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05/02/12 04:41PM

As you may have heard, Newt Gingrich finally suspended his campaign presidential campaign today, prompting Mitt Romney to issue a gracious press release.But it was Fox News' Shep Smith's reaction to the news that I found memorable (via Markos).For those who can't watch clips online, Smith, with a deadpan expression, told viewers:... read more

Loaded guns around the Republican convention

Loaded guns around the Republican convention

05/02/12 03:47PM

Following up on an item from a month ago, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is taking several steps to ensure the safety of Republican National Convention attendees this summer, including a ban on all kinds of items that might be considered security threats.Such as? Everything from water pistols to masks to metal pipes will be restricted. Under state law... read more

The opposite of progress is regress.

Romney vows to do 'the opposite'

05/02/12 02:43PM

Mitt Romney shared a straightforward summary of his guiding economic principle at a campaign stop earlier today.Kicking off his Virginia campaign, Republican Mitt Romney said Wednesday he'll do "the opposite" of what President Barack Obama has done to help the economy. His wife, Ann, chipped in by appealing to women voters in a... read more

TRMS writing challenge: Newt's farewell address

TRMS writing challenge: Newt's farewell address

05/02/12 02:00PM

Let it be woven into the tapestry of human events that on this Second Day of May, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Twelve, American Colossus Newton Leroy Gingrich graciously bowed out of the race to become President of these United States. And a nation wept. Where else would it find such effortless erudition, such manly self regard, such... read more

Those who defend concentrated wealth

05/02/12 01:23PM

The New York Times this week has a fascinating profile on Edward Conard, an extremely wealthy man who used to run a private-equity firm you've probably heard of. It's called Bain Capital. He's now one of Mitt Romney's most generous campaign donors.There's quite a bit in the piece, but the part that's hard to get... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

05/02/12 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:* Telegraphing which of Mitt Romney's vulnerabilities it finds most interesting, the Obama campaign released an infographic yesterday, highlighting all of the Republican's known... read more

Capitol Hill's lovely hallways tend to be empty.

Working hard vs. hardly working

05/02/12 11:31AM

National Review ran an odd item the other day, "harping" that President Obama "vacations too much." NR's Jim Geraghty noted that he, among others, is "irked and fascinated by the commander-in-chief's regular getaways as economic hard times persist."I have to admit, I more or less assumed this would be the... read more

The consequences of the GOP's voting restrictions

05/02/12 10:41AM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has heard the complaints about his party's "war on voting," and he doesn't like it. "For centuries our electoral process is based on one person, one vote, and for anyone to politicize the issue reeks of desperation and represents the worst in modern politics,"... read more

Mitt and Tagg Romney

Lifestyles of the rich and politically connected

05/02/12 10:10AM

Mitt Romney made the case last week that young people looking for opportunities and success should rely on their parents' wealth. If your folks don't have much in the way of disposable income, well, good luck.To drive home the significance of the Republican candidate's vision, consider the tale of Tagg Romney, the former governor&... read more

Bryant Park does "May Day"

05/02/12 09:46AM

May Day footage from The Rachel Maddow Show on Vimeo.Following a rainy morning rally outside of Bank of America on 42nd street, but before the arrests of dozens of people down in Union Square and lower Manhattan, the May Day protests of Bryant Park in Manhattan yesterday morning were loud, but tame- and musical. New York City police officers... read more

Wait until Tom Price is writing health care policy in 2013.

Popular health care protections on GOP chopping block

05/02/12 09:18AM

A national New York Times/CBS News poll recently asked respondents whether they approve of a specific provision in the Affordable Care Act: protections for those with pre-existing conditions. It was the single most popular element of "Obamacare" -- a whopping 85% approve of the measure.Keep in mind, these days, 85% of Americans don&... read more

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