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GOP determined to move backwards on student loans

GOP determined to move backwards on student loans

04/25/12 10:57AM

When it comes to President Obama's accomplishments, I tend to think one of the more overlooked breakthroughs was reform of the student-loan system -- an effort that was decades in the making, but had been blocked by Republicans and bank lobbyists until 2010.Under the old system, the student-loan industry received billions in taxpayer subsidies to provide a service the government could perform for less. read more

David Cameron's economy isn't pointing in the right direction.

'A cautionary tale'

04/25/12 10:03AM

For quite a while, Republicans have looked at the economic austerity agenda that's dominating Europe and called for the United States to follow the continent's lead. This is especially true of David Cameron's British austerity policies, which have drawn enthusiastic praise from Republicans, who wish President Obama would implement parts of the Prime Minister's plan here in the U.S.Indeed, it was almost exactly a year ago when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) wrote an op-ed urging U.S. read more

The wrong message, the wrong messenger

The wrong message, the wrong messenger

04/25/12 09:28AM

Back in October 2010, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told Rush Limbaugh he considers President Obama "one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times." Ruth Marcus noted soon after, "If Issa believes this, he is deranged. If he doesn't and is saying it anyway, he is dangerous."The jury's still out on which of these is true, but Issa is still pushing the same bizarre line.Rep. read more

When Mexican immigration drops to zero

When Mexican immigration drops to zero

04/25/12 08:40AM

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), in his capacity as a leading surrogate for Mitt Romney, argued yesterday that the presumptive Republican nominee hasn't endorsed "self-deportation" as an immigration policy. Talking to reporters, McCain snapped, "Don't put words in his mouth."The problem is that McCain doesn't know what he's talking about. Romney, just this year, explicitly endorsed "self-deportation." It's not a matter of opinion -- Romney said this on national television. read more

Has Mitt Romney met Mitt Romney?

04/25/12 08:00AM

As expected, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney cruised to easy wins in five GOP primaries yesterday -- his remaining competitors aren't really trying -- and he capped the night with a big speech in New Hampshire, where he rolled out a new campaign message: "A Better America Begins Tonight."If you missed it, we featured the entirety of the former governor's speech on last night's show.The remarks were well received by most pundits -- delivery and clever turns of phrase tend to earn plaudits, because honesty and policy coherence no longer matter -- but watching the speech, read more

Morning Maddow: April 25

04/25/12 07:43AM

Pro tip: when standing on a presidential rope line, do not eat frozen yogurt.Really? This is evidence of Romney's "bracketing" strategy? A conference call and a press release?TARP: Billions in loans in doubt. (warning: paywall, but if you google the headline you can read the whole thing).Ex-CIA official defends waterboarding.Has North Korea already amassed a nuclear arsenal?Speaking of nukes, remember that nuclear plant built on a newly-discovered fault line?California bill seeks to protect kids from ex-gay therapy. read more

What's his name again? Genrich? Gingrich?

What's his name again? Genrich? Gingrich?

04/24/12 08:54PM

You know it’s a bad sign when the official tally (pdf) of today’s presidential primary election in Connecticut has one of the candidates’ names misspelled. Are you sure you don’t want to call it quits yet, Mr. Genrich? read more

Is the West at cyber-war with Iran?

Is the West at cyber-war with Iran?

04/24/12 08:00PM

Richard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism advisor and author of “Cyber War” talks with Rachel Maddow about whether the United States is prepared to defend itself against cyber-attack, and whether it might already be engaged in cyber warfare. watch

Mitt Romney vs. Mitt Romney in victory speech

Mitt Romney vs. Mitt Romney in victory speech

04/24/12 08:00PM

Steve Schmidt, senior strategist for the McCain/Palin campaign debates with Rachel Maddow about whether Mitt Romney can credibly lay out a platform for the general election that is contradicted by his previously stated positions. watch

Gingrich fails in Delaware

Gingrich fails in Delaware

04/24/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports the results of the Republican primary in Delaware, where Newt Gingrich was thought to have the potential for a strong showing but ultimately lost by 30 points. watch

Ahead on the 4/24 Maddow show

04/24/12 06:28PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Schmidt, senior strategist for the McCain-Palin campaign and msnbc political analystRichard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism advisor and author of “Cyber War”While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before starting the song)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

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