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GOP explains opposition to fair pay laws

GOP explains opposition to fair pay laws

04/19/12 11:29AM

Last week, Pete Hoekstra, the Republicans' U.S. Senate hopeful in Michigan, called the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay law "a nuisance" that should be stripped from the books. This week in New Hampshire, state Republican Party Executive Director Tory Mazzola, a top Romney campaign, said the law is little more than "a handout to... read more

'Skin in the game'

04/19/12 10:52AM

If there's one unshakable, unwavering rule in American politics in the 21st century, it's this: Republicans oppose any tax increases on anyone by any amount for any reason, no matter the consequences. Full stop.There is, however, a pesky little asterisk tied to this rule that often goes overlooked: a whole lot of Republicans support... read more

White House draws line in the sand on spending

White House draws line in the sand on spending

04/19/12 10:19AM

The Obama administration drew a pretty hard line yesterday, telling Congress that Paul Ryan's House Republican budget includes spending levels that break a bipartisan deal, and if GOP lawmakers don't back down, they'll force a government shutdown later this year.Acting White House Budget Director Jeff Zients wrote to the heads of... read more

Violence Against Women Act takes center stage

04/19/12 09:29AM

We first began reporting two months ago on the legislative fight surrounding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which has traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support. This year's effort has drawn Republican opposition, however, because the bill includes provisions to bolster LGBT protections, defenses for victims of domestic abuse who are... read more

Jobless claims stuck at four-month high

Jobless claims stuck at four-month high

04/19/12 08:44AM

For several months, the general trend on initial unemployment claims has been encouraging, reaching a four-year low just a few weeks ago. But today's new report is the second discouraging news we've received on this front in as many weeks.The new figures are a slight improvement over last week's total, but that's only because... read more

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is taking the lead on yet another tax cut bill.

House GOP eyes tax cut, ignores 'debt crisis'

04/19/12 08:00AM

The Senate's Democratic majority this week pushed a measure, known as the "Buffett Rule," that would have closed a tax loophole benefiting millionaires and brought in roughly $46 billion to the Treasury over the next decade. It died after a GOP filibuster.Today, the House Republican majority will vote on a measure of its own,... read more

Morning Maddow: April 19

04/19/12 07:41AM

The Colombian prostitute speaks about that Secret Service scandal.Meanwhile there's Mitt Romney's much milder "Cookiegate".Look who's getting contributions from the payday lending industry.The Dept. of Veterans' Affairs will increase its mental-health staffing.TransCanada changes its Keystone XL pipeline route.The... read more

Links for the 4/18 TRMS

Links for the 4/18 TRMS

04/18/12 09:58PM

The full list of tonight's links will be posted here shortly, but for now, here are the links to the material Rachel mentioned at the end of the "ex-gay" segment in tonight's show:My so-called ex-gay lifeCommentary: Still the Iconoclast, Dr. Robert Spitzer Renounces His Infamous 'Ex-Gay' StudyCan Some Gay Men and... read more

Virginia is for VAJAJAYs

Virginia is for VAJAJAYs

04/18/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow shares the highlights from viewer-submitted custom Virginia license plate ideas, including two that became real plates on actual cars. watch

'Curing homosexuality' totally baseless

'Curing homosexuality' totally baseless

04/18/12 08:00PM

Gabriel Arana, reporter and web editor at The American Prospect and author of the piece “My So Called Ex-Gay Life,” talks with Rachel Maddow about Dr. Robert Spitzer recanting the one paper that served as the basis for "scientific" justifications for... watch

McDonnell's ads for nothing

McDonnell's ads for nothing

04/18/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reviews new polls showing that Virginia's "Governor Vaginal Probe," Bob McDonnell, would not be helpful to Mitt Romney as a vice presidential pick, and wonders why McDonnell is running campaign ads when he's not running for anything. watch

Romney before he shakes the etch-a-sketch

Romney before he shakes the etch-a-sketch

04/18/12 08:00PM

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, joins Rachel Maddow to nail down exactly what Mitt Romney's positions on the issues are at this point in the campaign and predicts which he's likely to change first in trying to... watch

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