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'They said no'

'They said no'

05/01/12 08:35AM

President Obama spoke yesterday at the Building and Construction Trades Department Conference, delivering a spirited message to union allies, but also taking some time to note those responsible for standing in the way of labor's goals.Speaking specifically about infrastructure, Obama revived the "party of no" theme that hasn't gotten much attention lately."Again and again, I've said now is the time do this; interest rates are low, construction workers are out of work. Contractors are begging for work, and the work needs to be done. Let's do it. read more

Can the Paycheck Fairness Act pass the Senate?

Senate eyes Paycheck Fairness Act

05/01/12 08:00AM

Two years ago, Democrats brought the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Senate floor, and thought they had a credible shot at passing the bill. Ultimately, 58 senators supported it and 41 opposed it -- which, thanks to the way the modern Senate operates, means the bill failed. read more

Morning Maddow: May 1

05/01/12 07:29AM

A great way to follow today's May Day protests.British panel declares Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person" to lead News Corp.Who's Who among Scott Walker donors.What Santorum wants before endorsing Romney.Chris Christie ensures he will never stop being asked about his Vice Presidential prospects.NBC News goes inside bin Laden's bunker.Awwwww.  read more

Links for the 12/21 TRMS

Links for the 12/21 TRMS

05/01/12 12:27AM

Shining Shoes Best Way Wall Street Women Outearn MenScott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay LawTripp Crosby - @TrippCrosby1 - Lilly Ledbetter in New Hampshire. #Women4ObamaOffshore Technology Conference 2012 (pdf) Deep discussion intrigues OTC pros Romney campaign aide claims auto bailout was Romney's idea Mitt Romney: Let Detroit Go Bankrupt Is the city facing a financial 'doomsday'? Detroit fire boss: Let some vacant buildings burn read more

Snapshot: Yemen

Snapshot: Yemen

04/30/12 07:53PM

Yemeni artist, Boushra Almutawakel, knows what you probably think about Yemen. "I want the wider world to understand that Yemen is so much more that the terrorist haven, foreigner kidnapping, poor and unstable country that is portrayed in the media." Indeed, the past few years have seen Yemen catapulted into the international media as a country of conflict, crisis and extremism. This past February, President Saleh was ousted after ruling for more than thirty years, as Yemen was swept up in the revolutions taking place throughout the Middle East. read more

Ahead on the 4/30 Maddow show

04/30/12 07:09PM

Tonight's guests include:Heidi Hartmann, founder of the Institute for Women’s Policy ResearchJohn Harwood, CNBC chief Washington correspondent and political writer for The New York TimesWhile 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

Tribeca Film Festival: Without Borders

Tribeca Film Festival: Without Borders

04/30/12 06:09PM

One of the knockouts in a very strong field at this year's Tribeca Film Festival here in New York was Una Noche, a remarkable, harrowing film about teenagers in Havana dreaming of starting over in Miami. The film won Best New Narrative Director, Best Cinematography (which is best described as rapturous) and Best Actor for Javier Nunez Florian, seen above with co-star Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre.Then this happened:"Two Cuban actors who went missing in Miami 10 days ago en route to the Tribeca Film Festival have surfaced, announcing that they are indeed defecting to the United States. read more

Monday's Mini-Report

04/30/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* The Obama administration made its first formal acknowledgement today of "its use of drone strikes against terrorism suspects, lifting but not removing the shroud of secrecy that surrounds the nation's expanding use of targeted killing operations overseas."* A win for women's health, Part I: "A federal judge on Monday blocked a Texas rule that would have excluded Planned Parenthood from participating in the state's women's health program.... U.S. read more

Always choose wealthy parents

04/30/12 04:46PM

It didn't as generate much attention as some of his other wealth-related gaffes, probably because it came on a Friday afternoon, but Mitt Romney's latest gem comes with a larger significance.The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was telling students at Otterbein University in Ohio about the virtues of starting new businesses. read more

Obama stays on offense on OBL, 2012

04/30/12 03:38PM

Republicans have spent the last few days trying an odd sort of bullying tactic, effectively telling President Obama, "If you boast about your successful mission to kill bin Laden, we'll slam you for politicizing national security."Watching Obama this morning, I get the sense he doesn't mind the fight (via Jed Lewison).For those who can't watch clips online, the president said:"As far as my personal role and what other folks would do, I'd just recommend that everybody take a look at people's previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out read more