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Chris Matthews gets in RNC chairman Reince Priebus’s face, trying to hold him to account for saying that when the Republicans were playing the birther/race card it was “a moment of levity.” Really? What’s the joke? So they were just trolling Obama and because people got mad it was funny? Would that more hosts made their guests defend their talking points and pre-rehearsed rejoinders like this, but Matthews loses points by losing his cool which gives Priebus an excuse to not have to answer at all.

(Thanks to Jen for the link!)

INTERVIEWING OBAMA’S SENIOR ECONOMIC ADVISER, AUSTAN GOOLSBEE

Another fond highlight of the time I’ve spent at Consumerist is when the White House invited us down to DC to interview Obama’s then senior economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee. Like several others, he’s since high-tailed it out of there, but I did enjoy asking why they don’t make the disclosures on credit card applications more like the pictures of dessicated lungs that they put on packs of cigarettes in Canada. That was 2009. Now, in 2011, they’re actually putting those same kind of pictures on packs of smokes in the states and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is exploring ways to turn credit card disclosure forms into a one-pager that approximates something a human might actually say. Here’s my favorite part of the interview:

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