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The vulture capitalist feeding cycle

The vulture capitalist feeding cycle

01/30/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow describes Mitt Romney's extreme wealth and shares a clip from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that explains how Mitt Romney became wildly rich while his company put people in Florida and Puerto Rico out of work. watch

The party is just starting

The party is just starting

01/30/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – a preview of tomorrow’s Florida primary and the upcoming... watch

Found in Wisconsin: Dear Reince, Can you get Sarah Palin for us?

Found in Wisconsin: Dear Reince, Can you get Sarah Palin for us?

01/30/12 06:04PM

In 2009, Darlene Wink served as a constituent outreach worker for then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. According to the criminal complaint (pdf) from the Milwaukee County prosecutor, Wink also worked to further Walker's political prospects -- on the public's dime, which would be against the law. Last week, she agreed to plead guilty to a pair of misdemeanors in exchange for testifying in the ongoing investigation about, reportedly, destruction of evidence. read more

Monday's Mini-Report

01/30/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Iraq's Sunni leaders are ending their boycott of Parliament, easing (but not ending) the nation's political crisis.* European leaders are crafting a fiscal compact, but there are "few signs of producing a comprehensive solution for the sovereign debt crisis or a credible plan to revive fragile economies across Europe's weakened Mediterranean tier."* Brad Plumer has a good piece detailing where things stand.* Violence in Syria is escalating, and a new effort at diplomacy from Russian officials appears to be a bust.* A credible alternative to SOPA: the Online Prot read more

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 early budget vote -- a reconciliation vote where you extend the Bush tax cuts out for a decade or five years.... 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's hard to relate to. Romney took in more wealth in a day in 2010 -- without actually having a job -- than most Americans earn in a year. 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 Geek." And "Don't eat the garnish!" And "I'm reading it from your book, dude." And "Did you see the news from Wisconsin?"Good luck, have fun, keep it clean (remember: we say "stuff" here) and we'll post "stuff" we like in this space. 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 Twitter interview. Basically, people asked questions on Twitter and the Vice President answered some of them. 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 Great Recession took its toll in 2008 and 2009, private-sector growth simply collapsed, though it's clearly recovered since. 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.* On a related note, the latest NBC News/Marist poll in Florida shows President Obama leading each of the Republican candidates in hypothetical matchups. 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 voter fraud.Oops.State Election Commission director Marci Andino testified that some of the voters the DMV data said were dead are very much alive -- and were eligible to cast a ballot. 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

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