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VFW hears two very different perspectives

07/24/12 03:58PM

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is holding its national convention in Reno this week, and heard directly from President Obama yesterday and Mitt Romney today. The contrast between the two speeches tells us quite a bit about the two candidates.Here, for example, were the president's remarks.You might notice that Obama didn't mention... read more

Inglis' overly-optimistic expectations

Inglis' overly-optimistic expectations

07/24/12 03:15PM

Remember Bob Inglis? He was a conservative House Republican from South Carolina who got crushed in a GOP primary for being insufficiently radical. In fact, Inglis was recently humiliated in a GOP primary, losing by a ridiculous 42-point margin in a district he'd represented for more than a decade.What precipitated such a defeat? Inglis... read more

An expensive hostage strategy

An expensive hostage strategy

07/24/12 01:56PM

Last year, for the first time in our history, literally every Republican on Capitol Hill held the full faith and credit of the United States hostage as part of an easily-avoidable debt-ceiling crisis. The GOP made a series of non-negotiable demands, and said they would crash the economy, on purpose, unless Democrats paid the ransom. It was a... read more

A possible first in presidential campaign swag

A possible first in presidential campaign swag

07/24/12 01:26PM

Given the zeal of Ron Paul supporters, I don't imagine there's much in terms of campaign swag that hasn't been produced with the Paul name on it. That said, the google doesn't show me any Ron Paul presidential campaign rolling papers. As far as I can tell (and please correct me if I'm wrong), the only candidate so bold... read more

Whether to extend those other tax breaks

Whether to extend those other tax breaks

07/24/12 12:30PM

By now, the general framework of the 2012 fight over tax policy is probably pretty familiar: President Obama wants to extend Bush-era rates for those making less than $250,000, while asking the top 2% to pay the higher rates on income above $250,000. Republicans say that's unacceptable, adding they won't allow the breaks for the middle... read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

07/24/12 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:* Following a week of deceptive rhetoric from Mitt Romney and his campaign, President Obama's campaign released a new video fact-checking the now-infamous out-of-context quote.* The... read more

Opening ceremonies at the 2002 Olympic games.

A closed book

07/24/12 11:23AM

There was a point not too long at which Mitt Romney thought it'd be a good idea to attack President Obama for lacking openness and transparency. The Republican campaign ultimately dropped the line of attack, and under the circumstances, that was a very good idea.The former Massachusetts governor appears to be setting new standards for... read more

If the first six months don't count...

If the first six months don't count...

07/24/12 10:15AM

Mitt Romney sat down with CNBC's Larry Kudlow, and made a curious observation. He said voters who want a strong economy should vote for him, but Americans "ought to give, whichever president is going to be elected, at least six months or a year to get those policies in place."At first blush, that may sound fairly reasonable. A... read more

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr

Romney's new international incident

07/24/12 09:30AM

There's a standard paragraph towards the end of every stump speech Mitt Romney delivers. Though the candidate's spiel generally ignores international affairs, he wraps up by saying he talked to an unnamed British official who told him, "The one thing we all fear the most is a weak America."There's certainly nothing wrong... read more

Justice Department eyes Pennsylvania voter-ID

Justice Department eyes Pennsylvania voter-ID

07/24/12 09:00AM

Pennsylvania isn't the only state where Republicans created a voter-ID law to suppress the vote in 2012, but it's one of the more offensive examples. By some estimates, nearly 1-in-10 eligible voters in Pennsylvania will be disenfranchised as part of a GOP scheme to rig the election.They haven't even been subtle about it. read more

The foolish embrace of self-defeating arguments

The foolish embrace of self-defeating arguments

07/24/12 08:30AM

After the Friday morning massacre in Aurora, the presidential campaign paused. For three days, we didn't hear Mitt Romney exploit an out-of-context quote from President Obama. Yesterday, the break ended, and the Republican nominee went back to arguing that Obama believes businesses require strong public institutions to thrive, which makes... read more

Obama presents voters with 'The Choice'

07/24/12 08:00AM

Over the course of a modern presidential election, the major-party candidates are going to release all kinds of television ads and videos. Some, however, are more important than others.President Obama's re-election team unveiled this new spot overnight, called "The Choice," and unlike the daily back-and-forth, attack-counterattack... read more

Morning Maddow: July 24

Morning Maddow: July 24

07/24/12 07:48AM

The White House warns: middle class families could pay an extra $1,600 in taxes next year.Romney heads overseas this week.What exactly are Chicago-style politics, Mr. Romney?Federal appeals court upholds Georgia's ban on guns in churches.Remember that submarine that caught fire? Here's what allegedly happened.RIP Sally Ride.The mystery... read more

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