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Moving the economic goalposts

Moving the economic goalposts

05/07/12 10:40AM

When it came to economic metrics and the 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney has struggled to pick a line and stick with it.The initial line from Romney was that the unemployment rate is higher now than when President Obama took office. It was a foolish argument, which is no longer true.The second line has been that the unemployment rate has been above 8% for four consecutive years. read more

Arizona cuts off Planned Parenthood aid

Arizona cuts off Planned Parenthood aid

05/07/12 09:56AM

Republicans appear to be increasingly annoyed by talk of the GOP's "war on women," as evidenced by John Boehner's recent tirade on the House floor. To hear them tell it, the very idea is trumped-up "fiction," based on bogus misconceptions cooked up by Democrats and sympathetic reporters.And yet, when it comes to public policy, the larger trajectory is hard to miss. Take Republicans in Arizona, for example.Last month, Gov. read more

The Heartland Institute's change of heart

The Heartland Institute's change of heart

05/07/12 09:21AM

The Heartland Institute clearly thought it had come up with a clever idea. The right-wing group, which is fiercely opposed to combating the climate crisis, thought it'd be clever to put up billboards showing "some of the world's most notorious killers," including "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, who accept climate science.The idea, apparently, was to push a child-like logical fallacy: if a killer believes in scientific evidence, you shouldn't. read more

Why is this man smiling?

Ron Paul backers make GOP's lives more complicated

05/07/12 08:42AM

If 90% of life is just showing up, Ron Paul supporters have discovered the secret of success at state Republican Party gatherings.Last week, the Republican National Committee issued a stern warning to the state party in Nevada: if you allow Paul backers to take many slots for the national convention, the party might just refuse to seat the state's entire delegation as punishment.How'd that work out? Based on previous vote totals, Nevada Republicans were supposed to give Mitt Romney 20 of the state's 28 delegates. read more

The next step in the marriage equality 'evolution'

05/07/12 08:00AM

In December 2010, Vice President Biden was asked about marriage equality and he noted that the White House's position, like American attitudes in general, was "evolving." Biden added that there is an "inevitability for a national consensus" in support of gay marriage.With that in mind, Biden inched closer to that inevitable position when NBC's David Gregory raised the issue on "Meet the Press" yesterday.For those who can't watch clips online, Biden said the question about marriage rights effectively comes down to "a simple proposition: who do you love?" He added that this principle applies equ read more

Morning Maddow: May 7

05/07/12 07:37AM

Two important words of the day on Capitol Hill: Defense Sequester.Big doings for the Ron Paul delegate strategy in Nevada and Maine.VP Biden starts a kerfuffle over same-sex marriage.Read Rick Scott's e-mail!France gets its first socialist president since Mitterand.Now he's President Putin again. OK? Keep it straight.An Army nurse dies mysteriously in Afghanistan.Al Qaeda releases a video message by American hostage Warren Weinstein.Yemen announces the death of a militant connected to the USS Cole bombing. read more

The first lady of tequila

05/05/12 02:00PM

NBCLatino Reports: Introducing Bertha González , the "first lady of tequila" from NBC News on Vimeo.Just in time for Cinco de Mayor, our producer Isabel Lopez, who is cool, profiles the “first lady of tequila” Bertha González Nieves. CEO and Co-Founder of Casa Dragones Tequila Company, González Nieves was the first woman to be recognized as a “Maestra Tequilera” by the Academia Mexicana de Catadores de Tequila, which is totally cool with us. She makes a sipping tequila of 100% blue agave joven tequila, and you know how we feel about that sort of thing.   read more

This Week in God

This Week in God

05/05/12 10:06AM

First up from the God Machine this week is a closer look at satisfaction within the religious right after social conservatives forced Richard Grenell's ouster from Mitt Romney's campaign. Apparently, feeling emboldened, the religio-political movement now feels like it's in an even better position to call the shots with the GOP candidate in the months ahead.Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, for example, was the ringleader of the anti- Grenell effort, and argued on Thursday that Romney has proven to be "maneuverable.""Gov. Romney is a politician rather than a statesman. read more

Next level moon shooting (and could this be Moonhattanhenge?)

Next level moon shooting (and could this be Moonhattanhenge?)

05/05/12 04:46AM

You've likely heard already that tomorrow (or today, depending on which side of sleep you're on) is this year's super moon. The super moon is the nearest full moon. This year the moon is officially full 25 minutes before it's at its perigee, its closest point to Earth, so like last year expectations are high for something spectacular. But unlike last year, I want to see if I can do more than find the right camera settings for a nice super moon photo.What I know about the moon this year is that it's bright. read more

Links for the 5/4 TRMS

Links for the 5/4 TRMS

05/04/12 11:52PM

Government Getting Smaller in the U.S.Threat from mounting public job losses tested Obama's economic strategyMitt Romney issues Ohio challenge to President Obama Romney Makes Obama's New Slogan His Punch Line Idaho Sen. Larry Craig Arrested After Incident in Men's Bathroom Scripps Howard Foundation Announces National Journalism Awards Winners Frank VanderSloot's newspaper ad (pdf) Melaleuca v. 43sb - Frequently Asked Questions Terror Defendant Convicted in New York Subway Plot read more

Cocktail Moment: The Stinger

05/04/12 10:02PM

For tonight's Cocktail Moment ahead of the Kentucky Derby, rather than showing you how to make a Mint Julep, which is an acquired taste, Rachel showed how to acquire the taste. This is how you train yourself to like the taste of a mint julep, if you don't already.It's one of the great Old Man drinks of all time: The Stinger.Ingredients:2 1/4 oz. Cognac or Brandy3/4 oz. ounce creme de menthe (get a good brand -- and get the clear one, not the green one).That's it.And then you have to shake the living daylights out of it. The key is to make it absolutely frigid. read more

Frank VanderSloot Statement on 'It's Elementary'

05/04/12 09:06PM

I am a strong supporter of the argument that gay and lesbian people should have the same rights as all other Americans. My argument against It's Elementary was not against the film itself but with its intended audience. I don't believe that sexual concepts – either homosexual or heterosexual - should be introduced in our schools to first, second and third graders. I would endorse It's Elementary for adults, but most Americans would agree it should not be shown to little kids.—Frank L. VanderSloot read more

Statement from Frank VanderSloot

05/04/12 09:06PM

We believe that Peter Zuckerman is a good man who did a poor job reporting the facts on an important story in 2005. The entire community was buzzing about Mr. Zuckerman's sexual orientation after a local radio talk show had talked about it for days. We came to Mr. Zuckerman's defense and chastised the talk show for bringing his sexual orientation into the debate. I apologize for any personal pain that he suffered because of our involvement. That was not our intent.—Frank L. VanderSloot read more

Hey, the newsletter sign-up page is spruced up

Hey, the newsletter sign-up page is spruced up

05/04/12 07:43PM

If you had frustrations with the old newsletter subscription page, this might be worth a second try.Or, if you never gave much thought to that green rectangle there in the right margin, now you know.It's hard to tell from the preview, but mainly what you get in the newsletter is links to recent blog posts and the clip playlist of the previous night's show. For a lot of people, checking e-mail is a more natural part of their daily online workflow than reading RSS feeds or remembering the visit the site every day. If I'm talking about you, this newsletter is what you're looking for. read more

Ahead on the 5/4 Maddow show

05/04/12 07:37PM

Tonight's guests include:Bill Richardson, former New Mexico governor and former United Nations ambassadorPeter Zuckerman, former Idaho Falls Post Register reporterWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before starting the song)Senior show producer Cory Gnazzo shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

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