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Tuesday's Mini-Report

Tuesday's Mini-Report

02/14/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* How to match a headline with a photo:* Syria: "The Syrian government on Tuesday brushed aside a stern castigation from the top United Nations human rights official about its deadly attacks on civilians, calling her assessment propaganda as Syria's military resumed what one activist described as the ... read more

'Helping victims of domestic violence shouldn't be partisan'

02/14/12 04:53PM

When it comes to representing women's interests, the Republican Party hasn't exactly been impressive of late. In recent months, GOP officials, at a variety of levels, have launched aggressive campaigns targeting reproductive rights, access to contraception, and organizations like Planned Parenthood that play a critical role in women&... read more

Romney once told a fib this big.

An argument divided against itself cannot stand

02/14/12 03:37PM

It's not surprising that Mitt Romney's campaign was unimpressed with the new White House budget plan. What was surprising was how the campaign chose to express that dissatisfaction.Here's a statement Team Romney sent to reporters yesterday morning:"This week, President Obama will release a budget that won't take any... read more

Hatch's not-so-factual statement

02/14/12 01:10PM

Last year, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) got into a little trouble with a false claim about Planned Parenthood. Speaking from the Senate floor, during a GOP push to defund the health organization, Kyl said "over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does" is perform abortions.When reminded that the actual number is 3 percent,... read more

Scott Brown takes both sides of the contraception issue.

Scott Brown's contraception confusion

02/14/12 12:41PM

We learned last week that six Republican senators and 15 House Republicans co-sponsored an interesting bill in 2001. Though it seems hard to believe now, these 21 GOP lawmakers backed a measure to require insurance plans to cover contraceptive prescriptions.As it turns out, they weren't the only ones. Igor Volsky takes a closer look at Sen.... read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

02/14/12 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:* By next week, a super PAC affiliated with Mitt Romney will have spent more than $700,000 in Michigan in support of the former Massachusetts governor. Recent polls show Romney trailing... read more

Social Security's alleged champions

Social Security's alleged champions

02/14/12 11:26AM

Congressional Republicans used to be enthusiastic supporters of the payroll tax break. But as we've seen with an individual health care mandate, cap-and-trade plans, the DREAM Act, and a host of other issues, GOP support evaporated once Democrats said they agreed with the idea.What's harder to understand is why, exactly, so many... read more

Romney still wishes policymakers had let Detroit go bankrupt.

Romney condemns auto-industry rescue

02/14/12 10:49AM

Looking back over the last three years, there's arguably no better example of a policy Republicans got wrong than the rescue of the American auto industry.When President Obama launched his ambitious policy in 2009, he was taking a major gamble -- not only with the backbone of American manufacturing, but with his presidency and its ability... read more

Those who 'expect' sexual assault in the military

02/14/12 10:05AM

Fox News' Liz Trotta commented the other day on the frequency with which U.S. military personnel are the victims of sexual assault. The on-air discussion did not go well.Trotta was not only critical of new Pentagon rules to support those who've been attacked, but also argued that the attacks themselves are to be expected. "Well,... read more

Santorum, Romney moving in opposite directions

Santorum, Romney moving in opposite directions

02/14/12 09:33AM

Yesterday's Gallup daily tracking poll showed Mitt Romney's national lead over Rick Santorum dropping from 20 to 2 points since early February. As Tricia noted earlier, a New York Times/CBS News poll released this morning found Santorum taking the lead from Romney nationally, 30% to 27%.The Pew Research Center's latest survey... read more

Snowe, Collins break ranks on contraception coverage.

Republican divisions emerge on contraception

02/14/12 08:43AM

Last week, President Obama unveiled a compromise on contraception coverage at least in part because he'd been pushed into making a change. The White House wasn't especially concerned about criticisms from the right, but it was Democratic discomfort with the administration's policy that led Obama to look for an alternative.In the... read more

Will the leaders lead or follow?

The payroll cut's clouded future

02/14/12 08:00AM

It certainly looked like a breakthrough. Mid-day yesterday, House Republican leaders, who'd insisted for months that the payroll tax break be fully paid for, made an unexpected reversal, abandoning their central demand.So, is it a done deal? Time to move on to the next fight? Not just yet.GOP leaders surrendered yesterday -- and... read more

Morning Maddow: February 14

02/14/12 07:42AM

Holy crap, "cashmobs" are awesome.Santorum is the Republican frontrunner in another national poll.More people are noticing Ron Paul's delegate strategy.Study finds voter rolls are full of inaccuracies.Reason #524 that Speaker John Boehner is bad at his job.No Sharia law in South Carolina!Uzbekistan cancels Valentine's Day... read more