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Paul Ryan introduces himself to America after Romney calls him ‘the next president’

Newly minted vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced himself to Americans — most of whom Rasmussen reports have no opinion of him — in front of the USS Wisconsin, after his running mate Mitt Romney (R-MA) mistakenly introduced him as “the next president of the United States” (video…

Maddow: Republican voter suppression efforts are deadly serious

Early voting is being stabbed to death in Ohio, and Republicans are holding the knives. On Friday night’s episode of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” the MSNBC host explained that the state’s last three days of early voting, traditionally a time when churches and other urban community groups mobilize voters, have…

WATCH LIVE: Romney introduces his VP pick, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan

Former governor and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R-MA) confirmed this morning that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan was his pick for the vice presidential nomination. Watch below as the two men make the official announcement, courtesy of MSNBC. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the…

Conservative host Ingraham: Romney brought ‘a down pillow to a gun fight’

Conservative radio talker and occasional Fox News guest host Laura Ingraham has a dour message for her fellow Republicans: “Romney is losing,” she said on her show Friday. “I might be the skunk at the picnic, but I’m going to say it and I’m going to say it clearly,” Ingraham…

Scott Brown: Push to register welfare recipients to vote is ‘disturbing’

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) on Friday accused the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of favoring his Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, because they complied with a 1993 bipartisan federal law that requires states to provide voter registrations to people seeking public assistance like welfare. New York-based think tank Demos in May sued Massachusetts…

RNC chairman: People asking for Romney’s tax returns are as bad as birthers

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Friday refused to explain why presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would not release his tax returns, calling the request a “distraction” that was bad as so-called “birthers” who believe that President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen. During an interview on…

Michigan councilman gets Secret Service visit after depicting Obama’s head on a spike

A city councilman in Sterling Heights, Michigan says he was questioned by the U.S. Secret Service after video emerged of him at a tea party rally holding signs that depicted violence against President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D). The Sterling…

Dem super PAC’s ad features ‘Allen West’ punching elderly white woman

Opponents are calling a Democratic super PAC in Florida shocking and even racist for its cartoonish depiction of Rep. Allen West (R-FL) punching an elderly white woman and laughing as he steals money from a black family. The bizarre production comes by way of the American Sunrise super PAC, financed…

Maddow on Romney’s new ads: What’s going on?

On her show Thursday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted there had been a sudden shift in the focus of Mitt Romney’s ads. Romney’s ads in May and June were devoted to economic issues. But his most recent ads have focused on cultural issues. “August is young, but there has…

Liberal group accuses Rep. Joe Walsh of ‘stoking racial fears’

The liberal group Color Of Change blasted Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) on Thursday after he made condescending remarks about President Barack Obama, referring to him as “son.” “There’s something different on the ground, and I think it’s going to overtake us all again, think it’s going to overtake the political…

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