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Actually on the actual Internet

Actually on the actual Internet

05/18/12 01:34PM

A week or so ago, Vanessa was cranking away on a segment when she looked up and said something like, "I just found the least readable website in the world." The screengrab she sent has been on my desktop ever since -- not as the wallpaper, just a .jpg.(Click for bigger.) read more

What's the matter with Arizona?

What's the matter with Arizona?

05/18/12 12:38PM

Just when it seemed Arizona Republicans couldn't go much further, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) is now questioning President Obama's citizenship and isn't sure whether to allow the president onto the 2012 ballot.Bennett's comments came in an interview late Thursday with conservative radio talk show host Mike Broomhead on Phoenix station KFYI.Bennett said he was following the lead of the state's eccentric Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a fellow Republican who ordered an investigation into the president's birth certificate last year and concluded the document released by the White House is a f read more

Friday's campaign round-up

05/18/12 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 Democratic National Committee shows no signs of letting up on Mitt Romney's controversial private-sector background, releasing this new video this morning, "The Bane of Romney's Existence."* President Obama's re-election campaign is getting increasingly engaged on voting laws, unveiling GottaVote.org today, along with a new video highlighting voting restrictions approved by state Republican policymakers.* Americans Elect, after having spent read more

Boehner on health care: everything must go

Boehner on health care: everything must go

05/18/12 11:28AM

For about three years now, congressional Republicans have sworn up and down that they're hard at work on a health care reform package of their own. It's going to be awesome, they said, and will meet Obamacare's goals without all that unpopular stuff.Sensible people gave up on actually seeing this vaporware quite a while ago, realizing that "repeal and replace" was a rather pathetic scam. read more

Romney allies not helping jobs message

05/18/12 10:38AM

About three weeks ago, Mitt Romney appeared at a campaign event in Ohio, one of the nation's most important battlegrounds, alongside Gov. John Kasich (R). Some Otterbein University students, getting ready to graduate, reflected on the difficult job market, and the governor was quick to set their minds at ease.Kasich noted a website his administration created, listing 80,000 job openings in Ohio, many of which are "exciting opportunities" for young workers, underscoring the state's growing economy.You could almost hear Romney wince while Kasich was talking. read more

Romney's plan for 'Day One'

05/18/12 09:18AM

Mitt Romney's campaign unveiled this morning its first television ad of the general election, a generally positive spot describing what the Republican would do on "day one" if elected.There's nothing wrong with getting voters thinking about what these candidates would do in office in 2013, and given the general vagueness of Romney's policy agenda, it's worthwhile that his campaign start focusing on his top priorities.But his "day one" agenda isn't exactly compelling. read more

Eduardo Saverin's ideological allies

Eduardo Saverin's ideological allies

05/18/12 08:40AM

I suspect most have heard about Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin's decision to renounce his American citizenship, a move that will save Saverin from having to pay federal capital gains taxes just as Facebook's IPO reaps a windfall.Though he denies the move is related to tax avoidance, Saverin's announcement has not been well received. Indeed, Sens. read more

Rationalizing bigotry is tougher than expected

05/18/12 08:00AM

We've been keeping an eye on the controversy surrounding Tracy Thorne-Begland's judicial nomination in Virginia, and it took an interesting turn yesterday.To briefly recap, Thorne-Begland, who enjoyed bipartisan backing, is a state prosecutor, a father, and a former Top Gun fighter pilot, and his nomination enjoyed bipartisan sponsorship, but the Virginia Republicans rejected him anyway. Because Thorne-Begland is gay, and supports equal rights, the GOP said he's biased and unqualified for the state bench.Of course, that rationale didn't make any sense. read more

Morning Maddow: May 18

05/18/12 07:47AM

Today's fight in the House: defense spending and indefinite detention.It looks like the Keystone XL pipeline authorization will be dropped from the Highway bill.Hey, Florida, why the rush to purge your voter rolls?Alabama's Governor calls a special legislative session to soften the state's anti-immigration law.Michigan lawmakers try to repeal their version of "Stand Your Ground."The U.S. now has an ambassador to Myanmar (though we still call it Burma).Yep, that's a campaign metaphor alright:  read more

Links for the 5/17 TRMS

Links for the 5/17 TRMS

05/17/12 11:56PM

Is the filibuster unconstitutional?Common Cause lawsuitA Seventh-Grader's Letter To Ronald Reagan Governor Christie and Mayor Booker: Don't Worry, We've Got This G.O.P. 'Super PAC' Weighs Hard-Line Attack on Obama 'Super PAC' Plan to Link Obama to Rev. Wright Quote of the day Pascrell, Rothman tout liberal views in NJ debate Clinton backs Rep. Pascrell over Rep. Rothman in NJ's Dem primary New Jersey Affordable Insurance Exchange Grants Awards List Chris Christie Vetoes Obama Health Insurance Exchange Bill Brain power robot Paralysed woman moves robot with her mind read more

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

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