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Monday's campaign round-up

04/30/12 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:* In advance of the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, Gov. Scott Walker (R) doesn't want to tell anyone where his campaign headquarters is located. He also refuses to publish his daily schedule.* Massachusetts Republicans expected to elect a slate of Mitt Romney delegates to the national convention over the weekend. read more

Obama visits a Chrysler plant in Detroit.

Romney takes credit for Obama policy he condemned

04/30/12 11:11AM

The Detroit Free Press' Tom Walsh recently noticed that Mitt Romney has taken so many contradictory positions on the Obama administration's auto-industry rescue, the Republican "must be on the verge of exhaustion from all the verbal contortions and mental gymnastics he puts himself through."That was in February. The contortions are actually getting worse.One of Mitt Romney's top advisers said Saturday that President Obama's decision to bailout Chrysler and General Motors was actually Romney's idea." position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed. read more

McCain discovers a distaste for 'politicization'

04/30/12 11:01AM

President Obama's re-election campaign is eager to remind voters of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, especially now in light of the one-year anniversary of the raid. This led Obama's team to release a video last week noting the president's role and Mitt Romney's positions on the issue.On Friday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) feigned outrage, condemning Obama for trying to "politicize" his counter-terrorism accomplishment. read more

A pox on one of your houses

A pox on one of your houses

04/30/12 10:57AM

Rules are rules. When it comes to the political establishment discussing what ails the American system, the rules dictate that "both sides" are always to blame for everything in all instances. read more

The problem of 'working from different facts'

04/30/12 08:00AM

If you didn't catch "Meet the Press" yesterday, you missed a lively conversation about, among other things, women's votes in 2012 and the policy controversies that have put women's issues at the forefront of the political landscape.As you'll see in this clip, around the 5:20 mark, Rachel noted the pay disparity between men and women in this country, which prompted some unexpected pushback (and incessant interruptions) from Republican strategist Alex Castellanos.The angle to this to keep in mind is that the Republicans on the panel, Castellanos and Rep. read more

Morning Maddow: April 30

04/30/12 07:47AM

Obama campaign grapples with new voter I.D. laws.The Ron Paul strategy at work in Alaska.Newt's long farewell may cost him at the GOP convention.Some members of the public will get to view video feeds of Guantanamo trials. Why Nevada won't be following Arizona to the fringes of immigration law.Sen. Scott Brown makes a half court shot.What could go wrong?Watch and enjoy: Rachel on fact-based arguing.   read more

This Week in God

04/28/12 10:05AM

First up from the God Machine this week is a look at an unexpected political/theological fight that may have 2012 electoral implications. It's one of those rare controversies in which a high-profile conservative policymaker is facing intense criticism from religious leaders on a high-profile moral issue.House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been on the defensive since the U.S. read more

Rick Santorum's statement on his error about California University schools

04/27/12 07:51PM

At the beginning of this month, Rachel Maddow caught Rick Santorum making a false statement about the teaching of U.S. history at University of California schools. A few days later she raised the matter with Santorum campaign senior strategist John Brabender, only to learn shortly thereafter that Mr. Santorum was even more wrong than initially thought. Mr. Brabender had said that if Mr. Santorum was wrong, he'd surely issue a correction, but when Mr. read more

Ahead on the 4/27 Maddow Show

04/27/12 07:09PM

Tonight's guests:Charniele Herring, Virginia State Delegate, Reproductive Rights Caucus chairSteve Kornacki, senior writer for Salon, msnbc political analystAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at the stories we're covering tonight (musical accompaniment - some assembly required) read more

Friday's Mini-Report

04/27/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Can President Obama improved a flawed system in which for-profit college rip off U.S. military veterans? A new White House executive order tackles the issue.* Remarkably, Chen Guangcheng, "the blind, self-taught lawyer known for his outspoken opposition to China's forced abortion and sterilization policies, has escaped from house arrest."* Any chance we'll see recess appointments while Congress is out next week? Apparently not.* Mitt Romney condemned the Recovery Act to students at Otterbein College today, a school that benefited from stimulus money. read more

Come In, Enterprise.

Come In, Enterprise.

04/27/12 04:00PM

Today the Space Shuttle Enterprise, known to space geeks as OV101 (OV = orbiter vehicle), arrived on the back of NASA's only remaining Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at JFK airport in New York City. Lucky duck that I am, thanks to our own Week In Geek blogger, Summer Ash, I got to be among the crowd to welcome the Enterprise to her new home.More pictures from up close and personal after the jump.  A metaphor for the Space Shuttle program. read more