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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

Friday's campaign round-up

06/22/12 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:* In five key 2012 battlegrounds, a new poll from Latino Decisions finds President Obama leading Mitt Romney by 36 points, 63% to 27%. read more

When Republicans run against Paul Ryan's GOP plan

06/22/12 11:35AM

When we think about how Republicans think about Paul Ryan's radical budget plan, we tend to recognize the party's overwhelming support for the far-right agenda. When the plan came up in the House in the spring, 95% of the GOP caucus voted for it. When it came up in the Senate, support was nearly as strong. Even Mitt Romney has embraced... read more

Haley's horrible call on HPV

Haley's horrible call on HPV

06/22/12 11:02AM

It seems absurd in retrospect, but there was a brief moment in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in which Michele Bachmann appeared competitive. Soon after, for a variety of reasons, her candidacy imploded, but there was one issue in particular that proved problematic.In early September 2011, as part of an effort to undermine... read more

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