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Could the Ryan plan fail in the House?

03/22/12 01:36PM

The House Budget Committee approved Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) right-wing budget plan yesterday, but just barely. After Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) voted against it -- they said it was insufficiently conservative -- the final committee tally was 19 to 18.It will only get more difficult going forward.For Democrats, the Ryan agenda is ridiculous. read more

Remember when Romney liked higher gas prices?

03/22/12 12:30PM

After having ignored energy policy for much of the campaign, Mitt Romney has suddenly discovered a deep interest in the issue, and even argued this week, "There's no question that when ran for office, he said he wanted to see gasoline prices go up."That's not true -- honesty isn't Romney forte -- but it does raise a broader question about the former governor and gas prices. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

03/22/12 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:* If Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee, he shouldn't expect to win one of his home states -- PPP shows President Obama leading Romney in Massachusetts by 23 points.* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) doesn't want to be Romney's running mate. Since he was unlikely to get an invitation, the announcement seems unnecessary.* Gallup's latest poll shows Congress' approval rating soaring ... from 10% to 12%.* In Connecticut's open U.S. read more

Rove picks the wrong fight over OBL killing

03/22/12 11:25AM

In November, Karl Rove's attack operation, Crossroads GPS, took a Bill Clinton quote out of context in order to launch a wildly misleading criticism of President Obama on taxes.Today, Rove took another Bill Clinton quote out of context to launch another wildly misleading criticism of President Obama, this time on counter-terrorism.Here's what Rove wrote in his new Wall Street Journal column:As for the killing of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Obama did what virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation. read more

Hoover Dam, political metaphor

03/22/12 10:55AM

After winning the Illinois primary on Tuesday, Mitt Romney's victory speech featured an unexpected argument. The former governor was trying to argue that "government" stands in the way of American progress, which led to this observation: "We once built the interstate highway system and the Hoover Dam. Today, we can't even build a pipeline."It was probably a reference to Keystone XL, but Romney was also referring to two major, expensive taxpayer-financed infrastructure projects -- the kind of policies Republicans now oppose. read more

What's actually 'scary'

03/22/12 10:24AM

On "Meet the Press" the other day, David Gregory asked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), "Do you think that there is something of a war on women among Republicans?" Instead of rejecting the very idea out of hand, the senator implicitly conceded the reality of the situation, responding, "I think we have to fix that."On Tuesday, Rep. read more

Romney credits Bush with preventing economic collapse

Romney credits Bush with preventing economic collapse

03/22/12 09:28AM

It's pretty obvious what line from the Romney campaign generated the most attention yesterday, but there was something else the candidate himself said yesterday that should not go overlooked.Mr. Romney, in response to a question about the bank bailout, said he felt that President George W. Bush and his treasury secretary, Hank Paulson, had taken the correct steps in authorizing the Troubled Asset Relief Program, known as TARP."In that circumstance, President Bush and Hank Paulson said, 'We've got to do something to show we're not going to let the whole system go out of business,'" Mr. read more

Jobless claims figures just keep getting better

Jobless claims figures just keep getting better

03/22/12 08:43AM

The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, despite occasional setbacks, but today's report is the best we've seen in quite a while.About a month ago, initial jobless claims matched a four-year low, and as of today, they managed to get even better, exceeding expectations by dropping to the lowest level since February 2008.The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits fell by 5,000 last week to 348,000, the lowest level since February 2008, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. read more

Morning Maddow: March 22

Morning Maddow: March 22

03/22/12 07:37AM

Jeb Bush pushes Marco Rubio for Vice President.Rick Santorum gave paid speeches during his Presidential campaign.The standoff between French authorities and the school-shooting suspect ends, reportedly with the alleged shooter's death.The NNSA announces it has cleared 5 countries of weapons-grade nuclear material. (Not sure why they didn't mention Mexico).Illinois runs out of student financial aid.The U.S. suspends its search for the remains of fallen troops in North Korea.Gorgeous pictures of the wreckage of the Titanic.The next "Hope" poster? read more

GOP culture war sputters as women rise in...

GOP culture war sputters as women rise in defense

03/21/12 08:00PM

Chris Hayes, host of “Up with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether the Republican war on women and the broader right-wing culture war, as provoked a political awakening among women who weren't already engaged in politics, in... watch

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