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Reminder: Want to intern for Planet TRMS?

08/07/12 05:45PM

We know you do! The deadline is fast approaching, so apply now.  We are seeking interns for the Fall 2012 semester. Candidates must:-       Receive college or grad school credit for the semester-       Be at least a sophomore in college-       Be able to commute to New York City at least 3 times/weekCandidates should have an interest in politics... read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

08/07/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Guilty: "Jared Lee Loughner agreed Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison, accepting that he went on a deadly shooting rampage at an Arizona political gathering and sparing the victims a lengthy, possibly traumatic death-penalty trial."* Syria: "As Syrian President Bashar Assad... read more

Quote of the Day

08/07/12 04:03PM

President Obama noted last night the Mitt Romney's tax plan intends to raise taxes on the middle class in order to finance another tax break for millionaires and billionaires. "It's like Robin Hood in reverse – it's Romney Hood," Obama told supporters.Today, Romney responded on Fox News.For those who can't watch... read more

Romney in 1994: 'I'd abolish PACS... I don't like them'

Romney in 1994: 'I'd abolish PACS... I don't like them'

08/07/12 03:01PM

During my tape travels on Friday, looking for sound bites from Mitt Romney, I listened to a 1994 speech from the campaign trail, when Romney was running against Senator Ted Kennedy. A reporter asked Mr. Romney about his stance on reforming lobbying practices in Washington, and to my surprise, Romney wrapped up his response with:"The kinds... read more

School prayer still part of the culture war

School prayer still part of the culture war

08/07/12 02:11PM

Over the years, the culture war has evolved. In 1980s, there was a focus on school prayer and pornography. In 1990s, we heard more about Ten Commandments displays and gays in the military. In the 2000s, it was civil unions and immigration.There are some constants -- abortion rights and guns, for example -- but issues tend to take turns at the... read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

08/07/12 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:* With primaries in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and the state of Washington today, the marque match-up is arguably the three-way Republican U.S. read more

The scandal behind Romney's new attack ad

08/07/12 10:50AM

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has presented the political world with an important test. I'm eager to see whether we pass or fail.First, a little background. Some Republican governors this year asked the Obama administration for some new flexibility on welfare standards -- the governors had some ideas about moving folks from... read more

He's already made history once.

The limited value of recent history

08/07/12 09:18AM

I've seen several pieces in recent days, some from writers whose work I often enjoy, making the same argument: President Obama has to "defy history" to win re-election because the economy is in such rough shape.Here, for example, is Jeff Greenfield:t's with that skepticism in mind that I offer, not a prediction, but a flat... read more

The wrong Israeli metric for American presidents

08/07/12 08:30AM

Mitt Romney launched one of the stranger attacks of the campaign season yesterday, unveiling a new ad about U.S. relations with Israel.For now, we can put aside the propriety of Romney treating the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem as a prop in an attack ad. Instead let's focus on this claim: "Barack Obama has never visited Israel as president... read more

Fight over voting rights sharpens in Ohio

Fight over voting rights sharpens in Ohio

08/07/12 08:00AM

Four years ago, Ohio allowed voters an early-voting window of three days before Election Day, which in turn boosted turnout and alleviated long lines. This year, Republican officials have closed the window -- active-duty servicemen and women can vote early, but no one, not even veterans, can enjoy the same right.President Obama's campaign... read more

Morning Maddow: August 7

08/07/12 07:59AM

Politico publishes lists of Republican and Democratic mega-donors.Romney's camp has a lot to say about Obama and military early voting; but what's Romney's position?Look who else got RNC speaking slots.President Obama would back a measure to exempt Olympians from taxes on their winnings.There are statewide and local primary... read more

Pride and joy in Spaceville

Pride and joy in Spaceville

08/06/12 08:00PM

In providing viewers a hint of what's coming later in the show, Rachel Maddow looks back at the overwhelming joy experienced by TRMS producer Tricia McKinney watching a space shuttle launch in person. watch

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