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Wednesday's campaign round-up

08/01/12 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:* New Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News polling shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by six points in Florida (51% to 45%), six points in Ohio (50% to 44%), and 11 points in... read more

Demagoguery lives

Demagoguery lives

08/01/12 11:30AM

For much of the Bush/Cheney era, right-wing groups could be counted on to spew neoconservative talking points pretty aggressively. After President Obama put together a series of national security and counter-terrorist victories, the arguments largely faded.But not completely. A ridiculous group called Secure America Now released an attack video... read more

Chutzpah, thy name is Mitt

08/01/12 10:57AM

After reporting on President Obama's auto-industry rescue for a few years, I thought I'd heard just about every Republican argument. Mitt Romney, however, has a new attack that I, must admit, I didn't see coming.In this new commercial, we're introduced to Al Zarzour, who owned a car dealership in Lyndhurst, Ohio. read more

Arizona's John Enright

Actual GOP voter fraud in Arizona

08/01/12 09:52AM

When Republican officials nationwide launched an aggressive voter-suppression campaign in advance of the 2012 elections, they did so under the dubious auspices of "voter fraud." The tactics are necessary, the GOP said, not to rig elections, but to protect the integrity of the process.The problem, of course, is that actual, real-world... read more

Morning Maddow: August 1

08/01/12 07:57AM

Romney makes a new defense of his controversial 'culture' remarks, while his campaign promises to be friendlier to the press.New poll shows Obama is up in 3 swing states.The Postal Service can't pay a big bill that's due today.The pepper-spraying UC Davis police officer is no longer employed there.India gets its power back... read more

On the agenda

On the agenda

07/31/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Tuesday’s show – the Republican legislative agenda today includes yet another bill that attempts to ban abortion in the District of Columbia, plus Mitt Romney’s tour de... watch

Ahead on the 7/31 Maddow show

07/31/12 07:37PM

Tonight's guests include:Rep. Jan Schakowsky, (D) Illinois, member of the Health Subcommittee of Energy and Commerce CommitteeLou Dubose, editor of The Washington SpectatorHere's tonight's soundtrack.And here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at tonight's show:  read more

India power outage: Can I get a map with that?

India power outage: Can I get a map with that?

07/31/12 06:00PM

The number of people without power in India is well beyond my range of comprehension. Per today's New York Times:About 600 million people lost power in India on Tuesday when the country's northern and eastern electricity grids failed, crippling the country for a second consecutive day.The population of the United States is 314,063,845,... read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

07/31/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* It's hard to even fathom a power outage affecting 600 million people, but for two days, that's exactly what's happened for half the population of India.* New sanctions: "President Barack Obama announced new U.S. read more

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