The Tea Party's fiscal disconnect between spending on themselves and cutting spending on others isn't hypocrisy. It's not even disingenuous. But it is vital to understanding the mentality that has paralyzed our ability to manage our national affairs at the moment.Sam Stein has an absolutely essential piece up at Huffington Post. He'll be on tonight to talk about it, too, so make sure you don't miss it. What he found out was that lots of freshman Republicans are cutting national spending on the one hand, while also seeking more spending for their own districts. read more
Here's today's Morning Edition. Full day in Washington today. The default clock's ticking one day louder.Check back later for today's Underbuzzed and Outlook.TODAYPres. Obama holds a twitter town hall this afternoon.House debates defense-spending bill.
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Okay, I'm a little biased about today's Underbuzzed. I think the day's biggest underbuzzed story is the one I blogged about just a little while ago -- the real Romney fib on the economy. It won't be so underbuzzed, I hope, after tonight's exclusive interview with the former foreman of the plant where Romney spoke. That said, here are some of the other stories that deserve a little more buzz today:It's not enough that the current Treasury secretary came from the same Wall St. read more
A lot of today's Romney coverage has focused on the slipperiness of his responses about the economy. Does he think we're in a recovery or not? How could we be in a recovery, if Obama's policies made things worse than what we're recovering from? All very confusing. But also all very overly concerned about rhetoric and messaging. It'd be nice if people paid attention to the ideology that undergirds Romney's claim: Namely, that government spending is antithetical to economic recovery. read more
Running behind today. Here's today's Morning EDition -- boldly rebranded to reflect my tardiness. And check back later for today's (late) Tuesday Outlook and Underbuzzed...TODAYSenate holds key vote on resolution authorizing Libya operations. read more