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Melania Trump speech scandal rocks convention

Melania Trump speech scandal rocks Republican convention

07/19/16 12:31AM

An MSNBC panel discusses the likely repercussions and political fallout from the revelation that parts of Melania Trump's speech before the Republican National Convention match passages from Michelle Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. watch

Utah delegate threatened by Trump supporters

Utah delegate threatened by Trump supporters

07/18/16 11:44PM

Utah delegate Kera Birkeland tells Jacob Soboroff about being confronted at the Republican National Convention by two Trump supporters because the Utah delegation supported a roll call vote on the party rules. watch

Can anything settle Benghazi for the right?

Can anything settle Benghazi for the right?

07/18/16 08:39PM

Congressman Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and the Select Committee on Benghazi, discusses the findings of multiple investigations into the deadly terror attacks on and whether any factual finding can be definitive enough to end the use of Benghazi as a Republican political tool. watch

RNC taps raw emotion for security message

RNC taps raw emotion for security message

07/18/16 08:30PM

An MSNBC panel discusses the emotional tone of the Republican National Convention speakers addressing the "Make America Safe Again," including the emotional address by bereaved mother whose son died in the attack in Benghazi. watch

Campaign industry rules meaningless to Trump

Trump breaks rules, renders campaign industry usless

07/18/16 07:36PM

Nicolle Wallace, Republican strategist, talks with Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams about how many "mistakes" Donald Trump is making in his campaign and yet he is performing evenly with Hillary Clinton, raising the question of whether the industry professionals he eschews are necessary. watch

Trump seeks to shuffle red/blue map

Trump seeks to shuffle red/blue map

07/18/16 07:16PM

Rachel Maddow notes the significance of the seating arrangement of the delegations on the floor of the Republican National Convention noting that Donald Trump is not following a traditional red-state strategy. watch

Monday's Mini-Report, 7.18.16

07/18/16 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:
* Tune into MSNBC for more: "The floor of the convention erupted in loud protests this afternoon as stop-Trump forces sought to force a roll call vote on the adoption of the rules, which would have ended efforts to deny Trump the GOP nomination."
* The backlash begins in Turkey: "Turkey's strongman appears to have come out even stronger thanks to a failed coup d'etat in the key U.S. ally. President Tayyip Erdogan has tightened his grip on power following the unsuccessful attempt to seize power, raising fears he will take advantage of the situation to further crack down on political opponents."
* On a related note: "The United States and Europe pressed Turkey on Monday to follow the rule of law and maintain democratic principles despite a crackdown after an attempted coup."
* Baltimore: "Despite three acquittals and a hung jury through the first four trials of officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, prosecutors have the prerogative to push forward with the remaining trials. Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams on Monday soundly rejected the Baltimore State's Attorneys Office's case in the latest trial, of Lt. Brian Rice. He cited some of the same holes in the case that he had pointed to in two previous trials in which he found officers not guilty."
* Olympics: "The World Anti-Doping Agency's executive board wants the IOC to ban all Russian teams from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. WADA issued a seven-point list of requests after it published a report which confirmed claims of state-backed Russian cheating at the Sochi Olympics and beyond."
* Cleveland: "A day after Cleveland's police union head Steve Loomis said that President Barack Obama has 'blood on his hands' after shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Police Chief Calvin Williams said he's confident Obama supports the police. Asked whether he thought Obama had done enough to reassure police officers he had their backs, Williams quickly said 'of course.'"
* Herbalife: "The Federal Trade Commission has finally closed its investigation into Herbalife -- the nutritional-supplement company and multilevel-marketing business whose critics have accused it of being a pyramid scheme. That unsavory term is precisely what the FTC is now not accusing Herbalife of being -- but its agreement with the company will force Herbalife to pay a hefty fine and commit to restructuring its business, one in which its products are sold by its 'members.'"

How not to report on the U.S. budget deficit

07/18/16 04:23PM

Polls show that most Americans have no idea that the U.S. budget deficit has shrunk dramatically since President Obama took office. There's more than one reason for the public's confusion, but in some cases, the media isn't helping.
Take, for example, this piece today from the conservative Washington Times. The article is pretty straightforward, but the headline is plainly wrong: "Budget deficit nearly doubles during Obama years."
The White House predicted Friday that the federal government's budget deficit for the current fiscal year will hit $600 billion, an increase of $162 billion over last year's and a final sour note on President Obama's watch.
While the figure was expected, the increase represents a reversal from previous years, in which budget deficits had steadily declined from the massive $1.4 trillion annual deficit early in Mr. Obama's first term during the recession.
Readers might have noticed the gap between the article and the headline: in Obama's first year, the deficit was $1.4 trillion; in his last year, it's projected to be $600 billion. In what universe does that mean the deficit has "nearly doubled" during the president's tenure?
I realize we're dealing with enormous numbers here, but the arithmetic is pretty simple: from the president's first year in office through the most recent fiscal year, the deficit in the Obama era shrunk by $1 trillion. Most Americans have no idea this happened, but it's nevertheless the fastest deficit reduction we've seen in the post WWII era.
Yes, the deficit is now projected to increase this year for the first time since this president took office, but it will still be less than half the size of the deficit Obama started with. As the Washington Times should know, "cut in half" and "nearly doubled" aren't the same thing. They're practically opposites.


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