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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

Another shutdown threat (probably) averted

Another shutdown threat (probably) averted

07/31/12 04:27PM

Back in the spring, we talked about the looming possibility of a pre-election government shutdown. As of this afternoon, the threat appears to have been largely resolved.To briefly recap, Democrats and Republicans struck a deal last summer on spending levels for the upcoming year, which seemingly cleared the way for a smooth budget process. In... read more

Barak on Barack

07/31/12 03:38PM

With the right eager to drive a wedge between President Obama and Jewish voters, yesterday's comments from Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, followed soon after by comments by Israeli President Shimon Peres, are music to the campaign's ears.I suspect this exchange, between Ehud Barak and CNN's Wolf... read more

'The most leftie opening ceremony I've ever seen.'

'The most leftie opening ceremony I've ever seen.'

07/31/12 03:15PM

On last night's show, Rachel pointed out (video) that as an audience member watching the wild Mary Poppins-meets-the-Sex-Pistols Olympic opening ceremony, Mitt Romney was forced to endure a singing, dancing celebration of the National Health Service a.k.a Romneycare. Awkward.Turns out, the NHS tribute also left some English conservatives... read more

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Pic: Funny at the Chik-fil-A

07/31/12 02:09PM

Laura Gorman of Austin, Texas, sends this picture of her wife, Just Kusko, proving that funny is one of the best ideas in civic action.(Feed the inbox. Send stuff from what's happening where you live.) read more

When culture, context, and cowardice collide

07/31/12 12:34PM

Mitt Romney caused quite a stir this week, appearing at an Israeli fundraiser where he argued Palestinians have a weaker economy because of its "culture." The comments have drawn sharp rebukes on both sides of the Atlantic and made an already-disastrous foreign trip even worse.What's more, as Kevin Drum explained this morning, it... read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

07/31/12 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 a big surprise, Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio), a relative moderate, confirmed this morning that he will retire at the end of the year and is not seeking re-election.* Julian Castro... read more

GOP moderates ponder their lost influence

GOP moderates ponder their lost influence

07/31/12 11:19AM

By the standards of some GOP moderates, the Republican Party is already "so far overboard that we are beyond redemption."This is not an uncommon sentiment. As the radicalization of the Republican Party has intensified, some of the party's more notable moderates, including Arlen Specter and Charlie Crist, have been driven from the... read more

Waiting for Romney to 'go back and look'

07/31/12 10:46AM

Over the weekend, ABC News' David Muir sat down with Mitt Romney, and brought up the still-hidden tax returns. Specifically, the reporter asked, "rom what you have released and from what we have seen we know that there was one year when you paid about 13.9% tax rate. Can we clear this up by asking a simple yes or no question? Was there... read more

Dems' move on marriage equality draws no pushback

07/31/12 10:23AM

Democratic Party officials met in Minneapolis over the weekend and moved towards changing their platform: going forward, the party will officially support marriage equality. The decision is not yet final -- party leaders still need to approve the final language -- but by all appearances, the 2012 platform will reflect this historic shift.And... read more

Richard Mourdock on 'tyrannical principles'

07/31/12 09:56AM

Soon after Richard Mourdock defeated Sen. Dick Lugar in a Republican primary in Indiana, the political world started coming to grips with just how right-wing the guy really is.Late last week, the U.S. Senate hopeful offered another reminder, delivering a deeply strange speech to a FreedomWorks audience in Dallas.Of particular interest was... read more

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