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This Week in God

04/07/12 11:05AM

As "This Week in God" settles in on Saturday mornings, the God Machine has plenty to offer again this week.First up is a story about how the culture war is beginning to shape the Roman Catholic Church's charitable support in ways the social-service community never expected (thanks to reader R.P. read more

Pushing the envelope to the breaking point

Pushing the envelope to the breaking point

04/07/12 10:30AM

It's not always easy to predict when a provocateur's rhetoric will reach a tipping point that carries consequences. For Rush Limbaugh, it was arguably his attacks on Sandra Fluke -- it wasn't the first time the right-wing host had made misogynistic remarks on the air, but the ugliness and the larger context made the ensuing controversy unique.For Ann Coulter, her career took a turn after her public condemnation of 9/11 widows. read more



04/06/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Friday’s show. watch

Seen on Fifth Avenue

Seen on Fifth Avenue

04/06/12 06:30PM

Occupy Catholics and Catholics United protesting Congressman Paul Ryan's budget today outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. read more

Ahead on the 4/6 Maddow show

04/06/12 06:18PM

Happy Friday! Tonight's guests include:Mariah Blake, Salon contributor Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, TexasWhile 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 Friday's show:  read more

About that Michigan story

04/06/12 06:02PM

Here again is our Thursday segment on what's happening in Michigan, where Republicans control the governorship and both chambers of the legislature.In a nutshell, the story is that the Michigan Constitution requires that bills wait until the end of the session -- essentially, the end of the calendar year -- plus 90 days before becoming law. You can, however, put a bill into effect immediately, provided you have a two-thirds majority in both chambers. Republicans have that super-majority in the Senate, but not in the House. read more

Part of a panel by Ward Sutton.

'Drift' blurb challenge winners

04/06/12 06:00PM

Our "Drift" challenge yielded an embarrassment of hilarious, literate blurb offerings.  Here is a Top 10 list, though a top 20 or even Top 30 list could have been easily compiled. Many humble thanks for your collective genius.In my farewell address I warned of foreign entanglements, yet I fail to find myself cited as a source of inspiration, nor am I mentioned in the dedication. Otherwise, a decent read. --G. W. Washington (@Dogjudge) I'm drinking over it! --Carrie Nation (@eaglelady11)Drift reminds me of a movie I was in. --Ronald Reagan (@leopardgrrl1)Examine carefully. read more

Friday's Mini-Report

04/06/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Horrific scene in Virginia: "Two Navy pilots ejected from a fighter jet after dumping loads of fuel to avoid a major explosion Friday, sending their unmanned plane careening into a Virginia Beach apartment complex and engulfing several buildings in flames, officials said."* President Obama spoke this afternoon at a White House forum on women and the economy. The electoral implications of events like these, especially given the Republican policy agenda, are not subtle.* How much progress has there been in Burma of late? read more