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Friday's Mini-Report

03/02/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Brutal tornadoes slice across Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, and Tennessee.* Syria: "The Syrian authorities on Friday blocked without explanation an officially sanctioned Red Cross convoy laden with food and medical supplies from entering a devastated neighborhood in the central city of Homs, one day after the army overwhelmed the main rebel stronghold there following a brutal month-long siege."* Afghanistan: "Military investigators have concluded that five soldiers were involved in the incineration of a pile of Korans in Afghanistan last week, according to U.S. read more

Snowe's Senate

Snowe's Senate

03/02/12 04:41PM

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) stunned much of the political world this week when she announced her retirement, and spent a fair amount of time explaining her decision ever since. read more

Resistance takes genius

Resistance takes genius

03/02/12 04:28PM

James Dockstader writes about Occupy Oakland taking on the Inside Out art project, with giant photo protraits of occupiers all around the city:The young team in Oakland worked in the rain past midnight this week to erect more portraits in preparation for Oakland's Art Murmur event.Pictures like the large one taken at night were possible because neighbors and onlookers provided car lights and construction lights so that the work could continue.  This is good, BIG stuff. This is commitment, dedication, passion.Thanks for the pics; more on their Flickr page.(And here's how to send us stuff.) read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity

03/02/12 03:55PM

A couple of months ago, I launched a Friday afternoon feature, highlighting the most offensive Mitt Romney falsehoods of the week, and it moved to Maddow Blog a month ago. Let's keep this going with another installment.1. Going after President Obama, Romney told voters this week, "Did you hear this? He believes he ranks among the top four presidents in American history. Can you believe that? I'd find a different spot for him."Obama never said this.2. Romney told Michigan voters about his presence at Detroit's Golden Jubilee, celebrating the American automobile's 50th anniversary. read more

The Week in Geek: Otherworldly Earth edition

03/02/12 01:59PM

Some amazing historical geek on how underwater telephone cables were laid across the San Francisco Bay. How's that for engineering?IBM researchers in Zurich are first to measure the charge on a single atom, image a single molecule, and now image the distribution of charge in a single molecule. read more

Regrets, Mehlman's had a few

Regrets, Mehlman's had a few

03/02/12 12:43PM

In 2004, the Bush/Cheney campaign, following the advice of Karl Rove, exploited anti-gay animus to help win a second term. Ken Mehlman, who managed Bush's 2004 campaign, told my friend Tom Schaller he regrets the strategy."At a personal level, I wish I had spoken out against the effort," he says. "As I've been involved in the fight for marriage equality, one of the things I've learned is how many people were harmed by the campaigns in which I was involved. read more

Friday's campaign round-up

03/02/12 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 a bit of a surprise, Public Policy Polling shows Mitt Romney taking the lead in the state of Washington, leading Rick Santorum among Republicans, 37% to 32%.* In Ohio's closely-watched GOP presidential primary, a new poll from Quinnipiac shows Santorum hanging on to a narrow lead. read more

Romney tax plan favors the richest of the rich

Romney tax plan favors the richest of the rich

03/02/12 10:15AM

The non-partisan Tax Policy Center published a fairly detailed analysis yesterday of Mitt Romney's new tax plan, and it led to a series of headlines like this one: "Wealthy would cash in under Romney tax plan."Mitt Romney's new tax plan would mean lower taxes for most Americans. read more

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