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'Tax cuts' become a word game the wealthy win

'Tax cuts' become a word game the wealthy win

07/24/12 08:00PM

Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, talks with Ezra Klein about the games politicians play when they decide what to call a tax cut or hike, and what a truly fair tax code would look like in contrast to what... watch

Ahead on the 7/24 Maddow show

07/24/12 06:38PM

Tonight's guests include:Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy PrioritiesNicole Austin-Hillery, director and counsel of the Brennan Center for Justice – Washington, DCIlya Shapiro, senior fellow at the Cato InstituteLawrence Lessig, Harvard Law professor and author of “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress -... read more

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Can you read this? The Michigan emergency manager petition

07/24/12 06:00PM

The people trying to overturn Michigan's souped-up emergency manager law get a hearing before the state Supreme Court tomorrow. They'll try, again, to make the case that the font size on their petitions was the size required by the state. The technicality of fonts and font sizes is complicated enough that the state elections board... read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

07/24/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Syria: "Syrian warplanes on Tuesday bombed Aleppo, the country's largest city and commercial capital, as rebel forces fought for control of several of its neighborhoods, according to the Local Coordination Committees, an activist network."* If you want to see what it looks like to be headed off... read more

When actors are also 'small business owners'

When actors are also 'small business owners'

07/24/12 04:15PM

Karl Rove's super-PAC American Crossroads released a new ad today called "Build," featuring "small business owners" outraged over President Obama's comments supposedly putting down small business owners.Along with the actual small business owners featured in the ad, at the :38 in the ad (screengrabbed above) we see... read more

VFW hears two very different perspectives

07/24/12 03:58PM

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is holding its national convention in Reno this week, and heard directly from President Obama yesterday and Mitt Romney today. The contrast between the two speeches tells us quite a bit about the two candidates.Here, for example, were the president's remarks.You might notice that Obama didn't mention... read more

Inglis' overly-optimistic expectations

Inglis' overly-optimistic expectations

07/24/12 03:15PM

Remember Bob Inglis? He was a conservative House Republican from South Carolina who got crushed in a GOP primary for being insufficiently radical. In fact, Inglis was recently humiliated in a GOP primary, losing by a ridiculous 42-point margin in a district he'd represented for more than a decade.What precipitated such a defeat? Inglis... read more

An expensive hostage strategy

An expensive hostage strategy

07/24/12 01:56PM

Last year, for the first time in our history, literally every Republican on Capitol Hill held the full faith and credit of the United States hostage as part of an easily-avoidable debt-ceiling crisis. The GOP made a series of non-negotiable demands, and said they would crash the economy, on purpose, unless Democrats paid the ransom. It was a... read more

A possible first in presidential campaign swag

A possible first in presidential campaign swag

07/24/12 01:26PM

Given the zeal of Ron Paul supporters, I don't imagine there's much in terms of campaign swag that hasn't been produced with the Paul name on it. That said, the google doesn't show me any Ron Paul presidential campaign rolling papers. As far as I can tell (and please correct me if I'm wrong), the only candidate so bold... read more

Whether to extend those other tax breaks

Whether to extend those other tax breaks

07/24/12 12:30PM

By now, the general framework of the 2012 fight over tax policy is probably pretty familiar: President Obama wants to extend Bush-era rates for those making less than $250,000, while asking the top 2% to pay the higher rates on income above $250,000. Republicans say that's unacceptable, adding they won't allow the breaks for the middle... read more

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