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Their health care policy is to not have a health care policy.

From 'repeal and replace' to 'repeal and reverse'

07/12/12 04:00PM

Every day for about a year, the line congressional Republicans took on health care was always the same: "repeal and replace." It's pretty obvious now that the poll-tested phrase was a sham, and Ed Kilgore's alternative description is far more accurate: "repeal and reverse."Politico reports today that, despite all... read more

Alabama judge says enough with the debtors prison

Alabama judge says enough with the debtors prison

07/12/12 03:38PM

In a blistering order yesterday, a county judge in Alabama called enough on one city's use of a private probation company that passes on fees for its work to people convicted of crimes and then throws them into jail when they can't pay. We covered this on the show a couple of weeks ago as the unlikely return of debtors prisons in this... read more

"You wanna split that candy bar, B 61?"

"You wanna split that candy bar, B 61?"

07/12/12 02:35PM

National Archives provides us with the photo above, released exactly 67 years ago today. The women wearing the rad helmets and worker jumpsuits were members of the United States Army Corps, on their way to Europe in May 1945 to take over important positions such as clerks, photographers, radio technicians and many other jobs during World War II.... read more

Paul LePage falls, keeps digging

Paul LePage falls, keeps digging

07/12/12 01:53PM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) raised eyebrows last week when he called the IRS "the new Gestapo." Soon after, he issued a statement saying "the use of the word Gestapo has clouded my message," but in person, the governor didn't sound especially apologetic.This morning, LePage appeared in Vermont, where he spoke at a... read more

There's never been a better time to borrow

There's never been a better time to borrow

07/12/12 01:26PM

Lawrence Summers recently wrote a good op-ed, explaining that now is a perfect time to borrow more money. He was obviously right: the economy needs investment, interest rates are ridiculously low, and we have infrastructure needs that desperately require attention.What's more, we're in luck. Ezra Klein reminds us today that the world ... read more

Mitt Romney desperately wants you to fear this man.

Giving Chavez what he wants

07/12/12 12:30PM

If you weren't listening carefully to the Romney campaign's message yesterday, you might not have heard their big complaint of the day. In fact, you might be surprised to learn what it is they were so worked up about.Was the complaint of the day about taxes? Jobs? "Free stuff"? No, the issue that the Republican presidential... read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

07/12/12 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:* The Romney campaign is, at least on the surface, trying to reach out to Latino voters with a new Spanish-language ad featuring Craig Romney, the candidate's youngest son. read more

A Bain Capital 'game changer'

07/12/12 11:09AM

The Romney campaign has truly awful timing. After weeks of the Obama campaign undermining Mitt Romney's standing with ads attacking the Republican's controversial private-sector background, Romney punched back hard this morning with a new ad that effectively (and ironically) accuses the president of being a big liar.The strategy was... read more

Military commissions at work

Military commissions at work

07/12/12 10:26AM

The group of U.S. prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility got a little smaller yesterday, when Ibrahim al Qosi, a former driver for Osama bin Laden, was released and returned to Sudan. The transfer comes two years after al Qosi pleaded guilty to providing material support for terrorism and conspiracy.So, why isn't the right... read more

Turning the tax debate upside down

07/12/12 10:00AM

For years, Democrats were seen as the major party more likely to raise taxes, and as a result, were in a constant state of fear and defensiveness over the issue. If there was a candidate running an attack ad over taxes shortly before an election, it was a pretty safe bet that the candidate was a Republican.But as the fight over tax policy heats... read more

The oil subsidies Scott Brown doesn't see

07/12/12 09:26AM

Sen. Scott Brown (R) appeared in Plymouth, Mass., last week, and a voter asked about ending tax subsidies to the oil industry. The senator's response was unexpected.The clip, recorded by American Bridge 21st Century, can be a little tough to hear, but in response to the question, Brown said, "Oil companies don't get subsidies....... read more

Jobless claims plummet (but there's a catch)

Jobless claims plummet (but there's a catch)

07/12/12 08:44AM

If last week's modest drop in initial unemployment claims offered a modicum of good news, today's new report from the Department of Labor is cause for real celebration -- that is, except for the catch.The great news is the new totals haven't just improved sharply, they've also reached a level unseen in four years. The... read more

Romney: NAACP members want 'free stuff'

07/12/12 08:00AM

On Wednesday morning, Mitt Romney thought it'd be a good idea to tell the NAACP he intends to kill a health care reform law that brings coverage to 7 million uninsured African Americans. On Wednesday night, Romney attended a fundraiser in Montana, and reflected on the audience that booed him.For those who missed Rachel's reporting last... read more

Morning Maddow: July 12

Morning Maddow: July 12

07/12/12 07:59AM

According to a Gallup poll the attacks on Romney's wealth seem to be working.How does Romney feel about the Supreme Court's ruling on life sentences for minors? read more

Clouds part for Manhattanhenge pilgrims

Clouds part for Manhattanhenge pilgrims

07/12/12 02:17AM

Undeterred by the poor viewing conditions at the end of May, New York City's sky gazers took to the streets once again for a chance to shoot the second passing of the solstice-straddling street grid serendipity known as Manhattanhenge.Our own Andy Dallos stayed a little closer to home this time, shooting straight across West 50th Street... read more

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