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Ahead on the 8/17 Maddow show

08/17/12 06:45PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Kornacki, senior political writer for Salon and co-host of msnbc's The CycleEugene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc contributorHere's tonight's soundtrack.And here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Friday's Mini-Report

08/17/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Deadly Green-on-Blue attacks in Afghanistan are becoming painfully common.* Obama is clearly the worst anti-business socialist ever: "Stocks closed Friday near a fresh four-year high, chalking up a sixth straight week of gains, as a drop in Wall Street's 'fear gauge' and gains across all... read more

He's no 'doormat'

08/17/12 04:57PM

Most of Paul Ryan's new stump speech is rather boilerplate, but there was a line in his speech yesterday in North Canton, Ohio, that caused a bit of a stir."Free trade is a powerful tool for peace and prosperity, but our trading partners need to play by the rules. And this challenge focuses on China. They steal our intellectual... read more

American infrastructure investment inspiration of the day, 8/17/12

08/17/12 03:53PM

A watermain broke in Lemay, Missouri, this morning, spewing "baseball-sized shards of the street into the air. Our national infrastructure is not too expensive to fix or upgrade or even build from scratch. In terms of pure finance, there's never been a better time for investing in big projects. We're just choosing not to do that.... read more

Define 'worse'

Define 'worse'

08/17/12 01:47PM

For over a year, Mitt Romney argued on a nearly daily basis that President Obama inherited a brutal recession but then "made it worse." By March, even the Republican candidate gave up trying to say this with a straight face, and switched to a new line -- the economy improved under Obama, but the president shouldn't get credit... read more

What Romney considers 'suicidal'

08/17/12 01:09PM

In theory, Mitt Romney has already taken all kinds of steps that seem incredibly risky. He's endorsed a plan to end Medicare; his tax plan appears to raise taxes on all of the middle class; and he's eager to take affordable health care away from millions of working families.But Team Romney doesn't consider any of this politically ... read more

Incoherence on Obama's auto rescue

Incoherence on Obama's auto rescue

08/17/12 12:33PM

It's been about three years since NBC News' First Read said, "As the GM bailout goes, so goes the Obama presidency." And at this point, it's fair to say President Obama's rescue of the American auto industry has been a great success. It was a gamble -- not only with the backbone of American manufacturing, but his... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

08/17/12 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:* A federal appeals court dealt a blow to Florida Gov. read more

Tip for candidates: avoid fake accents

08/17/12 10:51AM

In the early days of the 2008 presidential race, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) tried pretty hard to raise his visibility and name recognition, but at times, he tried a little too hard. Campaigning in Iowa in March 2011, the St. Paul native inexplicably adopted a Southern accent, in an apparent bid to appear folksy.When Minnesotans were... read more

The face of the 'war on voting'

08/17/12 09:52AM

When it comes to Pennsylvania Republicans' voter-suppression tactics, perhaps the most notable victim is Viviette Applewhite, whom we were introduced to several months ago.Applewhite, a 93-year-old widow in Pennsylvania, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil-rights movement, has voted in nearly every election for the... read more

Morning Maddow

08/17/12 08:14AM

President Obama releases his first Medicare-themed attack ad of the Romney-Ryan era.Obama campaign to Romney campaign: How about just five years' worth of tax returns?A strange story involving passive-aggression, chili dogs and Paul Ryan.Paul Ryan is bringing his Mom to The Villages.He's not Paul Ryan, but he's playing him on t.v.... read more

Stimulus problem adds to Paul Ryan's woes

08/17/12 08:00AM

We talked on Tuesday about Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan having a stimulus problem: publicly, he claims to abhor President Obama's Recovery Act, but privately, he sought Recovery Act funds for his district and said they'd boost the economy.Last night, Rachel took the story much further, noting among other things that... read more

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