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Impeachment is not a toy

01/30/12 04:08PM

Grover Norquist, the Republican uber-activist, sat down with National Journal last week, and shared some thoughts on what he expects to see in Washington after the November elections. His use of the "I" word was rather striking.NORQUIST: If the Republicans have the House, Senate, and the presidency, I'm told that they could do an... read more

Putting Romney's wealth in context

01/30/12 03:24PM

The Associated Press had an interesting item the other day, noting just how wealthy Mitt Romney really is. Consider this tidbit: "Add up the wealth of the last eight presidents, from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. Then double that number. Now you're in Romney territory."For most working families, this is a level of wealth that&... read more

Challenge: Stuff TRMS watchers say

Challenge: Stuff TRMS watchers say

01/30/12 02:11PM

Unable to resist the Stuff People Say meme any longer (and yes, we say "stuff" here rather than that other word -- family show, standards, etc.), we thought it was time our brilliant viewers created the definitive "Stuff TRMS Watchers Say."We need suggestions like "What did you just say? You are like a walking Moment of... read more

And you, Mr. Lyman, your question?

And you, Mr. Lyman, your question?

01/30/12 01:01PM

Later this afternoon President Obama will participate in a joint Google/YouTube event where he’ll take pre-submitted questions from the public and participate in a live virtual discussion in a "Google Hangout" which is Google's fancy term for a video conference.  But last week, Vice President Biden participated in his first... read more

When a stimulus meets a counter-stimulus

When a stimulus meets a counter-stimulus

01/30/12 12:34PM

The New York Times' David Leonhardt posted this rather remarkable chart the other day, pointing to two countervailing economic forces: the public sector and the private sector. In the image, the blue line shows government growth, while the red line reflects growth among businesses. The chart paints quite a picture. As the severity of the... read more

Monday's campaign round-up

01/30/12 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:* If the latest polls out of Florida are correct, the question isn't whether Mitt Romney will win tomorrow's primary, but whether the margin of victory will reach double digits.... read more

No need to fear zombie voters in South Carolina

01/30/12 11:23AM

In light of the larger "war on voting," South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson (R) raised a few eyebrows last week when he claimed over 900 dead people voted in the state's Republican presidential primary. Wilson, of course, wasn't alleging zombie voters, but rather, he believed he'd uncovered evidence of widespread... read more

What 'carpet-bombing' can do for a campaign

01/30/12 10:02AM

With Florida's Republican presidential primary just a day away, it's worth pausing to appreciate how it's the mirror opposite of what we saw in South Carolina. A week ahead of the primary in the Palmetto State, Mitt Romney enjoyed a big lead, only to see it evaporate as the election drew closer. read more

Why Mitch McConnell should avoid discussing the debt

01/30/12 09:29AM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was asked about an extension of the payroll tax break yesterday, but instead of answering the question, the Republican changed the subject. The subject on McConnell's mind was the debt."We have this problem at the risk of being repetitious, because we spend way too much. We now have a debt... read more

What Rubio doesn't understand about the economy

What Rubio doesn't understand about the economy

01/30/12 08:39AM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R) of Florida delivered his party's weekly address on Saturday morning, and made a provocative claim about President Obama."The bottom line is this president inherited a country with serious problems," Rubio said. "He asked the Congress to give him the stimulus and Obamacare to fix it. The Democrats in... read more

Shining the spotlight on process

01/30/12 08:00AM

President Obama delivered his weekly address on Saturday morning, his first since the State of the Union speech, and it stood to reason that the president would highlight many of the same themes he stressed on Tuesday.It was interesting, then, to see Obama brush past some of the higher-profile elements of his agenda and shine the spotlight on a... read more

Morning Maddow: January 30

01/30/12 07:32AM

The latest round of polls shows that Newtmentum appears to have ended. Update: more evidence.Gingrich campaign gets into a kerfuffle with reporters over a charter flight.Rick Santorum gets back on the campaign trail (but not in Florida) after his daughter's health scare. 400 Occupy Oakland protesters arrested. And Occupy DC's deadline... read more

Not because they are easy, but because they are hard

01/28/12 01:15PM

All the fuss over Newt Gingrich's plans for the moon glosses over the fact that ambitious endeavors don't just happen because a politician wishes them so; they require the heroic efforts of thousands to tens of thousands of technicians, scientists and engineers. Twenty-six years ago today, seven of those heroes lost their lives in... read more