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Rubio steps on Romney immigration line

06/25/12 08:35AM

As Rachel noted on the show last week, Mitt Romney was asked during the Republican primaries about Arizona's anti-immigrant law, and he praised it at the time as a "model" for the nation. Yesterday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- a leading Romney surrogate and possible running mate -- was asked about the same law on "Meet the... read more

Issa rejects one silly meme, embraces another

06/25/12 08:00AM

Last week, after the White House asserted executive privilege on some Justice Department documents related to the so-called "Fast and Furious" controversy, Republican leaders quickly pushed the argument that it meant the White House was directly involved in the operation. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) even argued that Rep. read more

Morning Maddow, June 25

Morning Maddow, June 25

06/25/12 07:30AM

Synchronized running at the U.S. Olympic trials (it's a tie).Waiting, waiting, waiting on Supreme Court's health reform ruling -- could be this morning around 10.And waiting for SCOTUS ruling on immigration, a case Arizona is defending mostly with private donations.SCOTUS Watch #3: Live sentences for juveniles.After 2008 briefings on... read more

This Week in God

06/23/12 10:00AM

First up from the God Machine this week is a new controversy surrounding Catholic League president Bill Donohue, who has a penchant for making controversial remarks, but who "infuriated prominent Jewish leaders with a private email last week to Philadelphia Rabbi Arthur Waskow." BuzzFeed's Rosie Gray reported this week:Waskow, a... read more

The future looks stormy

The future looks stormy

06/22/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Friday’s show – a look at the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on health reform, plus we’ve got the latest on Super PACs and which party cashes in the most, and all eyes are on... watch

Ahead on the 6/22 Maddow show

06/22/12 06:37PM

Tonight's guests include:Sen. Ron Wyden, (D) Oregon, member of the Senate Health Care SubcommitteeSteve Kornacki, senior writer for Salon, msnbc contributor and co-host of the upcoming show “The Cycle”, weekdays at 3pm ET on msnbc starting Monday, June 25Bruce Bartlett, economist and former official in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush... read more

Friday's Mini-Report

06/22/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Europe: "The leaders of the euro zone's four largest economies vowed on Friday to defend the common currency with all means necessary, trying to reassure markets before yet another key summit meeting of the European Union next week in Brussels. But there clear disagreement remains about what those... read more

Making immigration policy simple

06/22/12 05:00PM

Yesterday, Mitt Romney told the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials that crafting a permanent, comprehensive immigration policy is difficult, but he's ready to work on it. This morning, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said the issue is "truly complicated," and there's plenty of blame to go around.As Benjy... read more

Outsourcing 'pioneers' take center stage

06/22/12 04:36PM

Following up on an earlier item, the Washington Post reported today on Mitt Romney's company investing in "pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components." To understate matters, President Obama and his campaign team have taken quite an interest in... read more

Week in Geek: Beware the psychedelic shrimp

06/22/12 04:00PM

Above, the geeky way to celebrate Friday and the return of the geek.Devious carnivorous plant tricks insects into taking shelter from the rain in its mouth.Banana. Slug. Sex. Do you really need more?In related animal-mating news: prehistoric turtle sex. You heard me. Bonus: turtle sex rabbit hole. You're welcome.Psychedelic shrimp that can... read more

When health care isn't an abstraction

06/22/12 03:12PM

Long-time readers may recall a piece from a year ago, about a young couple in Iowa, who learned the benefits of the Affordable Care Act first hand. When I think about the law possibly being eliminated -- either by Republicans on the Supreme Court next week or President Romney next year -- I often think about Ross Daniels and Amy Ward, and... read more

Not everything Mitt Romney says is on the level.

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXIII

06/22/12 01:30PM

For those who are watching the 2012 presidential race closely, Mitt Romney's penchant for falsehoods is hard to miss. Michael Cohen summarized the issue nicely this week in a piece for The Guardian:Granted, presidential candidates are no strangers to disingenuous or overstated claims; it's pretty much endemic to the business. But... read more

No translation needed

No translation needed

06/22/12 01:15PM

Walk down a busy street on a rainy morning in Cologne, where I've been studying German politics, culture and the practice of journalism on a fellowship with the RIAS Berlin Commission and it quickly becomes clear that a handmade soap store wants to keep the German landscape just as clean as it does potential customers. read more

A good plan vs. no plan

06/22/12 12:41PM

If you read only one op-ed today, I'd recommend this item from Obama campaign advisor Jeffrey Liebman in the Wall Street Journal. It's tough to summarize the nature of the debate over jobs and its connection to the presidential race in 800 words, but Liebman, a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, pulls it together... read more