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In which Mitt Romney says, 'My views are progressive'

12/13/11 10:38AM

In today's Video Everyone Will Be Talking About Today, my fellow Buckeye ex-pat Andrew Kaczynski, who recently YouTubed the video in which Governor Romney criticizes John Kerry for flip-flopping, has unearthed another political gotcha. The current Presidential candidate is quoted in the video above during his 2002 run for Governor of Massachusetts:I think the old standby definitions of who votes for which party have been blown away in this campaign. read more

Wisconsin voter ads challenge, round one

Wisconsin voter ads challenge, round one

12/13/11 10:25AM

Wisconsin today is supposed to get its first peek at an ad campaign to educate voters about the new law that makes voting harder. The idea is to explain to people like teacher Rita Platt, who recently got turned down for the ID she needs, why they have to pay money for documents in order to vote and which documents they need and so on.Also, you can explain to 84-year-old Ruthelle Frank, who has been voting in Wisconsin all of her adult life, why voting next year could cost her $200 or more.Thank you, one and all, for the suggested Wisconsin voter PSAs. Keep 'em coming. read more

The scene in Portland, Oregon, yesterday.

Labor guy: 'If I wanted to shut down the port, I could do it without Occupy.'

12/13/11 09:27AM

Judging from the local paper in Portland, Oregon, I'd say the Occupy movement lost a PR round yesterday. The Oregonian reports that Occupiers made a "target" of a relatively small family-owned company when it jammed the Port of Portland. One trucker told the paper, "Everybody's got their right to protest -- I just won't get paid if I can't pick up the load. I'm just a guy trying to make a living."You could kind of see this coming. read more

Morning Maddow: December 13

12/13/11 07:47AM

Bad Lip Reading joins the ever-growing list of parodies of Rick Perry's "Strong" ad.Surprise! Gingrich's tax plan is good for the rich, bad for the deficit. Armed Services committees revise the controversial "detainee" provision of the National Defense Authorization Bill.Police evict Occupy Baltimore.Canada becomes the first nation to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol.The U.S. freezes $700 million in aid to Pakistan.Remember her? read more

Links for the 12/12 TRMS

Links for the 12/12 TRMS

12/13/11 12:55AM

At debate, Republican candidates spar over Islam Longview port shuts down after Occupy protest Goldman Sachs Major Target of Occupy Protests at West Coast Port Blockades Message from Pres. McEllrath: We share Occupy's concerns about America, but EGT battle is complicated Norwegian leader operates under a cloud @jensstoltenberg read more

Ahead on the 12/12 Maddow Show

12/12/11 08:00PM

Tonight's guests:Scott Henry, news editor of the Atlanta newsweekly "Creative Loafing"Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large for The AtlanticJeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington UniversityValarie Kaur, filmmaker, writer and director of Groundswell, a multifaith movement building initiativeAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at what we're covering tonight: read more

(Not one of the Wisconsin ads.)

Challenge: Wisconsin voter ads

12/12/11 04:37PM

On account of Republicans' new state law that makes voting harder than it used to be, the government of Wisconsin is planing a $436,000 public service campaign to explain the changes. From the Wisconsin State Journal:The effort, which will involve a new website, print ads, billboards, brochures, a toll-free hotline, and television and radio spots, is designed to inform people about the law requiring voters to present a photo ID at the polls. That takes effect with the February primary election.The ad firm is scheduled to give the Government Accountability Board a preview tomorrow. read more

Newt go boom

Newt go boom

12/12/11 03:27PM

In America, we like winning, we hate losing, and we need to know who has come out on top. Even if it isn't a game.Take Saturday's Republican debate, for example. Everyone's talking about Newt Gingrich's aw-snap-yo dis of Mitt Romney -- "The only reason you didn't become a career politician is you lost to Teddy Kennedy in 1994" -- and Governor Romney's $10,000 bet, as if these are things on which to judge whether either candidate would make a good president. The overwhelming consensus is that Mr. read more