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Ahead on the 7/18 Maddow show

07/18/12 07:02PM

Tonight's guests include:Bob Herbert, distinguished senior fellow at Demos public policy advocacy center and a contributor for, former columnist for The New York TimesMichael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice Here's tonight's soundtrack.Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight&... read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

07/18/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* A remarkable escalation in Syria: "Three high-ranking officials in President Bashar Assad's regime were killed Wednesday in a Damascus bomb attack, state television reported, the most serious blow to Assad's high command in the country's 16-month-old rebellion."* Bulgaria: "A bus... read more

The twists and turns of tax returns

07/18/12 05:04PM

After Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and the editorial board of National Review called for Mitt Romney to release more tax returns, it seemed possible the intra-party strife on this would end for a while as the dust settled. Instead, the opposite is happening, with new GOP calls for more disclosure.Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), a presidential candidate... read more

Debunktion Junction online special: Everybody panic! I think the conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is not telling the truth about something.

07/18/12 03:56PM

Dear Mr. Limbaugh:Here's what you said yesterday, for which we made fun of you last night on msnbc:Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name is? That's right, Dark Knight Rises. Lights Up, same thing. Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain... read more

McCain steps up, does the right thing

07/18/12 02:52PM

We've been talking this week about Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and a few of her cohorts connecting McCarthyism and Islamophobia. The Obama administration, the argument goes, is allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to "infiltrate" the American government.As "proof" -- I use the word loosely -- Bachmann pointed to Huma... read more

Implausible deniability

Implausible deniability

07/18/12 01:14PM

The only thing sillier than a CEO denying responsibility for his own company's actions is a U.S. senator denying responsibility for his own campaign messages.Take Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), for example, whose campaign has attacked Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) over a House Ethics Committee investigation. Asked about the allegations against... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

07/18/12 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 Obama campaign released a new video this morning, asking regular people to read Mitt Romney's explanation of why he wasn't responsible for the actions of his own company.*... read more

Dick Cheney on Capitol Hill yesterday.

Passing the sequester buck

07/18/12 10:49AM

Following up on yesterday's item, former Vice President Dick Cheney was on Capitol Hill, warning Republican policymakers to reject the automatic defense cuts that Republican policymakers proposed but no longer like.During his visit, Cheney was lavished with praise by the likes of John McCain -- remember when they disagreed about torture --... read more

The costs of voter-ID laws

The costs of voter-ID laws

07/18/12 09:36AM

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to the NAACP last week and strayed from his prepared remarks, telling the crowd the truth about Republicans' voter-ID laws: they're modern-day "poll taxes." Yesterday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) condemned the comments, saying they "inflame passions and incite racial tension."It'... read more

Morning Maddow: July 18

07/18/12 07:50AM

Senate Democrats propose letting all the Bush tax cuts expire.President Obama proposes a $1 billion program to create an elite teacher corps.The hidden costs associated with free voter IDs.The Romney campaign threatens to take the gloves off.Syrian state tv: Syria's defense minister is killed by a suicide bomber. Also, Assad's brother... read more

Links for the 7/17 TRMS

07/17/12 11:28PM

Mitt Romney's potential political problem with blind trustsRomney's Unorthodox IRALimbaugh's Dark Knight Rises/Romney Conspiracy: "Do You Think That It Is Accidental" The Villain Is Called "Bane"? George W. read more

Hot show

Hot show

07/17/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Tuesday’s show – we’re talking with Dan Rather about the search for Romney’s vice president candidate, plus crony capitalism and a hullabaloo of amazing conspiracy theories. watch

Romney taxing supporters with transparency...

Romney taxing supporters with transparency dodge

07/17/12 08:00PM

Dan Rather, anchor and managing editor of “Dan Rather Reports” on AXS TV, talks with Rachel Maddow about the worsening self-inflicted damage Mitt Romney does to his campaign the longer he resists calls to release his past years' tax returns. watch

Limbaugh exposes Hollywood time machine...

Limbaugh exposes Hollywood time machine conspiracy

07/17/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow explains the revelation made but Rush Limbaugh that the Liberal Entertainment Complex is able to anticipate Republican politics years in advance and tailor its content to cause the most subliminal damage at precisely the right time. watch


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