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'Just show up' becomes key to 2014 debates

'Just show up' becomes key to 2014 debates

10/21/14 11:26PM

Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, talks with Rachel Maddow about the odd trend in 2014 debates of candidates threatening not to show up, or, in the case of Kay Hagan in North Carolina, literally giving the platform to her opponent alone. watch

'America's newspaper editor,' Todd on Bradlee

'America's newspaper editor,' Todd on Bradlee

10/21/14 11:25PM

Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, reflects on the legacy of Ben Bradlee, former editor of The Washington Post who died tonight, and points out his importance as a role model to editors and producers in the news media today. watch

ISIS claims possession of airdropped weapons

ISIS claims possession of US airdropped weapons

10/21/14 11:22PM

Rachel Maddow reports on a claim made in an ISIS propaganda video that the terrorist group is in possession of weapons dropped by the U.S., meant for Kurdish fighters opposing ISIS. The claim is unconfirmed though the U.S. says part of the drop went... watch

Ahead on the 10/21/14 Maddow show

10/21/14 06:05PM

Tonight's guests:

  • Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC's Meet the Press
  • Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post
  • Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC News foreign correspondent

After the jump, executive producer Cory Gnazzo with a preview:

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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 10.21.14

10/21/14 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:
 
* Safeguards: "Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter the country through one of five airports screening for the disease, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson said Tuesday as the Obama administration stepped up precautions to stop the spread of the virus."
 
* Spain: "Conclusive tests show a Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola is cured of the virus, doctors said Tuesday, signaling a huge step forward in her 15-day battle for survival."
 
* North Korea: "A Ohio dad who was detained in North Korea in May after reportedly leaving a Bible at a club for sailors has been released and is on his way home, the White House announced on Tuesday. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was one of three U.S. citizens being held by the reclusive state."
 
* ISIS: "The Islamic State has released a new video in which it brags that it recovered weapons and supplies that the U.S. military intended to deliver to Kurdish fighters, who are locked in a fight with the militants over control of the Syrian border town of Kobane."
 
* Ukraine: "The Ukrainian Army appears to have fired cluster munitions on several occasions into the heart of Donetsk, unleashing a weapon banned in much of the world into a rebel-held city with a peacetime population of more than one million, according to physical evidence and interviews with witnesses and victims."
 
* Quebec: "One of two members of the Canadian military who was run over in a parking lot — an episode that the government believes was an act of terrorism — has died, the police in Quebec said Tuesday."
 
* Pakistan: "Pakistan Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid has been sacked after pledging allegiance to Islamic State (IS). The militants said he had been replaced but did not name his successor. A statement reiterated support for Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar. It emerged last week that Shahidullah Shahid and five other Pakistan Taliban (TTP) commanders had defected to IS which controls parts of Iraq and Syria."
 
* Afghanistan: "Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, is a man in a hurry to break from his predecessor's governing style. Best not make him late. He drove the point home this month when he started a meeting without the prominent and widely respected interior minister, Umar Daudzai. Mr. Daudzai showed up a few minutes later, and was promptly barred from entry."
 
* Pennsylvania: "Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania and a shift in a massive manhunt to near where Mr. Frein went to high school – and where he was a member of the high school rifle team."
Ohio Governor John Kasich

Kasich draws distinction between ACA and provisions of ACA

10/21/14 04:55PM

We talked earlier about Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who was quite candid in recent comments about the politics of health care. In fairness to the governor, it's only fair to note the degree to which he's scrambled since.
 
To briefly recap, Kasich, who's already run one failed presidential campaign and is rumored to be interested in a 2016 race, told the AP that repealing the Affordable Care Act is "not gonna happen." The Ohio Republican added, "The opposition to it was really either political or ideological. I don't think that holds water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives."
 
The ensuing chatter about his comments has left the governor scrambling, reaching out to news organizations to clarify.
Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich moved quickly to deny a report that quoted him saying repeal of the Affordable Care Act was "not gonna happen," saying that he had been talking instead solely about the health law's expansion of Medicaid, which he has opted to do in his state.
 
Mr. Kasich, a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said his remarks had been misconstrued in a report by the Associated Press that quickly caught the attention of political observers when it appeared Monday afternoon.
As part of the pushback, Kasich told Politico, for example, "I have favored expanding Medicaid, but I don't really see expanding Medicaid as really connected to Obamacare."
 
This is a bad argument. To say that one opposes a law, except for one of the law's most important provisions, is inherently problematic. The simple truth is, Medicaid expansion wouldn't exist without the Affordable Care Act -- one is literally part of the other. To repeal "Obamacare" would mean the repeal of Medicaid expansion, too, which according to the Ohio governor, is making "real improvements in people's lives."
 
It's left Kasich in a bizarre position: he's fully committed to repealing the entirety of the successful health care reform initiative, except for the giant part of the law, which he happens to like.

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