Today in politics: 1-min. rundown

Public Policy Polling data show Rick Santorum with a 29 to 27 percent lead over 
Mitt Romney in Minnesota. The Romney campaign has noticed, sending out three Santorum attacks in the past 24 hours.

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There’s never enough space on these tiny pages to address the true day-to-day breadth of U.S. politics. As such, we take a break from the minutia of single issues to delve deeper into the minutia of the campaign at large. Here we present a few interesting stories from around the Web for your quick and painless digestion.

Campaign 2012: Get FED

Reagan tax guru breaking the spell

“Why the GOP should stop invoking Reaganomics”,

Bruce Bartlett laments the Republican trend toward a no-tolerance policy on taxes,
especially in light of references to right-wing icon Ronald Reagan. He writes: “But as the person who drafted the 1981 Reagan tax cut, I think Republicans misunderstand the premises upon which Reagan’s economic policies were based and why those policies can’t — and shouldn’t — be replicated today.”

“I don’t think you’ll ever find me talking about an age of austerity.”

“Gingrich: Austerity Is Wrong For America,” TPM.

Newt Gingrich, fresh off of decisive losses in Nevada and Florida, has come out as a “pro-growth conservative,” opposed to so-called austerity measures aimed at cutting social programs. Gingrich sets himself apart from the party establishment, which has been fairly consistent in pushing deficit cuts and restricting spending in general.


“Records Show Ron Paul Trips Paid Twice,”

According to document review by Roll Call, Rep. Ron Paul may have double billed some campaign expenditures — to both taxpayers and campaign-linked nonprofit organizations. Current estimates put the total amount bilked at some $15,000.

Who polls the pollsters?

“WaPo/ABC ends sample transparency in national polling,”

Ed Morrissey points out the problems with a new poll showing Barack Obama with a 50 percent approval rating and a national lead over Romney. Washington Post and ABC News have apparently stopped reporting the party affiliation of poll participants. Morrissey calls the poll, in this time of decreased institutional trust, “worthless.”


“Romney Actually Did Worse In 2012 Nevada Caucus Than He Did In 2008,”

Romney seems to have lost a lot of support in Nevada between 2008 and today: He received more than 25 percent fewer votes in that state this year. But then, only 33,000 voters showed up last week, well below party estimates. Romney supporter and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu has an explanation for the low numbers: “When turnout is down … people are satisfied with … the candidate that’s winning.” Yep, when they love you, they stay home.

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Washington state approves first producer of pot edibles

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Florida cat owners call 911 after Russian blue…

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Times Square costumed characters under scrutiny

Costumed characters in Times Square are under scrutiny after a string of incidents involving Elmo, Woody, Mario and Spider-Man.


What to eat while you read

A smudge of chocolate on a page never hurt anyone.


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See Diane Kruger solve some mysteries in the second season premiere of "The Bridge."


Springsteen 'Hunter of Invisible Game' film debuts, shows…

Bruce Springsteen can do whatever the hell he wants. He's at the point in his career where he doesn't need to prove anything to anybody,…


Interview: Ethan Hawke can finally talk about 'Boyhood'

"Boyhood" star Ethan Hawke talks about having to keep quiet about the film's 12 year making, and how director Richard Linklater likes to show minutiae.

World Cup

Argentina prevails in penalties, advances to final

The drama never seems to subside as the World Cup finally has its final two.


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World Cup

World Cup semifinals preview: Holland vs. Argentina

The second semifinal pits another South American soccer power against a European one.


MLB power rankings: Athletics cement spot on top,…

The Athletics cement spot on top of our MLB power rankings with a huge trade, while L.A. teams follow.


Give it up for French fashion: Bastille Day

In honor of Bastille Day we round up some French-inspired wardrobe essentials.


Potato salad Kickstarter reaches over $70,000

All Zack Danger Brown wanted to do was make potato salad and find a few dollars for ingredients, as Metro mentioned earlier this week when…


American teenagers are lagging behind when it comes…

American high schoolers have a hard time answering basic questions about bank accounts, saving money and credit cards. That's according to a new study by…


Where lotion and art mingle: Kiehl's new Nolita…

Kiehl's celebrates its new Nolita boutique.