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Spies and spokesman ahead

Spies and spokesman ahead

05/03/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow alerts viewers to upcoming coverage of the resignation of Mitt Romney's new spokesman and the complicated story of a Chinese dissident. watch

The TRMS treatment

The TRMS treatment

05/03/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Thursday’s show – the life of death of JT Ready was both tragic and important in terms of policy and state politics, plus the story behind Richard Grenell’s short-lived... watch

Ahead on the 5/3 Maddow show

05/03/12 07:11PM

While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before starting the song)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

05/03/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* As part of last year's raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, we obtained letters the al Qaeda leader wrote in the five years before his death. read more

The model of an Ayn Rand acolyte

05/03/12 04:38PM

Last week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the right-wing chairman of the House Budget Committee, scoffed at the notion that he's an acolyte of Ayn Rand. "I reject her philosophy," Ryan said, adding he prefers Thomas Aquinas' philosophy. read more

Obama's executive order banned torture. Would Romney reverse it?

Could torture return as a campaign issue?

05/03/12 02:40PM

Many of Mitt Romney's leading economic advisors are former members of the Bush/Cheney team, but the same is true of the candidate's foreign policy team. Ari Berman has a terrific piece today, for example, highlighting figures like John Bolton, Robert Joseph, Dan Senor, and Eric Edelman, all of whom were "tarnished by the Iraq fiasco," but are now advising the would-be Republican president.Of particular interest, though, is Cofer Black.Romney hasn't said what he'd do with a bigger military or how he'd pay for it. read more

J.T. Ready is the one on the left.

When the scary guy is actually scary

05/03/12 01:55PM

As part of covering Arizona's anti-immigration politics, we've reported on former Republican State Senator Russell Pearce and his sometime friend, Neo-Nazi J.T. Ready. Now police in Arizona say Ready shot and killed four people in his extended family yesterday, and then killed himself.No one has covered the story of the relationship between Senator Pearce and border vigilante Ready more closely than Stephen Lemon of the Phoenix New Times. Lemons' post today offers a terrific history, going back years. It's also a reminder that sometimes a scary extremist is not just goofy and strange. read more

The limits of transactional politics

The limits of transactional politics

05/03/12 12:38PM

Mitt Romney stopped by a Manhattan fire station on Tuesday with Rudy Giuliani -- by pure coincidence, it coincided with the anniversary of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden -- and reflected on one of the conversations he had with a firefighter.Speaking at a Ritz Carlton fundraiser in a wealthy D.C. suburb, the presumptive GOP nominee said, "I spoke with a fireman yesterday, and he has a one-bedroom apartment, and his wife is pregnant, and he can't afford a second bedroom. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

05/03/12 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:* New polls from Quinnipiac show President Obama leading Mitt Romney in Ohio (44% to 42%) and Pennsylvania (47% to 39%), but trailing Romney in Florida (44% to 43%).* The president is having an easier time in Wisconsin, where a Marquette University poll shows him leading his Republican challenger by nine, 51% to 42%.* Speaking of Wisconsin, that same Marquette poll found Gov. read more

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