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TRMS Infoxication writing challenge: Terror in the bog!

TRMS Infoxication writing challenge: Terror in the bog!

06/25/12 05:17PM

Since our last Infoxication challenge, you'd think our headline writing mentors at Fox Nation were spending all their time hammering Thor-like on the Fast and Furious beat. Luckily, they spared a moment to concoct this gem about the First Lady. Never mind that this story actually concerns nutrition standards and battling obesity, MICHELLE... read more

It wasn't a trick question

06/25/12 04:23PM

Back in November, there was a fascinating exchange between Romney campaign spokesperson Eric Fehrnstrom and Washington Examiner reporter Philip Klein about immigration. read more

Accidental candor about voter ID

06/25/12 03:54PM

Most of the time, when Republican policymakers talk about voter-ID laws, they maintain the pretense that the measures are only intended to prevent imaginary voter fraud. "No, we're not trying to disenfranchise the constituencies that traditionally vote Democratic," they say. read more

The enduring popularity of Obamacare (at least what's in it)

The enduring popularity of Obamacare (at least what's in it)

06/25/12 03:05PM

I saw a familiar headline over the weekend: "Most Americans oppose health law but like provisions." It's been the only consistent trend when it comes to polling on the Affordable Care Act: the public has been conditioned to reject "Obamacare," but Americans don't really know what's in it. When asked about the... read more

'Scalia has finally jumped the shark'

'Scalia has finally jumped the shark'

06/25/12 01:27PM

Last week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia announced in a new book that he'd changed his mind about everything he ever believed about the Commerce Clause -- just in time to ignore his own precedents and rule against the Affordable Care Act.This week, as Sahil Kapur notes, Scalia used the court's ruling on Arizona's anti... read more

Another missed opportunity to 'lead'

06/25/12 12:22PM

Mitt Romney loves to talk about "leadership," but to borrow a line, though he keeps using that word, I don't think it means what he thinks it means.This morning, for example, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of Arizona's anti-immigrant law, SB1070, which Romney heralded as a "model" for the nation during the... read more

Monday's campaign round-up

06/25/12 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:* A new USA Today/Gallup Poll of Hispanics found President Obama with a very large lead over Mitt Romney, 66% to 25%. The poll was conducted before Obama announced he would implement many... read more

Supreme Court rejects parts of Arizona's SB1070

06/25/12 10:50AM

It was a very busy day at the U.S. Supreme Court this morning, despite the fact that the health care rulings were not announced.First, the high court announced that Montana's limits on corporate campaign spending are unconstitutional and violate the Citizens United ruling. The state's Corrupt Practices Act was approved in 1912, after a... read more

Corporate profits soaring under oppressive 'socialism'

Corporate profits soaring under oppressive 'socialism'

06/25/12 09:45AM

Henry Blodget published a 13-word headline late Friday that spoke volumes: "Corporate Profits Just Hit An All-Time High, Wages Just Hit An All-Time Low." There it is -- the American economy in a nutshell.Blodget included this chart, compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. read more

'It was difficult for the firm ... to ever really lose'

'It was difficult for the firm ... to ever really lose'

06/25/12 09:10AM

Earlier this year, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was still a presidential candidate, he took aim at Mitt Romney's controversial private-sector background. Perry told voters, "There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business."The notion of "getting... read more

Rubio steps on Romney immigration line

06/25/12 08:35AM

As Rachel noted on the show last week, Mitt Romney was asked during the Republican primaries about Arizona's anti-immigrant law, and he praised it at the time as a "model" for the nation. Yesterday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- a leading Romney surrogate and possible running mate -- was asked about the same law on "Meet the... read more

Issa rejects one silly meme, embraces another

06/25/12 08:00AM

Last week, after the White House asserted executive privilege on some Justice Department documents related to the so-called "Fast and Furious" controversy, Republican leaders quickly pushed the argument that it meant the White House was directly involved in the operation. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) even argued that Rep. read more

Morning Maddow, June 25

Morning Maddow, June 25

06/25/12 07:30AM

Synchronized running at the U.S. Olympic trials (it's a tie).Waiting, waiting, waiting on Supreme Court's health reform ruling -- could be this morning around 10.And waiting for SCOTUS ruling on immigration, a case Arizona is defending mostly with private donations.SCOTUS Watch #3: Live sentences for juveniles.After 2008 briefings on... read more

This Week in God

06/23/12 10:00AM

First up from the God Machine this week is a new controversy surrounding Catholic League president Bill Donohue, who has a penchant for making controversial remarks, but who "infuriated prominent Jewish leaders with a private email last week to Philadelphia Rabbi Arthur Waskow." BuzzFeed's Rosie Gray reported this week:Waskow, a... read more