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Sanders on gun rights, voting rights

Bernie Sanders on gun rights, voting rights

11/06/15 08:55PM

Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for president, talks with Rachel Maddow about his voting record on gun rights, and the Republican attack on voting rights, among other issues in the First in the South Democratic Candidates Forum. watch

Bernie Sanders on the reach of liberal issues

Bernie Sanders on the reach of liberal issues

11/06/15 08:36PM

Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for president addresses a range of questions at the First in the South Democratic candidates forum, including whether the issues he advocates for Vermont have the breadth to appeal to the whole nation. watch

O'Malley on America's use of military power

O'Malley on America's use of military power

11/06/15 08:23PM

Martin O'Malley, Democratic candidate for president, talks with Rachel Maddow about the United States' use of military force overseas, the closing of the prison at Guantanamo, and his strategy for improving his poll numbers, among other topics at the First in the South Democratic Candidates Forum. watch

Friday's Mini-Report, 11.6.15

11/06/15 05:30PM

Today’s edition of quick hits:
* This "controversy" appears to effectively be over: "The U.S. intelligence community has retreated from claims that two emails in Hillary Clinton’s private account contained top secret information, a source familiar with the situation told POLITICO."
* You'll be watching, right? "The three Democratic presidential candidates will meet in this key presidential state for the first time Friday evening at a forum hosted by MSNBC and the state Democratic Party on the campus of Winthrop University. The candidates will not interact with each other, but rather be interviewed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow back-to-back."
* The downside to good news: "Hiring at American companies shifted into higher gear in October, helping to lift wages and clearing the path for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month."
* Russia: "President Vladi­mir Putin suspended all Russian flights to Egypt on Friday, pending the outcome of probes into last week’s deadly plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula as Moscow investigates whether a bomb is to blame."
* North Carolina's governor gets some good news: "A pair of ethics complaints that a liberal advocacy group filed against Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this year have been dismissed.... The complaints in January and March by Progress N.C. Action alleged a pattern of omissions and discrepancies in the economic interest disclosure forms that the governor is required to submit."
* Quinnipiac poll: "All American voters support 93 - 5 percent requiring background checks for all gun buyers. Among voters in households with a legal gun, support for background checks is 92 - 7 percent." Among self-identified Republicans, support is 88%.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waves to supporters during the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Oct. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

What you need to know ahead of MSNBC's Democratic forum

11/06/15 04:53PM

The Democratic candidates for president will take questions from Rachel Maddow at 8 p.m. ET Friday in MSNBC's Democratic forum from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET. Haven't been following every twist and turn of the campaign? Here's what you need to know. read more

Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, left, looks on as Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, speaks during a news conference on Sept. 27, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty)

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and the dreaded 'M' word

11/06/15 03:53PM

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has quietly run a very interesting presidential campaign. He hasn't held the spotlight much, but he's raised a lot of money, laid the groundwork for a credible ground game, positioned himself to benefit if/when the Amateur Duo falters, and held his fire, waiting to see who his real rivals are going to be.
Last night, however, Cruz offered a peek into his broader strategy.
“Historically, there have been two major lanes in the Republican primary,” the Texas senator told CNN’s Jake Tapper last night. “There’s been a moderate lane and a conservative lane. And, in past cycles, there’s been a consensus moderate choice early on... Look, I think Marco is certainly formidable in that lane. I think the Jeb campaign seems to view Marco as his biggest threat in the moderate lane. And so I think they’re going to slug it out for a while.
"But, when you look at the conservative lane, what I’m really encouraged by is that conservatives are consolidating behind our campaign... And once it gets down to a head-to-head contest between a conservative and a moderate ... I think the conservative wins.”
Let's strip away the spin for a minute: Marco Rubio is breathtakingly conservative. He's a climate denier who desperately wants to give billionaires a massive tax break the country can't afford. The Florida Republican believes Medicare and Social Security have weakened Americans; he thinks the war in Iraq, even in hindsight, was a fine idea; he still opposes marriage equality; he doesn't think the federal minimum wage should exist; and Rubio's so hostile towards reproductive rights that he believes the government has the authority to force impregnated rape victims to take that pregnancy to term, even against her wishes. The guy voted against a bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, even when he knew it would pass easily anyway.
If Marco Rubio prevails in the 2016 race, he would be the most right-wing major-party nominee in generations. If he wins a general election, he'd be the most extreme president in modern American history. There is nothing "moderate" about him.
But that's not quite what Ted Cruz is talking about.


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