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So much depends on a capital 'N'

05/17/12 05:56PM

Take heart, Michigan: things are looking up. You're adding jobs. Your state revenue is growing. The worst might be behind you -- unless you're living in a place like Muskegon Heights, where the worst is still unfolding. This week the newly appointed emergency manager of the Muskegon Heights schools announced that dramatic changes were... read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

05/17/12 05:31PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Progress begets progress: "The Obama administration announced on Thursday that it would ease the ban on investments in Myanmar, rewarding the country's political and economic opening over the last year."* I suspect that'll be a lively hearing: "JPMorgan Chairman Jamie Dimon will... read more

Finally, a full house at the Fed

05/17/12 05:15PM

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors has been burdened by vacancies for the last six years. Last year, Fed obstructionism reached farcical levels when Senate Republicans killed Peter Diamond's nomination to fill a Fed vacancy because he's only the recipient a Nobel Prize in economics and an expert in unemployment. read more

TRMS Headline Writing Challenge: Infoxication

TRMS Infoxication Challenge: Winners

05/17/12 04:46PM

Given the volume and quality of the entries, some of you must have waited years for the chance to write Fox Nation-style headlines.While we are humbled by all of your hard work, it made choosing winners both a delight and a fool's errand. Nonetheless, here a few of the many excellent offerings. (Remember, infoxication means transforming... read more

Quote of the Day

05/17/12 03:58PM

"The Ricketts Plan" to use Jeremiah Wright to smear President Obama has come and gone rather quickly, but the story isn't quite over for Mitt Romney.To the campaign's credit, the presumptive Republican nominee repudiated the line of attack fairly quickly this morning, suggesting Romney and his team want nothing to do with... read more

Mike Coffman didn't 'misspeak'

05/17/12 02:43PM

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) delivered some pretty stunning remarks at a fundraiser over the weekend, and unfortunately for him, the NBC affiliate in Denver obtained a copy of his speech.Around the 3:20 mark, Coffman, the two-term Republican congressman, says of the president:"I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United... read more

Donna Summer 1948-2012

05/17/12 02:00PM

Her name suited her perfectly: sunny and hot and romantic and a little silly, too.  For a generation (i.e. mine) Donna Summer's music summons up a whole adolescent world of roller discos and red satin shorts and sweltering nights at amusement parks. The Queen of Disco died this morning in Florida at the age of 63.For a few years there, her... read more

'The Ricketts Plan' goes back to the drawing board

'The Ricketts Plan' goes back to the drawing board

05/17/12 01:18PM

It seemed like quite an idea. Joe Ricketts, the wealthy AmeriTrade founder whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, would spend $10 million on an ad campaign attacking President Obama over his former pastor. "The Ricketts Plan" would rely on hire an "extremely literate conservative African-American" as its spokesperson, who would... read more

Mitt Romney in Massachusetts in 2002, during happier Bay State times.

Over before it starts in Massachusetts

05/17/12 12:38PM

Major-party presidential candidates tend to win their home state, even if they're losing the election, but in 2012, the race for Mitt Romney's home state is apparently over before it starts.Don't bet on Mitt Romney winning his home state. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

05/17/12 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:* A new Fox News poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney at the national level, 46% to 39%. Obama reportedly benefited in the poll from growing support among independents.* The... read more

Lies, damn lies, and Scott Walker's statistics

05/17/12 11:31AM

Yesterday morning, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) Department of Workforce Development would put out new job numbers, and a few hours later, his campaign operation used those new numbers as the basis for a new campaign ad.At face value, this might seem like a compelling pitch for the Republican governor. read more

Mississippi GOP tucks away 'coat hanger' abortion clip

Mississippi GOP tucks away 'coat hanger' abortion clip

05/17/12 10:15AM

A week ago today, Mississippi Republican State Representative Bubba Carpenter addressed his local GOP chapter, in Alcorn County, and told them how proud he was of a new law that "literally stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi." Carpenter said critics of the law predicted the return of coat hanger abortions. "But hey,"... read more

Boehner redefines 'threat'

05/17/12 10:02AM

In recent weeks, we've seen high-profile Republicans struggle with the meaning of some basic words. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) doesn't know what "compromise" means; Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) doesn't know what "hypocrisy" means; Indiana's Richard Mourdock doesn't know what "bipartisan" means;... read more

'Fuzzy Jobs Math'

05/17/12 09:28AM

Mitt Romney's campaign team told reporters earlier yesterday there would be no questions for the candidate at any point during the day. As it turns out, that wasn't quite true -- the presumptive Republican nominee was willing to answer plenty of questions from conservative blogger and radio host Ed Morrissey.Of particular interest... read more