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When health care isn't an abstraction

06/22/12 03:12PM

Long-time readers may recall a piece from a year ago, about a young couple in Iowa, who learned the benefits of the Affordable Care Act first hand. When I think about the law possibly being eliminated -- either by Republicans on the Supreme Court next week or President Romney next year -- I often think about Ross Daniels and Amy Ward, and... read more

Not everything Mitt Romney says is on the level.

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXIII

06/22/12 01:30PM

For those who are watching the 2012 presidential race closely, Mitt Romney's penchant for falsehoods is hard to miss. Michael Cohen summarized the issue nicely this week in a piece for The Guardian:Granted, presidential candidates are no strangers to disingenuous or overstated claims; it's pretty much endemic to the business. But... read more

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06/22/12 01:15PM

Walk down a busy street on a rainy morning in Cologne, where I've been studying German politics, culture and the practice of journalism on a fellowship with the RIAS Berlin Commission and it quickly becomes clear that a handmade soap store wants to keep the German landscape just as clean as it does potential customers. read more

A good plan vs. no plan

06/22/12 12:41PM

If you read only one op-ed today, I'd recommend this item from Obama campaign advisor Jeffrey Liebman in the Wall Street Journal. It's tough to summarize the nature of the debate over jobs and its connection to the presidential race in 800 words, but Liebman, a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, pulls it together... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

06/22/12 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:* In five key 2012 battlegrounds, a new poll from Latino Decisions finds President Obama leading Mitt Romney by 36 points, 63% to 27%. read more

When Republicans run against Paul Ryan's GOP plan

06/22/12 11:35AM

When we think about how Republicans think about Paul Ryan's radical budget plan, we tend to recognize the party's overwhelming support for the far-right agenda. When the plan came up in the House in the spring, 95% of the GOP caucus voted for it. When it came up in the Senate, support was nearly as strong. Even Mitt Romney has embraced... read more

Haley's horrible call on HPV

Haley's horrible call on HPV

06/22/12 11:02AM

It seems absurd in retrospect, but there was a brief moment in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in which Michele Bachmann appeared competitive. Soon after, for a variety of reasons, her candidacy imploded, but there was one issue in particular that proved problematic.In early September 2011, as part of an effort to undermine... read more

Norquist to GOP: Respect my authority

Norquist to GOP: Respect my authority

06/22/12 10:24AM

Republican uber-activist Grover Norquist has been able to wield influence in Republican politics pretty easily in recent years. As we discussed a month ago, Republican candidates, especially those running for Congress, are well aware of the expectation that they sign "the pledge" -- a promise to Norquist that they will not support... read more

Florida's Scott ignores Romney's advice

Florida's Scott ignores Romney's advice

06/22/12 09:36AM

For months, Mitt Romney has been contradicted by Republican governors in key swing states -- he's trying to convince voters to feel depressed and pessimistic; they're doing the opposite, talking up the improvements in their states' economies.The conflict reached a new level with reports that Romney urged Florida Gov. read more

He forgot to mention 'self-deportation'

06/22/12 08:00AM

We talked yesterday about Mitt Romney's speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and the fact that the Republican candidate still refuses to comment on President Obama's new immigration policy. read more

Morning Maddow: June 22

06/22/12 06:41AM

Lawmakers are reportedly nearing a deal on preventing student-loan-interest hikes.New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch vetoes a voter ID bill.FL Gov Rick Scott denies being told to downplay good news on jobs by the Romney camp. The Washington Post looks at Bain Capital's history of investing in outsourcing.David Koch is hosting a $50,000 a plate... read more

Links for the 6/21 TRMS

06/21/12 11:44PM

Shirley Sherrod Resigns from USDA over Race Remark FurorEXCLUSIVE: Third Gun Linked to 'Fast and Furious' Identified at Border Agent's Murder SceneTime to Concentrate: IDAHO and OREGON State and District Conventions June 21st-23rd Pro-Paul emphasis splits Iowa Republicans Rift continues within Alaska Republican Party Paul... read more