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All about acronyms

All about acronyms

04/04/12 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Wednesday’s show – a 2006 memo from a State Department advisor, warning against prohibited acts of torture, has been released under FOIA. Plus Republican presidential... watch

Ahead on the 4/4 Maddow show

04/04/12 07:06PM

Tonight's guests, as scheduled:Wayne Slater, senior political writer and columnist for the Dallas Morning NewsJohn Brabender, senior strategist for the Santorum campaignSenior show producer Cory Gnazzo will now demonstrate his handwriting-comprehension abilities and decipher the rundown for tonight's show:  read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

04/04/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* A rare signing ceremony: "President Obama on Wednesday signed an ethics bill that bans insider trading by members of Congress and requires thousands of federal employees to disclose information about their personal finances."* Tehran's delays: "Iran's foreign minister raised new... read more

Water guns, no; real guns, yes

Water guns, no; real guns, yes

04/04/12 04:51PM

Security at a national party convention is always challenging, so it's not surprising that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is already taking several steps to ensure the safety of Republican National Convention attendees this summer. Among other things, he's proposed "a litany of items that will be considered security threats."Such as? read more

The elusive GOP health care alternative

04/04/12 03:42PM

It was one of those details that was generally overlooked, but during the fight over health care reform in 2009 and 2010, congressional Republicans promised, over and over again, to come up with a GOP alternative to "Obamacare." They weren't just attacking the Democratic plan, they said, Republicans were committed to presenting... read more

Welcome home, veterans! Love, Tucson

Welcome home, veterans! Love, Tucson

04/04/12 03:10PM

This past Saturday, Tucson, Arizona, celebrated the return of servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan in Tucson's Welcome Home Veterans Parade, and paid tribute to those lost while on duty. Complete with marching bands, bagpipe players and hundreds of Tucsonans in attendance, the parade was a smashing success.The parents of Todd Bowers... read more

Virginia license plate made of win

Virginia license plate made of win

04/04/12 02:04PM

This proposed Virginia license plate is late-arriving for our challenge, and I think it might violate the state's rule against license plates about ladyparts (or manparts), or maybe that was just my first read. Whatever, this plate is so good that I'm posting it anyway. Holly Bahn of New Mexico, you win this post.(How to send us stuff.) read more

Romney's idea of a 'hide and seek' campaign

Romney's idea of a 'hide and seek' campaign

04/04/12 01:23PM

I'll have a more detailed take on Mitt Romney's speech in D.C. this afternoon a little later, but there was one claim in particular that's worth special scrutiny.Romney argued today that President Obama's campaign strategy is to "re-elect him so we can find out what he will actually do." The likely Republican... read more

'I find all of this a bit incredible'

04/04/12 12:43PM

We talked earlier about Judge Jerry Smith, a Republican appointee on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, throwing a bizarre political tantrum on the bench yesterday, assigning childish homework to the Justice Department. TPM noted that "even conservatives are concerned that the circuit court judges stepped out of bounds Tuesday -- and made... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

04/04/12 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:* Despite three years of media speculation that Jewish voters will abandon President Obama, a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, an independent research group, shows... read more

Dems enjoy 2012 enthusiasm edge

Dems enjoy 2012 enthusiasm edge

04/04/12 11:30AM

One of the keys to the 2010 midterms was the Republicans' "enthusiasm gap" -- the GOP thrived in part because Republican voters were so engaged and excited about the election. As late as the fall, Democrats still looked strong in congressional polling among registered voters, but Republicans led among likely voters.Nearly two... read more

The rubber-glue phenomenon

04/04/12 10:55AM

Just a couple of weeks ago, Rachel explained an annoying habit politicians and campaigns invariably pick up. She called it the "I'm rubber, you're glue; whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you" technique.It's a basic idea we've all seen many times. read more

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