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I don’t spend a lot of time trolling Fox Noise (er, ah, News) and missed this when it came out last week, so pardon me if you’ve already seen it. For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure, however, this commentary clearly is the dumbest in a long line of certifiably loony takes from the Murdochians.

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About each other, that is.

In case you missed it the other day, John Nichols of The Nation had one of the most insightful takes on the latest developments in the GOP presidential primary battle. In it, he quotes thus far unsuccessful GOP candidate Buddy Roemer’s to-the-point tweet:

 “The two frontrunners: A lobbyist and corporate shill. Why are they on top? They have the most $$. We can do better”

 

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Saying Newt Gingrich is the best debater in the GOP primary race is like saying an elephant does a better cannonball than a mouse – sure, it’s true, but that really isn’t the point.  The same can be said about what Newt keeps saying about President Obama: sure, more people are using food stamps than when he took office, but is that really the point?

No, it isnt’t, but it sure does get headlines. Newt’s newest attack glibly claims:

“The fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history … I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness. And if that makes liberals unhappy, I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job and learn some day to own the job.”

Aside from the fact that the president didn’t “put” anyone on food stamps, this might not be the winning argument Newt thinks it is. According to a new poll , Read More

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Mitt Romney has achieved a seemingly unparalleled feat in the context of the 2012 presidential campaign: he’s united former governor Sarah Palin and President Obama around a common cause. Both have recently called on the former Massachusetts governor and Bain Capital co-founder to make his income tax returns available to the public.

Thus far, Mr. Romney has broken with recent precedent for presidential campaigns and refused to release his tax returns.

The recent disclosure of the executive compensation packages of another prominent private equity firm, the Carlyle Group, together with the overwhelming, broad-based public support for the “Buffett Rule,” may shed some light on Mr. Romney’s unusual decision.

Howard Gleckman of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center has written how the Carlyle disclosure has revealed new information about how multi-millionaire private equity executives are able to pay a far lower tax rate than many middle class families by taking advantage of the carried-interest tax loophole (aka “the carry”): Read More

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You can’t blame those North Carolinians who have managed to avoid hearing a whole lot about a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and current U.S.presidential candidate, Rick Santorum. Every minute they’ve spent not contemplating the inane positions and statements of this terribly troubled man has no doubt made their lives happier and healthier.

Unfortunately, now that the crusading theocrat’s campaign has actually received a modest boost from his showing in Iowa, it’s probably worth a few minutes of everyone’s time (at least those who haven’t been paying a lot of attention) to to take a look at just how certifiably crazy this dude is.

Happily, the good folks at Think Progress have been kind enough to feature a post this morning entitled: “Rick Santorum’s Most Outrageous Campaign Moments.” Enjoy!