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Happy Mother's Day, from Trayvon's mom

05/11/12 04:45PM

If you want to see strength and dignity in the face of devastating loss, check out the new ad from Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton:This will be my first Mother's Day without my son Trayvon. I know it will be hard, but my faith, family and friends will pull me through. On Sunday, I'm going to say a prayer for other mothers... read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XVII

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XVII

05/11/12 03:49PM

As the 2012 presidential campaign advances, impatience with Mitt Romney's penchant for falsehoods grows. Jamelle Bouie this week reflected on the the fact that "the former Massachusetts governor has no use for honesty in his campaign.""Constant mendacity is the norm for Romney and his campaign, and odds are good that he won&... read more

Proof of quiet compassion

05/11/12 02:22PM

As a matter of public policy, it's easy to characterize Mitt Romney's agenda as rather cruel towards struggling families: his platform calls for cutting food stamps, making it harder to afford college tuition, ending health care coverage for millions, etc.But this week, questions about Romney's personal cruelty have come to the... read more

Rubio's DREAM Act conspiracy theory

Rubio's DREAM Act conspiracy theory

05/11/12 01:04PM

Ironically, as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) makes more of an effort to raise his national profile, it's getting far more difficult to take him seriously. Comments like the ones he made yesterday are just clownish.Sen. read more

Pentagon: DADT repeal going 'very well'

Pentagon: DADT repeal going 'very well'

05/11/12 12:25PM

It's been a year and a half since Democrats cleared the way for eliminating "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and nearly nine months since the policy was scrapped altogether. All the while, conservative Republicans, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), warned of horrible consequences if gay and lesbian soldiers were permitted to... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

05/11/12 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 Republican National Committee and Mitt Romney's campaign are pushing the line this morning that President Obama said he "forgot about the recession." That's not... read more

Rolling back the clock on Wall Street

Rolling back the clock on Wall Street

05/11/12 11:11AM

In the financial world, the biggest story of the day is JPMorgan Chase. As Matt Yglesias explained, "Remember the 'Volcker Rule' that was supposed to stop systemically significant financial institutions from racking up huge losses on proprietary speculative bets? Well ... read more

Missouri Senate candidate Sarah Steelman (R).

No excuse for violent rhetoric

05/11/12 10:39AM

At a Tea Party Express rally in Missouri last week, a conservative activist named Scott Boston, referencing Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), told an assembled crowd, "We have to kill the Claire Bear." The comments were enough to get the attention of the FBI and the U.S. Capitol Police, which ordered some extra protection for the Democratic... read more

Walker in Wisconsin: 'Divide and conquer'

05/11/12 10:00AM

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) frequently talks about people "working together" to solve problems. As it turns out, it's a two-word phrase he may want to revise -- "working together" and "divide and conquer" are not complementary.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the context of the newly-released... read more

Girl Scouts caught in a culture war (again)

Girl Scouts caught in a culture war (again)

05/11/12 09:10AM

Conservatives' antipathy towards the Girl Scouts used to be found on the fringes. In 1994, for example, James Dobson's Focus on the Family published a memorable attack on the Girl Scouts, insisting the group "lost their way" after the Scouts made a religious oath optional for membership.I can't find it online anymore,... read more

Fighting for the Voting Rights Act

05/11/12 08:35AM

Josh Gerstein noted a few months ago, "In a political system where even the most trivial issues trigger partisan rancor, the Voting Rights Act has stood for several decades as a rare point of bipartisan consensus. Until now."Quite right. The radicalization of the Republican Party has pushed GOP policymakers to extremes that would have... read more

There's renewed interest in what kind of young man Mitt Romney was.

An unpleasant trip down memory lane

05/11/12 08:00AM

Whether one considers Mitt Romney's actions as a young man relevant or not in 2012, the story took on a life of its own yesterday, as the public got a better sense of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's personal background.After the Washington Post reported that Romney, as an 18-year-old high-school senior, assaulted a... read more

Morning Maddow: May 11

05/11/12 07:45AM

Documentary film shows Gov. Scott Walker talking "divide and conquer" on collective bargaining.JP Morgan Chase shows that at least one "too big to fail" bank learned nothing from the last few years.The fight over Mississippi's new Voter I.D. bill.The first pill to block HIV infection gets closer to FDA approval.Catholic... read more

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