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Romney campaign stumbles on equal pay

04/11/12 12:30PM

Following up on an earlier item, Mitt Romney and his campaign are so excited about accusing President Obama of waging a "war on women" that Team Romney organized a conference call this morning to push the message. Romney aides probably should have thought this through first."His polices have been really a war on women," Romney told FOX News Wednesday. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

04/11/12 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 Rick Santorum leaving the campaign trail, the endorsement floodgates have opened for Mitt Romney, as the GOP establishment rallies behind its nominee.* Though Santorum will probably endorse Romney eventually, a senior aide to Santorum said yesterday that the former senator has already had discussions about a 2016 presidential bid. read more

Chris Christie sees Americans as lazy couch potatoes

04/11/12 11:31AM

In November, Republicans were apoplectic when they thought President Obama called Americans "a little bit lazy." In reality, the smear was absurd -- Obama had said U.S. policymakers have been "a little bit lazy" when it comes to attracting businesses to American soil, but for many on the right, who consider context irrelevant, the president was attacking the populace.Looking back, it was an ironic attack -- generally, it's Republicans who argue that Americans are lazy. read more

When McCarthyism gets literal

04/11/12 10:49AM

During the height of the Red Scare, Republican Sen. Joe McCarthy reportedly said, "I have here in my hand a list of 205 -- a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department."McCarthy never shared the list of names, which was largely the point -- "McCarthyism" was about creating fears and sowing seeds of suspicion based on nothing. read more

Rubber, glue, and the 'war on women'

04/11/12 10:13AM

A few weeks ago, just as the Republicans' "war on women" was capturing national attention, the Republican National Committee decided to argue President Obama was the one who was actually waging a "war on women." It was silly; it was impossible to take seriously; and the RNC dropped the line pretty quickly.That is, until yesterday, when Mitt Romney and his campaign team picked this up and ran with it -- or at least tried to.Mitt Romney, who was all-but-crowned the Republican Party's nominee on Tuesday after Rick Santorum suspended his campaign, sought to reframe the battle for female voters by read more

'Bipartisan consensus' doesn't mean what Ryan thinks it means

'Bipartisan consensus' doesn't mean what Ryan thinks it means

04/11/12 09:19AM

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) seems quite fond of the phrase "bipartisan consensus." It's ironic, under the circumstances, but even putting that aside, to paraphrase Inigo Montoya, Ryan keeps using those words, but I do not think they mean what he thinks they mean.Here's Ryan yesterday talking about his plan to end Medicare's guaranteed benefit: "I believe there is a bipartisan consensus emerging on going this direction."Last week, he told the New York Times there's "a bipartisan consensus on most elements of what needs to be done" on the debt. read more

Warren Buffett and President Obama in the Oval Office.

GOP struggles with 'Buffett Rule'

04/11/12 08:31AM

President Obama spoke in Florida yesterday, helping make the case for the "Buffett Rule," which is set for a Senate vote next week. As Obama put it, for those "bringing in a million bucks or more a year ... you should pay the same percentage of your income in taxes as middle-class families do. You shouldn't get special tax breaks. You shouldn't be able to get special loopholes."Republicans, not surprisingly, disagree, but they're having trouble coming up with a coherent explanation as to why they disagree. read more

'The Fox Mole' starts sharing

04/11/12 08:00AM

Gawker ran an interesting item yesterday written by someone identified only as "The Fox Mole" -- a "long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel who will be providing Gawker with regular dispatches from inside the organization."Apparently, the Fox employee intended to just build his/her resume and then "hop to a new job that didn't make me cringe every morning when I looked in the mirror." But the staffer now feels stuck -- other news organizations aren't interested in Fox employees -- and has decided to exact some revenge against the cable news outlet he/she is so disgusted by.As the s read more

Morning Maddow: April 11

04/11/12 07:43AM

A look at who's funding Republican get-out-the-vote efforts.Romney and Hannity talk horses.Gingrich and Paul say they're not getting out.The Gingrich campaign bounces the check it needs to get on the Utah ballot.Banks are getting into subprime lending again. What could go wrong?North Korea says it's fueling up that rocket.Spoiler alert! The real Simpsons' Springfield revealed! read more

Links for the 4/10 TRMS

Links for the 4/10 TRMS

04/10/12 10:47PM

Gates Foundation Will No Longer Make Grants to ALEC Nonprofit Coca-Cola and Pepsi Drop ALEC ALEC support wanes: Kraft abandons conservative group Intuit Is Now The Fourth Company To Drop Voter Suppression Group ALEC Exclusive: McDonald's Says It Has Dumped ALEC Boycotts Hitting Group Behind 'Stand Your Ground' ALEC: What It Does and Why Three Major Corporations Cut Ties Some of Christie's biggest bills match model legislation from D.C. read more

Gov. Christie's tunnel to nowhere

Gov. Christie's tunnel to nowhere

04/10/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow talks with the New York Times' Kate Zernike about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's decision to cancel plans for a new train tunnel across the Hudson River while incorrectly reporting costs to the public, and the connection between Gov... watch

Bush tax cuts leave stinging legacy

Bush tax cuts leave stinging legacy

04/10/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on the latest news off the campaign trail following Rick Santorum's exit and former president George W. Bush's re-entry into the limelight. Rachel also talks with the Washington Post's Ezra Klein about where the Bush tax cuts left... watch