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Thursday's Mini-Report

Thursday's Mini-Report

04/19/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Here's a geopolitical eye-opener: "India successfully test-launched a long-range missile on Thursday that would give it the capability for the first time of sending a nuclear warhead as far as China's capital, Beijing, officials said."* Syria: "The secretary general of the United... read more

Romney's misfire on plant closings

Romney's misfire on plant closings

04/19/12 04:26PM

For much of 2011, Mitt Romney's campaign relied heavily on a specific campaign tactic: they'd hold an event in front of a closed factory, then blame President Obama for the plant's troubles. Most of the time this didn't make any sense for those who care about details and facts, but Romney seemed to like it, so the Republican... read more

What Roosevelt, Wilson, and House Dems have in common

04/19/12 03:33PM

I honestly didn't intend to return to the subject, but so long "Allen West, Communist Hunter," is still out there digging, we might as well follow to see how low he'll go.Last week, the right-wing Florida congressman insisted that all 80 or so members of House Progressive Caucus are secretly "members of the Communist... read more

Go with the flow

Go with the flow

04/19/12 03:10PM

NASA's Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio gives us this amazing animation of ocean currents around the globe, Perpetual Ocean.It pairs well with this Wind Map animation showing wind speeds across the U.S., which is intended more as an artistic project than a scientific tool but still feels insightful in a scientific way.Your first... read more

The carrots are cooked (French lessons for Romney)

04/19/12 02:49PM

Francophone presidential candidate  Mitt Romney, take note. It looks like Nicolas Sarkozy may be on the way out le door as President of France. Or as Prime Minister, François Fillon put it, "The carrots are cooked."Reports The Independent: Confronted with plunging polls and deserting allies, President Nicolas Sarkozy faces the prospect... read more

Rubio moves further from VP consideration

04/19/12 01:30PM

Back in January, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), in response to questions about possibly joining his party's 2012 ticket as vice president, told Ken Auletta, "I'm not going to accept it." This didn't generate much attention, though, and the far-right senator continues to face questions about his ambitions.This morning, Rubio... read more

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has seen the GOP budget plan -- and they don't like it.

Boehner vs. the Bishops

04/19/12 12:41PM

The House Republican budget plan is simply brutal towards the poor, with most of its budget cuts targeting programs that benefit struggling families. Funding for food stamps, health care, housing assistance, and education would all face severe cuts.The U.S. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

04/19/12 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:* A new Quinnipiac poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney nationally by four points, 46% to 42%.* Obama told voters in Ohio yesterday, "I wasn't born with a silver spoon... read more

GOP explains opposition to fair pay laws

GOP explains opposition to fair pay laws

04/19/12 11:29AM

Last week, Pete Hoekstra, the Republicans' U.S. Senate hopeful in Michigan, called the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay law "a nuisance" that should be stripped from the books. This week in New Hampshire, state Republican Party Executive Director Tory Mazzola, a top Romney campaign, said the law is little more than "a handout to... read more

'Skin in the game'

04/19/12 10:52AM

If there's one unshakable, unwavering rule in American politics in the 21st century, it's this: Republicans oppose any tax increases on anyone by any amount for any reason, no matter the consequences. Full stop.There is, however, a pesky little asterisk tied to this rule that often goes overlooked: a whole lot of Republicans support... read more

White House draws line in the sand on spending

White House draws line in the sand on spending

04/19/12 10:19AM

The Obama administration drew a pretty hard line yesterday, telling Congress that Paul Ryan's House Republican budget includes spending levels that break a bipartisan deal, and if GOP lawmakers don't back down, they'll force a government shutdown later this year.Acting White House Budget Director Jeff Zients wrote to the heads of... read more

Violence Against Women Act takes center stage

04/19/12 09:29AM

We first began reporting two months ago on the legislative fight surrounding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which has traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support. This year's effort has drawn Republican opposition, however, because the bill includes provisions to bolster LGBT protections, defenses for victims of domestic abuse who are... read more

Jobless claims stuck at four-month high

Jobless claims stuck at four-month high

04/19/12 08:44AM

For several months, the general trend on initial unemployment claims has been encouraging, reaching a four-year low just a few weeks ago. But today's new report is the second discouraging news we've received on this front in as many weeks.The new figures are a slight improvement over last week's total, but that's only because... read more

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is taking the lead on yet another tax cut bill.

House GOP eyes tax cut, ignores 'debt crisis'

04/19/12 08:00AM

The Senate's Democratic majority this week pushed a measure, known as the "Buffett Rule," that would have closed a tax loophole benefiting millionaires and brought in roughly $46 billion to the Treasury over the next decade. It died after a GOP filibuster.Today, the House Republican majority will vote on a measure of its own,... read more

Morning Maddow: April 19

04/19/12 07:41AM

The Colombian prostitute speaks about that Secret Service scandal.Meanwhile there's Mitt Romney's much milder "Cookiegate".Look who's getting contributions from the payday lending industry.The Dept. of Veterans' Affairs will increase its mental-health staffing.TransCanada changes its Keystone XL pipeline route.The... read more

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