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Another missed opportunity to lead

05/29/12 08:00AM

Mitt Romney will join Donald Trump tonight in Las Vegas for a fundraiser, just a few days after the reality-show host reiterated his support for the ridiculous "birther" conspiracy theory. Asked by reporters yesterday whether Trump's ugly, borderline-racist antics gives him pause, Romney seemed unconcerned."You know, I don't agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don't all agree with everything I believe in," Romney said. "But I need to get 50.1% or more and I'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people."That's not much of a response. read more

Morning Maddow: May 29

05/29/12 07:44AM

Remember those extended jobless benefits? They're ending early for more and more people.Mitt Romney is expected to make it official today.A Republican member of the NLRB steps down after accusations of leaking info to a former Romney campaign adviser.Gay students graduate openly from military academies for the first time.The U.S. plans to arm Italy's drones.U.N.: Pro-government "thugs" "summarily executed" dozens of Syrians in their own homes.NATO claims the killing of a top al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan. read more

Memorial Day 2012

05/28/12 08:00AM

To honor the national holiday, Maddow Blog will likely be pretty quiet today. In the meantime, here's the Memorial Day message President Obama delivered over the weekend in his weekly address. read more

This Week in God

05/26/12 09:53AM

First up from the God Machine this week is a look at the controversy that erupted after North Carolina pastor Charles Worley's anti-gay screed at his Providence Road Baptist Church.For those who can't watch clips online, Worley's Mother's Day sermon included these comments:"I figured a way out, a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers but I couldn't get it pass the Congress: build a great big large fence, 50 or 100 mile long. Put all the lesbians in there, fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals. read more

On their mark

On their mark

05/26/12 12:55AM

The Gumball 3000 is more like a rolling, multi-city car show than a race, but as spectacles go it's to be admired. I was annoyed when I missed the NYC finish line in 2010, and didn't do much better with this year's starting line, but Andy happened by Times Square to reap some photos. If, like me, the tapestry of your personal history is woven with threads of Cannonball Run, Matchbox cars and the arcade games you have to sit in and work the pedals and wheel, the fanfare of the Gumball 3000 is sufficient stimulus to trigger in your imagination the fantastic adventure they're not really having. read more

Cocktail Moment: 'The Frisco'

05/26/12 12:16AM

Adapted from the show script...The beautiful, bewitching, otherworldly Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 years old this weekend.So as a happy birthday to the bridge, and an excuse to teach you how to make a really delicious whisky-drink that has a horrendous name, I hereby present to you... The Frisco.I know! Worst name in the world, right? read more

TRMS Infoxication writing challenge

TRMS Infoxication Writing Challenge Winners

05/25/12 06:20PM

Your winning streak continues! The second round of the TRMS Infoxication Writing Challenge fulfilled the promise of the first and proved that when it comes to creating brilliant, Fox Nation-esque headlines, our audience yields to no one. As for winners, congratulations, you all won. read more

Ahead on the 5/25 Maddow show

05/25/12 05:55PM

Tonight's guests include:Kathy Spillar, executive editor of Ms. Magazine and executive vice president of the Feminist Majority FoundationEzra Klein, columnist at The Washington Post and msnbc contributorWhile 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.)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Friday's Mini-Report

05/25/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Optimism: "Consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in more than four years in May as Americans stayed optimistic about the job market, while higher income households expected to see bigger wage increases."* Egypt: "The runoff to become Egypt's first freely elected president is likely to be a contest between two of the most powerful and polarizing forces in Egyptian society representing different visions for the future character of the nation: the Muslim Brotherhood and the military."* Eurozone: "Spain's banking crisis worsened Friday as the board of Bankia, read more

Wisconsin recall, homemade and not

Wisconsin recall, homemade and not

05/25/12 03:55PM

Jim Jorstad sends the pic above and just below. He says he found it along the road in Mazomanie, one of a series of handmade recall signs with messages about union rights, cuts to education, women's rights and the John Doe probe. The picture below comes from @triumph68. It sends you to a voter drive page hosted by Wisconsin Jobs Now.Today Wisconsin elections officials released the latest count on absentee voting ahead of Tuesday's recall. read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XIX

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XIX

05/25/12 02:32PM

Campaigning in Iowa yesterday, President Obama reflected on some of Mitt Romney's recent speeches, including last week's remarks in Iowa. "I know Governor Romney came to Des Moines last week; warned about a 'prairie fire of debt,'" Obama said. "But he left out some facts. His speech was more like a cow pie of distortion. I don't know whose record he twisted the most -- mine or his."It was a rhetorical point, of course, but when it comes to Romney's falsehoods, I'm not sure whose record he twists more, either. read more

A fundraising flyer distributed by the Romney campaign.

The Trump case study

05/25/12 01:45PM

As a rule, I tend to ignore the political opinions of reality-show personality Donald Trump, but there is a certain electoral salience that underscores nonsense like this."A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book," Trump went on, "he said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. read more

Alliteration Alert

Alliteration Alert

05/25/12 12:49PM

Last night, while talking about Mitt Romney's new education plan, we mentioned a clever example of alliteration Mr. Romney presented to a class full of elementary students: Dogs drive Douglas dizzy.Clever, unless of course it reminds you of Mitt Romney's history of putting the family dog on the roof of a car during long vacation drives, even after the dog got sick.Then, it gets an "F" as in: a total "Fail."To avoid such pitfalls in the future, we're asking you for advice on alliteration Mitt Romney should avoid at all cost. read more

Etch A Sketching on China

Etch A Sketching on China

05/25/12 12:35PM

Mitt Romney tends to stick to vague generalities when it comes to foreign policy, but that doesn't stop him from slamming China with surprising frequency.In his second television ad of the general election, the Republican vows to "stand up to China" on his very first day in office, and in his interview with Mark Halperin this week, Romney mentioned China eight times. ("No one's talking about the impact of China cheating in this country," he said.)Jon Huntsman, a Romney supporter and the former U.S. read more