Round One: Wisconsin Republicans were so skeeved out by a planned art show celebrating the massive protests against Governor Scott Walker's policies, that they managed to shut it down.For good measure, they reportedly threatened to withdraw funding for the University of Wisconsin-Extension's School for Workers, which was hosting the show.Said a spokesman for Republican Representative Steve Nass, "We just said, 'Look, you can't be running events celebrating the protests, which were heavily aimed at Republicans, and then expect that Republicans are going to smile nicely and sit down and try and read more
Tonight's guests include:John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and political writer for The New York TimesTracie McMillan, author of “The American Way of Eating” who was criticized by Rush Limbaugh this week
While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just make sure the ad below plays out entirely before starting the video)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more
Today's edition of quick hits:* Intervention in Syria? "President Obama has authorized initial U.S. planning for possible intervention in Syria, but the lack of unity within the Syrian opposition and the international community currently argue against such a mission, top U.S. defense officials said Wednesday."* Consumer credit: "U.S. consumer credit expanded sharply in January in a generally positive sign for the economy as people borrowed money to buy cars and go to school, Federal Reserve data showed on Wednesday."* Ohio Gov. read more
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed the forced ultrasound bill today, saying that it ensured no one would have to undergo an "internal" ultrasound, by which he means the vaginal probe kind. More about that on the show tonight.For now, an open letter sent to us a couple days ago by Virginia lawyer Tara Louise Casey. She headlines it "What the Kerfuffle is Really About: An Open Letter to Governor McDonnell."
It's awfully tough for a politician who forces a dog to the ride on the roof of the family car to live it down. In her column today, Kathleen Parker extends some spirited advice to Mitt Romney, encouraging him to ignore pundits who assume he can't win, but she adds this gem:This is when friends are supposed to intervene and remind you of who you are. The problem is, a candidate doesn't have friends. He has advisers, consultants, contributors and All Those People out there -- Everyday Americans with their cellphones pointing, snapping and clicking. read more
The controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh's attacks on Sandra Fluke appear to be moving from the front page, but the story is hardly finished. In fact, according to Media Matters' count, 45 advertisers -- and counting -- have now canceled their ads from the Republican host's radio show.What's more, it seems Limbaugh isn't quite done sharing his thoughts on women. read more
When she appeared on the show last week, Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) of Maine seemed very likely to launch a U.S. Senate, hoping to succeed retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R). It came as something of a surprise, and a disappointment to many on the left, when the congresswoman announced today she is passing on the race."After careful consideration I have decided to run for re-election to the U.S. House this year. This has been a very difficult decision and I will always be grateful for the tremendous support I've received from people all across Maine and around the country. read more