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Gingrich still hung up on algae

03/23/12 05:03PM

About three weeks ago, congressional Republicans decided to launch a big push, mocking President Obama for supporting biofuels -- and referencing algae -- as part of a larger focus on renewable energy. Once reporters noticed that GOP officials agreed with Obama, and sought identical investments in the same technology, the party quickly backed... read more

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Team Obama embraces 'Obamacare' label

03/23/12 04:24PM

When President Obama signed his landmark health care reform measure into law two years ago today, there was no shortage of debate surrounding the package, and not all of it was policy focused. For example, what were we supposed to call it?These major pillars of American public life need good names. We all know what Social Security is. We all... read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XI

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XI

03/23/12 03:38PM

It was heartening that Mitt Romney's habitual dishonesty generated far more attention than usual this week, but the scrutiny doesn't appear to have discouraged the Republican frontrunner, who had an incredibly mendacious week.Indeed, Jamelle Bouie noted the other day, Romney "is running against policies that haven't happened... read more

Romney should read Paul Ryan's budget plan

Romney should read Paul Ryan's budget plan

03/23/12 01:35PM

Mitt Romney's allergy to honesty has come into sharper focus this week, but even by his standards, the comments Romney made on a Wisconsin radio show this morning were astounding.Romney said the plan introduced by House Budget Committee chairman Ryan (R-Janesville) "does not balance the budget on the backs of the poor and the elderly .... read more

Santorum considers staying 'with what we have'

03/23/12 12:35PM

Rick Santorum prides himself on speaking without prepared texts -- he recently recommended criminalizing Teleprompters -- but once in a while, we're reminded of the dangers of off-the-cuff rhetoric. Take the former senator's appearance in Texas yesterday, for example.For those who can't watch clips online, Santorum, in reference... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

03/23/12 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:* As Tricia noted earlier, polls show Rick Santorum looking strong in Louisiana in advance of tomorrow's primary, but depending on the margin, delegate distribution may not give... read more

The Week in Geek: Video Extravaganza Edition

03/23/12 11:32AM

How to use lasers to see around corners.Beware the brinicle of DEATH. (WITH VIDEO)Bacteria live on the underside of glaciers even if no one else can, or wants to.A case study in ocean acidification next to Mount Vesuvius. (WITH VIDEO)Evidence for water on Mars is stronger than ever. If only we had funding to keep looking...Gorgeous time-lapse of... read more

Don't blame the hoodie

03/23/12 10:55AM

Fox News' coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting has generated quite a bit of criticism, but matters took a turn for the worse this morning on "Fox & Friends." TPM posted this clip.Media Matters has a full transcript, but the quote from Geraldo Rivera is almost hard to believe:"I believe that George Zimmerman, the... read more

Political metaphor waits to happen, dirt path edition

Political metaphor waits to happen, dirt path edition

03/23/12 10:44AM

I took a reporting trip to Greensboro, North Carolina, this week, where I noticed something odd at the airport. See that path in the dirt? In technical terms, it's a "desire path," a kind of DIY sidewalk made by people deciding they'd rather go that way.You see desire paths everywhere -- across parks and campuses and between... read more

The House's IPAB mistake

03/23/12 08:40AM

Congressional Republicans insist they're deeply concerned about reducing health care costs and restraining spending, especially as it relates to the nation's long-term fiscal challenges and the integrity of Medicare. read more