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Occupy Wall Street returns

Occupy Wall Street returns

02/29/12 05:42PM

Occupy Wall Street turned out again in Manhattan today.Producer Andrew Dallos sends a couple of pics. Above, one of several clowns who took their message to the Bank of America. Below, a sign for the Common Cause group that wants to roll back Citizens United ruling that allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts for and against the candidates of their choice.  read more

Ahead on the 2/29 Maddow show

02/29/12 05:42PM

Happy Leap Day! Tonight's guests include:Rep. Chellie Pingree, (D) MaineSen. Jeanne Shaheen, (D) New HampshireSteve Kornacki, political news editor for SalonWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

02/29/12 05:35PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Progress: "North Korea announced on Wednesday that it would suspend nuclear weapons tests and uranium enrichment and allow international inspectors to monitor activities at its main nuclear complex, a step that raised the possibility of ending a diplomatic impasse that has allowed the country's nuclear program to continue with no international oversight for years."* Ground offensive into Homs: "Despite mounting diplomatic pressure for a cease-fire, the Syrian military continued its bombardment of opposition strongholds on Wednesday."* Egypt: "At least seven Amer read more

Limbaugh takes aim at Sandra Fluke

Limbaugh takes aim at Sandra Fluke

02/29/12 04:33PM

Two weeks ago, the House Oversight Committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), held a one-sided hearing on contraception access, featuring an opening panel of five conservative men -- and no one else. read more

A 'Eh, who cares' style of leadership

A 'Eh, who cares' style of leadership

02/29/12 03:54PM

As part of the ongoing examination of whether John Boehner is actually good at his job, there's fresh evidence of a lingering problem: As House Speakers go, this one is very weak.I don't mean that in a pejorative sense, necessarily. read more

We love this

02/29/12 03:25PM

A megapod of dolphins stampeding off the coast of Dana Point, California, not on Leap Day, but perfect for today anyway.(H/t io9, Discovery) read more

Stimulus 101

Stimulus 101

02/29/12 02:30PM

Valerie Jarrett, a senior aide to President Obama, argued the other day that unemployment benefits "stimulate the economy." The Romney campaign apparently didn't care for the remark."First they told us that borrowing $1 trillion from China was supposed to stimulate the economy," a campaign spokesperson said. "Then just yesterday, one of President Obama's top advisors said that unemployment stimulates the economy. That's like saying an iceberg stimulated the Titanic. read more

Davy Jones, 1945-2012

02/29/12 01:42PM

Davy Jones, the lead singer of the Monkees, has died at age 66. Go ahead, pretend these songs don't work on you—but these are some of most durable hooks in pop. This is how it's done. Thank you, Davy. read more

Bearing no resemblance to the Obama-Clinton race

Bearing no resemblance to the Obama-Clinton race

02/29/12 12:38PM

In theory, an extended presidential nominating race doesn't have to be a disaster for the candidates or their party. The process, at least on paper, can force the candidates to hone their message, sharpen responses to common attacks, and avoid complacency. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

02/29/12 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:* Though much of the political world's focus has been on Michigan and Arizona, nearly $5 million has already been spent on the GOP presidential race in Ohio.* Speaking of the Buckeye State, Rick Santorum appears to have the edge, leading Mitt Romney by seven points in a Quinnipiac poll, and by 12 points in a University of Cincinnati poll.* A federal three-judge panel approved Texas' new redistricting map, though both parties seem to hate it.* New read more

Food stamp 'reform'

02/29/12 11:33AM

A piece from the Daily Caller made the rounds yesterday, but I dismissed it as a parody when a few readers sent it my way. But as Simon Maloy noted, "t seems too earnestly argued to be parody, and nowhere is it identified as such."The opinion piece, published by author Brion McClanahan, calls for what he describes as "reform" of the food-stamp program. read more

Parties and markets and bears, oh my

Parties and markets and bears, oh my

02/29/12 10:53AM

The Dow Jones closed yesterday above 13,000 for the first time in nearly four years. This isn't exactly an economic breakthrough -- the Dow is just one index, and there's nothing magical about the 13k plateau -- but it offers something of a morale boost.It doesn't, however, help conservative arguments that the Obama administration's agenda would ruin the markets, terrify investors, and send the major indexes spiraling downward. read more

Like it or not, algae is part of the energy debate.

From tire gauges to algae

02/29/12 10:16AM

A few months before the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama gave a speech on energy policy and his sweeping plans related to alternative fuels, efficiency programs, smart-grid technology, etc. In the subsequent Q&A, a voter asked what individuals can do to help, and the candidate recommended a few simple steps, including keeping tires inflated.It seemed wholly unremarkable, until Republicans decided this was hilarious. The McCain campaign began waving tire gauges at campaign rallies, insisting that properly-inflated tires represented the entirety of the Obama energy plan. read more

Signs of economic life

Signs of economic life

02/29/12 09:30AM

About a month ago, preliminary reports showed the U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.8% in the fourth quarter. The GDP numbers weren't bad, necessarily, but they fell short of expectations.The revised data, published this morning, brought more encouraging news.The United States economy grew at a slightly faster pace in the final three months of last year, and Americans earned more income than previously reported. That could set the stage for stronger growth this year.The Commerce Department said the economy expanded at a 3 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter.... read more

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