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Tuesday's campaign round-up

08/14/12 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 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced this morning it's launching robocalls in 50 U.S. House districts, tying vulnerable Republicans to Paul Ryan's... read more

Leave the 17th Amendment alone

Leave the 17th Amendment alone

08/14/12 11:33AM

Every state has two U.S. senators, chosen by voters, but the system didn't always work this way. Before 1913, senators were elected by state legislatures, not the public, until the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution shifted power into the hands of the American electorate.What's amazing is how many Republicans want to shift the... read more

One of Congress' most bitter partisans

One of Congress' most bitter partisans

08/14/12 10:12AM

One of the key problems with Paul Ryan's role on Mitt Romney's ticket is the scope of appeal -- Romney is running on the most right-wing platform Americans have seen in a generation, and then he picked the most right-wing running mate in modern history.At the very moment one might expect the Republican candidate to expand his appeal to... read more

McLuhan Moments - Wyden Edition

McLuhan Moments - Wyden Edition

08/14/12 09:00AM

Mitt Romney campaigned in Virginia over the weekend and boasted that his far-right running mate, Paul Ryan, worked with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.) to craft his Medicare privatization scheme.Referencing Ryan, Romney boasted, "This man said, 'I'm going to find Democrats to work with.' He found a Democrat to co-lead a... read more

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

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