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Pushing the envelope to the breaking point

Pushing the envelope to the breaking point

04/07/12 10:30AM

It's not always easy to predict when a provocateur's rhetoric will reach a tipping point that carries consequences. For Rush Limbaugh, it was arguably his attacks on Sandra Fluke -- it wasn't the first time the right-wing host had made misogynistic remarks on the air, but the ugliness and the larger context made the ensuing controversy unique.For Ann Coulter, her career took a turn after her public condemnation of 9/11 widows. read more

How do you solve a nuclear disaster?

How do you solve a nuclear disaster?

04/06/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow discusses the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima a year after the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Rachel also talks with Salon.com's Mariah Blake about Texas billionaire Harold Simmons' huge nuclear waste dump over the Ogallala Aquifer... watch

Friday!

Friday!

04/06/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Friday’s show. watch

Seen on Fifth Avenue

Seen on Fifth Avenue

04/06/12 06:30PM

Occupy Catholics and Catholics United protesting Congressman Paul Ryan's budget today outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. read more

Ahead on the 4/6 Maddow show

04/06/12 06:18PM

Happy Friday! Tonight's guests include:Mariah Blake, Salon contributor Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, TexasWhile watching tonight's video 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 Friday's show:  read more

About that Michigan story

04/06/12 06:02PM

Here again is our Thursday segment on what's happening in Michigan, where Republicans control the governorship and both chambers of the legislature.In a nutshell, the story is that the Michigan Constitution requires that bills wait until the end of the session -- essentially, the end of the calendar year -- plus 90 days before becoming law. You can, however, put a bill into effect immediately, provided you have a two-thirds majority in both chambers. Republicans have that super-majority in the Senate, but not in the House. read more

Part of a panel by Ward Sutton.

'Drift' blurb challenge winners

04/06/12 06:00PM

Our "Drift" challenge yielded an embarrassment of hilarious, literate blurb offerings.  Here is a Top 10 list, though a top 20 or even Top 30 list could have been easily compiled. Many humble thanks for your collective genius.In my farewell address I warned of foreign entanglements, yet I fail to find myself cited as a source of inspiration, nor am I mentioned in the dedication. Otherwise, a decent read. --G. W. Washington (@Dogjudge) I'm drinking over it! --Carrie Nation (@eaglelady11)Drift reminds me of a movie I was in. --Ronald Reagan (@leopardgrrl1)Examine carefully. read more

Friday's Mini-Report

04/06/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Horrific scene in Virginia: "Two Navy pilots ejected from a fighter jet after dumping loads of fuel to avoid a major explosion Friday, sending their unmanned plane careening into a Virginia Beach apartment complex and engulfing several buildings in flames, officials said."* President Obama spoke this afternoon at a White House forum on women and the economy. The electoral implications of events like these, especially given the Republican policy agenda, are not subtle.* How much progress has there been in Burma of late? read more

Suffering fools gladly

04/06/12 05:00PM

One of the overarching problems with Paul Ryan's House Republican budget plan, approved by 95% of the GOP caucus last week, is that it's hard to know where to start with its flaws. It is, after all, less a budget plan and more a right-wing fantasy.Does one start with its end to Medicare's guaranteed benefit? Or the fact that it radically redistributes wealth in the wrong direction? Can one leave out the fact that it doesn't reduce the debt? And punishes the poor? read more

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