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Why Joe Olivo's name sounds familiar

06/29/12 04:00PM

If you listened to NPR this morning, you might have caught a segment on how the Affordable Care Act affects small businesses. It featured a quote from Joe Olivo, who runs a printing business in New Jersey, who made less than flattering comments about the law. NBC Nightly News ran a segment last night, featuring the exact same guy.What I didn&... read more

White House cursing is not a BFD

White House cursing is not a BFD

06/29/12 03:20PM

Two years ago, at the signing ceremony for the Affordable Care Act, Vice President Biden was overheard telling President Obama the historic occasion was a "big f**king deal." The comment wasn't intended for the public -- Biden didn't know the microphone would pick it up -- but once it was out there, the White House embraced... read more

Happy birthday, Cyclone!

06/29/12 03:17PM

Is there an American icon more evocative on a sizzling summer day than the Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island? (That's rhetorical, not really looking for a rebuttal here.)This fabulous stomach turner turns 85-years-old this weekend. Thanks for the memories, the nausea and the unsolicited shrieks of joy, big guy. read more

Romney has had it up to here with people asking him to be more honest with voters.

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXIV

06/29/12 02:07PM

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that came out this week included an interesting, open-ended question: "What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Mitt Romney as president?" Poll respondents weren't offered any choices; they could offer any response they wanted.The results weren't especially... read more

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

06/29/12 01:34PM

Now there's a quote that stands out.Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) accused Republicans of hypocrisy for pairing protests against a health care mandate with demands for increasingly invasive restrictions on women's health."The only health care mandate they can embrace are transvaginal probes for women," O'Malley... read more

Week in Geek: Stephen Hawking's brain edition

06/29/12 01:03PM

And you thought the only thing exciting about NASA was human spaceflight.More engineering insanity: these guys plan to launch themselves into suborbital space.The spacecraft Voyager I, launched in 1977, is on the edge of the Solar System.Kepler has discovered the two closest planets yet, orbiting their star less than five times the Earth-Moon... read more

With friends like Rubio...

With friends like Rubio...

06/29/12 12:35PM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a far-right rising star who'll be vetted for the Republicans' vice presidential nomination, has a history of saying things that aren't especially helpful to Mitt Romney.In March, for example, a day after endorsing the former Massachusetts governor, the Florida senator said, "There are a lot of other... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

06/29/12 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:* In the latest NBC/Marist polling, President Obama leads Mitt Romney in North Carolina by two points (46% to 44%) and in Michigan by four points (47% to 43%). The two are tied, however,... read more

The future of healthcare will hinge on the election

The future of healthcare will hinge on the election

06/29/12 11:20AM

In light of yesterday's Supreme Court ruling, there are competing schools of thought on the law's future. Some credible, sensible observers believe "Obamacare" is now secure -- after having cleared this legal hurdle, it'd take an extraordinary and highly unlikely step from a future Congress and president to undo what&... read more

Wrong argument, wrong candidate

Wrong argument, wrong candidate

06/29/12 09:51AM

Remember the line Rick Santorum took against Mitt Romney in March? The race for the Republican nomination was not quite over, and the former senator, referencing health care policy, told voters in Wisconsin, "Pick any other Republican in the country. is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama."Yesterday'... read more

Romney still palling around with Trump

Romney still palling around with Trump

06/29/12 09:18AM

Last month, reality-television personality Donald Trump reiterated his support for a ridiculous, borderline-racist conspiracy theory, but that didn't stop Mitt Romney from cozying up to him.As of last night, the Republican presidential hopeful is still palling around with the guy. ABC News reported yesterday afternoon that the Romney... read more

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