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The health care exchanges the GOP pretends not to like

07/23/12 02:14PM

The Affordable Care Act is a multi-faceted law, but one of the more important policy elements is the creation of "exchanges." Republicans hate the idea -- or at least, they pretend to -- but now is probably a good time for them to get over it.Exchanges, like the mandate, used to be a key GOP proposal. The word may seem wonky, but it&... read more

Romney's 'it takes a village' argument in 2002

07/23/12 01:35PM

In retrospect, this is probably a quote Mitt Romney wishes he could take back.The clip comes from the opening ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics, at which Romney reminded the athletes, " know you didn't get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided,... read more

The Butterfly Project: part trois

It's a girl! And a...

07/23/12 01:15PM

Our butterfly adventure is coming to a quick and satisfying conclusion. On Saturday morning I woke to find that McQueen had hatched from a chrysalis and was perched on the windowsill, longing to fly into the sunshine. I was able to get a picture before letting her go. Yes, McQueen turned out to be a girl. How do I know? Click this link to find... read more

Bachmann is losing friends fast

07/23/12 12:20PM

Following up on last week's reporting, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is still losing friends fast. In fact, it's rare to see a Republican officeholder lose so much support so quickly from within the party.To briefly recap, Bachmann and a handful of right-wing colleagues recently launched a bizarre crusade, urging executive branch... read more

Monday's campaign round-up

07/23/12 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:* Both President Obama and Mitt Romney return to the campaign trail today, with scheduled events in Nevada and California. read more

Reagan worship gone awry

Reagan worship gone awry

07/23/12 10:12AM

For the last quarter-century or so, Republican activists have been fairly aggressive in pushing policymakers at every level of government to name things after Ronald Reagan By "things," I mean just about any kind of public landmark or institution: airports, highways, schools, etc.Once in a while, though, this push to honor the man the... read more

Rick Warren ponders students, animals

Rick Warren ponders students, animals

07/23/12 09:29AM

In June 1999, then-Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) appeared on the House floor to reflect on the Columbine massacre, and he proceeded to blame science textbooks for the murders. These tragedies happen, DeLay said, "because our school systems teach the children that they are nothing but glorified apes who are evolutionized out of some primordial... read more

Ron Johnson's vision of an armed populace

Ron Johnson's vision of an armed populace

07/23/12 08:47AM

Given the massacre in Aurora on Friday, much of the discussions on the Sunday shows dealt with what, if anything, can be done to prevent similar violence in the future. One of the more noteworthy discussions was held on "Fox News Sunday," where Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made the case for gun control, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.... read more

'Out of this darkness, a brighter day is going to come'

07/23/12 08:00AM

My colleague Andy Dallos had an item yesterday, noting that President Obama was in Aurora and that we'd publish the video, so I wanted to be sure to post this clip this morning. The president spoke for about 10 minutes without a prepared text at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora (for those who can't watch clips online, the... read more

Morning Maddow: July 23

07/23/12 07:47AM

The suspected Aurora shooter will be in court today.After Aurora, the President has no plans to propose new gun laws. Bill Kristol thinks that's foolish.The presidential campaigns tone down the rhetoric (for now).On the occasion of an International AIDS conference in Washington, DC, an op-ed from President George W. Bush.Penn State football... read more

'The people we lost in Aurora loved, and were loved'

07/21/12 10:00AM

The weekly addresses from both President Obama and the Republican Party dealt exclusively with the tragic violence in Aurora. Here's the president's address, the transcript of which is available for viewers who can't watch clips online:And here's the GOP address, delivered by the nation's highest-ranking Republican... read more

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R)

This Week in God

07/21/12 09:00AM

First up from the God Machine this week is a look at a popular Republican governor, facing criticism from his own party because his administration had the audacity to hire a Muslim-American employee.At issue is Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's (R) decision to appoint Samar Ali as international director at the state's Department of Economic... read more

Democracy requires that we find a way to trust one another

07/21/12 12:01AM

Given the frenzied coverage of today's events, I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to meditate on Melissa's wise insights on the broader damage horrific events like today's shooting can do to our society. Below is an excerpt from the opening of tonight's segment with Bob Herbert:_____________________________When we... read more

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