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04/26/12 01:25PM

Democrats and Republicans struck a deal last summer on spending levels for the upcoming year, clearing the way for a smooth budget process. House GOP leaders recently decided to ignore the agreement they accepted, make even deeper cuts, and tell Democrats they have to give in or there will be a government shutdown shortly before the election.House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), in other words, has said he will no longer honor the agreement he helped strike. read more

A financial twist on the 'war on voting'

A financial twist on the 'war on voting'

04/26/12 12:38PM

When we talk about the "war on voting," we tend to think of restrictions Republican policymakers are placing between voters and the ballot box in advance of the 2012 elections. Measures like voter-ID laws may prevent millions of Americans from participating this November.But Reuters reports today on a different kind of voting problem: communities that are so short on funds, they're "struggling to come up with the millions of dollars they will need to hold the November 6 elections" (thanks to reader R.P. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

04/26/12 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:* President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will hold two big campaign rallies next week -- one in Columbus, Ohio, and the other in Richmond, Va. read more

From Iraq's CPA to Team Romney

From Iraq's CPA to Team Romney

04/26/12 11:30AM

Historically, the political world doesn't pay too much attention to who presidential campaigns bring on as policy advisors, but it's hard to deny the significance of these staffers. For one thing, they help shape a candidate's worldview, especially when a presidential hopeful lacks ideas and principles of his own. For another, should the candidate actually win, the advisors will probably end up with powerful jobs in the new administration.And who has Mitt Romney's ear? read more

GOP keeps slamming Obama for agreeing with the GOP

GOP keeps slamming Obama for agreeing with the GOP

04/26/12 10:46AM

The Romney campaign organized a press call this morning to go after the Obama administration on foreign policy, and the leading surrogate was none other than Den Senor, the Bush/Cheney flack who spoke for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq soon after the U.S. invasion.We'll get back to Senor's role on Team Romney a little later, but something he said this morning struck me as interesting.Hmm. read more

Walker plays fast and loose with equal-pay law

04/26/12 10:08AM

It seemed rather remarkable earlier this month when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), in the midst of a national debate about the Republicans' "war on women," quietly repealed the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, a state version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay law.He's apparently unimpressed with the pushback, and in recent remarks to the Illinois Policy Institute, rejected the premise of the criticism (thanks to reader K.S. read more

Jobless claims still stuck at four-month high

Jobless claims still stuck at four-month high

04/26/12 08:37AM

For several months, the general trend on initial unemployment claims has been encouraging, reaching a four-year low in late March. Today's new report from the Department of Labor, however, is the third consecutive week of discouraging news.The new figures are an ever-so-slight improvement over last week's total, but that's only because last week's number was revised in the wrong direction.The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits was virtually unchanged last week at 388,000, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday, keeping claims near their highest level of 2012. read more

One step forward, one step back on student loans

04/26/12 08:00AM

In the fight over student loans, yesterday offered some good news and some bad news. The good news is, House Republicans have switched gears and are now willing to prevent interest rates from doubling for over 7 million students.The bad news is, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he wants to pay for the measure by taking money out of the Affordable Care Act's "slush fund."Obamacare has a "slush fund"? Actually, no. read more

Morning Maddow: April 26

04/26/12 07:42AM

The RNC files a complaint about the President's travel.Sen. Marco Rubio releases his First Holy Communion certificate.A South Carolina Senate subcommittee votes that the state won't pay for abortions in cases of rape or incest.The Texas AG defending the new Voter ID law mistakenly exposes millions of voters' social security numbers.The Senate finishes changes to the postal service.Connecticut's Governor signs the ban on the death penalty.The U.S. relaxes the rules governing drone strikes in Yemen. read more

Links for the 4/25 TRMS

Links for the 4/25 TRMS

04/25/12 11:52PM

Senate Republicans Boycott Immigration HearingTide Turns on Border CrossingFox News Latino Poll of Latino Voters: Full ResultsRomney senses "doom" with Latino votersAfghan war is ending, says White House Veterans Health Administration Review of Veterans' Access to Mental Health Care (pdf) Veterans' mental health treatment not as timely as contended Gingrich: 'I'm Going to Be the Nominee' Political ad: Mitt Romney to Students: You're on your own Duncan Defends Spending Hikes House GOP to back lower student loan rates Citizen Newt to suspend his campaign read more

Rachel talks family values with Wendy Williams

04/25/12 08:00PM

Rachel spent her morning with Wendy Williams, host of The Wendy Williams Show. As former radio hosts and work neighbors, the two had a lot to discuss - from why Rachel decided to write her book Drift, to their shared love of the television show Ice Loves Coco. Rachel's explanation: "I feel like they are modeling good relationship behavior, in a way that doesn't make anybody else feel bad. They have a long, stable, loving relationship that's built on affection and mutual respect ... read more

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