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08/16/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Thursday’s show – Rep. Paul Ryan and the stimulus plan, plus the role of Medicare in the presidential campaign and we’ve got Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio to talk about the... watch

Ahead on the 8/16 Maddow show

08/16/12 06:59PM

Tonight's guests include:Ezra Klein, columnist for the Washington Post and Bloomberg, and msnbc policy analystSen. Sherrod Brown, (D) OhioHere's tonight's soundtrack.And here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at tonight's show:  read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

08/16/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* A deadly day in Afghanistan: "Seven American troops were killed Thursday when the Black Hawk helicopter they were traveling in crashed in southern Afghanistan, possibly shot down by enemy forces, U.S. read more

FRC President Tony Perkins.

The challenge of assigning blame

08/16/12 04:45PM

Floyd Lee Corkins II is in custody, accused of shooting an unarmed guard at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., yesterday. According to all accounts, Corkins was motivated by his political opposition to the FRC's far-right, anti-gay message, and the gunman carried ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his backpack during... read more

Bring on the whiteboards

08/16/12 03:44PM

I'm a big fan of whiteboards. The White House has an online whiteboard series and I'm probably one of at least six people nationwide who actually watches and enjoys them.So when Mitt Romney broke out a whiteboard to talk about Medicare today, I was actually quite pleased. I'm sure he'll get teased for this, but not by me --... read more

Yes, icon (the latest Foxrage)

Yes, icon (the latest Foxrage)

08/16/12 02:46PM

Fox Nation is angry -- I know, I know, redundant -- at the Associated Press for, in the network's view, repeatedly portraying President Obama as either an all-powerful wizard (see Buzzfeed) or a halo-headed angel-in-chief. The actual Fox Nation headline? "AP Does It Again..."Two thoughts:1). Fox Nation vents its outrage over these... read more

Romney makes his tax-return troubles worse

08/16/12 02:17PM

Just this morning, I noted that Mitt Romney publicly gave his word, on camera, that he would "go back and look" to let us know what tax rates he paid over the last decade. The good news is, Romney really did "go back and look," and elaborated on the findings today.The bad news is, his answer was horrible.For those who can&... read more

Scott Brown's troublesome summer continues [Updated]

Scott Brown's troublesome summer continues [Updated]

08/16/12 01:26PM

Update: According to research from Red Mass Group, Brown wasn't doing the plagiarizing, he was the one being plagiarized. The relevant portions are similar, but if Brown's text was published first, he's obviously not to blame. The original report as published:Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is in the midst of a very tough re-election... read more

Run the numbers

08/16/12 12:26PM

Ed Gillespie, a senior advisor to Mitt Romney, talked to Wolf Blitzer yesterday and was asked when the Romney-Ryan budget plan would balance the federal budget. Gillespie didn't have the foggiest idea.As it happens, the question didn't just come out of thin air. Blitzer raised the point yesterday, but on Tuesday night, Fox News'... read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

08/16/12 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:The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched its first television ad of the general-election season this morning, targeting Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) over entitlements. The... read more

A candidate can't win if his supporters can't vote

08/16/12 08:00AM

I was chatting with a friend of mine last night who works in Democratic politics, and looking ahead, he was feeling pretty optimistic about the 2012 elections. As he sees it, the pieces are largely in place -- President Obama has weathered the attacks and remains in the lead; Mitt Romney is not well liked; and Paul Ryan's radicalism only... read more

Morning Maddow: August 16

08/16/12 07:46AM

AZ Gov. Jan Brewer: no drivers licenses for "deferred deportation" immigrants.The Boston Globe finds little evidence that the Obama voter-registration push is paying off in swing states.Paul Ryan: "we want this debate" on Medicare.7 banks reportedly subpoenaed over interest-rate fixing.Militants attack a Pakistani base... read more

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