Via Jamelle Bouie , Rasmussen pits Ron Paul against Obama , which is just kind of silly: "A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of likely voters finds Obama with 42% support and Paul with 41% of the vote. Eleven percent (11%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided." I don't begrudge Paul his appeal to the more excitable movers of today's Republican base, but does that mean that he'll win primaries? It didn't in 2008, at the charring point of GOP self-immolation, so who outside of Sparta expects him to surmount Mitt Romney 's money, Sarah Palin 's media presence, and Newt Gingrich 's sheer radiance this time around? Maybe the takeaway point is simply that Ron Paul makes a lot more sense to people than the Republicans who actually have a chance. Being effectively succinct, Jon Chait gives me an excuse to republish this point: "If you believe the mainstream media is an organ of the progressive movement and the functional liberal equivalent of Rush...
Today, Michelle Obama made an unannounced trip to Port-au-Prince to reinforce the United States' commitment to provide aid. It has been three months since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti. (Norwegian Red Cross/Olav A. Saltbones)
Today and tomorrow, heads of state from 47 nations will gather in Washington for the Nuclear Security Summit, the largest gathering of world leaders since 1945. Over the weekend, the National Guard worked to effectively clear out downtown. And last week, Obama released his Nuclear Posture Review. (Flickr/ Jim Greenhill )
The Treme Brass Band plays a jazz funeral in New Orleans, Louisiana. On Sunday, HBO will debut its series about the city after Katrina, and we here at TAP will be following along. Coincidentally, the Southern Republican Leadership Conference is being held in New Orleans through Sunday. (Flickr/ Dan Smith )
President Bill Clinton presents Wilma Mankiller with a Presidential Medal of Freedom on Jan. 15,1998. Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, passed away earlier this week. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)