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Tuesday's campaign round-up

03/20/12 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:* Though some recent polling shows Sen. Scott Brown (R) faring well in Massachusetts' U.S. Senate race, a brand new poll from Public Policy Polling shows Elizabeth Warren (D) in the lead, 46% to 41%.* In Virginia's closely-watched U.S. read more

The wrong champion for the safety net

The wrong champion for the safety net

03/20/12 11:30AM

In October, the Republican National Committee sent out a strange fundraising letter, ostensibly written by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), complaining, "The safety net for the poor is coming apart at the seams and no one in Washington seems to care."To be sure, fundraising letters tend to throw caution to the wind when it comes to accuracy and honesty, but this was just bizarre -- the guy swinging the machete at the safety net shouldn't be the same guy complaining about the safety net "coming apart at the seams."Five months later, though, the far-right Ayn Rand acolyte is s read more

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) left; House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) right

Don't call Ryan-Wyden a 'compromise'

03/20/12 10:55AM

The list of problems with Paul Ryan's House Republican budget plan last year was lengthy, but one glaring concern tended to dominate the political conversation. Under the GOP proposal, the existing Medicare program would be scrapped altogether, replaced with a voucher plan, with underfunded vouchers that would leave seniors with less care.The plan became a political fiasco for Republicans, while giving Democrats new hope about taking back Congress. read more

How not to compete for the youth vote

03/20/12 10:07AM

A couple of weeks ago, Mitt Romney said something unexpected about American higher education: families worried about affording college tuition should expect no help from a Romney administration. Indeed, the former governor said students should shop around for colleges with the best rates, because Americans will be on their own.It set up a striking contrast. read more

Romney's 'freedom to dream'

Romney's 'freedom to dream'

03/20/12 08:57AM

At this point, it appears that Mitt Romney delivers a "major" speech on the economy about once a month, apparently working under the assumption that, eventually, someone will take one of these speeches seriously. read more

Why unemployment 'doesn't matter' to Santorum

03/20/12 08:00AM

With high unemployment and jobs as voters' top concern this election year, Rick Santorum said something to Republicans in Illinois yesterday that, when taken out of context, seemed unwise."I don't care what the unemployment rate's going to be. Doesn't matter to me." These five seconds, in isolation, made Mitt Romney's campaign as gleeful as they've been in quite a while.And though I'm generally not in the habit of defending Rick Santorum, in this case, he's getting a raw deal. read more

Morning Maddow: March 20

Morning Maddow: March 20

03/20/12 07:41AM

 It's officially Spring!It's also Republican budget day!According to NY Times statistics whiz Nate Silver, Santorum's chances in Illinois don't look so good.Politico begins to pen the Gingrich campaign's obituary.The Justice Department will investigate the death of Trayvon Martin.A bank permanently closes a branch on a college campus, citing constant Occupy protests.Maybe the best protest ever? Knit your congressman some lady parts.   read more

Links for the 3/19 TRMS

Links for the 3/19 TRMS

03/20/12 01:25AM

As is usually the case when the show is mostly original journalism, there weren't many references tonight, but there were a few. Of particular interest are the Nuclear Threat Initiative links. read more