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Romney fails to lead Republicans on immigration

06/21/12 08:00PM

Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about the influence of extremists on the Republican Party's immigration policy and the confused avoidance of the issue by the Romney campaign in the wake of President... watch

Does the Republican Party matter?

Does the Republican Party matter?

06/21/12 08:00PM

Nicole Wallace, former McCain-Palin campaign senior advisor and the author of “It’s Classified,” talks with Rachel Maddow about whether the Republican Party at the state level is important enough that the Ron Paul insurgency will have an observable... watch

Scott Brown, fumblebraggart

Scott Brown, fumblebraggart

06/21/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow shares a new word, "fumblebrag,"coined especially for Senator Scott Brown, who, on more than one occasion, has bragged about something that is completely false - most recently that he has secret meetings with kings and queens. watch

Ahead on the 6/21 Maddow show

06/21/12 06:25PM

Tonight's guests include:Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for The Washington Post and msnbc contributor Nicolle Wallace, former communications director for President George W. Bush, former McCain-Palin campaign senior advisor and the author of “It’s Classified”Here's tonight's soundtrack!And here's executive producer Bill... read more

Humanity, FTW!

Humanity, FTW!

06/21/12 06:00PM

Super-hot weather tends to make people cranky and argumentative and pessimistic (but enough about me.)Clearly the timing is perfect for this adult-sized portion of unapologetic uplift.I feel cooler already. read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

06/21/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Not good: "Manufacturing grew in June at its slowest pace in 11 months and hiring in the sector slowed as overseas demand for U.S. products waned, an industry survey showed on Thursday."* On the other hand: "A backward baby step in home sales last month is little more than a momentary bobble... read more

Thomas Friedman's bad habits, redux

Thomas Friedman's bad habits, redux

06/21/12 04:46PM

Back in April, I chided the New York Times' Thomas Friedman for having two bad habits: (1) writing columns complaining that President Obama had failed to take a certain action, apparently unaware that the president has already taken that action, and (2) writing columns calling for a third party that would push the two major parties to be... read more

Still flunking the WMD test

Still flunking the WMD test

06/21/12 04:03PM

Andrew Sullivan makes the case today that one of the major American political parties is "unhinged."Or, rather, it is living in an alternative reality. 63 percent of Republicans in a new poll believe that Saddam Hussein had WMDs when we invaded in 2003, despite even George W. Bush's acknowledgment that he didn't. 64 percent... read more

Romney leaves blanks unfilled on immigration

06/21/12 03:16PM

Six days ago, President Obama unveiled a new immigration policy, which included using the executive branch's prosecutorial discretion to implement many of the goals of the DREAM Act. Since then, Mitt Romney has been pressed repeatedly for his position on the new policy.Apparently, the Republican presidential hopeful is feeling a little shy... read more

Lakrisal, an investigation

Lakrisal, an investigation

06/21/12 02:15PM

In a quest for scientific nirvana, a few of us here at the Rachel Maddow Show are searching for answers behind the mystical sour power of Lakrisal, the Scandinavian “candy” we were introduced to last week by the great Vanessa Silverton-Peel.The ingredients in Lakrisal are ammonium chloride, licorice and sugar.Ultimately, our far-reaching goals... read more

Snowe the latest senator to eye filibuster reform

Snowe the latest senator to eye filibuster reform

06/21/12 01:47PM

Maybe there's something about retirement that helps "moderate" senators gain some perspective on filibusters. Two years ago, after then-Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) announced the end of his Senate career, he became an articulate supporter of institutional reforms, most notably involving filibusters.This year, Sen. read more

Romney gets by with a little help from some very wealthy friends.

Secret bundlers to get extraordinary access

06/21/12 12:42PM

It sounds like Mitt Romney has scheduled quite a get-together for this weekend. On Friday, the Republican presidential hopeful will kick off a soiree of sorts, "strategizing and fraternizing with his biggest bundlers at a posh resort in Park City, Utah."The presumptive Republican nominee and his senior advisers and aides are hosting... read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

06/21/12 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:* Last month, a Quinnipiac poll that generated a lot of attention showed Mitt Romney leading President Obama in Florida by six points. read more

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