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Tuesday's Mini-Report

05/22/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Iran: "On the eve of international talks in Baghdad over Iran's disputed nuclear program, the leader of the United Nations nuclear monitoring arm announced what appeared to be a significant concession from Tehran, saying that, despite unspecified differences, he expected a deal 'quite soon'... read more

Outside-the-beltway extremism

05/22/12 04:56PM

The radicalism of Republican lawmakers in Washington tends to help explain the breakdown in American governance at the federal level. But to find breathtaking extremism, you'll have to look outside the Beltway.The new Iowa Republican Party platform raised some eyebrows overnight, as we learned that it "intentionally questions"... read more

The best lies money can buy

The best lies money can buy

05/22/12 03:48PM

The New York Times seems quite impressed with the latest attack ad from Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, which is poised to blanket the airwaves in swing states. The Times calls it "deeply researched," "delicately worded," and "low key."The paper neglected to mention another phrase: misleading to an offensive degree... read more

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Two views of a Romney protest

05/22/12 03:25PM

Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams tweeted the above photo today. He wrote: "Spotted outside @JoeBiden's event in Keene, NH. @CoryBooker signs denouncing @BarackObama's nauseating attacks."Buzzfeed reports that the Romney campaign and the local New Hampshire Republican party organized the gathering to "stand with... read more

The spending surge that never happened

The spending surge that never happened

05/22/12 03:00PM

The notion that federal spending soared after President Obama took office is one of those "facts" that the political world just accepts implicitly. Republicans have repeated the claim so often (and so loudly) that it's no longer even questioned. Indeed, Mitt Romney promises to "stop the excessive overspending" on a... read more

And the winner is . . .

And the winner is . . .

05/22/12 02:26PM

If you feel that awards should be bestowed in recognition of excellence of some kind,  consider this:First, in Arizona, Jevin Hodge, an 18-year-old senior at McClintock High School in Tempe and co-chair of the Governor's Youth Commission, had an idea to create an award for high school students who completed more than 200 hours of community... read more

Steve King's way with words

05/22/12 01:35PM

Rep. Steve King's (R-Iowa) anti-immigrant attitudes aren't exactly new. But he keeps finding new ways to be even more offensive.In 2006, making the case for an electrified fence along the Southern border, King famously compared immigrants to livestock. Yesterday, he changed the metaphor to dogs.As Alex Seitz-Wald explained:King told... read more

The 'Women's Policy Committee' gets to work

05/22/12 12:33PM

Republicans seem vaguely aware of the fact that the gender gap is growing, and that the GOP's "war on women" has become of the year's most important political developments. The party also seems to realize how this problem may cost them dearly in the 2012 elections.So, what are they prepared to do about it? read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

05/22/12 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:* Despite reports that his critics are splintering, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) hasn't won his recall race just yet. read more

The party of 'older white people'

The party of 'older white people'

05/22/12 11:35AM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered a rather aggressive speech in South Carolina the other day, and argued, among other things, that the Republican Party is "a more diverse party than the Democratic Party is." He didn't appear to be kidding.Similarly, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was asked over the weekend... read more

Is it still a 'day of shame'?

Is it still a 'day of shame'?

05/22/12 11:00AM

A few weeks ago, with the fate of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng entirely unclear, Mitt Romney decided to condemn the Obama administration's handling of the situation, calling Chen's temporary return to Chinese officials "a dark day for freedom and it's a day of shame for the Obama administration."It was an odd move... read more

'Not good at what they are trying to do'

05/22/12 10:30AM

As Rachel explained in a segment a couple of weeks ago, folks at the Republican National Committee just aren't great at their jobs. "Whether or not you are in favor of what they are trying to do," she explained, "they are not good at what they are trying to do.... t does seem important that the party apparatus under Reince... read more

David Barton's version of 'verbatim'

05/22/12 10:00AM

It's been entertaining lately to see so many Republicans come up with new meanings for basic words. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) doesn't know what  "compromise" means; Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) doesn't know what "hypocrisy" means; Indiana's Richard Mourdock doesn't know what "bipartisan" means;... read more

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R)

Birther-curious Bennett playing games in Arizona

05/22/12 08:37AM

We talked last week about Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) raising questions about President Obama's citizenship and saying it's "possible" he'll exclude the president from the ballot. The nonsense isn't going away quickly.To briefly recap, Bennett is demanding that Hawaiian officials verify that that... read more

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