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Fact Checkers Ding Romney On A Few Familiar Points

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Republican presidential nominee is being faulted for saying President Obama went on an "apology tour" and for things he claimed about Obama's tax and Medicare policies. But overall, independent fact checkers aren't finding many problems.

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Opinion: Did you think the GOP's War on Science Was Over? It's Not

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hey Congress, please let people with either a legitimate science background or at least a respect for science serve on the Science Committee.

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Fact Checkers Say Some Of Ryan's Claims Don't Add Up

Thursday, August 30, 2012

On Medicare, the stimulus and a story about the GM plant in his hometown, the GOP vice presidential nominee got some facts wrong, according to the news outlets and nonpartisan watchdogs that parse politicians' words.

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Is Clint Eastwood Going To Make Mitt Romney's Day?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

There's still a "mystery speaker" on the schedule for Thursday night. A report that Dirty Harry is headed to Tampa has set off speculation that he'll be taking the stage.

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Ann Romney Delivers: 'She May Have Privilege, But She Understands'

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The speech, the experts and pundits proclaimed, needed to humanize Mitt Romney. But it also served as a vehicle to humanize her, a woman of great attractiveness and expensive polish touched by cancer, multiple sclerosis and the trials of raising five sometimes screaming children.

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Herman Cain And His ABCs: He Sees Blacks Turning To The GOP

Monday, August 27, 2012

"A lot of people in this country have not realized or it does not get picked up in the polls [that] some black people can think for themselves," the one-time presidential contender said Monday. And there are more "American Black Conservatives," he said, than most people realize.

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Will Tropical Storm Isaac Blow The GOP Convention Off Course?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Republicans will have to rewrite their script if the storm, which is forecast to hit hurricane strength, stays on course to hit Tampa on Monday. That's the first scheduled day of the party's nominating convention.

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Despite Fact Checks, Romney Escalates Welfare Work Requirement Charge

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday marks the 16th anniversary of President Clinton's welfare overhaul. Republican Mitt Romney keeps saying that President Obama has gutted the law — even though every major fact-checking organization says the claims are false.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The David Plotz Dream Come True Gabfest

Friday, August 17, 2012

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and special guest Dave Weigel. This week: Republican VP pick Paul Ryan, Fareed Zakaria's sins of omission and progressive rock

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Why Has Wall Street Abandoned President Obama for Mitt Romney?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wall Street threw its support behind Barack Obama in 2008, but this election cycle the tables have turned. Now, it's funneling most of its donations to Mitt Romney and conservative super PACs.

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WNYC News

In New Ads Focused On Character, Obama And Romney Get Personal

Friday, August 10, 2012

In new ads, President Obama and Mitt Romney seek to raise doubts about each other's character. Romney accuses the president of being willing to do anything to stay president. Obama's ad accuses Romney of making a "blatantly false" claim.

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Poll Shows Voters Split On Presidential Candidates' Tax Returns

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The findings appear to give Democrats plenty of fuel to continue pounding away at Republican Mitt Romney on his tax returns. But there appears to be almost as much support for Romney to stand firm.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Chick-fil-A Gabfest

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and special guest Will Dobson, Slate’s Political Editor. This week: Mitt Romney’s European adventure, Ted Cruz from Texas and the Chick-fil-A controversy

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Ryan Lizza on the rise of Paul Ryan, and Kelefa Sanneh on the resurgent Tea Party.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Ryan Lizza on the rise of Paul Ryan, and Kelefa Sanneh on the resurgent Tea Party.

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WNYC News

Romney Adds Israel To Campaign Itinerary

Monday, July 02, 2012

The GOP candidate, who has criticized President Obama's policies toward the ally, will reportedly visit later this month.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

George Packer and Amy Davidson discuss what Republican extremism is doing to American politics.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

George Packer and Amy Davidson discuss what Republican extremism is doing to American politics.

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WNYC News

Romney, Boehner Message: It's Still The Economy (Not Gay Marriage), Stupid

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mitt Romney and Speaker John Boehner showed a determination Thursday to keep the election-year debate confined to the topic on which they believe President Obama has the greatest vulnerabilty — the economy.

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Obama Gambles On Gay Marriage

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The president and his re-election team are clearly wagering that his support for same-sex marriage will attract more voters than it repels — and allow him to make the choice between himself and Mitt Romney even sharper.

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Sen. Lugar Loses Primary To Tea Party Challenger, Ending 36-Year Career

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana, currently the longest serving Republican senator, was known for reaching across the aisle.

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Transportation Nation

Negotiators Kick Off Highway Bill Conference; Boxer Warns "Failure Is Not An Option"

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

(Photo (cc) by Flickr user Crazy George)

Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate began their formal conference over surface transportation funding Tuesday, in a negotiation that could take up to a month and where tens of billions of dollars are at stake.

Lawmakers from both sides of the Capitol gathered in one of the Hill's largest hearings rooms to begin hashing out an agreement between the chambers. On the table: A two-year Senate bill worth $109 billion backed by a broad bipartisan vote, versus House demands to cut spending, reform federal projects, cut regulations and force approval of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

The extension governing highway funding expires June 30. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) the champion of the Senate bill and the conference committee chair, told lawmakers they'll need to reach agreement by early June in order to get an agreement written and passed in time.

It won't be easy. Several tries left House Republicans unable to agree amongst themselves on a multi-year transportation policy. Meanwhile, many House conservatives consider the Senate bill a non-starter, largely because of its funding levels.

Now House Republicans begin the the conference at a distinct disadvantage. House and Senate Democrats are strongly behind the Senate bill, as are many Senate Republicans. The White House has also strongly backed the Senate's bid. SenatorJames Inhofe (R-Okla) leaned on House conservatives to accept the Senate's bill, which he helped craft with Boxer.

"I have every expectation we are going to be able to do that which the majority of Americans want done," he said.

House Republicans hold a few cards and are making some demands of their own. They want the Senate's $109 billion price tag reduced and are pushing hard to force the White House to accept final construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. They have also laid down markers repealing pending EPA coal ash pollution regulations.

"Let's not just spend more money. Let's have some serious reforms," urged Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) the conference committee's vice-chair.

Boxer began the proceedings with a long list of lobbying and interest organizations that support the Senate bill, ranging from AAA and trucking groups to the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

"If the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce can work together, then surely we can work together," she said, adding that "failure is not an option for us."

But the reality is that in the 112th Congress, failure is, in fact, an option. Leadership aides in the House and Senate predicted that the election-year talks would likely lead to an agreement rejected by House Republican rank-and-file members. That could force Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass any final agreement with the help of large numbers of Democrats. Failing that, Congress can do what it's done nine times since 2005 and simply pass another extension of current law to avoid a shutdown.

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