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Morning Maddow: August 15

08/15/12 07:47AM

Tommy Thompson wins the Republican nomination for Senate in Wisconsin.Linda McMahon wins the Republican nomination for Senate in Connecticut (again).A Tea Party challenger may have unseated a long-time Florida Congressman.Florida Democrats send the first out gay legislator to Tallahassee.The guy who won a Republican Congressional primary in... read more

Radio City Rockettes try for Bill Wolff video cameo

Radio City Rockettes try for Bill Wolff video cameo

08/14/12 09:12PM

Since you watch the Bill Wolff preview video every day, you've no doubt noticed the Radio City Music Hall sign out the window over Bill's shoulder. The Rockettes surely have as well. Unfortunately for them, even though their annual Christmas Show preview was an undeniable attention grabber, they didn't quite have the angle right... read more

Romney's Ryan pick hurts Republican...

Romney's Ryan pick hurts Republican candidates

08/14/12 08:00PM

Steve Schmidt, Republican political strategist, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the Republican Party can deal with the toxicity Paul Ryan is bringing not only to the Romney ticket, with his Medicare plan causing problems for Romney, but also to the... watch

So much paper

So much paper

08/14/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Tuesday’s show – a look at Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and women voters, plus Ayn Rand and the conservative agenda, and we take a look at the paperwork... watch

Democrats hope women remember Ryan in...

Democrats hope women remember Ryan in November

08/14/12 08:00PM

Karen Finney, columnist for "The Hill", and former communications director for the Democratic Party, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Democratic effort to publicize Paul Ryan's extreme positions on women's reproductive rights, from forced ultrasounds... watch

Ahead on the 8/14 Maddow show

08/14/12 07:22PM

Tonight's guests include:Karen Finney, msnbc political analyst and columnist for "The Hill", and former communications director for the Democratic PartySteve Schmidt, Republican political strategist and an msnbc contributorHere's tonight's soundtrack.And here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a preview of tonight... read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

08/14/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Afghanistan: "Suicide attacks involving as many as 14 bombers struck an Afghan city Tuesday, and a motorcycle bomb exploded in a busy market in blasts that killed at least 46 people altogether— the year's deadliest day for civilians in Afghanistan."* Syria: "The State Department said... read more

Clear as mud

Clear as mud

08/14/12 04:45PM

Mitt Romney, yesterday, asked about Paul Ryan's Medicare plan:"y plan for Medicare, it's very similar to his plan for Medicare."Romney surrogate John Sununu, this morning, asked about the similarities in Romney's Medicare plan to Paul Ryan's policy:"But it's very different."I'm glad we got this... read more

Breaking new ground in Chutzpah Politics

08/14/12 03:11PM

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan intend to end Medicare, replacing it with a private voucher scheme. So, naturally, the first campaign commercial from the Republican ticket since the weekend's announcement is an attack ad going after President Obama on ... Medicare.In this painfully ridiculous spot, the voiceover tells voters Obama "cut $716... read more

Extremism during the election, instead of after?

08/14/12 02:48PM

Mitt Romney's budget plan is, at a certain level, kind of amusing, at least in a macabre sort of way. The Republican presidential hopeful seriously believes -- or least wants you to seriously believe -- that he can slash taxes, increase defense spending, and balance the budget simultaneously. You'd think with his vast fortune, Romney... read more

Trust, but verify

08/14/12 01:12PM

When John McCain ran for president four years ago, Mitt Romney was on his short list, and as part of the vetting process, Romney turned over 23 years' worth of tax returns. Soon after, McCain picked a half-term governor of Alaska, whom he barely knew, as his running mate.Of course, there's been a controversy of late over whether Romney... read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

08/14/12 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:* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced this morning it's launching robocalls in 50 U.S. House districts, tying vulnerable Republicans to Paul Ryan's... read more

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