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Morning Maddow: July 20

Morning Maddow: July 20

07/20/12 06:55AM

Gunman opens fire at a midnight screening of "Batman" in Colorado, killing at least 14 12 people.The Huffington Post takes a look at the Romney tax returns we do have.Meet the political consultant who's a key guy in the fight against gay marriage.Subprime lending, student-loan style.Syria's president appears on t.v. What Neil... read more

Ahead on the 7/19 Maddow show

07/19/12 07:25PM

Tonight's guests include:Frank Rich, editor-at-large for New York Magazine and executive producer of HBO’s Emmy-nominated comedy series VeepDel. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D) District of ColumbiaHere's tonight's soundtrack.Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

But the screens stayed on!

But the screens stayed on!

07/19/12 06:10PM

Last night, the windows in our 30 Rock offices became very dark, very early in the day  due to the weirdest, creepy storm in our universe. Image: from yesterday afternoon's preview video, taken approzimately 5:00pm - note the extreme darkness.Luckily, our electricity didn't go out and we continued to produce our show as normal (with... read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

07/19/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* The U.N. mission in Syria is very much in doubt after Russia and China, once again, vetoed a resolution that threatened Syrian authorities with sanctions if they did not stop using heavy weapons against an uprising and withdraw troops from towns and cities. read more

Just another sign in a Republican window

Just another sign in a Republican window

07/19/12 04:30PM

Rachel's segment Wednesday about national Republicans campaigning on President Obama's seeming so "foreign" reminded me of this picture sent in by viewer James Vitello. It shows a poster on the front of a political office in Palm Coast, Florida, last month. The local Republican Party told me the office belongs to the GOP... read more

The contraception fight makes a comeback

07/19/12 04:16PM

For much of the spring, Republicans were quite annoyed by talk of the GOP's "war on women." By late April, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had just about had enough and delivered an angry tirade on the House floor. read more

Boehner: attacks on Abedin 'pretty dangerous'

Boehner: attacks on Abedin 'pretty dangerous'

07/19/12 03:05PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and a handful of right-wing colleagues recently launched a bizarre crusade, urging executive branch agencies to launch investigations to determine whether the Muslim Brotherhood has "infiltrated" the American government. Most notably, Bachmann is concerned about Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of... read more

It's only the longest war in American history

07/19/12 01:50PM

Josh Rogin recently tried to find out what Mitt Romney's position is on U.S. policy in Afghanistan. It didn't go well.Republican candidate Mitt Romney's policy on the future of U.S.-led war in Afghanistan war is unclear and confusing, complicating attempts to either support or criticize it during the campaign, according to leading... read more

Let them eat cape: Bat-Romney rises

Let them eat cape: Bat-Romney rises

07/19/12 01:11PM

Since Rush Limbaugh first claimed that the villain in the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" was deliberately named Bane by diabolical Democratic operatives in order to brainwash America's movie-going public against Mitt Romney, the saga has taken a few turns. First Rachel made copious fun of Mr. Limbaugh's theory and... read more

Scalia vs. the GOP line on disclosure

Scalia vs. the GOP line on disclosure

07/19/12 12:42PM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, fresh off his widely-derided political antics towards the end of the court's last session, sat down for a rare television interview last night. CNN's Piers Morgan asked the far-right jurist about the Citizens United ruling, and Scalia said there's nothing wrong with unlimited campaign spending... read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

07/19/12 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:* The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama by one point, 47% to 46%. The same poll shows a sharp, nine-point drop in the president's... read more

Beware of liberal, Jewish summer camps?

07/19/12 11:41AM

In 1971, then-President Richard Nixon was convinced that too many Jews held high-ranking posts in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). He dispatched an aide, Fred Malek, to count the Jews and, thanks to Nixon's paranoia, some were subsequently demoted.Four decades later, the right apparently hasn't gotten over these concerns.... read more

When wrenching quotes from context is the game plan

When wrenching quotes from context is the game plan

07/19/12 11:07AM

Last fall, Mitt Romney's very first television ad took a line Barack Obama uttered four years ago, wrenched it from context, and tried to mislead the public. After getting caught, the Republican candidate said he didn't care -- the deception didn't matter because it's "sauce for the gander."Incidentally, I still don... read more

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