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Tuesday's campaign round-up

05/08/12 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:* As Wisconsin voters head to the polls to vote in recall primaries today, Gov. Scott Walker (R) is already attacking Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (R) with a new slogan: "Forward --... read more

Obama gives Congress an economic 'to-do' list

Obama gives Congress an economic 'to-do' list

05/08/12 11:33AM

Mitt Romney said last week that President Obama should stop talking about defeating terrorists and start talking about "important issues people care about," like the economy.Apparently, Obama is thinking along the same lines.With a polarized Congress already on the defensive, President Obama on Tuesday will outline a five-point "... read more

Congress lends Statuary Hall to religious right activists

Congress lends Statuary Hall to religious right activists

05/08/12 10:50AM

In Washington, DC, events, rallies, and protests are exceedingly common, especially around Capitol Hill and the National Mall. What's far less common are events in Statuary Hall.And yet, as my friend Rob Boston reported, that's one of the things making a prayer rally on Capitol Hill today interesting.On May 8, a group called Come Pray... read more

'The Life of Julia'

'The Life of Julia'

05/08/12 10:15AM

There's an old joke that goes something like this: my neighbor went to public schools before joining the military. He went to college on the G.I. Bill, bought his first home through the FHA, received his health care through the V.A. and Medicare, and now receives Social Security. read more

The moral of Maurice Sendak

05/08/12 09:46AM

The great children's author Maurice Sendak has died at 83. That's the headline, but I'd rather think of the news as being "Maurice Sendak lived." A son of immigrant Brooklyn, he lived long enough and vividly enough to give the world books of hallucinatory wonder, to give us Mickey in his night kitchen and Pierre, for... read more

Romney wants 'a lot of credit' for policy he condemned

Romney wants 'a lot of credit' for policy he condemned

05/08/12 09:26AM

Mitt Romney likes to blame President Obama for developments the president didn't really have anything to do with. As it turns out, the inverse is true, too -- Romney likes to take credit for developments the Republican didn't have anything to do with, either.Despite his 2008 call to "let Detroit go bankrupt," presumptive... read more

A not-so-bright idea

A not-so-bright idea

05/08/12 08:53AM

In 2007, the light-bulb provisions of an energy bill weren't considered controversial in the slightest. At the time, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and congressional Democrats worked together on the larger legislative package, which included advanced light-bulb standards, intended to spur innovation, lower costs, and improve energy efficiency... read more

Morning Maddow: May 8

05/08/12 07:38AM

It's a big day at the polls with the Amendment One vote in North Carolina, the Republican Senate primary in Indiana, the Democratic primary to pick who will run against WI Gov. Scott Walker, and a bunch of not-very-dramatic races in West Virginia.Santorum (finally) endorses Romney.For liberal donors who oppose Citizens United, a way to... read more

Who are you calling a box of sand?

Who are you calling a box of sand?

05/07/12 08:25PM

Just when you thought a box of sand was the last vestige of childhood playthings that don't require a wall socket or battery pack, along comes the augmented reality sandbox (another video here). Looking at the notes for the project, the goal of making a real-time topography model to serve as a backdrop for graphics effects appears to have... read more

Senator David Vitter blocks US economic...

Senator David Vitter blocks US economic recovery

05/07/12 08:00PM

Betsey Stevenson of the Wharton School of Business, and former U.S. Department of Labor chief economist, talks with Chris Hayes about Senator David Vitter's baseless block of two of President Obama's nominees to the Federal Reserve Board and the peril... watch

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