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Entries by Howard Fineman from 07/2012

Will McAvoy's Rules -- And Ours

| Posted 07.09.2012 | Media

Yes, it is unrealistic and predictable. It is preachy and takes place in a galaxy long ago and far away. In other words, it is a fairy tale. Well, fairy tales are meant to inspire and instruct, and The Newsroom manages to do both in a mostly entertaining way.

Mitt Romney Bain Mess Shows Stonewalling Consequences

Posted 07.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It takes perverse talent to turn a two-day mini-story into a major three-week distraction. But that is precisely what Mitt Romney's camp...

Penn State's Rep Proves to Be False Triumph of Paterno Marketing

| Posted 07.13.2012 | Sports

The Penn State football team was a secular holy order Paterno was seen as the pope of college football. But it was a facade, and those who knew the story from the inside knew that. The program wasn't clean. Paterno wasn't clean. Penn State wasn't clean.

Why Obama and Romney Are Going Mano-a-Mano

| Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

This presidential campaign is shaping up as one of the most personally nasty in modern times -- and more quickly than experts thought it would. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama already are in choreographed hand-to-hand combat mode. The GOP's presumptive nominee has angrily demanded an apology from Obama himself for a campaign staffer's suggestions that Romney may have committed a felony by misstating his role at Bain Capital in a SEC filing. Romney called the remarks "outrageous" and "beneath the dignity" of Obama and the presidency. Not only did the president not apologize, he all but scoffed at his foe. Obama did not pawn off the controversy onto his campaign staff or position himself above the fray as a sitting president with much more lofty work to do.

James Carville Advises Obama: Talk About Tax Returns? Sure, But Health Care Above All

Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama campaign needs to convince middle-class voters that the president has a solid plan for improving the economy in a second term,...

Mitt Romney Taxes Controversy Shows He's Still A Tough Sell

Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Months after he mathematically locked up the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney remains a political hairball that GOP insid...

Mitt Romney And Father Follow Bush Family Father-Son Reversal

Posted 07.20.2012 | AOL

WASHINGTON -- First, let's get something straight. Mitt Romney's father, George Romney, did not "release" 12 years of his income tax returns when h...

Mitt Romney And Father Follow Bush Family Father-Son Reversal

Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– First, let’s get something straight. Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney, did not “release” 12 years of his income tax retu...

The Book Of Ed

| Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

Ed Conard's book Unintended Consequences is on The New York Times best-seller list, but it was hard to find at my neighborhood Washington bookstore, Politics and Prose, deep in what you could call Obama Country. That's too bad. Mitt Romney is running his campaign so close to the vest as to be nearly invisible. The theory is to disappear, leaving President Obama to run against himself and his record on the economy. So if you want to know where Romney is coming from, you need to read not only the Book of Mormon and clips from The Boston Globe and his tax returns, you also need to read Conard's technical but fervent paean to the folks whom the soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee reverently calls "the job creators." That is: America's wealthiest and yearning-to-be-wealthiest.

What Super PAC Donors Really Want Is A Return On Their Investment

Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Heed their names for they are the country's new power brokers: Sheldon Adelson, David and Charles Koch, Harold Simmons, and Bob Perry,...