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Tragic shooting defies belief

Tragic shooting defies belief

07/20/12 08:00PM

Salina Jordan, who was at the Century 16 in Aurora at the time of the shooting (she was in theater number eight, the shooting occurred at theater number nine), talks with Melissa Harris-Perry about what she experienced and how she processes the... watch

Public tragedies also a test of civic faith

Public tragedies also a test of civic faith

07/20/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry emphasizes the importance of Americans' continued trust in one another in the face of frightening tragedy that pushes us toward the safety of isolation. Bob Herbert, distinguished fellow at the Demos Center for Public Policy and... watch

'We are confident he acted alone'

07/20/12 03:58PM

As the day has progressed, additional details about the tragic violence in Aurora have slowly come to light. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates held a press briefing midday; here's the video.Note, a total of 71 people were shot, 12 of whom were killed. read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXVI

07/20/12 02:20PM

Just last night, Rachel reported on Mitt Romney's new campaign offensive -- based entirely on a President Obama quote that's been taken out of context -- and stepped back to consider the larger context, which leads to a subject near and dear to me."There's also an interesting conversation to be had," Rachel noted, about... read more

Federal grand jury probing Rep. Grimm

Federal grand jury probing Rep. Grimm

07/20/12 01:44PM

We've been keeping an eye on freshman Rep. Michael Grimm, a New York Republican, who's found himself facing all kinds of trouble in advance of his first re-election bid. This week appears to be a good-news/bad-news situation for the conservative lawmaker.The good news is the Office of Congressional Ethics wrapped up its investigation... read more

Romney stops by Middlesex Truck & Coach, which exists thanks to public aid.

The Middlesex Truck & Coach backstory

07/20/12 12:30PM

Since Tuesday, Mitt Romney and his campaign team have tried to push a simple argument: businesses' success is the result of private-sector dynamism, not government. It's a campaign offensive based entirely on an out-of-context quote from President Obama, which Romney happens to agree with.But a curious thing happened yesterday when the... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

07/20/12 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:* This morning, the Obama campaign, Romney campaign, Priorities USA Action, and even Karl Rove's Crossroads operation, each pulled their ads from Colorado airwaves. Good move. (Note:... read more

Obama: 'There will be other days for politics'

07/20/12 11:25AM

In light of the tragic violence in Aurora, President Obama scrapped his campaign schedule in Florida today, but delivered remarks this morning on the incident from Ft. Myers.Meanwhile, additional information continues to be released. We recently learned, for example, that the apartment belonging to the suspected shooter, 24-year-old James Holmes... read more

How not to respond to a tragedy

How not to respond to a tragedy

07/20/12 10:47AM

In the wake of tragic gun violence, most politicians realize the decent, responsible thing to do is send sympathies to those affected while leaving politics out of it. Others aren't as sensible.After the Columbine massacre, for example, then-Rep. read more

Obama in Jacksonville for a Thursday rally.

Obama kicks off Phase II in Florida

07/20/12 10:23AM

President Obama began a two-day campaign swing through Florida yesterday -- he will, however cut short his stay, canceling an event in Winter Park in light of the tragedy in Aurora -- stressing an issue that has largely been in the background of late: Medicare.President Obama opened a two-day campaign swing through Florida on Thursday as he... read more

Congress has 'checked out' on the economy

Congress has 'checked out' on the economy

07/20/12 09:33AM

There's clearly cause for concern when it comes to the economy. Yesterday, there was a sharp increase in initial unemployment claims, followed by a very discouraging report from the Philadelphia Fed on factory activity.With this as a backdrop, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has spent much of the week taking shots at President Obama,... read more

New Bain questions to dog Romney

07/20/12 08:54AM

Though much of the nation's attention has shifted to the tragic overnight violence in Aurora, Colorado, the political world will apparently move forward. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney had already scheduled a campaign event in New Hampshire, and his staff alerted reporters this morning that their plans have not changed.With... read more

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