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Friday's campaign round-up

05/18/12 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:* The Democratic National Committee shows no signs of letting up on Mitt Romney's controversial private-sector background, releasing this new video this morning, "The Bane of... read more

Boehner on health care: everything must go

Boehner on health care: everything must go

05/18/12 11:28AM

For about three years now, congressional Republicans have sworn up and down that they're hard at work on a health care reform package of their own. It's going to be awesome, they said, and will meet Obamacare's goals without all that unpopular stuff.Sensible people gave up on actually seeing this vaporware quite a while ago,... read more

Romney allies not helping jobs message

05/18/12 10:38AM

About three weeks ago, Mitt Romney appeared at a campaign event in Ohio, one of the nation's most important battlegrounds, alongside Gov. John Kasich (R). Some Otterbein University students, getting ready to graduate, reflected on the difficult job market, and the governor was quick to set their minds at ease.Kasich noted a website his... read more

Romney's plan for 'Day One'

05/18/12 09:18AM

Mitt Romney's campaign unveiled this morning its first television ad of the general election, a generally positive spot describing what the Republican would do on "day one" if elected.There's nothing wrong with getting voters thinking about what these candidates would do in office in 2013, and given the general vagueness of... read more

Eduardo Saverin's ideological allies

Eduardo Saverin's ideological allies

05/18/12 08:40AM

I suspect most have heard about Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin's decision to renounce his American citizenship, a move that will save Saverin from having to pay federal capital gains taxes just as Facebook's IPO reaps a windfall.Though he denies the move is related to tax avoidance, Saverin's announcement has not been well... read more

Rationalizing bigotry is tougher than expected

05/18/12 08:00AM

We've been keeping an eye on the controversy surrounding Tracy Thorne-Begland's judicial nomination in Virginia, and it took an interesting turn yesterday.To briefly recap, Thorne-Begland, who enjoyed bipartisan backing, is a state prosecutor, a father, and a former Top Gun fighter pilot, and his nomination enjoyed bipartisan... read more

Morning Maddow: May 18

05/18/12 07:47AM

Today's fight in the House: defense spending and indefinite detention.It looks like the Keystone XL pipeline authorization will be dropped from the Highway bill.Hey, Florida, why the rush to purge your voter rolls?Alabama's Governor calls a special legislative session to soften the state's anti-immigration law.Michigan lawmakers... read more

The harmful effects of filibuster abuse

The harmful effects of filibuster abuse

05/17/12 08:00PM

Congressman Keith Ellison talks with Ezra Klein about why he supports the Common Cause lawsuit arguing against the constitutionality of the filibuster, which has made the Senate dysfunctional and hurt people who should be helped by majority-supported... watch

Heckuva job Andy!

Heckuva job Andy!

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shares an exchange of letters between a boy who is requesting federal disaster relief funds for his messy room, and Ronald Reagan, who suggests he turn it into a one-man volunteer project. watch

What Chris Christie doesn't 'got'

What Chris Christie doesn't 'got'

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shares clips from the recent video for the New Jersey Press Association's Legislative Correspondents Club featuring Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. watch

Romney sees greed's silver lining

Romney sees greed's silver lining

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shows that despite the risk to the economy and taxpayers, Mitt Romney sees the risky trading that resulted in the loss of billions of dollars by JP Morgan as a good thing because someone was able to exploit it for financial gain. watch

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