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Wednesday's Mini-Report

06/27/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* The wildfire crisis in Colorado is getting worse, and the blaze has grown to more than 15,000 acres.* President Obama will travel to Colorado on Friday to tour areas devastated by the fire.* Syrian violence: "Syria said Wednesday that rebels stormed a pro-government television station in a Damascus... read more

Death panels? Again?

06/27/12 05:04PM

A certain former half-term governor of Alaska this week apparently renewed bogus allegations that the Affordable Care Act includes "death panels." Earlier today, Sen. John Barasso (R-Wy.) appeared on msnbc and was asked if accepts this kind of talk. He wouldn't answer.This isn't complicated. read more

Outsourcing puts Romney on the defensive

Outsourcing puts Romney on the defensive

06/27/12 04:36PM

The Washington Post ran a rather brutal story the other day on Mitt Romney's controversial private-sector background, highlighting Bain Capital's work as a "pioneer" in in "relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India." The Romney camp pushed back, stressing... read more

VP question follows Christie everywhere

06/27/12 04:30PM

Last night, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey joined Mitt Romney at a fundraiser in Woodbridge, New Jersey. At a town hall in Mahwah today, Christie got asked whether he's a potential pick for vice president. "Mahwah is slow to get to this question, compared to others at the town hall venue," Christie answered as the audience... read more

Spin of the week so far: Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Spin of the week so far: Sheriff Joe Arpaio

06/27/12 03:52PM

"This week's ruling by the Supreme Court was a step in the right direction but it was hardly enough." -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, immigration hardliner, in a fundraising appeal. On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down three of four parts of Arizona's anti-immigrant SB 1070, and left open the... read more

Politics trumps public health (again)

06/27/12 02:57PM

We talked the other day about South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) vetoing an HPV vaccine bill, despite bipartisan support in the state legislature, despite the fact that she'd co-sponsored the bill when she was a lawmaker, and despite the fact that the proposal would save lives by preventing cervical cancer. If you missed it, Rachel's... read more

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R)

Voting shouldn't require a credit report

06/27/12 12:49PM

Once someone is convicted of a felony, they lose their voting rights, even after their sentence is complete. In some states, it's a little easier to reclaim one's voting rights; in other states, not so much.Take Iowa, for example.Gov. Terry Branstad (R) has made Iowa "one of the most difficult states in the nation for felons to... read more

'Vague, general or downright evasive'

'Vague, general or downright evasive'

06/27/12 12:28PM

For those of us who've marveled for months at Mitt Romney's reluctance to take firm positions on major issues, it's heartening to see so many others start to notice the same problem.Politico reported this week, "Vague, general or downright evasive policy prescriptions on some of the most important issues facing the country... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

06/27/12 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:* A new Quinnipiac poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney in three key swing states. Obama's up by four points in Florida (45% to 41%), six points in Pennsylvania (45% to 39%... read more

Jeff Flake's South Africa problem

06/27/12 10:45AM

The U.S. Senate race, at least so far, isn't working out the way Rep. Jeff Flake (R) had hoped. When Flake launched his campaign for the open seat, he was deemed the presumptive favorite, and given the state's partisan leanings, the six-term congressman appeared to be in good shape.But the road has gotten surprisingly bumpy. For one... read more

A moral difference on health care

A moral difference on health care

06/27/12 10:09AM

Over the last several weeks, there have been competing reports about what, if anything, congressional Republicans will do if the Supreme Court kills the Affordable Care Act. Some reports suggest GOP policymakers, fearing a public backlash, will grudgingly extend some popular consumer protections currently in "Obamacare." Other reports... read more

Michigan Republican very funny ha-ha

Michigan Republican very funny ha-ha

06/27/12 09:36AM

On Monday's show, we aired the 14-word answer from Jeffrey Timmer, a Michigan Republican, about why he resigned from an elections board where both sides had conflicts of interest. Timmer's GOP political firm was involved in challenging a referendum campaign against the state's emergency manager law. He then joined his fellow... read more

Vern Buchanan runs from questions

Vern Buchanan runs from questions

06/27/12 09:09AM

I've been keeping an eye on the corruption allegations surrounding Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), and unfortunately for the Republican, the controversy appears to be intensifying.Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, a self-made Florida millionaire, is only in his third term in Congress, but he already is in charge of fundraising for the Republican... read more

Genuine Support vs. Support by Default

Genuine Support vs. Support by Default

06/27/12 08:31AM

The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll is chock full of interesting data, and though there are results both sides will be glad to see, on balance, the news is better for President Obama than Mitt Romney.In a head-to-head match-up, Obama's lead is only three points nationwide, 47% to 44%, which is largely unchanged from the last few months. read more

Romney campaigns at Carter Machinery in southwest Virginia.

Romney backer supports Obama agenda

06/27/12 08:00AM

Mitt Romney campaigned yesterday in southwest Virginia, speaking to a crowd of about 1,000 people gathered outside a company called Carter Machinery. That, in and of itself, wouldn't be especially noteworthy, were it not for some of the interesting details about the company and the views of its CEO.Even before the campaign event, it was... read more

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