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Tuesday's Mini-Report

05/15/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* They can still probably afford good lawyers: "The Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining potential wrongdoing surrounding JPMorgan Chase's $2 billion trading loss, people briefed on the matter said Tuesday."* Greece: "Greek political leaders said Tuesday that they had failed to find... read more

Ads that work so long as you don't think

05/15/12 05:00PM

The Obama campaign unveiled its first salvo against Mitt Romney's controversial private-sector background yesterday, an offensive the Republican campaign surely knew was coming eventually. This morning, the former governor released a two-minute clip in response, which had almost certainly been prepped and was ready to go.The point of the... read more

Water. Rest. Shade.

Water. Rest. Shade.

05/15/12 03:59PM

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration launched an effort to prevent heat illnesses among outdoor workers, and at face value, this wouldn't be especially noteworthy. On the contrary, this is a basic part of OSHA's mission, in this case, the agency recommends, "Water. Rest. Shade. The work can't get done... read more

George W. Bush: 'I'm for Mitt Romney'

George W. Bush: 'I'm for Mitt Romney'

05/15/12 01:52PM

For Democrats, one of the principal goals of 2012 is to persuade American voters not to go backwards. Bush/Cheney left all kinds of crises for Obama/Biden to clean up, and Dems intend to urge the electorate not to return to the failures of the recent past.With this in mind, I suspect Democrats are happier about today's news than Mitt Romney... read more

A lesson never learned

A lesson never learned

05/15/12 12:36PM

It was, to my mind, the worst thing an American major party has done, at least in domestic politics, since the Civil War. Last summer, congressional Republicans held the full faith and credit of the United States hostage, threatening to impose a catastrophe on all of us, on purpose, to achieve a specific (and unnecessary) policy goal.It was a... read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

05/15/12 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:* A New York Times/CBS News poll released last night shows President Obama's approval rating inching higher to 50%, but he still trails Mitt Romney by three, 46% to 43%. read more

Jindal attacks -- four years too late

Jindal attacks -- four years too late

05/15/12 11:20AM

It sometimes seems as if Republicans haven't updated their talking points in a very long while.Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who has endorsed Mitt Romney and is sometimes mentioned as a potential running mate, attacked President Obama on Tuesday and defended Romney's record in business."President Obama hasn't run anything... read more

The drivers of our debt

The drivers of our debt

05/15/12 10:03AM

About a year ago, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) hosted a town-hall meeting with some constituents, one of whom said Bush-era policies are largely responsible for the current budget deficit. The Republican didn't take the news well."This year's deficit is due to George Bush? That's insanity!" Grimm said. He added, "... read more

Rush Limbaugh, busted

05/15/12 09:22AM

About two months ago, as controversy swirled around Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing radio host lost all kinds of advertisers who didn't want to sponsor his on-air misogyny. But the news wasn't all bad.Despite his antics, the Missouri Legislature announced at the time that it would honor the Republican broadcaster with a statue at the... read more

The death of a dubious idea

The death of a dubious idea

05/15/12 08:40AM

Last summer, there were plenty of centrists who expressed genuine excitement about a project called Americans Elect, which its backers perceived as a vehicle towards bipartisan governing. read more

Morning Maddow: May 15

Morning Maddow: May 15

05/15/12 08:04AM

New work by Banksy.  DiscussAaaaaand we've got another one!   An anti-Romney ad about Bain Capital, that isA California state assemblyman reveals his true feeling about Title IX in front of one of the most famous women athletes everGay activists test the boundaries with a bike rideMarc Ambinder says goodbye to Washington DC with a list of... read more


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