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The party of 'older white people'

The party of 'older white people'

05/22/12 11:35AM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered a rather aggressive speech in South Carolina the other day, and argued, among other things, that the Republican Party is "a more diverse party than the Democratic Party is." He didn't appear to be kidding.Similarly, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was asked over the weekend if he's concerned at all about the nation's increasing diversity, given that his party is "still seen and still is in reality largely white and largely male."Priebus was unmoved. read more

Is it still a 'day of shame'?

Is it still a 'day of shame'?

05/22/12 11:00AM

A few weeks ago, with the fate of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng entirely unclear, Mitt Romney decided to condemn the Obama administration's handling of the situation, calling Chen's temporary return to Chinese officials "a dark day for freedom and it's a day of shame for the Obama administration."It was an odd move for a high-profile American politician to take. After all, Romney's condemnation of U.S. officials came during tense diplomatic talks with a major international rival. read more

'Not good at what they are trying to do'

05/22/12 10:30AM

As Rachel explained in a segment a couple of weeks ago, folks at the Republican National Committee just aren't great at their jobs. "Whether or not you are in favor of what they are trying to do," she explained, "they are not good at what they are trying to do.... t does seem important that the party apparatus under Reince Priebus is kind of a mess."Take this morning, for example. read more

David Barton's version of 'verbatim'

05/22/12 10:00AM

It's been entertaining lately to see so many Republicans come up with new meanings for basic words. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) doesn't know what  "compromise" means; Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) doesn't know what "hypocrisy" means; Indiana's Richard Mourdock doesn't know what "bipartisan" means; Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) doesn't know what "divisive" means; and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) doesn't know what "threaten" means.And then there's religious right's pseudo historian, David Barton, who doesn't know what "verbatim" means.For those unfamiliar with Barton, he's an interesting character. read more

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R)

Birther-curious Bennett playing games in Arizona

05/22/12 08:37AM

We talked last week about Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) raising questions about President Obama's citizenship and saying it's "possible" he'll exclude the president from the ballot. The nonsense isn't going away quickly.To briefly recap, Bennett is demanding that Hawaiian officials verify that that Obama's birth certificate is authentic. read more

'Unfairness' vs. 'Over-regulation'

'Unfairness' vs. 'Over-regulation'

05/22/12 08:00AM

The top-line results in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll are largely in line with expectations: President Obama's approval rating stands at 47%, and he leads Mitt Romney by four points among all Americans (49% to 45%) and three points among registered voters (49% to 46%). read more

Morning Maddow: May 22

05/22/12 07:48AM

SpaceX launches Dragon: Welcome to the future.43 Catholic institutions file lawsuits against the Obama administration over mandated contraception coverage.The liberal-backed law they're all using in their court challenges.The other Koch brother gives big to Romney's Super PAC.Sheriff Joe Arpaio is spending taxpayer dollars on his investigation into President Obama's birth certificate.Al Qaeda ally claims responsibility for yesterday's massacre in Yemen.Military families can visit many museums for free this summer. read more

Cory Booker responds to fallout from 'Meet the Press'

05/21/12 10:40PM

Newark Mayor Cory Booker appeared on our show tonight, in his first interview since saying on Meet the Press that negative campaigning by President Obama and Mitt Romney was "nauseating"A rush transcript of key bits from his conversation with Rachel follows.On deciding to talk about the story:CORY BOOKER: I was doing no interviews, and it wasn't until the GOP went across that line that I said forget it I've had all I can stand and I can stand no more, so thank you for giving me a chance to be on tonight. RACHEL MADDOW: What is the line that they crossed that made you feel that way? read more

Ahead on the 5/21 Maddow show

05/21/12 06:57PM

Tonight's guests include:Cory Booker, (D) Mayor of Newark, NJAndrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on msnbcBenjamin Jealous, president of the NAACPWhile watching tonight's preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Connecticut GOP wants the wrestling exec again

05/21/12 06:00PM

Connecticut Republicans held their convention Friday, where they endorsed a candidate for Senate. The choice was between a well-known moderate, former Congressman Chris Shays, and wrestling executive Linda McMahon. In the very red elections of 2010, McMahon spent $50 million of her own money trying to win the race, but lost.A poll this year shows her set to lose again, and Shays running even with the presumed Democratic nominee. On Friday, Connecticut Republicans chose McMahon again anyway, by 2-to-1, at a convention that emptied out before she could give her speech. read more

Monday's Mini-Report

05/21/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* At a press conference following NATO talks, President Obama was asked to speak about Mitt Romney and Bain Capital. read more

The path to 'a hollow military' or a hollow op-ed?

05/21/12 04:47PM

Mitt Romney has a curious habit of being one of the most prolific op-ed writers in the country. He doesn't much care for interviews or press conferences, but the Republican loves to engage the media in a way in which he doesn't have to answer any direct questions.Lately, this means op-eds that chase President Obama around the country -- the president schedules an event in a city, so Romney writes an op-ed in that city's major daily paper. read more

Ampad takes center stage

05/21/12 03:36PM

When Mitt Romney ran for the Senate 18 years ago, he was fairing quite well against Ted Kennedy, right up until voters started hearing from some of Romney's victims.Many of the folks laid off by Bain Capital drove to Massachusetts to protest the Republican's campaign, and Democrats put together a half-dozen ads featuring laid-off workers who said they suffered while Romney lined his pockets at their expense.Perhaps none of the companies played as a big role as American Pad & Paper, or Ampad. It's the subject of a new video from the Obama campaign.It's a rather brutal story. read more