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Morning Maddow: April 30

04/30/12 07:47AM

Obama campaign grapples with new voter I.D. laws.The Ron Paul strategy at work in Alaska.Newt's long farewell may cost him at the GOP convention.Some members of the public will get to view video feeds of Guantanamo trials. Why Nevada won't be following Arizona to the fringes of immigration law.Sen. Scott Brown makes a half court shot.What could go wrong?Watch and enjoy: Rachel on fact-based arguing.   read more

This Week in God

04/28/12 10:05AM

First up from the God Machine this week is a look at an unexpected political/theological fight that may have 2012 electoral implications. It's one of those rare controversies in which a high-profile conservative policymaker is facing intense criticism from religious leaders on a high-profile moral issue.House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been on the defensive since the U.S. read more

Rick Santorum's statement on his error about California University schools

04/27/12 07:51PM

At the beginning of this month, Rachel Maddow caught Rick Santorum making a false statement about the teaching of U.S. history at University of California schools. A few days later she raised the matter with Santorum campaign senior strategist John Brabender, only to learn shortly thereafter that Mr. Santorum was even more wrong than initially thought. Mr. Brabender had said that if Mr. Santorum was wrong, he'd surely issue a correction, but when Mr. read more

Ahead on the 4/27 Maddow Show

04/27/12 07:09PM

Tonight's guests:Charniele Herring, Virginia State Delegate, Reproductive Rights Caucus chairSteve Kornacki, senior writer for Salon, msnbc political analystAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at the stories we're covering tonight (musical accompaniment - some assembly required) read more

Friday's Mini-Report

04/27/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Can President Obama improved a flawed system in which for-profit college rip off U.S. military veterans? A new White House executive order tackles the issue.* Remarkably, Chen Guangcheng, "the blind, self-taught lawyer known for his outspoken opposition to China's forced abortion and sterilization policies, has escaped from house arrest."* Any chance we'll see recess appointments while Congress is out next week? Apparently not.* Mitt Romney condemned the Recovery Act to students at Otterbein College today, a school that benefited from stimulus money. read more

Come In, Enterprise.

Come In, Enterprise.

04/27/12 04:00PM

Today the Space Shuttle Enterprise, known to space geeks as OV101 (OV = orbiter vehicle), arrived on the back of NASA's only remaining Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at JFK airport in New York City. Lucky duck that I am, thanks to our own Week In Geek blogger, Summer Ash, I got to be among the crowd to welcome the Enterprise to her new home.More pictures from up close and personal after the jump.  A metaphor for the Space Shuttle program. read more

John Bolton's unique sense of humor

04/27/12 03:55PM

Vice President Biden gave a speech on foreign policy yesterday, and spent some time describing the "negative consequences" of "loose talk" about war with Iran, including driving up oil prices."President Obama has said, 'Now is the time to let our increased pressure sink in, and to sustain the broad international coalition we have built. Now is the time to heed the timeless advice from Teddy Roosevelt: 'speak softly and carry a big stick.'" Biden added, "I promise you the president has a big stick."The audience laughed. Former U.N. read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XV

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XV

04/27/12 03:11PM

After winning several more presidential primaries this week, Mitt Romney delivered a speech his campaign billed as the unofficial kickoff of the general election. And while making his pitch as the presumptive Republican nominee, the former governor said President Obama intends to "run a campaign of ... distortions."I very nearly fell out of my chair. read more

Seen in Virginia: You PRO-GIRL

Seen in Virginia: You PRO-GIRL

04/27/12 02:25PM

Your humble Virginia license plate correspondent has been very, very, very busy, too busy to gather up all your suggestions yet for Virginia's new "Don't Tread on Me" license plate. They're genius. Hopefully I can get that together soon.Meanwhile, Christine D'Amato sends the one above, on a "Trust Women, Respect Choice" plate. "I saw this VA license plate in the parking garage this morning and I thought of TRMS immediately!" she writes. "PRO-GIRL!"Thanks, Christine. The rest of you, send more stuff. And tonight on the show, more fun with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. read more

Torture advocates like Dick Cheney were wrong about its efficacy.

Torture doesn't work

04/27/12 01:40PM

During the Bush/Cheney era and the debate over U.S. torture policy -- that there was even a "debate" still strikes me as ridiculous -- one of the key arguments from torture proponents like Dick Cheney was that these tactics worked. When American officials tortured terrorist suspects, we'd learn valuable information.In some ways, the argument missed the point. Torture is illegal and morally reprehensible, so discussing its efficacy is irrelevant. read more

Bipartisanship never stood a chance

Bipartisanship never stood a chance

04/27/12 12:35PM

Looking back at Barack Obama's message from four years ago, one of the more common messages he pushed was a deeply-held desire to govern in a bipartisan way. As a candidate, he spoke extensively about reaching across the aisle, working in good faith, and bringing people with different ideologies together in a spirit of shared values and common purpose.We now know those efforts fell far short, and I suspect there will be some voters who are disappointed, hoping that Obama would have had more success in at least narrowing the partisan divide. read more