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Romney sees greed's silver lining

Romney sees greed's silver lining

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shows that despite the risk to the economy and taxpayers, Mitt Romney sees the risky trading that resulted in the loss of billions of dollars by JP Morgan as a good thing because someone was able to exploit it for financial gain. watch

Never simple, but always makes sense

Never simple, but always makes sense

05/17/12 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Thursday’s show – Mitt Romney expresses love for former (Democratic) President Bill Clinton, plus the Super PAC scandal of the day takes a few dozen weird turns, and we... watch

Romney cites Clinton, takes none of the...

Romney cites Clinton, takes none of the lessons

05/17/12 08:00PM

Jared Bernstein, former chief economic adviser to Vice President Biden, now a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, talks with Ezra Klein about why Mitt Romney and Republicans haven't learned anything about how tax cuts increase... watch

The harmful effects of filibuster abuse

The harmful effects of filibuster abuse

05/17/12 08:00PM

Congressman Keith Ellison talks with Ezra Klein about why he supports the Common Cause lawsuit arguing against the constitutionality of the filibuster, which has made the Senate dysfunctional and hurt people who should be helped by majority-supported... watch

Heckuva job Andy!

Heckuva job Andy!

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shares an exchange of letters between a boy who is requesting federal disaster relief funds for his messy room, and Ronald Reagan, who suggests he turn it into a one-man volunteer project. watch

What Chris Christie doesn't 'got'

What Chris Christie doesn't 'got'

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shares clips from the recent video for the New Jersey Press Association's Legislative Correspondents Club featuring Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. watch

Ahead on the 5/17 Maddow show

05/17/12 07:27PM

Tonight's guests include:Jared Bernstein, former chief economic adviser to Vice President Biden, now a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and an msnbc and CNBC contributorRep. Keith Ellison, (D) MinnesotaGene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc political analystWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. read more

A letterpress "N," in this case 10-point Kabel.

So much depends on a capital 'N'

05/17/12 05:56PM

Take heart, Michigan: things are looking up. You're adding jobs. Your state revenue is growing. The worst might be behind you -- unless you're living in a place like Muskegon Heights, where the worst is still unfolding. This week the newly appointed emergency manager of the Muskegon Heights schools announced that dramatic changes were on the way. "e're off to the healing process," he said on Monday. read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

05/17/12 05:31PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Progress begets progress: "The Obama administration announced on Thursday that it would ease the ban on investments in Myanmar, rewarding the country's political and economic opening over the last year."* I suspect that'll be a lively hearing: "JPMorgan Chairman Jamie Dimon will testify before the Senate Banking Committee on his bank's multibillion-dollar trading loss."* Last night, the House passed its watered-down version of the Violence Against Women Act, 222 to 205, mostly along party lines. read more

Finally, a full house at the Fed

05/17/12 05:15PM

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors has been burdened by vacancies for the last six years. Last year, Fed obstructionism reached farcical levels when Senate Republicans killed Peter Diamond's nomination to fill a Fed vacancy because he's only the recipient a Nobel Prize in economics and an expert in unemployment. read more

TRMS Headline Writing Challenge: Infoxication

TRMS Infoxication Challenge: Winners

05/17/12 04:46PM

Given the volume and quality of the entries, some of you must have waited years for the chance to write Fox Nation-style headlines.While we are humbled by all of your hard work, it made choosing winners both a delight and a fool's errand. Nonetheless, here a few of the many excellent offerings. (Remember, infoxication means transforming these three tame headlines into roaring, terror-filled Fox Nation headlines.)College Sweethearts Find Love Again After 60 Years ApartObama Reunites Sixties Radicals in Drug-Fueled Love-In — Cap'n CrustyObamacare Death Panel Reunites Couple, Orders Them to Die T read more

Quote of the Day

05/17/12 03:58PM

"The Ricketts Plan" to use Jeremiah Wright to smear President Obama has come and gone rather quickly, but the story isn't quite over for Mitt Romney.To the campaign's credit, the presumptive Republican nominee repudiated the line of attack fairly quickly this morning, suggesting Romney and his team want nothing to do with Wright-based attacks, which most fair-minded people seem to agree are out of bounds. read more

Mike Coffman didn't 'misspeak'

05/17/12 02:43PM

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) delivered some pretty stunning remarks at a fundraiser over the weekend, and unfortunately for him, the NBC affiliate in Denver obtained a copy of his speech.Around the 3:20 mark, Coffman, the two-term Republican congressman, says of the president:"I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don't know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he's not an American. He's just not an American."Asked for an explanation, the congressman issued a statement that "I misspoke and I apologize."That doesn't work. read more

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