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Orrin Hatch's mean streak

Orrin Hatch's mean streak

04/16/12 03:47PM

A few years ago, as the fight over health care reform grew more intense, MoveOn.org organized a protest at Sen. Orrin Hatch's (R-Utah) Salt Lake City office, objecting to the conservative senator's positions on health care policy and donations from the insurance industry. Asked about the demonstration, Hatch told msnbc's Andrea Mitchell, "MoveOn.org is a scurrilous organization.... And frankly, they're not gonna smear me without getting kicked in the teeth by me."That was October 2009. read more

Herman Cain's 'Army of Davids'

Herman Cain's 'Army of Davids'

04/16/12 02:00PM

About a month ago, failed Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain released this video, calling for an "Army of Davids" to join him a "revolution." As part of this endeavor, Cain says he and his allies will "descend upon the Goliath called Capitol Hill," and demand support for his ridiculous "9-9-9" tax plan.Remember, this video is sincere, and not a parody intended to make Cain appear foolish.Today, of course, is April 16, the kick off for "Cain's Revolution on the Hill Rally and Patriot Summit." How many soldiers in Cain's "Army of Davids" showed up? read more

Our nation's sons

Our nation's sons

04/16/12 01:33PM

Even without the tragic echoes of the Trayvon Martin case, this new 40-foot-high mural in Edinburgh, Scotland, would pack a wallop.This giant hoodie icon was painted by Joe Caslin,  a student at Edinburgh College of Art as part of a series of public images called Our Nation's Sons. According to the his website,  five other large-scale works will pop up around the city during the next 10 days. read more

Romney surrogate Ed Gillespie on "Fox News Sunday"

What 'defunding' Planned Parenthood means

04/16/12 12:32PM

Republican insider Ed Gillespie, serving in his new capacity as a Romney campaign advisor and surrogate, appeared on "Fox News Sunday" yesterday, and made some interesting comments about women's issues.Most of the exchange was fairly predictable -- Gillespie defended a foolish lie, for example -- but note the campaign surrogate's response when host Chris Wallace asked about Mitt Romney's plan to "get rid of" all federal aid to Planned Parenthood."Federal funding of abortion is not a noble thing to do. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

04/16/12 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:* President Obama's re-election campaign and the DNC raised $53 million in March, with an average contribution was $50.78. The monthly total is up from the $45 million raised in February.* Speaking of campaign fundraising, an anonymous donor has contributed $10 million to Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, to run attack ads smearing the president in 2012. read more

Another setback for the GOP's outreach to Latinos

Another setback for the GOP's outreach to Latinos

04/16/12 11:33AM

The National Republican Congressional Committee is well aware of their party's problems with Latino voters, but insists it's making progress. Indeed, the NRCC has a list of 27 non-incumbent Latino candidates running for office in 2012.Elise Foley, however, discovered some problems with the list.There's just one issue: Some of the candidates on the list aren't actually Latino -- or even registered Republicans.The Huffington Post contacted each of the 27 reportedly Latino candidates touted by the NRCC, and spoke to more than half. read more

Romney drops policy hints at closed-door fundraiser

Romney drops policy hints at closed-door fundraiser

04/16/12 10:47AM

A few weeks ago, Mitt Romney visited with the Weekly Standard and made the case for pre-election policy secrecy. The Republicans noted that during previous campaigns, when he'd tell voters what he planned to do in office, they would disapprove of his ideas, leading him to believe it's preferable to remain vague in public until after the election.If the truth might cost Romney votes, the argument goes, then the truth should be hidden from the public. In private, however, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is apparently willing to be a little more candid. read more

It's a matter of 'choice'

04/16/12 10:04AM

There was a curious exchange on "Meet the Press" yesterday, with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) arguing, with a straight face, that she and her party want American women to be able to "make their own choices for the future of their own bodies." No, seriously, that's what she said.For those who can't watch clips online, the right-wing Minnesotan argued with a straight face:"What we want is women to be able to make their own choices.... You see, that's the lie that happens under Obamacare. The president of the United States effectively becomes a health care dictator. read more

Why Romney's tax returns matter

04/16/12 09:28AM

By now, everyone is probably familiar with the predictable political tactic: wait until late on a Friday afternoon to release news you don't want people to see. It's a routine ploy in large part because it's so effective.With this in mind, let's not overlook the announcement from the Romney campaign, made around 5 p.m. eastern on Friday afternoon.Mitt Romney has filed for an extension on his 2011 taxes, his campaign said Friday. read more

Senate GOP poised to kill Buffett Rule

Senate GOP poised to kill Buffett Rule

04/16/12 08:45AM

There's a strange loophole in the federal tax code. Those Americans who become wealthy thanks to private-equity funds -- hedge-fund managers, vulture capitalists -- get to pay a special, lower tax rate. The result is a tax policy dynamic that's obviously unfair: some millionaires end up paying a lower rate than most of the middle class.Democrats have proposed closing the loophole with something called the "Buffett Rule," which would require those who make $1 million or more to pay at least a 30% rate, and the Senate is scheduled to act on the proposal today. read more

Mitt's muddled message on Moms

04/16/12 08:00AM

It's funny how a 43-second video can ruin the Romney's campaign's entire offensive on stay-at-home moms.On Wednesday, CNN pundit Hilary Rosen noted that Mitt Romney claims to rely on his wife for guidance on women and economic issues, which Rosen argued is odd, since Ann Romney has "never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing." As you probably noticed, this led Republicans to say Democrats are "attacking" moms, and it led many in the media to suggest "both sides" are engaged in a "war on women."The Romney campaign, in particular, read more

Morning Maddow: April 16

Morning Maddow: April 16

04/16/12 07:38AM

Romney on where he would find the money to offset his tax cuts.Romney needs more time to get his 2011 taxes done.Issa will look into looking into Secret Service shenanigans in Colombia.Republican lawmakers vent (anonymously) about Cantor.Want to see a picture of your Secretary of State swigging a beer? Yes, you do.Cheney speaks... for more than an hour.Norway's mass murderer claims he acted in self-defense.18 hours of intense gunfighting in Kabul, Afghanistan.Space Shuttle Discovery is blasting off to its final home. The best spots and times to see it in the air tomorrow. read more

One night in L.A.

04/15/12 09:01PM

Rachel sat down with Bill Maher last week for a Writers Bloc presentation at the Saban Theatre in L.A. This might be the best three-minute lesson you can get on President Reagan's Iran-Contra scandal, and why it should have been a much bigger deal than Watergate. read more

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