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04/26/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Thursday’s show – we’ve got original reporting from Michigan, whose government in the midst of a showdown concerning their controversial emergency financial manager law. Plus... watch

Romney reassembles Bush foreign policy team

Romney reassembles Bush foreign policy team

04/26/12 08:00PM

Chris Hayes, host of “Up with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC, talks with Rachel Maddow about how Mitt Romney's appointment of former Bush administration foreign policy advisors is reflective of the Republican Party having learned no lessons from the failures of... watch

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"Drift" tours the Midwest

04/26/12 07:22PM

This past weekend, Rachel visited Milwaukee, WI and Kansas City, MO as part of her Drift book tour. Little did we expect such tremendously warm welcomes from the audiences! Milwaukee and Kansas City, we thank you. 2012 Tour de Drift continues this weekend in Washington, D.C. - we'll have more pictures then. read more

Ahead on the 4/26 Maddow show

04/26/12 07:09PM

Tonight's guests include:Rev. David Bullock, pastor of the Greater Saint Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, President of the Highland ParkNAACP and the president of the Detroit chapter of the Rainbow Push CoalitionChris Hayes, host of “Up with Chris Hayes” on msnbcKenji Yoshino, constitutional law professor at New York UniversityWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's (awesome) soundtrack.And here's executive producer Bill Wolff, with a preview of tonight's show: read more

How Osama bin Laden got dead

04/26/12 06:29PM

he helicopters flew "nap of the earth," which means perilously low and very, very fast--only a few feet above the ground, driving around trees and hugging the riverbeds and valleys that lace the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountain range. This also made them harder to detect by radar. After crossing the border, the choppers swung north of Peshawar and its millions of residents and eyeballs. The total flight time to the target was about an hour and a half, the distance about 150 miles. read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

04/26/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* It took a while, but the Senate this afternoon approved the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), with a 68 to 31 vote. All 31 opponents were Republicans.* The VAWA debate on the Senate floor included these emotional remarks from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).* Afghanistan: "An Afghan soldier fatally shot an American service member and a local interpreter in southern Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, the latest in a string of attacks against U.S. read more

Why the U.K. recession matters in U.S. politics

Why the U.K. recession matters in U.S. politics

04/26/12 04:22PM

Joe Weisenthal published a pretty remarkable chart today, created by Reuters' Scotty Barber, noting economic growth in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe over the last nine years (via Ezra Klein). It's the kind of image that should, if our political discourse tolerated just a little more wonkiness, dominate the 2012 debate.The left half of the image is pretty straightforward -- all three economies grew steadily from 2003 to 2007, then peaked, then crashed in 2008. read more

Fighting the last war

04/26/12 03:37PM

It's easy to forget, but four years ago, then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain had a foreign policy worldview stuck in the Cold War era. He said a conflict between Russia and Georgia was the first "serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War" -- a label that probably should have been applied to any number of crises, including 9/11 -- and spoke about "Czechoslovakia," despite the fact that the country ceased to exist in 1993.That was 2008. read more

Michigan, this is your democracy

Michigan, this is your democracy

04/26/12 02:45PM

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers today rejected a petition drive that would have put the state's emergency manager law on the November ballot. The board's staff had reported (pdf) that the petitioners had collected enough signatures, and recommended (pdf) that the board deny a challenge on the basis that the petition's type size might be too small.That challenge came from a project living inside the same Republican consulting firm with a partner on the board. Also on the four member board was a Democrat whose labor union had worked to collect signatures. read more

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