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Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XIX

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XIX

05/25/12 02:32PM

Campaigning in Iowa yesterday, President Obama reflected on some of Mitt Romney's recent speeches, including last week's remarks in Iowa. "I know Governor Romney came to Des Moines last week; warned about a 'prairie fire of debt,'" Obama said. "But he left out some facts. His speech was more like a cow pie of... read more

A fundraising flyer distributed by the Romney campaign.

The Trump case study

05/25/12 01:45PM

As a rule, I tend to ignore the political opinions of reality-show personality Donald Trump, but there is a certain electoral salience that underscores nonsense like this."A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book," Trump went on, "he said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. read more

Alliteration Alert

Alliteration Alert

05/25/12 12:49PM

Last night, while talking about Mitt Romney's new education plan, we mentioned a clever example of alliteration Mr. Romney presented to a class full of elementary students: Dogs drive Douglas dizzy.Clever, unless of course it reminds you of Mitt Romney's history of putting the family dog on the roof of a car during long vacation drives... read more

Etch A Sketching on China

Etch A Sketching on China

05/25/12 12:35PM

Mitt Romney tends to stick to vague generalities when it comes to foreign policy, but that doesn't stop him from slamming China with surprising frequency.In his second television ad of the general election, the Republican vows to "stand up to China" on his very first day in office, and in his interview with Mark Halperin this week... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

05/25/12 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:* Over the last three months, Gov. Scott Walker (R) and his allies have outspent Democrats and their allies by more than a 3-to-1 margin. The gubernatorial recall election is a week from... read more

Protecting Limbaugh's bust

Protecting Limbaugh's bust

05/25/12 11:33AM

Republicans in the Missouri legislature announced in March that it would honor Rush Limbaugh, of all people, with a bronze bust at the state capitol, giving him a place in the Hall of Famous Missourians alongside the likes of Mark Twain, Harry Truman, and Walt Disney. read more

The right doesn't John Maynard Keynes' principles after all.

Keynesians to the left of me, Keynesians to the right of me

05/25/12 10:53AM

The gist of Keynesian economics is fairly straightforward: during an economic downturn, caused by insufficient demand, it's up to the public sector to inject capital into the system while consumers and businesses pull back. It's what FDR used to rescue the country from the Great Depression and it's what President Obama used to... read more

Follow the bouncing jobs estimate

05/25/12 10:12AM

We talked last week about the Mitt Romney campaign's "fuzzy jobs math," in which the Republican candidate and his team would offer exaggerated boasts about the number of jobs he created, which the campaign couldn't substantiate and which contradicted previous boasts.This week, Eric "Etch A Sketch" Fehrnstrom added... read more

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Today it is the future

05/25/12 10:06AM

At 9:56 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the first commercial spacecraft ever to fly to the International Space Station was successfully captured by the ISS's robotic arm. Its payload of space groceries has yet to be delivered, but this is kind of a big day for commercial space travel. read more

Seeking a GOP explanation for relief at the pump

Seeking a GOP explanation for relief at the pump

05/25/12 09:31AM

Time will tell if expectations are met, but new reports this week suggest American consumers can expect "more relief at the pump heading into peak summer driving season."After topping out at $3.92 in early April, gasoline now averages $3.68 a gallon. Weak demand, slumping crude oil prices and ample inventories could push prices to $3... read more

A busy 'Day One'

05/25/12 08:00AM

Last week, Mitt Romney's campaign unveiled its first television ad of the general election, a generally positive spot describing what the Republican would do on "day one" if elected. In his first 24 hours in the Oval Office, Romney would apparently approve an environmentally-risky oil pipeline, cut taxes on the wealthy, and take... read more

Morning Maddow: May 25

05/25/12 07:43AM

A string of property crimes has Georgia OB-GYNs worried about retaliation for supporting reproductive rights.There's going to be a big protest this weekend of the NC pastor who preached that "lesbians and queers" should be put in an electrified pen.Churches in Maine will be passing the collection plate for money to fight gay... read more

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