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Wednesday's Mini-Report

04/11/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Criminal charges will reportedly be brought against George Zimmerman this afternoon, with an announcement expected in about a half-hour.* Quakes, but no tsunami: "Two powerful earthquakes struck about two hours apart off the coast of Sumatra on Wednesday afternoon, spreading panic among residents of the... read more

The Buffett/Romney/Reagan Rule

04/11/12 05:22PM

It's generally called the Buffett Rule -- a proposal to close an existing loophole that allows some millionaires to pay a special lower tax rate than most of middle-class families. read more

'Doubling down' on caterpillars

04/11/12 03:24PM

Last week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus got himself in a little bit of trouble when the GOP's "war on women" came up. The party chair told Bloomberg Television that the entire concern isn't to be taken seriously because "it's a fiction."Priebus added, "If the Democrats said we had... read more

Paul Ryan on the 'suffering' of the poor

04/11/12 02:00PM

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) appeared on NBC's "Today" show yesterday, and co-host Ann Curry asked a reasonable question about his budget plan: "Do you acknowledge poor people will suffer under this budget?" Ryan dismissed the idea out of hand.The answer is important, in part for what he said, and... read more

Romney campaign stumbles on equal pay

04/11/12 12:30PM

Following up on an earlier item, Mitt Romney and his campaign are so excited about accusing President Obama of waging a "war on women" that Team Romney organized a conference call this morning to push the message. Romney aides probably should have thought this through first."His polices have been really a war on women,"... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

04/11/12 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:* With Rick Santorum leaving the campaign trail, the endorsement floodgates have opened for Mitt Romney, as the GOP establishment rallies behind its nominee.* Though Santorum will... read more

Chris Christie sees Americans as lazy couch potatoes

04/11/12 11:31AM

In November, Republicans were apoplectic when they thought President Obama called Americans "a little bit lazy." In reality, the smear was absurd -- Obama had said U.S. policymakers have been "a little bit lazy" when it comes to attracting businesses to American soil, but for many on the right, who consider context irrelevant... read more

When McCarthyism gets literal

04/11/12 10:49AM

During the height of the Red Scare, Republican Sen. Joe McCarthy reportedly said, "I have here in my hand a list of 205 -- a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department."McCarthy never shared the... read more

Rubber, glue, and the 'war on women'

04/11/12 10:13AM

A few weeks ago, just as the Republicans' "war on women" was capturing national attention, the Republican National Committee decided to argue President Obama was the one who was actually waging a "war on women." It was silly; it was impossible to take seriously; and the RNC dropped the line pretty quickly.That is, until... read more

'Bipartisan consensus' doesn't mean what Ryan thinks it means

'Bipartisan consensus' doesn't mean what Ryan thinks it means

04/11/12 09:19AM

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) seems quite fond of the phrase "bipartisan consensus." It's ironic, under the circumstances, but even putting that aside, to paraphrase Inigo Montoya, Ryan keeps using those words, but I do not think they mean what he thinks they mean.Here's Ryan yesterday talking about his... read more

Warren Buffett and President Obama in the Oval Office.

GOP struggles with 'Buffett Rule'

04/11/12 08:31AM

President Obama spoke in Florida yesterday, helping make the case for the "Buffett Rule," which is set for a Senate vote next week. As Obama put it, for those "bringing in a million bucks or more a year ... you should pay the same percentage of your income in taxes as middle-class families do. You shouldn't get special tax... read more

'The Fox Mole' starts sharing

04/11/12 08:00AM

Gawker ran an interesting item yesterday written by someone identified only as "The Fox Mole" -- a "long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel who will be providing Gawker with regular dispatches from inside the organization."Apparently, the Fox employee intended to just build his/her resume and then "hop to a... read more

Morning Maddow: April 11

04/11/12 07:43AM

A look at who's funding Republican get-out-the-vote efforts.Romney and Hannity talk horses.Gingrich and Paul say they're not getting out.The Gingrich campaign bounces the check it needs to get on the Utah ballot.Banks are getting into subprime lending again. What could go wrong?North Korea says it's fueling up that rocket.Spoiler... read more

Links for the 4/10 TRMS

Links for the 4/10 TRMS

04/10/12 10:47PM

Gates Foundation Will No Longer Make Grants to ALEC Nonprofit Coca-Cola and Pepsi Drop ALEC ALEC support wanes: Kraft abandons conservative group Intuit Is Now The Fourth Company To Drop Voter Suppression Group ALEC Exclusive: McDonald's Says It Has Dumped ALEC Boycotts Hitting Group Behind 'Stand Your Ground' ALEC: What It... read more

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