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Live by the loan guarantees, die by the loan guarantees

Live by the loan guarantees, die by the loan guarantees

06/04/12 04:04PM

Mitt Romney and his allies invested quite a bit of energy last week attacking Solyndra and Solyndra-related investments, which they see as inherently wasteful. As the Romney campaign put it, President Obama "has given billions of taxpayer dollars to companies that later failed," which is scandalous because the White House has tried to... read more

Attacking the problem that doesn't exist

06/04/12 03:34PM

msnbc's Chuck Todd hosted a great discussion on new GOP voting restrictions on The Daily Rundown this morning, and as Josh Israel noted, it was particularly interesting to see the Heritage Foundation's Brian Darling struggle to cite real-world examples of voter fraud.Given the severity of this alleged scourge, backing up claims of... read more

Entire Wisconsin recall in one picture

Entire Wisconsin recall in one picture

06/04/12 03:13PM

See also the Marquette Law poll (pdf), Question 47, showing a third of Wisconsin voters have stopped talking about politics because of disagreements about the recall or Scott Walker. At least you can still borrow your parents' truck.(Image tweeted by @triumph68, by way of 97.3 Radio Now) read more

Misperceptions about 2012 attack ads

Misperceptions about 2012 attack ads

06/04/12 01:00PM

Several major media figures have already complained about the tone of the 2012 presidential race, with much of the criticism directed at President Obama's re-election campaign. For example, Karl Rove, without acknowledging the irony, has frequently condemned Team Obama for relying on "fear"-based attack ads.Among more mainstream... read more

Monday's campaign round-up

06/04/12 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:* With just one day to go before Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election, Public Policy Polling shows Gov. Scott Walker (R) leading Tom Barrett (D), 50% to 47%. That's a... read more

Scott Brown's fine print

Scott Brown's fine print

06/04/12 11:17AM

In Massachusetts' closely-watched U.S. Senate race, incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R) frequently boasts that he was "the tie-breaking vote on Wall Street reform." There are a few problems with the claim, including the fact that when a bill passes 59 to 39, no one cast the "tie-breaking vote."But the point of the claim is... read more

New questions arise on Kirk controversy

New questions arise on Kirk controversy

06/04/12 10:10AM

As Sen. Mark Kirk's post-stroke rehabilitation continues, the Illinois Republican appears to have an unfortunate controversy awaiting his return to Capitol Hill.Last week, Kirk's ex-wife filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that, during his 2010 campaign, the Republican hid campaign funds he directed to his... read more

A tale of two standards

06/04/12 09:20AM

Mitt Romney's failure to create jobs in Massachusetts during his one term is becoming an increasingly important point in the 2012 campaign, with the Republican campaign struggling to think of an excuse, and President Obama's re-election team eager to shine a spotlight on Romney's record.Indeed, Obama's campaign released this... read more

'My message to Congress is, get to work'

06/04/12 08:40AM

On Friday, responding to the deeply discouraging jobs report, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) shouted to reporters, "Why don`t they pick up the bills and pass them and help the American people, instead of playing politics over there?""They," in this context, was in reference to senators who've largely ignored small... read more

McDonnell's accidental candor credits Obama

McDonnell's accidental candor credits Obama

06/04/12 08:00AM

Gov. Bob McDonnell's audition for the Republican 2012 ticket probably took another hit yesterday when the Virginia Republican accidentally told the truth about the effects of the Obama administration's economic policies.CNN's Candy Crowley and McDonnell discussed the state of Virginia's economy, which is actually quite good,... read more

Morning Maddow: June 4

06/04/12 07:43AM

Chaos at the Louisiana Republican convention makes the local paper's police blotter. Here's the Ron Paul camp's side of the story.VA Gov. Bob McDonnell praises stimulus spending.Tomorrow's recall election in Wisconsin isn't just about Gov. Scott Walker.Rep. Thaddeus McCotter won't campaign as a write-in candidate... read more

This Week in God

06/02/12 10:33AM

First up from the God Machine this week is a closer look at the recently-filed lawsuit, brought by 43 Roman Catholic plaintiffs, challenging the Obama administration's health care policy that includes contraceptives in basic health care coverage for female employees. read more

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