It's hard to believe that it was only a few short weeks ago that Texas governor, Rick Perry, was riding high in the polls and burnishing his image with an ear-splitting explosion of a Vin Diesel-like campaign ad designed to reduce the competition to a collection of smoking loafers.The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll (pdf) now has Herman Cain standing on the proverbial hood of his proverbial hot rod, pecs rippling with the recoil of proverbial automatic rifle fire of Republican electoral support.And if that wasn't enough to take the crash out of Perry's crescendo, a new PPP poll puts h read more
Tonight's guests:E.J. Dionne, columnist for the Washington Post, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and msnbc contributorRon Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of "Confidence Men"Congressman Rush Holt, New JerseyAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at the stories: read more
Back in January, we noted the efforts by the newly elected, Republican-majority school board in Wake County, North Carolina, to undo a celebrated integration policy in favor of "neighborhood schools," which would likely concentrate low-income students in environments less likely to produce success.The "neighborhood schools" plan wasn't scheduled to go into effect until the 2012-2013 school year, so its opponents believed they had one more chance to stop it: at the voting booth. read more
We've been bringing you the story of two largely Democratic Colorado counties told by the new Republican Secretary of State not to send ballots this year to everyone who normally gets one. That list includes inactive voters, people who didn't vote in the November 2010 election and who haven't re-upped since then. In the case of Pueblo County, Secretary of State Scott Gessler told the clerk not to send ballots to about 75 troops overseas who were considered inactive voters.
On the subject of kids using "verse" as a new way of saying "play," @Microgeek writes:I'm all for making up words. Let the kids have their "versing."So, I guess, a scrimmage in practice would be preversing.Repeating a match due to rainout, tie, some other reason would be reversing.Playing against yourself would be universing.If your team has to travel for matches, I guess you would be traversing.If the teams somehow get all discombobulated and get the goals backward, would they be conversing? read more
Back in my native Ohio, there's quite the tug of war developing over Marlene Quinn. She's the great-grandmother of four-year-old Zoey, who was rescued from a suburban Cincinnati fire last November. read more
I was an Occupy Wall Street skeptic. I admit it. I was dubious that camping in Liberty Park would have any impact at all on America's corporate culture. Wall Street is not really a literal place anymore, and since 9/11 you don't do anything in Lower Manhattan that they don't allow you to do, so how could occupying a park matter? read more