the latest instance of President Obama’s comments being taken out of context, and how the drought correlates... watch

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