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Friday's Mini-Report

03/02/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Brutal tornadoes slice across Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, and Tennessee.* Syria: "The Syrian authorities on Friday blocked without explanation an officially sanctioned Red Cross convoy laden with food and medical supplies from entering a devastated neighborhood in the central city of Homs, one day after... read more

Snowe's Senate

Snowe's Senate

03/02/12 04:41PM

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) stunned much of the political world this week when she announced her retirement, and spent a fair amount of time explaining her decision ever since. read more

Resistance takes genius

Resistance takes genius

03/02/12 04:28PM

James Dockstader writes about Occupy Oakland taking on the Inside Out art project, with giant photo protraits of occupiers all around the city:The young team in Oakland worked in the rain past midnight this week to erect more portraits in preparation for Oakland's Art Murmur event.Pictures like the large one taken at night were possible... read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity

03/02/12 03:55PM

A couple of months ago, I launched a Friday afternoon feature, highlighting the most offensive Mitt Romney falsehoods of the week, and it moved to Maddow Blog a month ago. Let's keep this going with another installment.1. Going after President Obama, Romney told voters this week, "Did you hear this? He believes he ranks among the top... read more

The Week in Geek: Otherworldly Earth edition

03/02/12 01:59PM

Some amazing historical geek on how underwater telephone cables were laid across the San Francisco Bay. How's that for engineering?IBM researchers in Zurich are first to measure the charge on a single atom, image a single molecule, and now image the distribution of charge in a single molecule. read more

Regrets, Mehlman's had a few

Regrets, Mehlman's had a few

03/02/12 12:43PM

In 2004, the Bush/Cheney campaign, following the advice of Karl Rove, exploited anti-gay animus to help win a second term. Ken Mehlman, who managed Bush's 2004 campaign, told my friend Tom Schaller he regrets the strategy."At a personal level, I wish I had spoken out against the effort," he says. "As I've been involved... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

03/02/12 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:* In a bit of a surprise, Public Policy Polling shows Mitt Romney taking the lead in the state of Washington, leading Rick Santorum among Republicans, 37% to 32%.* In Ohio's closely... read more

Romney tax plan favors the richest of the rich

Romney tax plan favors the richest of the rich

03/02/12 10:15AM

The non-partisan Tax Policy Center published a fairly detailed analysis yesterday of Mitt Romney's new tax plan, and it led to a series of headlines like this one: "Wealthy would cash in under Romney tax plan."Mitt Romney's new tax plan would mean lower taxes for most Americans. read more

Anti-Obama judge to face misconduct review

Anti-Obama judge to face misconduct review

03/02/12 08:40AM

U.S. District Chief Judge Richard Cebull, Montana's chief federal judge, admitted this week he sent a racist email attacking President Obama and his mother from his courthouse chambers. Yesterday, the story took an even more serious turn.The Judicial Council of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opened a misconduct review of Montana'... read more

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