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Ahead on the 5/24 Maddow show

05/24/12 06:45PM

Tonight's guests include:Chris Hayes, host of “Up with Chris Hayes” on msnbcState Sen. Jon Erpenbach, (D) WisconsinWhile 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

Thursday's Mini-Report

Thursday's Mini-Report

05/24/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Talking about talking: "Iran and six world powers ended two days of difficult talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program on Thursday with no clear signs of progress, but they agreed to reconvene for more negotiations in Moscow next month."* European mess: "Economic reports Thursday showed Europe's prospects dimming as the long battle to defend the euro zone continued to undermine confidence and raised the prospect of a renewed cycle of demands for austerity."* Quite a career: "Patrick J. read more

Jesse Kelly takes a page from Mike Coffman

05/24/12 04:45PM

As Rachel talked about last night, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), asked to explain his bizarre Birther-like rhetoric, struggled mightily to explain himself to a local NBC reporter. When asked reasonable questions, the Republican congressman simply -- and incoherently -- kept repeating the same clumsy line.Arizona's far-right congressional candidate Jesse Kelly appears to have picked up some tips from the embarrassing display.For context, as we discussed earlier, Kelly is running to replace Gabrielle Giffords in a special election, which is just three weeks away. read more

TRMS Infoxication writing challenge

TRMS Infoxication writing challenge

05/24/12 03:59PM

Did you know that President Obama was personally responsible for the closing of a venerable Italian restaurant in San Francisco? No? That's because you're not reading Fox Nation, which has an unerring genius for connecting dots that should never, ever, ever be connected. Last week, we held a writing challenge to simulate those scorching headlines and it yielded stellar offerings from one and all.Let's go again, shall we? read more

One of Jesse Kelly's sore spots

05/24/12 01:54PM

With Gabrille Giffords having stepped aside to focus on her recovery, the special election to replace her in Arizona's 8th congressional district is just three weeks away. Democrats have nominated Ron Barber, a former Giffords aide, while a familiar name will be on the ballot for Republicans.Remember Jesse Kelly? In 2010, the Tea Party Republican sponsored a campaign event in which supporters joined him in shooting a "fully automatic M-16." The campaign's announcement read at the time, "Get on target for November. read more

Restoring the middleman to higher education

Restoring the middleman to higher education

05/24/12 12:46PM

One of the overlooked accomplishments of President Obama's term is the reform of the student-loan system -- an effort that was decades in the making, but had been blocked by Republicans and bank lobbyists until 2010.Under the old system, the student-loan industry received billions in taxpayer subsidies to provide a service the government could perform for less. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

05/24/12 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:* Newly-released poll results from NBC/Marist shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney in Ohio by six points (48% to 42%), in Virginia by four points (48% to 44%), and in Florida by four points, (48% to 44%).* With two weeks to go before Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election, the Democratic Governors Association is spending another $1 million in the race, but Dems remain the clear underdog: a new St. read more

A pass/fail test

05/24/12 11:29AM

Mitt Romney got pretty specific about unemployment in an interview with Mark Halperin yesterday, arguing that his "policies" will "get the unemployment rate down to 6 percent, perhaps a little lower."It was an odd sort of prediction. For one thing, earlier this month, Romney told voters any unemployment rate above 4 percent is a problem. For another, according to the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget, if existing policies remain in place, the unemployment rate is already on track to reach 6% by 2016. read more

What's the matter with Kansas' new tax plan

What's the matter with Kansas' new tax plan

05/24/12 10:51AM

To get a good look at the kind of budget policies we might see at the federal level in 2013, take a look at what happened in Kansas in 2012.Andrew Leonard had this recent piece on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's (R) new tax policy: "Here's how it works when conservatives control everything: The wealthy get coddled and the poor get a bum's rush." agreed on a new tax plan that will sharply cut income taxes for wealthy state residents while at the same time raising taxes on the poor. read more

Pushing Latino voters away

05/24/12 10:21AM

Mitt Romney spoke at The Latino Coalition's Annual Economic Summit yesterday. If the audience hoped to hear the presumptive Republican nominee talk about immigration policy, they were disappointed -- he literally didn't mention the subject at all and immigration didn't come up during the pre-screened Q&A session.And why not? read more

Obama benefits from growing swing-state economies

Obama benefits from growing swing-state economies

05/24/12 07:59AM

We talked last week about Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) delivering a message to his constituents: the state's economy is improving, jobs are being created, and there's reason for optimism. It is, of course, the exact opposite of what Mitt Romney wants Ohioans to believe right now.This week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) was similarly unhelpful to the larger GOP cause."Today's unemployment report adds to the series of encouraging indicators that Florida's economy is steadily moving in the right direction. read more

Morning Maddow: May 24

05/24/12 07:51AM

Is Nancy Pelosi redefining "middle-class tax cuts?"New MA poll: weeks of Scott Brown hammering Elizabeth Warren on her ancestry hasn't hurt her.Romney's new ad: Day One, Part Two of a Mitt Romney presidency.Look who's narrating the Obama campaign's web video about LGBT rights. (Hint: the one on the right).A break in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz?Female soldiers sue to lift the ban on women in combat.The National Archives restores and releases a controversial John Huston documentary about the psychological toll of World War II. read more