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Monday's Mini-Report

07/16/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Warnings were ignored: "U.S. officials tell NBC News that at least one person was killed and three others injured when a U.S. read more

When 'regular' people aren't what they appear to be

07/16/12 04:48PM

It's extremely common for news stories, in print and broadcast media, to quote a "regular" person. The quotes are intended to offer insights that the public wouldn't get from policymakers.The problem comes when these "regular" people aren't quite what they appear to be. We recently talked about Joe Olivo, who... read more

Senate GOP poised to kill Disclose Act

07/16/12 03:46PM

In just a couple of hours, the Senate is poised to take up the Disclose Act (Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections), which isn't expected to do very well. Before Republicans kill it, though, it's worth pausing to appreciate how modest the proposal really is. (Update: The bill died this afternoon. It had a... read more

Romney comes up with a tax-return spin

07/16/12 02:35PM

For months, Mitt Romney was effectively Bartleby the Scrivener when it came to tax returns. Governor, why won't you disclose the materials to the public? "I prefer not to."This morning, Romney went to the friendly confines of "Fox & Friends" to try out a new line. Igor Volsky posted the clip."The Obama... read more

TRMS headline writing challenge: Infoxication, small business edition

TRMS headline writing challenge: Infoxication, small business edition

07/16/12 01:55PM

The news alchemists at Fox have done it again. During his speech Friday in Roanoke, Virginia, President Obama had this to say about the wealthy getting help on their way up the financial ladder:"There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back. They know they didn't -- look... read more

Those who sign the back of checks

Those who sign the back of checks

07/16/12 01:22PM

Time for a pop quiz. I'll give you a quote, and you guess who said it."Romney types, of course, are the ones who sign the front of the paycheck, and the Obama types are the one who have spent their entire lives signing the back of them."Guessing the person who said this might be tough, so instead, consider the speaker's... read more

Monday's campaign round-up

07/16/12 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 released a new ad over the weekend, and it's probably the most talked-about spot the Democrats have done so far this year. The ad will air in Colorado, Florida,... read more

A weak conversational detour

A weak conversational detour

07/16/12 11:25AM

About a month ago, the Romney campaign believed it could weaken President Obama by attacking a federal loan guarantee program that enjoyed bipartisan support. The idea was pretty straightforward: the administration helped invest in a series of American companies, some of those investments didn't work out, ergo scandal. read more

GOP pressures Romney: release the tax returns

07/16/12 09:58AM

Mitt Romney thought he could resolve the controversy surrounding his hidden tax returns once and for all on Friday. Romney, who has released his 2010 returns and promises to eventually release the 2011 materials, declared on CNN, "hat's what we're going to put out.... Those are the two years that people are going to have."The... read more

When in doubt, there's always Islamophobia

When in doubt, there's always Islamophobia

07/16/12 09:25AM

How can one tell for sure that there's an election coming up? Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is busy trying to generate new fears about Muslims. Alex Seitz-Wald took a look at the right-wing lawmaker's new conspiracy theory, which is every bit as ridiculous as the previous ones.The Minnesota Republican, joined by Republican Reps. read more

We're not 'going broke'

07/16/12 08:00AM

Sen. Rob Portman (R) of Ohio is getting plenty of attention lately, in large part because we know he's being considered for the Republican vice presidential nomination. And given his notoriety, it was interesting to see Portman, George W. Bush's former budget director, deliver his party's weekly address over the weekend, arguing, ... read more

Morning Maddow: July 16

07/16/12 06:51AM

Romney "retired retroactively" from Bain Capital.The Romney campaign wants to change the subject from Bain to crony capitalism.Sheldon Adelson gives big to Eric Cantor's Super PAC.The Obama administration will let Florida have access to federal database to purge its voter rolls.Ron Paul does not win Nebraska.What Republican... read more

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