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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

Friday's campaign round-up

04/27/12 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 Gallup poll takes a look at attitudes among young voters. The good news for President Obama is that he holds an enormous, 35-point edge over Mitt Romney among those under 30. read more

Rubio can wave goodbye to his version of the DREAM Act.

GOP left with no room to move on immigration

04/27/12 11:30AM

Mitt Romney quietly told supporters the other day that he'd like to see a "Republican DREAM Act" to help his party with Latino voters. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) believes he has just such a proposal, but he's run into three fairly significant problems.First, Romney is too afraid of the political fallout to take a position on the proposal either way. read more

Again with the 'inexperienced' line?

Again with the 'inexperienced' line?

04/27/12 10:43AM

Four years ago, it made sense that Republicans would target Barack Obama as an inexperienced presidential candidate. He'd only held elected office for 12 years, and he was running against a GOP nominee who'd been in Congress for a quarter-century, so it stood to reason that Obama's critics would characterize the youthful candidate as unprepared for national office.In 2012, however, this line of attack is pretty incoherent, but as Benjy Sarlin reported, Republicans are giving it a try anyway.The RNC ... launched an effort to brand Obama as unprepared for office on Thursday. read more

Ryan reverses course on Rand

Ryan reverses course on Rand

04/27/12 10:09AM

For years, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the right-wing chairman of the House Budget Committee, has been widely described as an Ayn Rand acolyte, best known for assigning "Atlas Shrugged" to members of his staff. Now, however, the Republican lawmaker finds humor in his reputation."You know you've arrived in politics when you have an urban legend about you, and this one is mine," Ryan chuckled in an interview with National Review. He added, "I reject her philosophy. read more

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