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Monday's Mini-Report

08/13/12 06:07PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Another shooting: "A police constable and a civilian were killed when a gunman opened fire Monday near the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. The gunman was injured in a gunbattle with police and later died, authorities said."* Syria: "Syrian rebels said Monday they had... read more

Rachel totally called it

08/13/12 05:15PM

Rachel has been saying on the air for a couple of weeks now that she wanted Mitt Romney to pick Liz Cheney for his VP.  That may have been who she wanted Romney to pick -- but she also accurately predicted, back in March, that the guy Romney would actually pick ... would be Paul Ryan.From the March 22, 2012 transcript, Rachel noted the following... read more

One never gets a second chance to make a first impression

One never gets a second chance to make a first impression

08/13/12 03:27PM

This was briefly mentioned earlier, but just to flesh the story out a bit, the new poll numbers for Paul Ryan aren't exactly good news for the Republican ticket.Americans don't believe GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney hit a home run with his choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, with more of the... read more

A poor choice in props

08/13/12 01:00PM

Rachel appeared on "Up with Chris Hayes" on Saturday morning, and made an interesting observation about the setting in which Mitt Romney introduced Paul Ryan as his running mate.If you missed it, Romney and Ryan effectively used the USS Wisconsin, a decommissioned battleship, as a campaign prop. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

08/13/12 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:* It's obviously still early, but a USA Today/Gallup poll found Americans feeling more negative than positive on Paul Ryan's addition to Mitt Romney's ticket, 42% to 39%.*... read more

Don't fall for the fraud

Don't fall for the fraud

08/13/12 11:30AM

When campaign observers ponder whether various VP possibilities will be chosen for their party's ticket, we tend to consider their natural constituencies. One potential running-mate might help with women voters; maybe another would help in the South; another still might help with Latinos; etc.Paul Ryan doesn't help with any obvious... read more

The GOP's down-ballot anxiety

08/13/12 10:40AM

When a party's presidential ticket comes together, one of the first considerations is whether that ticket has a better chance of winning in November. But what about the candidates a little further down on the ballot?...Republicans in and outside of Washington also privately expressed concern that gives Democrats an all-too-easy way to make... read more

An election about Medicare

An election about Medicare

08/13/12 10:13AM

There's an awful lot wrong with Paul Ryan's congressional Republican budget plan, but there's one flaw in particular that tends to stand out: it would end the existing Medicare program, replacing it with a voucher scheme. The American mainstream tends to consider this a very bad idea.It's also why Democrats were so pleased... read more

Paul Ryan, culture warrior?

08/13/12 09:25AM

By mid-day Saturday, the front page of the New York Times' website said Paul Ryan's addition to Mitt Romney's ticket meant a renewed focus on "fiscal" issues. This struck me as odd, in part because of Ryan's lack of fiscal credibility -- more on that later this morning -- but also because the right-wing congressman... read more

Tax returns for me, not for thee

08/13/12 08:25AM

When Mitt Romney was considered for John McCain's ticket in 2008, he turned over 23 years' worth of tax returns as part of the vetting process. In 2012, Romney has disclosed returns for one year, and assures us that one more is on the way eventually.Why is he ignoring calls for more disclosure, even from his fellow Republicans? Romney... read more

'Blood on his hands'

08/13/12 08:00AM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appeared on "Meet the Press" yesterday and largely stuck to the pre-scripted soundbites, but there was a moment that stood out for me.For those who can't watch clips online, host David Gregory brought up Paul Ryan's plan to replace Medicare with a voucher system. The RNC... read more

Morning Maddow: August 13

08/13/12 07:50AM

Romney and Ryan talk to "60 Minutes", in which we learn Ryan will follow Romney's lead on releasing his tax returns and in which we learn that Romney thinks he won't have to answer for the Ryan budget.The behind-closed-doors machinations of putting Ryan on the ticket.How the Ryan pick affects Congressional races.Mazie Hirono... read more

'The Go Back Team'

08/11/12 12:00PM

Speaking as a national candidate for the first time, Paul Ryan, reading from his teleprompter, told supporters he's "thrilled to be a part of America's comeback team." It was right around that time the Obama campaign unveiled its own new name for the Republican ticket: "The Go Back Team."Indeed, Team Obama unveiled... read more

Romney's kind of guy?

Romney's kind of guy?

08/11/12 11:24AM

For months, Mitt Romney repeated a common complaint about President Obama's professional background: he's spent his life in the political world, not the real world. While Romney's a businessman (notwithstanding 18 years seeking public offices), Obama's never run a business and never run a state. It makes Obama, the argument... read more

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