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Equality of opportunity

04/03/12 01:57PM

When Republicans consider the bigger picture and talk about the relationship between the government, the populace, and the economy, it's uncommon to hear them characterize a dispute between "equality of opportunity" and "equality of outcome."The latter, GOP leaders like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney argue, is what Democrats want: everyone ends up with the same resources, regardless of how hard they work or the value of their labor. read more

Mississippi State Senator Hob Bryan

Mississippi anti-abortion bill 'obviously unconstitutional'

04/03/12 01:06PM

All session, Mississippi Republicans have been working a pair of conservative bills that would almost surely give them trouble in the courts. With time running out, and with concerns about future court challenges, Mississippi Republicans have handed those bills over to the minority Democrats for a final say.One bill is an anti-immigration measure styled after the law in Alabama, which was in turn styled after the law in Arizona, and which has given both states fits since they passed them. read more

GOP objects to Obama's Supreme Court comments

04/03/12 12:31PM

At a White House event yesterday, a reporter asked President Obama about the health care case at the Supreme Court, and he addressed the matter publicly for the first time since last week's arguments. If you missed it, here's the clip.The comments were provocative, but hardly shocking. read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

04/03/12 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:* In case there were any doubts about the practical end of the GOP's presidential nominating race, the Republican National Committee will begin this week raising money jointly with Mitt Romney.* According to the AP's delegate count, Romney is still only about halfway to clinching the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination.* Rep. read more

Sandra Fluke and Sen. Olympia Snowe at the Women's Campaign Fund Parties of Your Choice Gala.

Snowe answers her own question

04/03/12 11:31AM

As she wraps up her final year on Capitol Hill, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), to her credit, doesn't mind calling out her own party -- at least on contraception access.Just a few years ago, Snowe recalled, she stood with President Barack Obama as he signed the Fair Pay Act named after Ledbetter. The political debate today "comes to contraceptive coverage," Snowe said."You know, it really is surprising, because I feel like it's a retro-debate that took place in the 1950s," Snowe said. "It's sort of back to the future, isn't it? read more

A different kind of enthusiasm gap

04/03/12 11:09AM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) talked on Friday to National Review, a leading conservative publication, and fielded a pretty straightforward question, "So, why Romney?"Rubio responded with a lengthy, 325-word answer, which spanned 16 sentences. And in that 325-word, 16-sentence response, the high-profile senator, who may very well end up as his party's vice presidential nominee, managed to say exactly zero nice things about Mitt Romney.I'm being entirely literal. read more

Christie backs ALEC agenda in New Jersey

Christie backs ALEC agenda in New Jersey

04/03/12 10:23AM

Chances are, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is largely unknown to most of the public. Perhaps it's time that changes.Paul Krugman recently highlighted the "corporate-backed organization" that has "managed to keep a low profile even as it exerts vast influence" in state legislatures, most notably with Republican policymakers.As Krugman explained, ALEC is "very much a movement-conservative organization, funded by the usual suspects: the Kochs, Exxon Mobil, and so on. read more

A swing and a miss from Romney on immigration

A swing and a miss from Romney on immigration

04/03/12 09:24AM

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is starting to worry about the damage Republicans have done with Latino voters. Romney aides are reportedly "concerned" that the GOP "is turning away the increasingly powerful constituency."The fears are well grounded; Romney and other Republicans have been alienating Latinos -- the fastest growing voting constituency in the U.S. read more

The importance of a pride flag in Afghanistan

The importance of a pride flag in Afghanistan

04/03/12 08:41AM

Thanks to the extraordinary progress on gay rights in the U.S. military in recent years, images that were once hard to imagine are now becoming more common.In December, for example, we saw a lesbian couple marking a time-honored Navy homecoming tradition with a celebrated "first kiss." Rather than being embarrassed by the display, the Navy posted the image on its official military website.More recently, there's the above image of a gay pride flag flying at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. read more

Obama, allies hit Romney on Big Oil ties

04/03/12 08:01AM

Because so much of the 2012 focus has been on the Republican presidential field, and the ads aired by the candidates and their super PACs, we've seen far less from the Obama/Biden campaign when it comes to election messaging. That's changing now that the general-election phase is getting underway.The president's re-election team unveiled this new ad late yesterday, which is airing in several battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia.What's interesting about the spot is the context in which it appears. read more

Morning Maddow: April 3

04/03/12 07:39AM

It's election day in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C.How to make $10 million without buying a single Lotto ticketWhat do the GOP plan to kill Medicare and finches have in common?Federal lobster crime is no jokeIf you go to Vegas and the worst thing you do is get a clown, how bad can it be for your career?  Pretty badThis headline gets it right: "Anti-Liberal Scheme"Olympics themed... plane? read more

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