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Monday's Mini-Report

07/30/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* I find it hard to even fathom 200,000 civilians fleeing a city simultaneously, but in Aleppo, Syria, it's necessary.* Subtly pushing back against some of the rhetoric heard in Israel over the weekend, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta argued in Tunisia today that pressure on Iran is working and needs to... read more

One of these things is not like the other

One of these things is not like the other

07/30/12 04:48PM

I suspect much of the political world has ingrained impressions of the major cable news networks, and makes certain assumptions about the networks' audiences. With this in mind, a regular reader today flagged a McClatchy item from last week that I'd missed entirely, and it's worth a closer look.The television remote control has... read more

Seen in Maine: 'We did not vote for Paul LePage'

Seen in Maine: 'We did not vote for Paul LePage'

07/30/12 04:08PM

Senior producer Cory Gnazzo saw a couple of these bumper stickers in Maine last week. They refer to Republican Governor Paul LePage winning the three-way governor's race in 2010 with 38 percent of the vote. Two years later, Governor LePage's recent service gets this gloss from the Kennebec Journal's opinion page:So to sum up, this... read more

Monday's campaign round-up

07/30/12 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:* While George W. Bush and Dick Cheney will not even show up for the Republican National Convention, Bill Clinton will play a significant role at the Democratic National Convention,... read more

On the offensive on women's rights, redux

07/30/12 11:25AM

A few weeks ago, President Obama and his campaign team made it clear they have the advantage on hot-button, culture-war issues by launching a new ad, slamming Mitt Romney over his opposition to abortion rights. The spot was apparently successful enough to spur a sequel.In this ad, viewers see a voter named Jenni arguing, "I've never... read more

A different kind of 'fear factor'

A different kind of 'fear factor'

07/30/12 10:49AM

Way back in March, I wrote an op-ed for the New York Daily News about Mitt Romney and the likelihood that his campaign would be damaged by cowardice. In context, this came right after Romney refused to criticize Rush Limbaugh for his attacks on Sandra Fluke.In fact, I drew a parallel at the time -- in the 1988 race, following the Iran-Contra... read more

Physics professor Richard Muller, chair of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project.

Former climate skeptic says humans driving crisis

07/30/12 10:15AM

When it comes to the politics of climate change, it's hard not to enjoy the story of Richard Muller, a Berkeley physics professor.Not long after the so-called "Climategate" story, Muller, a self-proclaimed skeptic of global warming, created the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project to examine all of the available data, and... read more

Romney to 'go back and check' on tax rates

07/30/12 08:35AM

We can only speculate as to why Mitt Romney refuses to disclose more of his tax returns, but one of the leading theories has to do with the tax rate the very wealthy candidate has paid. Thanks to loopholes, Romney already pays a lower rate than most of the middle class, but thanks to his creative accounting, it's possible years went by in... read more

Morning Maddow: July 30

07/30/12 07:53AM

Fmr. VP Dick Cheney thinks Pres. Obama is making foreign-policy mistakes (like withdrawing from Iraq).Romney adviser Dan Senor: talk war with Iran to make peace.Romney declares Jerusalem the capital of Israel.Republican also-rans and fiscal irresponsibility.Health updates on Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sen. Mark Kirk.Another big protest in... read more

Links for the 7/27 TRMS

07/27/12 11:22PM

Executive Order -- White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African AmericansObama's black education initiative draws cheers, brickbatsDemocrats make emotional plea for gun control Democratic senators offer gun control amendment for cybersecurity bill Ed Lee stands firm on stop-and-frisk plan Judge Grants Class-Action Status to... read more

Ahead on the 7/27 Maddow show

07/27/12 06:30PM

Tonight's guests include:Josh Rogin, reporter for Foreign Policy and author of "The Cable" blogEd Rendell,  former Pennsylvania governor, former DNC chairman, current NBC News political analyst and cnbc contributorMarquez Claxton, Director of the Black Law Enforcement Alliance and NYPD veteranHere's tonight's soundtrack... read more

Friday's Mini-Report

07/27/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* The central banks have disappointed before: "Stocks rallied Friday on growing hopes of further stimulus from the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, as economic growth slowed in the second quarter."* In Syria, all eyes are on the embattled city of Aleppo.* Nice timing: "On the eve of... read more

Romney doesn't mind trying to slice the truth very thin.

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXVII

07/27/12 03:40PM

Paul Krugman, who's been nearly as frustrated by Mitt Romney's habitual dishonesty as I've been, noted this week that political observers should pause to appreciate "this remarkable spectacle." Krugman added, "I really don't think there's been anything like this in American political history: a... read more

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