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Gingrich still hung up on algae

03/23/12 05:03PM

About three weeks ago, congressional Republicans decided to launch a big push, mocking President Obama for supporting biofuels -- and referencing algae -- as part of a larger focus on renewable energy. Once reporters noticed that GOP officials agreed with Obama, and sought identical investments in the same technology, the party quickly backed off.Well, most of the party did, anyway.Here's what Newt Gingrich told Fox News' Sean Hannity this week, complaining about the president and energy policy: "He is losing the argument over expensive gasoline. read more

The Obama campaign's new website

Team Obama embraces 'Obamacare' label

03/23/12 04:24PM

When President Obama signed his landmark health care reform measure into law two years ago today, there was no shortage of debate surrounding the package, and not all of it was policy focused. For example, what were we supposed to call it?These major pillars of American public life need good names. We all know what Social Security is. We all know what Medicare is. read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XI

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XI

03/23/12 03:38PM

It was heartening that Mitt Romney's habitual dishonesty generated far more attention than usual this week, but the scrutiny doesn't appear to have discouraged the Republican frontrunner, who had an incredibly mendacious week.Indeed, Jamelle Bouie noted the other day, Romney "is running against policies that haven't happened and an Obama that doesn't exist. Exaggeration is normal in politics, but this goes beyond garden-variety embellishment."To help drive the point home, take a look at the 11th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt's mendacity. read more

Romney should read Paul Ryan's budget plan

Romney should read Paul Ryan's budget plan

03/23/12 01:35PM

Mitt Romney's allergy to honesty has come into sharper focus this week, but even by his standards, the comments Romney made on a Wisconsin radio show this morning were astounding.Romney said the plan introduced by House Budget Committee chairman Ryan (R-Janesville) "does not balance the budget on the backs of the poor and the elderly ... It instead preserves Medicare and preserves Social Security."Look, this really isn't complicated. Paul Ryan's budget plan is simply brutal towards the poor and working families. read more

Santorum considers staying 'with what we have'

03/23/12 12:35PM

Rick Santorum prides himself on speaking without prepared texts -- he recently recommended criminalizing Teleprompters -- but once in a while, we're reminded of the dangers of off-the-cuff rhetoric. Take the former senator's appearance in Texas yesterday, for example.For those who can't watch clips online, Santorum, in reference to Mitt Romney, told voters, "You win by giving people a choice. You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who's just going to be a little different than the person in there. read more

Friday's campaign round-up

03/23/12 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:* As Tricia noted earlier, polls show Rick Santorum looking strong in Louisiana in advance of tomorrow's primary, but depending on the margin, delegate distribution may not give Santorum the boost he needs.* Though Santorum's options appear limited after Louisiana, he appears quite likely to win his home state of Pennsylvania, though its primary is not until April 24.* A couple of weeks after losing a Democratic primary in his home state of Ohio, read more

The Week in Geek: Video Extravaganza Edition

03/23/12 11:32AM

How to use lasers to see around corners.Beware the brinicle of DEATH. (WITH VIDEO)Bacteria live on the underside of glaciers even if no one else can, or wants to.A case study in ocean acidification next to Mount Vesuvius. (WITH VIDEO)Evidence for water on Mars is stronger than ever. If only we had funding to keep looking...Gorgeous time-lapse of the heavens from the International Space Station. (WITH VIDEO)NASA's Cassini space probe gets a breath of fresh air around Saturn.How to find a moon around a planet around another star. read more

Don't blame the hoodie

03/23/12 10:55AM

Fox News' coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting has generated quite a bit of criticism, but matters took a turn for the worse this morning on "Fox & Friends." TPM posted this clip.Media Matters has a full transcript, but the quote from Geraldo Rivera is almost hard to believe:"I believe that George Zimmerman, the overzealous neighborhood watch captain should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law and if he is criminally liable, he should be prosecuted. But I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. read more

Political metaphor waits to happen, dirt path edition

Political metaphor waits to happen, dirt path edition

03/23/12 10:44AM

I took a reporting trip to Greensboro, North Carolina, this week, where I noticed something odd at the airport. See that path in the dirt? In technical terms, it's a "desire path," a kind of DIY sidewalk made by people deciding they'd rather go that way.You see desire paths everywhere -- across parks and campuses and between strip malls. If you're driving along a highway and there's a worn place in the grass by the road where a sidewalk might be, that's a desire path created by people walking. A desire path shows where people really want to go, not where officials say they should. read more

The House's IPAB mistake

03/23/12 08:40AM

Congressional Republicans insist they're deeply concerned about reducing health care costs and restraining spending, especially as it relates to the nation's long-term fiscal challenges and the integrity of Medicare. read more

DeMint's seal of approval

DeMint's seal of approval

03/23/12 08:01AM

At first blush, it would appear that Jeb Bush's newly-announced support for Mitt Romney was the week's biggest endorsement. After all, the backing of the former Florida governor sends an unmistakable signal that the Republican establishment has concluded there will be no White Knight, so it's time to grudgingly accept Romney as the party's nominee.But Bush's backing isn't quite as interesting as Sen. read more