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Boehner on health care: everything must go

Boehner on health care: everything must go

05/18/12 11:28AM

For about three years now, congressional Republicans have sworn up and down that they're hard at work on a health care reform package of their own. It's going to be awesome, they said, and will meet Obamacare's goals without all that unpopular stuff.Sensible people gave up on actually seeing this vaporware quite a while ago, realizing that "repeal and replace" was a rather pathetic scam. read more

Romney allies not helping jobs message

05/18/12 10:38AM

About three weeks ago, Mitt Romney appeared at a campaign event in Ohio, one of the nation's most important battlegrounds, alongside Gov. John Kasich (R). Some Otterbein University students, getting ready to graduate, reflected on the difficult job market, and the governor was quick to set their minds at ease.Kasich noted a website his administration created, listing 80,000 job openings in Ohio, many of which are "exciting opportunities" for young workers, underscoring the state's growing economy.You could almost hear Romney wince while Kasich was talking. read more

Romney's plan for 'Day One'

05/18/12 09:18AM

Mitt Romney's campaign unveiled this morning its first television ad of the general election, a generally positive spot describing what the Republican would do on "day one" if elected.There's nothing wrong with getting voters thinking about what these candidates would do in office in 2013, and given the general vagueness of Romney's policy agenda, it's worthwhile that his campaign start focusing on his top priorities.But his "day one" agenda isn't exactly compelling. read more

Eduardo Saverin's ideological allies

Eduardo Saverin's ideological allies

05/18/12 08:40AM

I suspect most have heard about Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin's decision to renounce his American citizenship, a move that will save Saverin from having to pay federal capital gains taxes just as Facebook's IPO reaps a windfall.Though he denies the move is related to tax avoidance, Saverin's announcement has not been well received. Indeed, Sens. read more

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

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

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

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