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Why the 'Republican DREAM Act' is in trouble

Why the 'Republican DREAM Act' is in trouble

04/20/12 11:31AM

Mitt Romney quietly told supporters the other day that he'd like to see a "Republican DREAM Act" to help his party with Latino voters. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who's talking more and more about immigration policy, believes he has just such a proposal.Hoping to boost his party's image with Hispanic voters, Sen. read more

Cantor considers tax hikes on the poor

04/20/12 10:47AM

We talked yesterday about Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), who likes the idea of raising federal income taxes on those who currently pay nothing, to ensure that low-income families have some "skin in the game." It turns out, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is thinking along the same lines.For those who can't watch clips online, Travis Waldron published a transcript of the relevant portion:"We also know that over 45 percent of the people in this country don't pay income taxes at all, and we have to question whether that's fair.... read more

One wonders what Romney would have said about FDR in 1936.

Romney makes the case for Landon/Knox '36

04/20/12 10:04AM

In 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was seeking a second term during awful economic times. The New Deal was making a difference, but on Election Day, America's unemployment rate was 17%.How in the world could an incumbent president win re-election with a 17% unemployment rate? Actually, it was pretty easy -- voters realized Roosevelt had inherited a brutal economic crisis, and while conditions were still awful, the economy was starting to improve, and Americans weren't willing to give power back to the party that had created the mess in the first place. read more

Paul Ryan vs. the Bishops

04/20/12 09:13AM

When it comes domestic investments and budget priorities, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops clearly aren't on the same page. read more

These two aren't always on the same page.

McConnell rejects Boehner's spending strategy

04/20/12 08:40AM

Back in December, House Republicans thought they'd come up with a clever strategy: they'd hold the payroll tax break hostage until Democrats paid some kind of ransom. President Obama balked, Democrats held their ground, and it looked like the economy would take a hit as a result of GOP intransigence.But the House Republican plan fell apart when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) endorsed the Democratic plan for a temporary extension, cutting the House GOP off at the knees. read more

Romney won't find the mainstream in Lynchburg

04/20/12 08:00AM

When we learned yesterday that Mitt Romney would deliver the commencement address at Liberty University in three weeks, I had the same question Steve Kornacki raised: "Wouldn't it have made more sense to do this last year?"Romney's campaign strategy has always been painfully obvious: run to the hard right during the primaries; persuade the Republican base that he no longer holds any of the beliefs he used to embrace; lock up the nomination; then shake the Etch A Sketch and move towards the American mainstream.With this in mind, if Romney agreed to speak at Liberty last May, it would have made read more

Morning Maddow: April 20

04/20/12 07:43AM

U.S. Senators want in on the Kony2012 day of action. And Ugandan bloggers want to tell their own story.House Democrats are joining Republicans on the Keystone XL pipeline.Oklahoma's "personhood" bill is derailed.Drug testing welfare recipients cost Florida more than it saved.Birtherism is alive and well.Look up this weekend. read more

Loud pies save lives

Loud pies save lives

04/19/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on a solution to the problem of unsafely quiet electric motors being put to use by the Dutch branch of Domino’s Pizza. watch

Be your own beep

Be your own beep

04/19/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow explains why the motorized carts at Newark Liberty International Airport alert pedestrians to their presence by the driver shouting, "Beep!" watch

Romney begins reinvention without pause

Romney begins reinvention without pause

04/19/12 08:00PM

Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer-prize winning columnist for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about trying to drag back his previous position on immigration in the hopes of building more Hispanic support in time for the general election. watch

Brewer surprises with gun law veto

Brewer surprises with gun law veto

04/19/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow describes the influence right-wing interests groups are typically seen to have on the Republican Party and reports on the surprising veto by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer of a law to allow guns on public property. watch

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