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Monday's campaign round-up

04/09/12 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:* With Rick Santorum leaving the campaign trail to tend to an ailing daughter, Mitt Romney has temporarily pulled his anti-Santorum attack ads in Pennsylvania.* The Santorum campaign, meanwhile, has released a full schedule of upcoming campaign events to counteract rumors of his withdrawal.* In Massachusetts' closely-watched U.S. Senate race, Elizabeth Warren raised $6.9 million in the first quarter. That's more than double incumbent Sen. read more

American Crossroads sees Obama winning tax debate

American Crossroads sees Obama winning tax debate

04/09/12 11:00AM

Karl Rove's attack operation, American Crossroads, the powerhouse of the Republican family of super PACs, is planning to begin "its first major anti-Obama advertising blitz of the year." It's unclear how big the initial round of attacks will be, but the operation has "an anticipated bank account of more than $200 million," most of which has come from undisclosed contributions.But Crossroads is doing more than just crafting ads; it's also doing ample research as to which messages are resonating with the public. It led to this interesting tidbit. read more

Warren's economic assessment falls far short

Warren's economic assessment falls far short

04/09/12 10:18AM

Pastor Rick Warren, who heads an evangelical megachurch in Orange County, California, talked to ABC's Jake Tapper yesterday about a variety of topics, but it was Warren's thoughts on the economy that struck me as especially important.The host asked what he tells members of his congregation who are struggling, and Warren said the "root" of our problems have a "spiritual" cause. "We have overspent," the pastor said. "The biggest problem for all of our economic problems is our inability to delay gratification. 'I want it and I want it now. read more

A reputation Romney can't afford to earn

04/09/12 09:44AM

In his latest column, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank noted Mitt Romney's latest speech in Washington, and paid particular attention to the fact that the likely Republican presidential nominee had "some trouble" telling the truth.The columnist highlighted quite a few of the former governor's falsehoods -- most of them will be familiar to readers who keep up on our weekly "Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity" feature -- before noting the larger significance of Romney's "prodigious output" of "whoppers."That candidates don't tell the truth is hardly news. read more

Stupid is as stupid does

Stupid is as stupid does

04/09/12 08:51AM

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who uses Twitter far more than most elected politicians, published a curious message over the weekend.To translate the abbreviations, the Iowa Republican said that his constituents asked why he's not outraged at President Obama's attack on the Supreme Court's independence. read more

Conservative writer ousted after racist tirade

Conservative writer ousted after racist tirade

04/09/12 07:59AM

Following up on an item from the weekend, National Review editor Rich Lowry announced that John Derbyshire will no longer write for the prominent conservative magazine.His latest provocation, in a webzine, lurches from the politically incorrect to the nasty and indefensible. We never would have published it, but the main reason that people noticed it is that it is by a National Review writer. Derb is effectively using our name to get more oxygen for views with which we'd never associate ourselves otherwise.So there has to be a parting of the ways. read more

Morning Maddow: April 9

Morning Maddow: April 9

04/09/12 07:37AM

Where in the world is NBC's Richard Engel? Gingrich finds out that running for President is hard.Rick Santorum is off the campaign trail to care for his ailing daughter.Romney goes bodyboarding in La Jolla.Franken has fun with stock photos.The U.S. and Afghanistan reach a deal over who gets to conduct raids at night.It's White House Easter Egg Roll day!Best vacation condo ever? read more

This Week in God

04/07/12 11:05AM

As "This Week in God" settles in on Saturday mornings, the God Machine has plenty to offer again this week.First up is a story about how the culture war is beginning to shape the Roman Catholic Church's charitable support in ways the social-service community never expected (thanks to reader R.P. read more

Pushing the envelope to the breaking point

Pushing the envelope to the breaking point

04/07/12 10:30AM

It's not always easy to predict when a provocateur's rhetoric will reach a tipping point that carries consequences. For Rush Limbaugh, it was arguably his attacks on Sandra Fluke -- it wasn't the first time the right-wing host had made misogynistic remarks on the air, but the ugliness and the larger context made the ensuing controversy unique.For Ann Coulter, her career took a turn after her public condemnation of 9/11 widows. read more

How do you solve a nuclear disaster?

How do you solve a nuclear disaster?

04/06/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow discusses the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima a year after the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Rachel also talks with Salon.com's Mariah Blake about Texas billionaire Harold Simmons' huge nuclear waste dump over the Ogallala Aquifer... watch

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