To open her MSNBC news show last night, Rachel Maddow offered a pretty meticulous wrap-up of the controversy surrounding presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tax returns, and larger questions regarding his personal wealth. “There is smoke, which is what usually gets covered in politics, right?” remarked Maddow. “And there is also fire. And this is something where there appears to be both smoke and fire.” Watch:
READ MORE: “The Pain in Bain,” by Jacob Weisberg (Slate); “Romney’s Tax Nightmare,” by Andrew Leonard (Salon); “Romney Rejects GOP Calls for More Disclosure” and “The Twists and Turns of Tax Returns,” by Steve Benen (The Maddow Blog); “RNC Finds One Republican Who Doesn’t Believe Romney Should Release Tax Returns,” by Evan McMorris Santoro (Talking Points Memo); “Dem Bill Would Require 10 Years of Tax Disclosures by Presidential Candidates,” by Bernie Becker (The Hill); “What Mitt Romney Failed to Learn from John Kerry: You Can’t Run on Biography Alone,” by Ed Kilgore (The Democratic Strategist); “Operation ‘Piss Off Mitt’ Seems to Be Working,” by Kevin Drum (Mother Jones); “Romney Campaign Embraces Fantasy Need to ‘Vet’ Obama,” by Jamelle Bouie (The Washington Post).