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Occupy Cleveland cancels May Day plans

Occupy Cleveland cancels May Day plans

05/01/12 02:13PM

The FBI arrested five suspects last night in what law enforcement describes as a plot to blow up a bridge near Cleveland today. The local Cleveland Scene screengrabs some of their Facebook pages, including the one belonging to Douglas Wright, above.On the right, the arrests are showing up as a case of "Occupy Leaders" gone way wrong. And it's true that you can find a couple of the suspects had been called Occupy organizers, in a Tumblr post and in this local report. read more

Invasion of the 'Kanamits'

05/01/12 01:13PM

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) caused a stir recently when he accused dozens of House Democrats of being secret members of the Communist Party. In his latest Facebook message, however, the right-wing congressman has a new label in mind.Apparently complaining about Democratic efforts to keep student loan interest rates low, West complains that "President Barack Hussein Obama" is "bribing" voters. The Republican lawmaker added, "This is so reminiscent of the Twilight Zone episode 'To Serve Man'. read more

The theme is about giving voters a choice of directions.

Moving 'forward,' into a red scare

05/01/12 12:37PM

When the Obama campaign unveiled a seven-minute video yesterday, making the case for the president's re-election, it also unveiled a new theme: "Forward." For those of us at msnbc, the choice of words seemed pretty familiar.But we were hardly the only ones. Zeke Miller highlighted all kinds of groups, outlets, and organizations that have also put "forward" to good use. It's also a common position in many team sports. It's even Wisconsin's official state motto.But as Todd Gregory noted, some on the right have found a hidden socialist plot. read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

05/01/12 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:* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) raised an astonishing $13 million in just three months for his recall campaign. That's almost on par with some presidential candidates.* President Obama's campaign unveiled its second television ad this morning, which makes use of Mitt Romney's Swiss bank account. read more

An anti-tax party

An anti-tax party

05/01/12 11:30AM

There's an enormous fight looming at the end of the year over taxes and revenue, when all of the Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire, just as major spending cuts from the debt-ceiling agreement are set to begin. read more

New York's new tallest tower

New York's new tallest tower

05/01/12 11:15AM

On the subject of last night's Best New Thing, Andy Dallos shared the above picture he took from an airplane window on Sunday and Bill remarked that we don't often see 1WTC from the sky like that where the height is so pronounced. Usually we see pictures from the ground, where the perspective makes it hard to distinguish the height of 1WTC from the surrounding buildings.You may recall, the Twin Towers were visible from all over the city and were always a good way to orient yourself, for example when coming out of the subway. This new tower already has a similar prominence. read more

Chris Christie's bid for attention

Chris Christie's bid for attention

05/01/12 10:56AM

As the scuttlebutt surrounding Mitt Romney's search for a running mate continues unabated, a couple of Republicans are shamelessly putting themselves forward, hoping for consideration.Virginia Gov. Bob "Ultrasound" McDonnell (R) has arguably been the most brazen, but he's not the only one.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said Romney "might be able to convince" him to serve as his No. 2 on the Republican presidential ticket."He might be able to convince me. He's a convincing guy, but I really love this job. read more

Can we define 'politicizing'?

05/01/12 09:17AM

Mitt Romney apparently doesn't think the U.S. mission that killed Osama bin Laden should be a "political" issue.In a rare joint television appearance, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann sat down with CBS's Charlie Rose on Tuesday to discuss the presidential race. "I acknowledged the president's success and think he has every right to take credit for ordering that attack," Romney said. "At the same time, I think it was very disappointing for the president to try to make this a political item by suggesting that I wouldn't have ordered such a raid. read more

'They said no'

'They said no'

05/01/12 08:35AM

President Obama spoke yesterday at the Building and Construction Trades Department Conference, delivering a spirited message to union allies, but also taking some time to note those responsible for standing in the way of labor's goals.Speaking specifically about infrastructure, Obama revived the "party of no" theme that hasn't gotten much attention lately."Again and again, I've said now is the time do this; interest rates are low, construction workers are out of work. Contractors are begging for work, and the work needs to be done. Let's do it. read more

Can the Paycheck Fairness Act pass the Senate?

Senate eyes Paycheck Fairness Act

05/01/12 08:00AM

Two years ago, Democrats brought the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Senate floor, and thought they had a credible shot at passing the bill. Ultimately, 58 senators supported it and 41 opposed it -- which, thanks to the way the modern Senate operates, means the bill failed. read more

Morning Maddow: May 1

05/01/12 07:29AM

A great way to follow today's May Day protests.British panel declares Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person" to lead News Corp.Who's Who among Scott Walker donors.What Santorum wants before endorsing Romney.Chris Christie ensures he will never stop being asked about his Vice Presidential prospects.NBC News goes inside bin Laden's bunker.Awwwww.  read more

Links for the 12/21 TRMS

Links for the 12/21 TRMS

05/01/12 12:27AM

Shining Shoes Best Way Wall Street Women Outearn MenScott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay LawTripp Crosby - @TrippCrosby1 - Lilly Ledbetter in New Hampshire. #Women4ObamaOffshore Technology Conference 2012 (pdf) Deep discussion intrigues OTC pros Romney campaign aide claims auto bailout was Romney's idea Mitt Romney: Let Detroit Go Bankrupt Is the city facing a financial 'doomsday'? Detroit fire boss: Let some vacant buildings burn read more

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