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Appointed rounds and a bit of history from a New Mexico post office

Appointed rounds and a bit of history from a New Mexico post office

03/21/12 04:43PM

It turns out television journalists spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to pronounce unfamiliar names and towns. Today's pronunciation conundrum: Maljamar, New Mexico, the town the President is visiting on the second stop of his two-day four-state energy policy tour.A trick one learns after they've been in this business about... read more

A line that will be tough to live down

03/21/12 04:00PM

When Eric Fehrnstrom, the communications director for Mitt Romney's campaign, appeared on CNN this morning, he couldn't possibly have predicted how much trouble he was about to cause for his boss.It was such a simple question: is there a concern Romney is being pushed so far to the right that he'll struggle with mainstream voters... read more

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far, a gay...

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far, a gay...

03/21/12 03:32PM

Apparently the whole Religious Right versus same sex-romance-in-Star Wars-video-games dogfight isn't over yet.Quick rewind: Recently, BioWare, the makers of the massively popular MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, decided that one of your role playing options should be a same sex romance. Diverse, the universe is, hm?Yahoo reports:... read more

Romney backs Ryan plan, to Dems' delight

Romney backs Ryan plan, to Dems' delight

03/21/12 02:28PM

About a year ago, when Paul Ryan's original budget plan was unveiled, Mitt Romney was not yet an announced presidential candidate, and went to great lengths to avoid endorsing the far-right agenda. Romney dodged questions for months, until reporters eventually gave up asking.That changed in December, when Romney found his presidential... read more

Gingrich's convention problem

03/21/12 01:24PM

Newt Gingrich has so far ignored calls to end his failing presidential campaign, and checked in with Fox News' Sean Hannity last night to explain that he can still win the presidential nomination, primary and caucus results notwithstanding.Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comAs Gingrich sees it, if no candidate has the 1,144... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

03/21/12 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:* Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) announced his support this morning for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, and urged the party to rally behind Romney's Etch A Sketch... read more

The nature of debt comparisons

The nature of debt comparisons

03/21/12 11:34AM

CBS News' Mark Knoller published an item this week, arguing that President Obama has added more to the national debt in three years than President George W. Bush did in eight years. The piece proved to be wildly popular with conservatives, which is a shame -- Knoller's piece is misleading and largely inaccurate.As the CBS reporter sees... read more

The 2012 Etch-A-Sketch plan

03/21/12 10:40AM

Eric Fehrnstrom, the communications director for Mitt Romney's campaign, appeared on CNN this morning, and was asked a good question: "Is there a concern that Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to tack so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?"Alex Seitz-Wald posted a clip of... read more

Issa's revealing new conspiracy theory

03/21/12 10:05AM

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, chatted with the hosts of Fox News' "Fox & Friends" on Monday, and shared a creative argument about the Obama administration and the Recovery Act."Stimulus was supposed to be quick. In fact, they never intended to spend it and will not completely... read more

How does Romney argue the economy is getting worse? It's simple: he doesn't.

Left with no choice, Romney pivots on economy

03/21/12 09:24AM

Did you catch Mitt Romney's victory speech in Illinois last night? Echoing the themes -- and at times, the literal phrasing -- of his economic speech at the University of Chicago on Monday, the former governor spoke at length about his vague appreciation for "freedom."Romney did not, however, do what he spent 2011 doing: he didn&... read more

What is wrong with Cliff Stearns?

What is wrong with Cliff Stearns?

03/21/12 08:34AM

We learned last week that Rep. Cliff Stearns (R), at a town-hall meeting in his Florida district, questions the legitimacy of President Obama's birth certificate. Yesterday, he made matters much worse.At the town-hall meeting, it seemed at least plausible to me that the far-right Republican was simply humoring a strange constituent. read more

Romney cruises in Illinois, but slog continues

Romney cruises in Illinois, but slog continues

03/21/12 08:00AM

Looking back over the last couple of months, Mitt Romney's most notable success stories usually come with a "yes, but." Did he win in New Hampshire? Yes, but Romney's practically a local. Did he score victories in Ohio and Michigan? Yes, but the margins were unimpressive and narrow. Did he crush the competition in Virginia?... read more

Morning Maddow: March 21

03/21/12 07:43AM

Romney wins Illinois (but Santorum gets some delegates, too).Cantor's guy beats the Tea Party's guy in Illinois.The Gingrich campaign is in debt.Somebody firebombed the office of a Texas State Senator (a Democrat).A high-ranking GOP congressman confirms he's a birther.French police are in an armed standoff with the suspected... read more

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