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Schneiderman: deal with banks a 'down payment'

02/09/12 07:00PM

Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General and member of the Federal Financial Crimes Task Force, talks with Rachel Maddow about the context in which to understand Thursday's deal with banks to pay billions to help mitigate the damage done by their... watch

Ahead on the 2/9 Maddow show

02/09/12 06:57PM

Tonight's guests include:Rep. Jan Schakowsky, (D) Illinois, chief deputy whip, member of the Health Subcommittee, and helped pass the Affordable Care ActEric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General and member of the Federal Financial Crimes task forceCharlie Dooley, St. Louis County Executive, Vietnam veteran and supporter of the first Iraq... read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

02/09/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* President Obama spoke earlier today on the newly-announced housing settlement with banks.* For more on the new policy, I found pieces from Sarah Halzack and Sarah Kliff, Matt Yglesias, and Felix Salmon helpful. read more

Romney backs welfare drug-testing

02/09/12 04:36PM

y own view it's a great idea. People who are receiving welfare benefits, government benefits, we should make sure they are not using the money for drugs. I think it's an excellent idea."He's not the only one on the right who thinks so. Republican officials in several states have become fans of expanded drug testing, and in... read more

The tour dates for Drift!

The tour dates for Drift!

02/09/12 03:31PM

Any of the links below lead to more information on acquiring tickets. Some of these events have already been doing their own advertising, so they may be sold out. Some of the dates don't have links yet so I'll update this post as new information becomes available.Thursday, March 29, 7:30pm, talk & signing, Barnes &... read more

It's about contraception, not religion

02/09/12 03:03PM

Critics of the Obama administration's policy on contraception coverage are eager, if not desperate, to put a faith-based spin on their condemnations. "This is not a women's rights issue," Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said yesterday. "This is a religious liberty issue."As a political matter, it's easy to... read more

Challenge: Name the food stamp president

Challenge: Name the food stamp president

02/09/12 01:19PM

Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) went right after Newt Gingrich yesterday for calling President Obama the "food stamp president." Gutierrez ran through a series of charts about food stamps, which his office kindly sent over today.Your challenge: Guess which president owns the first chart, about the increase in people who get... read more