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Ron Paul takes Minnesota, Romney rejected

Ron Paul takes Minnesota, Romney rejected

05/22/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on the total dominance of Ron Paul in the Minnesota Republican primary where the poverty of the state Republican Party hasn't made them beholden to the national party's candidate, Mitt Romney. watch

Ahead on the 5/22 Maddow show

05/22/12 05:58PM

Tonight's guests include:David Axelrod, senior political strategist for the Obama 2012 campaignRep. Diana DeGette, (D) Colorado, chief deputy whip and co-chair of the Pro-Choice CaucusWhile watching tonight's 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

Tuesday's Mini-Report

05/22/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Iran: "On the eve of international talks in Baghdad over Iran's disputed nuclear program, the leader of the United Nations nuclear monitoring arm announced what appeared to be a significant concession from Tehran, saying that, despite unspecified differences, he expected a deal 'quite soon' on arrangements for an investigation into potential military applications of the program."* Afghanistan: "The leading American diplomat in Afghanistan, Ambassador Ryan C. read more

Outside-the-beltway extremism

05/22/12 04:56PM

The radicalism of Republican lawmakers in Washington tends to help explain the breakdown in American governance at the federal level. But to find breathtaking extremism, you'll have to look outside the Beltway.The new Iowa Republican Party platform raised some eyebrows overnight, as we learned that it "intentionally questions" President Obama's citizenship, putting an entire state party apparatus on record as Birthers. read more

The best lies money can buy

The best lies money can buy

05/22/12 03:48PM

The New York Times seems quite impressed with the latest attack ad from Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, which is poised to blanket the airwaves in swing states. The Times calls it "deeply researched," "delicately worded," and "low key."The paper neglected to mention another phrase: misleading to an offensive degree.Jamelle Bouie had a good take on this:As befitting a Karl Rove outfit, the claims in the ad are either misleading, or outright falsehoods. read more


Two views of a Romney protest

05/22/12 03:25PM

Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams tweeted the above photo today. He wrote: "Spotted outside @JoeBiden's event in Keene, NH. @CoryBooker signs denouncing @BarackObama's nauseating attacks."Buzzfeed reports that the Romney campaign and the local New Hampshire Republican party organized the gathering to "stand with Cory" at an event in Keene State College, featuring Vice President Joe Biden. read more

The spending surge that never happened

The spending surge that never happened

05/22/12 03:00PM

The notion that federal spending soared after President Obama took office is one of those "facts" that the political world just accepts implicitly. Republicans have repeated the claim so often (and so loudly) that it's no longer even questioned. Indeed, Mitt Romney promises to "stop the excessive overspending" on a nearly daily basis.But MarketWatch's Rex Nutting took a closer look at the assumption that many assume is true, but isn't. read more

And the winner is . . .

And the winner is . . .

05/22/12 02:26PM

If you feel that awards should be bestowed in recognition of excellence of some kind,  consider this:First, in Arizona, Jevin Hodge, an 18-year-old senior at McClintock High School in Tempe and co-chair of the Governor's Youth Commission, had an idea to create an award for high school students who completed more than 200 hours of community service. According to The Wrangler: "Hodge says he created the bill to boost a student's chance of college acceptance. 'Colleges aren't looking for just a high GPA anymore; they're looking for student leaders," he said. read more

Steve King's way with words

05/22/12 01:35PM

Rep. Steve King's (R-Iowa) anti-immigrant attitudes aren't exactly new. But he keeps finding new ways to be even more offensive.In 2006, making the case for an electrified fence along the Southern border, King famously compared immigrants to livestock. Yesterday, he changed the metaphor to dogs.As Alex Seitz-Wald explained:King told the crowd in Pocahontas, Iowa, that he's owned lots of bird dogs over the years and advised, "You want a good bird dog? You want one that's going to be aggressive? Pick the one that's the friskiest ... read more

The 'Women's Policy Committee' gets to work

05/22/12 12:33PM

Republicans seem vaguely aware of the fact that the gender gap is growing, and that the GOP's "war on women" has become of the year's most important political developments. The party also seems to realize how this problem may cost them dearly in the 2012 elections.So, what are they prepared to do about it? read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

05/22/12 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:* Despite reports that his critics are splintering, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) hasn't won his recall race just yet. read more

The party of 'older white people'

The party of 'older white people'

05/22/12 11:35AM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered a rather aggressive speech in South Carolina the other day, and argued, among other things, that the Republican Party is "a more diverse party than the Democratic Party is." He didn't appear to be kidding.Similarly, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was asked over the weekend if he's concerned at all about the nation's increasing diversity, given that his party is "still seen and still is in reality largely white and largely male."Priebus was unmoved. read more