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07/23/12 07:51PM

Toinght's guests: Mayor Michael Nutter, PhiladelphiaE.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist and msnbc contributor, Brookings Institution senior fellow and the author of "Our Divided Political Heart"Martin Gilens, professor of politics at Princeton University and author of the new book, "Affluence and Influence, Economic... read more

Monday's Mini-Report

07/23/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* The debt crisis in Spain continues to roil markets around the globe. There are ample reasons for concern.* Coordinated car bombs in Iraq delivered the nation's deadliest attacks so far this year.* Syria confirmed it has stockpiles of chemical weapons, but said claimed they would only be used "in the... read more

Gohmert's regrets

Gohmert's regrets

07/23/12 04:45PM

On Friday morning, while much of the country was still learning about the horrific events in Aurora, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) decided to weigh in with some thoughts of his own. As the right-wing Texan saw it, the deadly violence was the result of "ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.""We have been at war with the very... read more

Brooklyn politics now going like this

Brooklyn politics now going like this

07/23/12 04:17PM

We don't know whether Mindy Meyer is in fact the "first young woman in the history of New York to run for New York State Senate," as she claims, or even what that's supposed to mean -- young being a relative term. And probably she's fishing for attention with that LMFAO loop welcoming you to her fallout-pink campaign... read more

GOP lie circles back to Elizabeth Warren

GOP lie circles back to Elizabeth Warren

07/23/12 03:55PM

It all comes full circle.Last September, Elizabeth Warren explained the role of public institutions in creating a society that allows American businesses to thrive. A video of the comments went viral, and soon after, President Obama echoed the sentiment.Last week, Mitt Romney's campaign, hoping that voters are fools, made the case that... read more

The health care exchanges the GOP pretends not to like

07/23/12 02:14PM

The Affordable Care Act is a multi-faceted law, but one of the more important policy elements is the creation of "exchanges." Republicans hate the idea -- or at least, they pretend to -- but now is probably a good time for them to get over it.Exchanges, like the mandate, used to be a key GOP proposal. The word may seem wonky, but it&... read more

Romney's 'it takes a village' argument in 2002

07/23/12 01:35PM

In retrospect, this is probably a quote Mitt Romney wishes he could take back.The clip comes from the opening ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics, at which Romney reminded the athletes, " know you didn't get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided,... read more

The Butterfly Project: part trois

It's a girl! And a...

07/23/12 01:15PM

Our butterfly adventure is coming to a quick and satisfying conclusion. On Saturday morning I woke to find that McQueen had hatched from a chrysalis and was perched on the windowsill, longing to fly into the sunshine. I was able to get a picture before letting her go. Yes, McQueen turned out to be a girl. How do I know? Click this link to find... read more

Bachmann is losing friends fast

07/23/12 12:20PM

Following up on last week's reporting, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is still losing friends fast. In fact, it's rare to see a Republican officeholder lose so much support so quickly from within the party.To briefly recap, Bachmann and a handful of right-wing colleagues recently launched a bizarre crusade, urging executive branch... read more

Monday's campaign round-up

07/23/12 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:* Both President Obama and Mitt Romney return to the campaign trail today, with scheduled events in Nevada and California. read more

Reagan worship gone awry

Reagan worship gone awry

07/23/12 10:12AM

For the last quarter-century or so, Republican activists have been fairly aggressive in pushing policymakers at every level of government to name things after Ronald Reagan By "things," I mean just about any kind of public landmark or institution: airports, highways, schools, etc.Once in a while, though, this push to honor the man the... read more

Rick Warren ponders students, animals

Rick Warren ponders students, animals

07/23/12 09:29AM

In June 1999, then-Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) appeared on the House floor to reflect on the Columbine massacre, and he proceeded to blame science textbooks for the murders. These tragedies happen, DeLay said, "because our school systems teach the children that they are nothing but glorified apes who are evolutionized out of some primordial... read more

Ron Johnson's vision of an armed populace

Ron Johnson's vision of an armed populace

07/23/12 08:47AM

Given the massacre in Aurora on Friday, much of the discussions on the Sunday shows dealt with what, if anything, can be done to prevent similar violence in the future. One of the more noteworthy discussions was held on "Fox News Sunday," where Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made the case for gun control, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.... read more

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