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Wednesday's campaign round-up

04/18/12 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:* In national polling, a Pew Research Center poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney, 49% to 45%; a Reuters poll shows Obama leading Romney, 47% to 43%; and a New York Times/CBS... read more

Getting an earful from regular folks

04/18/12 10:55AM

Mitt Romney appeared in the Pittsburgh area yesterday, and participated in a "tax day roundtable" with eight regular folks at a park bench. Unfortunately for the presumptive Republican nominee, they didn't stick to the script.I realize it's setting the bar too low, but Romney probably deserves at least some credit for... read more

Wild, wild West

04/18/12 10:08AM

It's been about a week since Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) insisted that members of House Progressive Caucus are secretly "members of the Communist Party." The unhinged congressman began fundraising off his tirade soon after.Some pesky journalists continue, however, to ask West what in the world he was thinking. Here was an answer the... read more

A growing interest in Mr. Secrecy

04/18/12 09:27AM

Mitt Romney appears rather desperate to shield his tax returns from public scrutiny. He has the materials -- when Romney was considered for John McCain's 2008 ticket, the former governor turned over 23 years worth of returns -- he just doesn't want to share the materials.The Romney campaign, however, has a new line it hopes will put a... read more

The Sympathy Gap

04/18/12 08:45AM

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) appeared on G. Gordon Liddy's radio show the other day, and shared her thoughts on Americans burdened with student-loan debt.For those who can't watch or listen to clips online, here's the part of Foxx's comments that stood out:"I went through school, I worked my way through, it took me seven... read more

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) isn't fully invested in his party's 2012 ticket.

The GOP power play on public display

04/18/12 08:00AM

Even before the race for the Republican presidential nomination effectively ended, many of Mitt Romney's most notable supporters expressed deep misgivings about him. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), for example, said a day after endorsing the former governor, "There are a lot of other people out there that some of us wish had run for... read more

Morning Maddow: April 18

Morning Maddow: April 18

04/18/12 07:50AM

Crossroads GPS releases its tax filings.Catholic Bishops criticize the Paul Ryan budget for cutting food stamps.Arizona appeals court OKs voter i.d., but strikes down proof of citizenship.The President threatens to veto a House GOP tax cut that has no chance of passing in the Senate anyway.A brewing scandal shakes up the leadership of the North... read more

Kings and queens and gifted teens

04/18/12 01:50AM

Following on tonight's Best New Thing, our colleagues at the Grio have this brief feature with Justus Williams, 13-year-old National Chess Master on the I.S. 318 team.Also, maybe this isn't news to you if you've had any formal chess instruction, but I was pretty fascinated by this quiz on the I.S. 318 chess team's web site. ... read more

Maddow’s back!

Maddow’s back!

04/17/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Tuesday’s show – the space shuttle flyover around Washington, D.C. causes Rachel Maddow to think big thoughts about disagreement in U.S. Capitol. (Read: it’s a metaphor!)... watch

The power of economic populism

The power of economic populism

04/17/12 08:00PM

Senator Sherrod Brown talks with Rachel Maddow about the political power of economic populism and his faith that voters will support a politician they see as being on their side. watch