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05/01/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Tuesday’s show – President Obama makes a surprise trip to Afghanistan to meet with President Karzai and address U.S. involvement there, plus we’ve got Paul Krugman on the... watch

Obama's exit strategies for Bush's wars

Obama's exit strategies for Bush's wars

05/01/12 08:00PM

Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large for The Atlantic, editor of the Washington Note and editor-in-chief of Atlantic Live, talks with Rachel Maddow about the contrast between the Bush administration's approach to Iraq, Afghanistan and Osama bin... watch

Romney, Republican finger puppet?

Romney, Republican finger puppet?

05/01/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow shares video of Grover Norquist explaining to conservatives that if they elect sufficiently conservative members of Congress, they need only elect a president whose fingers are capable of working a pen. watch

Ahead on the 5/1 Maddow show

05/01/12 07:02PM

Tonight's guests include:Dr. Paul Krugman, Nobel prize winning economist, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, Princeton professor and author of the new book “End This Depression Now!”Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic, editor of the Washington Note and editor in chief of Atlantic LiveWhile watching tonight's... read more

Pic: Boom is for duckies

Pic: Boom is for duckies

05/01/12 06:00PM

Suwin Chan writes from Westerly, Rhode Island:On a recent show, Rachel described how booms don't work so well in trapping spilled oil. Please let her know that booms do work perfectly well... you just have to use them for the right purpose! they worked perfectly in trapping 20,000 rubber duckies swimming down the Pawcatuck River during the... read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

05/01/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, and in Kabul, signed "a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for more than a decade."* Also note, Obama will deliver a national address this evening from Bagram Air... read more

Wisconsin Dems make an issue of equal pay

05/01/12 04:28PM

Today's sign that the recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is as much about national politics as politics in Wisconsin comes from state Democrats' "Pocket Change" ad. Verbate:"Equality? A dollar for him, 77 cents for her. Republicans say it's because money is more important for men. Even though she... read more

Conservatives force Grenell's ouster

05/01/12 03:48PM

Just two weeks ago, the Romney campaign hired Richard Grenell to serve as the Republican's spokesperson on foreign policy. And while this isn't ordinarily a high-profile position, the decision proved to be problematic for a couple of reasons.From the left, Grenell proved to be controversial because of a series of social-media messages... read more

The 'issues people care about'

05/01/12 02:47PM

Charlie Rose asked Mitt Romney this morning about the likelihood of a negative campaign through the fall. The presumptive Republican nominee offered an interesting response.For those who can't watch clips online, Romney said:"I think what you've seen so far with the president and I won't rehearse all of the attacks, but you... read more

Occupy Cleveland cancels May Day plans

Occupy Cleveland cancels May Day plans

05/01/12 02:13PM

The FBI arrested five suspects last night in what law enforcement describes as a plot to blow up a bridge near Cleveland today. The local Cleveland Scene screengrabs some of their Facebook pages, including the one belonging to Douglas Wright, above.On the right, the arrests are showing up as a case of "Occupy Leaders" gone way wrong.... read more

Invasion of the 'Kanamits'

05/01/12 01:13PM

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) caused a stir recently when he accused dozens of House Democrats of being secret members of the Communist Party. In his latest Facebook message, however, the right-wing congressman has a new label in mind.Apparently complaining about Democratic efforts to keep student loan interest rates low, West complains that "... read more

The theme is about giving voters a choice of directions.

Moving 'forward,' into a red scare

05/01/12 12:37PM

When the Obama campaign unveiled a seven-minute video yesterday, making the case for the president's re-election, it also unveiled a new theme: "Forward." For those of us at msnbc, the choice of words seemed pretty familiar.But we were hardly the only ones. Zeke Miller highlighted all kinds of groups, outlets, and organizations... read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

05/01/12 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:* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) raised an astonishing $13 million in just three months for his recall campaign. That's almost on par with some presidential candidates.* President... read more


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