Show StoriesRSS

select from

E.g., 11/23/2014
E.g., 11/23/2014

Quote of the Day

05/02/12 04:41PM

As you may have heard, Newt Gingrich finally suspended his campaign presidential campaign today, prompting Mitt Romney to issue a gracious press release.But it was Fox News' Shep Smith's reaction to the news that I found memorable (via Markos).For those who can't watch clips online, Smith, with a deadpan expression, told viewers:"...Mitt Romney has released a statement on the departure of Newt Gingrich from the campaign. It reads in part, 'Ann and I are proud to call Newt and Calista friends. read more

Loaded guns around the Republican convention

Loaded guns around the Republican convention

05/02/12 03:47PM

Following up on an item from a month ago, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is taking several steps to ensure the safety of Republican National Convention attendees this summer, including a ban on all kinds of items that might be considered security threats.Such as? Everything from water pistols to masks to metal pipes will be restricted. Under state law, however, local officials can't prohibit guns around the convention site, even if they want to. RNC protestors won't be able to carry placards, but they will be able to carry concealed, loaded firearms.Buckhorn eventually appealed to Florida Gov. read more

The opposite of progress is regress.

Romney vows to do 'the opposite'

05/02/12 02:43PM

Mitt Romney shared a straightforward summary of his guiding economic principle at a campaign stop earlier today.Kicking off his Virginia campaign, Republican Mitt Romney said Wednesday he'll do "the opposite" of what President Barack Obama has done to help the economy. His wife, Ann, chipped in by appealing to women voters in a key region of a state both candidates will fight over until November's election."What I would do? People ask me, 'What would you to get the economy going'? read more

TRMS writing challenge: Newt's farewell address

TRMS writing challenge: Newt's farewell address

05/02/12 02:00PM

Let it be woven into the tapestry of human events that on this Second Day of May, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Twelve, American Colossus Newton Leroy Gingrich graciously bowed out of the race to become President of these United States. And a nation wept. Where else would it find such effortless erudition, such manly self regard, such tireless entrepreneurial zeal?Since Mr. Gingrich has generously authored a stack of books to enrich all of us, it seems only fitting that we write a few humble words for him to mark this important milestone. read more

Those who defend concentrated wealth

05/02/12 01:23PM

The New York Times this week has a fascinating profile on Edward Conard, an extremely wealthy man who used to run a private-equity firm you've probably heard of. It's called Bain Capital. He's now one of Mitt Romney's most generous campaign donors.There's quite a bit in the piece, but the part that's hard to get over comes in the last paragraph: "At base, having a small elite with vast wealth is good for the poor and middle class. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

05/02/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* Telegraphing which of Mitt Romney's vulnerabilities it finds most interesting, the Obama campaign released an infographic yesterday, highlighting all of the Republican's known off-shore bank accounts, including the Cayman Islands.* Romney's super PAC, Restore Our Future, is making a $3.7 million ad buy in nine 2012 battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia, and New Hampshire. read more

Capitol Hill's lovely hallways tend to be empty.

Working hard vs. hardly working

05/02/12 11:31AM

National Review ran an odd item the other day, "harping" that President Obama "vacations too much." NR's Jim Geraghty noted that he, among others, is "irked and fascinated by the commander-in-chief's regular getaways as economic hard times persist."I have to admit, I more or less assumed this would be the one aspect of Obama's presidency the right would be inclined to ignore. After all, Ronald Reagan took 436 days during his two terms, setting an all-time record. read more

The consequences of the GOP's voting restrictions

05/02/12 10:41AM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has heard the complaints about his party's "war on voting," and he doesn't like it. "For centuries our electoral process is based on one person, one vote, and for anyone to politicize the issue reeks of desperation and represents the worst in modern politics," Priebus said.Let that quote linger in your mind for a moment. read more

Mitt and Tagg Romney

Lifestyles of the rich and politically connected

05/02/12 10:10AM

Mitt Romney made the case last week that young people looking for opportunities and success should rely on their parents' wealth. If your folks don't have much in the way of disposable income, well, good luck.To drive home the significance of the Republican candidate's vision, consider the tale of Tagg Romney, the former governor's oldest son.The New York Times had a fascinating report this week on Tagg getting together in 2008 with Spencer Zwick, a Romney campaign fundraiser, to create a private equity fund called Solamere Capital.Neither had experience in private equity. read more

Bryant Park does "May Day"

05/02/12 09:46AM

May Day footage from The Rachel Maddow Show on Vimeo.Following a rainy morning rally outside of Bank of America on 42nd street, but before the arrests of dozens of people down in Union Square and lower Manhattan, the May Day protests of Bryant Park in Manhattan yesterday morning were loud, but tame- and musical. New York City police officers clustered around the protests with a few feet of room to spare, while hundreds of protesters danced, chanted and sang (with the help of a fairly decent horn and drum section).A few protesters shared what brought them to Bryant Park. read more

Wait until Tom Price is writing health care policy in 2013.

Popular health care protections on GOP chopping block

05/02/12 09:18AM

A national New York Times/CBS News poll recently asked respondents whether they approve of a specific provision in the Affordable Care Act: protections for those with pre-existing conditions. It was the single most popular element of "Obamacare" -- a whopping 85% approve of the measure.Keep in mind, these days, 85% of Americans don't agree on much of anything, but they all like this.That may not matter. Many Republican policymakers, if they succeed in destroying the entirely of the Affordable Care Act, have every intention of ending these wildly popular protections. Rep. read more

'Bigotry on the ballot' in North Carolina

05/02/12 08:00AM

State measures to prohibit same-sex marriage have been quite common in recent years, and tend to do quite well when put to voters. But for Republicans in North Carolina, a simple ban on marriage equality apparently isn't good enough.Instead, voters in North Carolina are considering whether to add something called Amendment One to the state constitution, which would go significantly further than the more routine anti-gay measures we've become accustomed to seeing. read more

Morning Maddow: May 2

05/02/12 07:42AM

Newt Gingrich gives his supporters "insider advance" notice that he's suspending his campaign today.Georgia's Governor signs a "fetal pain" abortion ban into law.Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" bill is effectively dead.Welcome to the Veepstakes, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.The diplomatic standoff over a Chinese dissident who sought U.S. help is over.Wal-Mart ordered to pay $4.8 million in back wages.Suicide attacks in Kabul after the President leaves. read more