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08/15/12 06:30PM

Tonight's guests include:Kathy Culliton-Gonzalez, director of Voter Protection for  the Advancement ProjectMichael Dukakis, former Democratic presidential candidate and former governor of MassachusettsHere's tonight's soundtrack.And here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at tonight's show:   read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

08/15/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* A gunman shot a security guard today at the offices of the Family Research Council, a religious right lobbying group. The guard, who was shot in the arm, is apparently OK, the shooter is in custody, and fortunately no one else was hurt. read more

Romney in Ohio, in front of some of the coal miners he lied to about welfare.

Blatant dishonesty matters more than who's 'mean'

08/15/12 04:36PM

Following Mitt Romney's minor breakdown yesterday, in which he complained bitterly about President Obama not being nice enough to him, there were all kinds of media analyses today on the 2012 race reaching a "poisonous" level. Ben Smith speculated today on how the campaign "got so mean."What these pieces overlook is any... read more

'That's the difference between our plans on Medicare'

08/15/12 03:39PM

President Obama was in Dubuque, Iowa, this afternoon, and took two minutes to address the subject of the week: Medicare.For those who can't watch clips online, here's a transcript of Obama's remarks:"I think know their plan's not very popular. You can tell that because they are being pretty dishonest about my plan.... read more

The perspective of an undecided voter

08/15/12 02:54PM

With just 12 weeks to go before the election, the percentage of undecided voters in the presidential race is "only a sliver of the electorate." While there are usually more voters who haven't made up their minds at this phase of the race, in 2012, "undecideds" are far and few between.And what, pray tell, are these folks... read more

Freeing Wall Street of its burdens

08/15/12 01:51PM

Vice President Joe Biden was in Virginia yesterday, reminding voters that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan intend to roll back the clock on Wall Street safeguards and layers of accountability. " said in the first 100 days, he's going to let the big banks write their own rules -- unchain Wall Street," Biden said. "They're going... read more

Cutting PBS and the NEA won't do it

Cutting PBS and the NEA won't do it

08/15/12 12:56PM

Mitt Romney sat down with Fortune magazine for a pretty interesting interview, which was published today. It's worth your time, and I'll resist the temptation to go through every exchange in detail, but there's one part of the Q&A that seemed especially important.Romney believes -- or at least wants you to believe -- that... read more

Obama greets supporters after speaking on immigration policy in El Paso last year.

A day in which 'dreams' come true

08/15/12 12:26PM

Nearly two months after President Obama made a surprise announcement, deciding to implement many of the goals of the Dream Act, today is a breakthrough day.The Obama administration will kick off one of the most sweeping changes in immigration policy in decades Wednesday, allowing an estimated 1.7 million young undocumented immigrants to apply... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

08/15/12 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:* The Obama campaign intends to sharpen its focus on Medicare, and released this new video this morning. (The clip appears to be intended for the web, and at 90 seconds, is too long for... read more

Other than tax returns, 'there's nothing we're hiding'

08/15/12 11:26AM

As a rule, family members of candidates shouldn't be considered political players, but once those family members become campaign surrogates and enter the political sphere making partisan arguments, there's nothing inappropriate about scrutinizing their comments.Take Ann Romney's latest defense of her husband's secrecy, for... read more

When Medicare confusion becomes Medicare incoherence

08/15/12 09:56AM

Just over the past couple of days, Mitt Romney's campaign has said he's for and against President Obama's Medicare savings. The campaign has also said Romney's Medicare plan is "very similar" and "very different" when compared to Paul Ryan's Medicare plan.Yesterday, Romney's confusion grew deeper... read more

Boehner rejects the 'knuckle-draggers' in his midst

08/15/12 09:27AM

Occasionally, the far-right Republican base voices strong concerns about House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) being insufficiently radical. His comments on Fox News last night aren't going to help.For those who can't watch clips online, Fox News' Greta Van Susstren noted that Paul Ryan's record isn't exactly that of a... read more

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