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Rationalizing bigotry is tougher than expected

05/18/12 08:00AM

We've been keeping an eye on the controversy surrounding Tracy Thorne-Begland's judicial nomination in Virginia, and it took an interesting turn yesterday.To briefly recap, Thorne-Begland, who enjoyed bipartisan backing, is a state prosecutor, a father, and a former Top Gun fighter pilot, and his nomination enjoyed bipartisan sponsorship, but the Virginia Republicans rejected him anyway. Because Thorne-Begland is gay, and supports equal rights, the GOP said he's biased and unqualified for the state bench.Of course, that rationale didn't make any sense. read more

Morning Maddow: May 18

05/18/12 07:47AM

Today's fight in the House: defense spending and indefinite detention.It looks like the Keystone XL pipeline authorization will be dropped from the Highway bill.Hey, Florida, why the rush to purge your voter rolls?Alabama's Governor calls a special legislative session to soften the state's anti-immigration law.Michigan lawmakers try to repeal their version of "Stand Your Ground."The U.S. now has an ambassador to Myanmar (though we still call it Burma).Yep, that's a campaign metaphor alright:  read more

Links for the 5/17 TRMS

Links for the 5/17 TRMS

05/17/12 11:56PM

Is the filibuster unconstitutional?Common Cause lawsuitA Seventh-Grader's Letter To Ronald Reagan Governor Christie and Mayor Booker: Don't Worry, We've Got This G.O.P. 'Super PAC' Weighs Hard-Line Attack on Obama 'Super PAC' Plan to Link Obama to Rev. Wright Quote of the day Pascrell, Rothman tout liberal views in NJ debate Clinton backs Rep. Pascrell over Rep. Rothman in NJ's Dem primary New Jersey Affordable Insurance Exchange Grants Awards List Chris Christie Vetoes Obama Health Insurance Exchange Bill Brain power robot Paralysed woman moves robot with her mind read more

Romney sees greed's silver lining

Romney sees greed's silver lining

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shows that despite the risk to the economy and taxpayers, Mitt Romney sees the risky trading that resulted in the loss of billions of dollars by JP Morgan as a good thing because someone was able to exploit it for financial gain. watch

Never simple, but always makes sense

Never simple, but always makes sense

05/17/12 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Thursday’s show – Mitt Romney expresses love for former (Democratic) President Bill Clinton, plus the Super PAC scandal of the day takes a few dozen weird turns, and we... watch

Romney cites Clinton, takes none of the...

Romney cites Clinton, takes none of the lessons

05/17/12 08:00PM

Jared Bernstein, former chief economic adviser to Vice President Biden, now a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, talks with Ezra Klein about why Mitt Romney and Republicans haven't learned anything about how tax cuts increase... watch

The harmful effects of filibuster abuse

The harmful effects of filibuster abuse

05/17/12 08:00PM

Congressman Keith Ellison talks with Ezra Klein about why he supports the Common Cause lawsuit arguing against the constitutionality of the filibuster, which has made the Senate dysfunctional and hurt people who should be helped by majority-supported... watch

Heckuva job Andy!

Heckuva job Andy!

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shares an exchange of letters between a boy who is requesting federal disaster relief funds for his messy room, and Ronald Reagan, who suggests he turn it into a one-man volunteer project. watch

What Chris Christie doesn't 'got'

What Chris Christie doesn't 'got'

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shares clips from the recent video for the New Jersey Press Association's Legislative Correspondents Club featuring Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. watch

Ahead on the 5/17 Maddow show

05/17/12 07:27PM

Tonight's guests include:Jared Bernstein, former chief economic adviser to Vice President Biden, now a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and an msnbc and CNBC contributorRep. Keith Ellison, (D) MinnesotaGene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc political analystWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. read more

A letterpress "N," in this case 10-point Kabel.

So much depends on a capital 'N'

05/17/12 05:56PM

Take heart, Michigan: things are looking up. You're adding jobs. Your state revenue is growing. The worst might be behind you -- unless you're living in a place like Muskegon Heights, where the worst is still unfolding. This week the newly appointed emergency manager of the Muskegon Heights schools announced that dramatic changes were on the way. "e're off to the healing process," he said on Monday. read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

05/17/12 05:31PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Progress begets progress: "The Obama administration announced on Thursday that it would ease the ban on investments in Myanmar, rewarding the country's political and economic opening over the last year."* I suspect that'll be a lively hearing: "JPMorgan Chairman Jamie Dimon will testify before the Senate Banking Committee on his bank's multibillion-dollar trading loss."* Last night, the House passed its watered-down version of the Violence Against Women Act, 222 to 205, mostly along party lines. read more

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