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Romney stumbles badly on Medicare

08/14/12 08:00AM

When Mitt Romney chose -- or was told to choose -- Paul Ryan as his running mate, he had to realize he'd be pressed on Medicare. After all, the far-right House Budget Committee chairman is widely recognized as the guy who wants to end Medicare and replace it with a voucher program. read more

Morning Maddow: August 14

08/14/12 07:49AM

Rep. Paul Ryan's ties to right-wing donors.Gov. Christie and Sen. Rubio get their consolation prizes.It's primary day in Florida, Connecticut, Minnesota and Wisconsin.Yet another investigation reveals that vote fraud that would be foiled by photo IDs doesn't happen.Meet Sheldon Adelson's front man in China.Rep. Jesse Jackson,... read more

Romney takes on Ryan's Social Security...

Romney takes on Ryan's Social Security baggage

08/13/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow recaps the Republican history of failed attacks on Social Security, from Newt Gingrich's voucher idea to George W. Bush's "mandate" to privatize the program, to Paul Ryan's multiple iterations of privatizing and voucherizing Medicare and... watch

Let us count the ways

Let us count the ways

08/13/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Monday’s show - all about Paul Ryan, the new Vice Presidential candidate for the Republican party – his position on Medicare, women’s health rights and taxes. watch

Paul Ryan, Vice President Ultrasound?

Paul Ryan, Vice President Ultrasound?

08/13/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reviews Paul Ryan's extreme positions on women's health and choice, from his sponsorship of federal legislation to declare that human life, "personhood," begins at fertilization, to his sponsorship of a federal bill to force women seeking... watch

Ahead on the 8/13 Maddow show

08/13/12 07:30PM

Tonight's guests include:Dan Rather, anchor and managing editor of "Dan Rather Reports" on AXS TVJared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and a msnbc and CNBC contributorHere's tonight's soundtrack.And here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at tonight's show:   read more

'Cornerboys' and the cube farm

08/13/12 07:21PM

On Friday Rachel mentioned this blog post by my colleague Zachary Roth and shared a bit of video of 101-year-old Lenora Carey who faces the prospect of not being able to vote unless she can get her paperwork taken care of to satisfy new voter ID requirements in Pennsylvania. The video was produced by Alex P. Kellogg and Evan Puschak, and as it... read more

Monday's Mini-Report

08/13/12 06:07PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Another shooting: "A police constable and a civilian were killed when a gunman opened fire Monday near the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. The gunman was injured in a gunbattle with police and later died, authorities said."* Syria: "Syrian rebels said Monday they had... read more

Rachel totally called it

08/13/12 05:15PM

Rachel has been saying on the air for a couple of weeks now that she wanted Mitt Romney to pick Liz Cheney for his VP.  That may have been who she wanted Romney to pick -- but she also accurately predicted, back in March, that the guy Romney would actually pick ... would be Paul Ryan.From the March 22, 2012 transcript, Rachel noted the following... read more

One never gets a second chance to make a first impression

One never gets a second chance to make a first impression

08/13/12 03:27PM

This was briefly mentioned earlier, but just to flesh the story out a bit, the new poll numbers for Paul Ryan aren't exactly good news for the Republican ticket.Americans don't believe GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney hit a home run with his choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, with more of the... read more

A poor choice in props

08/13/12 01:00PM

Rachel appeared on "Up with Chris Hayes" on Saturday morning, and made an interesting observation about the setting in which Mitt Romney introduced Paul Ryan as his running mate.If you missed it, Romney and Ryan effectively used the USS Wisconsin, a decommissioned battleship, as a campaign prop. read more

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