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G: Grover, G: Governance

G: Grover, G: Governance

05/18/12 08:00PM

Senator Tom Coburn talks with Ezra Klein about his objections to Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge and the way Norquist defines a tax increase - objections increasingly shared by new Republican legislators. watch

Flowers side with state Democrats

Flowers side with state Democrats

05/18/12 07:59PM

This past year, a record amount of domestic legislation has targeted women's access to abortion and birth control, sometimes with lawmakers citing the sacred nature of every zygote. (You may have heard about this.) In response to this flood of anti-reproductive-rights lawmaking, a few legislators submitted amendments of their own. read more

Ahead on the 5/18 Maddow show

05/18/12 07:32PM

Tonight's guests include:Melissa Harris-Perry, host of “Melissa Harris-Perry” on msnbc and political science professor at Tulane UniversityPaul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, columnist for The New York Times and author of “End This Depression Now!”Sen. Tom Coburn, (R) Oklahoma, member of the Senate Finance Committee and author of ... read more

Friday's Mini-Report

05/18/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* It's a busy weekend for international diplomacy, with a G8 meeting at Camp David, followed by a NATO gathering in Chicago on Monday.* Tehran: "The United Nations nuclear monitoring agency said on Friday that its leader would travel to Iran on Sunday for a meeting with the country's top nuclear... read more

It's all about the metrics

It's all about the metrics

05/18/12 04:25PM

Back in 2004, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), then chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, was a little worried about President George W. Bush's re-election. The number of jobs created over Bush's first three years -- after two massive tax breaks -- was negative 700,000.So, exactly eight years ago this month, a jobs... read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XVIII

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XVIII

05/18/12 02:52PM

Back in February, Paul Krugman argued that Mitt Romney is "running a campaign of almost pathological dishonesty." Was this an intemperate analysis? Perhaps. Three months later, does it seem fair? Put it this way: take a look at the 18th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt's mendacity.1. Romney promised in a speech... read more

Undermining the 'competence' theme

Undermining the 'competence' theme

05/18/12 02:02PM

Mitt Romney's campaign, eager to attack the Recovery Act that pulled the economy back from the brink of collapse, thought it had come up with a brilliant idea. The former governor would go to New Hampshire and mock the 19th century Sawyer Bridge, which was restored with public funds, but which is closed to traffic.It'd be a new "... read more

Actually on the actual Internet

Actually on the actual Internet

05/18/12 01:34PM

A week or so ago, Vanessa was cranking away on a segment when she looked up and said something like, "I just found the least readable website in the world." The screengrab she sent has been on my desktop ever since -- not as the wallpaper, just a .jpg.(Click for bigger.) read more

What's the matter with Arizona?

What's the matter with Arizona?

05/18/12 12:38PM

Just when it seemed Arizona Republicans couldn't go much further, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) is now questioning President Obama's citizenship and isn't sure whether to allow the president onto the 2012 ballot.Bennett's comments came in an interview late Thursday with conservative radio talk show host Mike... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

05/18/12 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:* The Democratic National Committee shows no signs of letting up on Mitt Romney's controversial private-sector background, releasing this new video this morning, "The Bane of... read more

Boehner on health care: everything must go

Boehner on health care: everything must go

05/18/12 11:28AM

For about three years now, congressional Republicans have sworn up and down that they're hard at work on a health care reform package of their own. It's going to be awesome, they said, and will meet Obamacare's goals without all that unpopular stuff.Sensible people gave up on actually seeing this vaporware quite a while ago,... read more

Romney allies not helping jobs message

05/18/12 10:38AM

About three weeks ago, Mitt Romney appeared at a campaign event in Ohio, one of the nation's most important battlegrounds, alongside Gov. John Kasich (R). Some Otterbein University students, getting ready to graduate, reflected on the difficult job market, and the governor was quick to set their minds at ease.Kasich noted a website his... read more

Romney's plan for 'Day One'

05/18/12 09:18AM

Mitt Romney's campaign unveiled this morning its first television ad of the general election, a generally positive spot describing what the Republican would do on "day one" if elected.There's nothing wrong with getting voters thinking about what these candidates would do in office in 2013, and given the general vagueness of... read more

Eduardo Saverin's ideological allies

Eduardo Saverin's ideological allies

05/18/12 08:40AM

I suspect most have heard about Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin's decision to renounce his American citizenship, a move that will save Saverin from having to pay federal capital gains taxes just as Facebook's IPO reaps a windfall.Though he denies the move is related to tax avoidance, Saverin's announcement has not been well... read more

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