Senator Bernie Sanders talks with Rachel Maddow about the possibility of single-payer health care happening state by state instead of their federal action, and the motivation he hopes his supports take from his campaign to help bring change on important issues. watch
Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for president, talks with Rachel Maddow about the damage Donald Trump has already done to the image of the United State around with world with Muslims as well as Latin American countries. watch
Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for president, vents his frustrations about corporate, mainstream media, calling for a Democratic-funded equivalent of Fox News, and political journalism that focuses more on the substance of solving the nation's problems than on the horse race of elections. watch
Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for president, talks with Rachel Maddow about the importance of turnout for Democrats in 2016 and why he thinks he's the one who can energize the base as well as pull in new independent voters to defeat Donald Trump. watch
Bernie Sanders talks with Rachel Maddow about where he sees unfairness in the Democratic primary system, the role of superdelegates, and why caucuses, messy though they may be, are worth keeping. watch
Senator Bernie Sanders talks with Rachel Maddow about his accusation that the Democratic Party has put his campaign at a disadvantage by under-representing them on convention committees, saying, "So far the deck is outrageously stacked against us." watch
Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for president, talks with Rachel Maddow about the outlook for his campaign going into the final stretch of the primary race and what he thinks he can accomplish at the national convention. watch
Rachel Maddow rounds up the day's political headlines that together paint a picture of the political world shifting its focus to the general election even as the Democratic primary is not yet resolved. watch
At various points through the Republicans' presidential primary process, various GOP leaders and candidates thought they could derail Donald Trump with one big speech. Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal, and others stepped up the plate, delivered carefully crafted remarks on the dangers Trump posed to the party and the country, and hoped the weight of their words would change the trajectory of the race.
Each, obviously, failed.
Among the most notable of these speeches, however, came by way of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who invited the press to a DC hotel near the White House last July to deliver an anti-Trump stem-winder.
"My fellow Republicans, beware of false prophets," Perry said at the time. "Do not let itching ears be tickled by messengers who appeal to anger, division and resentment. I will not go quiet when this cancer on conservatism threatens to metastasize into a movement of mean-spirited politics that will send the Republican Party to the same place it sent the Whig Party in 1854: the graveyard."
Perry went on to characterize Trump as "a barking carnival act" who offers a "toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued." Keep all of this in mind when considering what Perry said yesterday. TPM reported:
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday endorsed Donald Trump and left the door open to becoming the Republican vice presidential nominee.
"He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them," Perry told CNN. "He wasn't my first choice, wasn't my second choice, but he is the people's choice." [...]
"He is one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president I have ever seen," Perry told CNN.
When the subject turned to a possible role as Trump's running mate, the Texas Republican added, "I am going to be open to any way I can help. I am not going to say no."
No, of course not. Why say no to partnering with "a barking carnival act" who represents a "cancer on conservatism," who's poised to send your party to the "graveyard"?
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has handled the current Supreme Court vacancy about as badly as humanly possible. The result has been an ignominious mess without precedent in American history.
The Iowa Republican, whose 2016 re-election bid is suddenly a lot less obvious than it was a few months ago, seems to realize that things aren't going well. Two weeks ago, Grassley acknowledged that he's facing the toughest campaign cycle of his lengthy career, and he blamed his political difficulties on "the Supreme Court issue."
Donald Trump's rise as the Republicans' presumptive presidential nominee complicates "the Supreme Court issue," of course, since in practical terms, Grassley and his GOP colleagues are imposing a blockade in order to empower Trump to make the selection. Senate Republicans, in other words, are executing an unpopular strategy in order to help an unpopular candidate.
Grassley conceded last week that the entire gambit is a "gamble," since it could mean Hillary Clinton nominating a younger, more progressive jurist. But as the Des Moines Registerreported this week, it's a gamble the Iowa Republican is prepared to make.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday he thinks Donald Trump, now the presumptive Republican nominee for president, would nominate the "right type of people" to the U.S. Supreme Court. [...]
"Based upon the type of people he'd be looking for, I think I would expect the right type of people to be nominated by him to the Supreme Court," Grassley said.
By most measures, Maine Gov. Paul LePage's (R) tenure hasn't gone especially well. The Tea Party Republican, elected twice after an independent candidate split the center-left in both races, has generally earned a reputation as an offensive buffoon, whose antics often border on repulsive.
But as WMTW in Portland reported yesterday, the Maine governor is nevertheless ready for some kind of promotion.
Gov. Paul LePage hopes Donald Trump picks him to be part of his administration if he is elected to office.
If not, he'll run against Angus King for U.S. Senate in 2018. That's what the governor said at his town hall meeting in Lewiston on Wednesday night.
"I said earlier that if I'm not into the Trump Administration, I will be running against Angus King," LePage reportedly said. "Now, don't tell my wife. She hasn't said yes yet."
In other words, the Maine governor is so confident in his successes as a state policymaker, he's ready to parlay his unique talents into shaping federal policy, too.
The Republican didn't specify exactly which job he'd like to have in a Trump administration -- LePage has no real areas of expertise -- and the presumptive Republican nominee, who picked up the Maine governor's endorsement in February, hasn't publicly suggested he expects LePage to be part of his team.
And yet, the governor, perhaps tired of his current job and the frequency with which his many vetoes are overturned, is nevertheless daring to dream.
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