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Michigan Supreme Court: Put emergency manager law on the ballot

08/03/12 02:21PM

The voters of Michigan will get a say on the state's emergency financial manager law. In a 4-3 decision, the state supreme court ruled today that the petition drive met the requirements and should be certified for the November election. That petition had been challenged by a group based in the office of a member of the elections board that... read more

Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock's Vertigo.

Second-place 'Citizen'

08/03/12 02:15PM

In other, non-Olympic news from Britain...Once a decade, Sight and Sound, the magazine arm of the British Film Institute, polls film critics and directors to create a list of the best films ever made. While everyone involved usually acknowledges that lists of this kind tend to be a bit silly due to their inherent subjectivity, the Sight and... read more

Fortune teller

Fortune teller

08/03/12 01:55PM

After months of media bloviating and deep-thinkery as to the relative merits of President Obama versus Mitt Romney, kudos to adult film star Jenna Jameson for summing it all up in two succinct lines: "I'm very looking forward to a Republican being back in office. When you're rich, you want a Republican in office." read more

Defining intellectualism down

Defining intellectualism down

08/03/12 01:20PM

With Ted Cruz, Texas' former solicitor general, on track to win a U.S. Senate seat in three months, the far-right Republican is starting to receive some attention from the national media. read more

GOP turns to lobbyists to shape party platform

GOP turns to lobbyists to shape party platform

08/03/12 12:31PM

One of the consistent elements of the last few years is the consistency and frequency with which Republican policymakers turn to lobbyists -- for everything.When Congress worked on a jobs bill in 2010, John Boehner and his team huddled with corporate lobbyists. When work on Wall Street reform got underway, Boehner and the GOP huddled with... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

08/03/12 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:* The Koch brothers' Americans For Prosperity is investing over $24 million in an ad campaign that will run through early September. read more

What counts as 'poppycock'

08/03/12 11:34AM

About a month ago, American Bridge uncovered a pretty amusing video. In it, we see Mitt Romney, six years ago, putting his jobs record in context: "I came in and the jobs had been just falling off a cliff.... It takes a while to get things turned around. We were in a recession; we were losing jobs every month. read more

The challenge of overcoming personal unpopularity, redux

The challenge of overcoming personal unpopularity, redux

08/03/12 09:59AM

The topline results of the new Pew Research Center poll will probably get most of the attention: President Obama leads Mitt Romney in the poll by 10 points, 51% to 41%. Before Democrats get too excited about this, though, Nate Silver explained the gap isn't as impressive as it seems, and Obama's swing-state lead actually shrank in the... read more

A decade of jobs numbers

A decade of jobs numbers

08/03/12 09:21AM

Just for fun, I thought I'd post one more jobs chart, following up on the earlier item. This one shows job growth by year going back to 2001. The blue columns point to President Obama's term, while the red columns point to the Bush/Cheney era, and just as importantly, the lighter color refers to the overall jobs picture, while the... read more

'Put up or shut up'

'Put up or shut up'

08/03/12 08:00AM

Sometimes, it's possible to gain and lose the moral high ground very quickly.When reporters shout intemperate questions at a candidate near Pilsudski Square in Warsaw, the candidate has gained the high ground. When the candidate's aide tells the reporters, "Kiss my ass" and "Shove it," the candidate has lost the... read more

Morning Maddow: August 3

08/03/12 07:57AM

The Obama administration will consider gay couples' marriages in deportation decisions. "Fast and Furious" claims one ATF scalp.The fight over sending Ron Paul delegates to Tampa widens.Protesters (including an elderly nun) breach security at Oak Ridge uranium plant.1,000 Syrians, including a defecting General, flee to Turkey.I... read more

Power lost or powerless?

Power lost or powerless?

08/02/12 10:27PM

UPDATE: Turns out there is a map for that. Thanks to Seth Flaxman for the tip.I was explaining the India blackout to my young son yesterday when he told me that the people in India live in the jungle because they have elephants. Setting aside that Indian elephants are probably more likely to live on grasslands than jungle, I pointed out to him... read more

House GOP wants you to speak English only

House GOP wants you to speak English only

08/02/12 08:00PM

The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson talks about the House Republicans’ hearing to create a bill which would establish English as the official language of America and comments on the latest Latino Decisions poll, which has President Barack Obama... watch


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