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Archived Since:June 14, 2011

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'Home crafts expert' Steve Martin endorses Bob Kerrey

Actor/comedian/”home crafts expert” Steve Martin endorsed Democrat Bob Kerrey in a gloriously nonsensical web video. Kerrey, both a former governor and U.S. senator, is running for Nebraska’s open Senate seat. Martin didn't mention Kerrey's name once. Instead, …

Jared Bernstein: Jack Welch should be ashamed of himself

COMMENTARY I hesitate to weigh in on such foolishness—I’m a strong advocate of not shooting everything that moves—but this seems to have some legs: I was on the Thomas Roberts show this morning, where they showed a tweet of Jack Welch, the former CEO of G. …

First Word: Boost from the jobs number

Tune in tonight at 10pm ET for a special Friday edition of The Last Word. We'll discuss the long-awaited September jobs report, which puts the current unemployment rate at 7.8 percent — the lowest it's been since President Obama took the oath of office in 2009. It's a …

The super secret 'jobs number' process

Where do the "jobs" numbers come from and what's this conspiracy about? Here is some background on how the whole process works. I loved this the first time The New York Times published it — a simple explanation about the super-secret process of reporting the nat …

Romney now says 47 percent comments were 'completely wrong'

After repeatedly defending his secretly taped description of 47 percent of Americans as “victims, dependent on government,” who don’t take responsibility for their lives, Mitt Romney appeared on Fox News Thursday evening and changed his tune, saying his co …

FDR: The best 2012 pundit from beyond the grave

At the first 2012 presidential debate, Mitt Romney stunned President Obama and the viewing audience with a solid performance and a few whoopers to boot. The candidates spent a good deal of time arguing over the cost of Mitt Romney tax plan. "I'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax …

Obama stand-in reacts to Obama's debate performance

MSNBC's Lawrence O’Donnell spoke to Sen. Rob Portman, who played the role of President Obama during Mitt Romney's debate-prep sessions, to discuss the candidates' performances in Denver and what to expect in the next two debates."The dynamic of the race changes," …

First Word: Obama fights back

The day after the first presidential debate, President Obama tried to rally support in Denver, Colorado. He told the crowd,"If you want to be president, you owe the American people the truth." The president went on to say Mitt Romney does not want to be held accountable to what h …

Debate aftermath: There will be brood

Fact checking Romney will happen today and so will debate over the President's performance. Here are a few notable quotes on that. Jonathan Capehart: The substance of what he said wont stand up to scrutiny. Folks are already pointing out that Romney disavowed his $5 trillion tax …

There will be brood...

Fact checking Romney will happen today and so will debate over the President's lack of hits on Romney's inaccuracies. Here are a few notable quotes on that.

Romney goes on the offensive in high-stakes first debate

In a low-key and often wonkish presidential debate on Wednesday, Mitt Romney distanced himself from his own plans, but received only intermittent push-back from a subdued President Obama. Obama started out strong at the Denver debate, nipping at Mitt Romney for the Republican's …

Debate drinking game guide

Someone was bound to come up with this. Got any ideas for other rules? Add them below.

What others think Jim Lehrer should ask

Tonight, Mitt Romney will challenge incumbent President Obama for 90 minutes on domestic policy issues at the first presidential debate. Jim Lehrer of the PBS NewsHour will be the official moderator, but it seems there are many pundits, journalists, and policy experts who would …

Headlines over the hyped Obama tape

If somehow you missed the hype, there was a big Internet tease yesterday by Drudge and The Daily Caller that there would be a big bombshell video released at 9 pm ET on a certain television program that would change the dynamics of the race using race. So one day later, what is …

What candidates' body language says to voters

What does President Obama mean when he "waves the ball?" What is Mitt Romney trying to convey when he does the "tilt and nod?" While millions of American's will be listening to what the candidates say tonight, it may be just as important to watch how they say it. The New York Ti …

Obama and Romney's awkward debate moments

In the lead-up to tonight's debate between Pres. Obama and Mitt Romney, you've probably seen a lot of coverage showing their performances in past debates. The point being made, both these men have had their fair share of time behind a debate podium and both, no matter the loweri …

Debate advice for Romney: Follow 'The West Wing'

If Mitt Romney really wants to win his first debate against President Obama, he better go check out one particular episode of The West Wing. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell offered advice to Mitt Romney on the key to winning the first debate and explained why the Republican presidenti …

Joe Biden rewrites 'buried' middle class line

Vice President Joe Biden readjusted a stump speech one-liner on Tuesday after Team Romney quickly pounced on his "buried" middle class comment. Biden quickly changed course at campaign event in Asheville, North Carolina, declaring "The middle class was buried by the policies tha …

New Paul Ryan ad attacks Obamacare

Congressman Paul Ryan remains on the ballot in his Wisconsin congressional district. As a result, his congressional campaign is still humming along releasing this new ad earlier today. The ad takes on the issue of health care. In it, Ryan says the individual should be in c …

Ripple effect of Romney's '47 percent' comments

The latest NBC/WSJ poll reflected the extent of damage those "47 percent" comments had on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Now, more than three weeks after the fact, the numbers suggested it's still very much on the mind of likely voters. In the newly released study, 45 …

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