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San Diego voters explain birther judge's win

San Diego voters explain birther judge's win

06/20/12 02:00PM

Leading birther attorney Gary Kreep has clinched a race for county judge in San Diego, California, beating career prosecutor Garland Peed. With about 1,000 votes left to count, Kreep is ahead by 1,569. The Peed campaign told us last night that they're unlikely to ask for a recount with a margin that big.Since we started covering the race on... read more

Ken Bennett should have quit while he was behind

06/20/12 01:21PM

About a month ago, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), who oversees the state's elections, caused a giant mess, threatening to keep President Obama off the Arizona ballot due to imaginary questions about the president's citizenship. He eventually backed down and said, "If I embarrassed the state, I apologize."As it... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

06/20/12 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:* It's almost certainly an implausible outlier, but the new Bloomberg National Poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by 13 points, 53% to 40%, among likely voters. No one... read more

White House asserts executive privilege before Holder vote

06/20/12 11:30AM

As part of the House Republicans' laser-like focus on "jobs, jobs, jobs," the House Oversight Committee scheduled a vote today on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants more documents related to the so-called "Fast and Furious" controversy, and he's been... read more

The Romney campaign's heckling squad.

When maturity is abandoned

06/20/12 10:42AM

Earlier this week, President Obama's senior campaign strategist David Axelrod took a firm stand against heckling. "I strongly condemn heckling along Mitt's route," he said of the hecklers targeting Mitt Romney in Ohio. Axelrod added, "Let voters hear BOTH candidates & decide."Obama spokesperson Ben LaBolt... read more

GOP tax plan squeezes middle class

06/20/12 10:08AM

Way back in March, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center published a fairly detailed analysis of Mitt Romney's new tax plan and there were three main takeaways: the policy would disproportionately benefit the very wealthy; it would make the deficit worse; and it would actually increase taxes on those towards the bottom.It's that third... read more

'Where's the president's plan?'

06/20/12 09:36AM

Complaining about President Obama's new immigration policy, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said yesterday the move will make it more "difficult" to pass a comprehensive reform package. Since reform efforts are impossible in this Congress anyway, it wasn't much of a complaint.But Boehner added something else that struck... read more

One GOP leader is waiting for marching orders from another.

GOP waits for marching orders on immigration

06/20/12 08:42AM

From time to time over the last few years, there's been some debate about who, exactly, is the nation's leading Republican. Is it John Boehner or Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill? How about Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor? Maybe the RNC chair? Roger Ailes? Rush Limbaugh?As of a few months ago, the mystery ended. America's leading... read more

No muzzle, no debate in Massachusetts

06/20/12 08:00AM

As Rachel explained last night, "Something weird is going on with Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts." As we discussed yesterday, Brown and his campaign team have been highly reluctant to debate Democrat Elizabeth Warren, and announced this week that the senator would only participate in a Kennedy Institute event if Brown&... read more

Morning Maddow: June 20

06/20/12 07:39AM

Meet the first beneficiaries of the new Obama policy not to deport young, illegal immigrants.The story behind that infamous Bain Capital money photo.House Republicans vote to let border patrol agents drive through sensitive wildlife areas.The Darrell Issa/Eric Holder kerfuffle isn't over.Birther Kreep beats prosecutor Peed to win a... read more

Will Ron Paul's success alter the GOP?

Will Ron Paul's success alter the GOP?

06/19/12 08:00PM

Steve Schmidt, McCain-Palin campaign senior strategist, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether the Ron Paul supporters insurgent within the Republican Party at the state level can have a directional impact on the party at the national level. watch


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