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Meet Harold Simmons, a very generous GOP billionaire.

Meet Harold Simmons

04/06/12 11:27AM

When those of us following the 2012 election cycle closely think of wealthy donors investing heavily in their preferred candidates, a couple of names immediately come to mind. Under the "Every Republican Gets A Gazillionaire" framework, we know, for example, that Sheldon Adelson has helped bankroll Newt Gingrich, while Foster Friess... read more

The group that preferred the shadows is getting the spotlight.

ALEC loses its anonymity

04/06/12 10:25AM

Most political organizations crave the spotlight. A higher profile generally means more influence, more power, and more contributions from donors. Groups on the left and right, from the NRA to MoveOn.org, want to be household names because it maximizes their ability to have an impact.But there are exceptions. The American Legislative Exchange... read more

Mr. Secrecy

04/06/12 09:37AM

Mitt Romney's penchant for identifying his own faults and then assigning them to President Obama came into sharper focus this week -- I'm still laughing about his anti-Harvard nonsense -- with the Republican nominee taking the "I'm rubber, you're glue" tactic to new extremes.But while some of the recent examples are... read more

Job totals disappoint, unemployment rate dips

Job totals disappoint, unemployment rate dips

04/06/12 08:52AM

The Washington Post's Neil Irwin noted this morning that when it comes to the monthly jobs report, "We're due for a disappointing number." He was right -- though forecasts projected about 200,000 new jobs in March, the new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics fell short of expectations.The U.S. economy added 120,000 jobs... read more

Morning Maddow: April 6

04/06/12 07:51AM

Caterpillar man (aka RNC Chair Reince Priebus) raising lots of money Newt Gingrich will not transform health after all. Guess who lobbied for the individual mandate.Another complication when states don't recognize marriages from other states.Senate to hold hearing on racial profiling for the first time since 9/11. Coast Guard sinks Japanese... read more

String theory: What's the deal with Tampa's twine ban?

String theory: What's the deal with Tampa's twine ban?

04/06/12 12:15AM

For this year's Republcian National Convention, tens of thousands of conventioneers and attendant media will converge with political protesters spanning the spectrum from tea partiers to occupiers into a relatively small area where not only are guns permitted, but it seems to be ok to shoot someone dead for engendering a threatened feeling... read more

Metamorphic metaphor

Metamorphic metaphor

04/05/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Thursday’s show – one word: caterpillars! Plus, Republican positions on environmental law and regulations and how these positions have adapted over the years, and we’ve got... watch

Rick Santorum more wrong than initially...

Rick Santorum more wrong than initially thought

04/05/12 08:00PM

In the interest of modeling good behavior, Rachel Maddow demonstrates for the Rick Santorum campaign how to make a correction by correcting an earlier error about the extent to which Rick Santorum is wrong about California state universities not... watch

Worm turns on Republican anti-women agenda

Worm turns on Republican anti-women agenda

04/05/12 08:00PM

Karen Finney, former DNC communications director, columnist for The Hill, talks with Rachel Maddow about why Republicans have earned the charge that they're waging war on women and why comparing women to caterpillars won't help their cause with women... watch

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