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Chuck Colson, felon turned religious right powerhouse

Chuck Colson, felon turned religious right powerhouse

04/23/12 11:08AM

Looking back over the last three decades, the religious right movement has had some notable, high-profile leaders, many of whom have enjoyed considerable national prominence. Figures like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, though widely loathed by the American mainstream, became household names as the influence of conservative evangelicals grew.Chuck Colson never enjoyed quite as much notoriety as his televangelist brethren, but when it came to the larger movement, the former Nixon aide who died over the weekend was every bit the religious right powerhouse.Charles W. read more

The most inexperienced candidate in generations

The most inexperienced candidate in generations

04/23/12 10:15AM

Speaking at the national NRA convention recently, Mitt Romney made a curious boast. "I am running for president because I have the experience and the vision to lead us in a different direction," he said. Later in the same speech, Romney added, "I am running for president because I have the experience and vision to get us out of this mess."Of all the qualifications to emphasize, "experience" seems like an odd characteristic for Romney to brag about. read more

'Reparative therapy is nothing more than quackery fueled by bias'

'Reparative therapy is nothing more than quackery fueled by bias'

04/23/12 09:55AM

We have gotten some nice feedback about Wednesday’s segment (after the jump) on the ex-gay movement and Dr. Robert Spitzer’s controversial 2001 study asserting that reparative therapy can change some gay people to being straight. Dr. Spitzer is now on the record as saying he wishes he had never published the study in the first place. Our segment was inspired by Gabriel Arana's piece in The American Prospect called "My So-Called Ex-Gay Life." Arana first broke the news about Dr. Spitzer's desire to retract his study. If you haven't read his piece yet, you should. It's great. read more

Scott Brown needs a dictionary

Scott Brown needs a dictionary

04/23/12 09:25AM

Earlier this year, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) began criticizing his main Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, for being a "hypocrite." The argument went like this: Warren makes a fair amount of money, but she's an advocate for struggling, working families. read more

Huntsman compares GOP to China's government

04/23/12 08:45AM

Eight months ago, we saw one of the more memorable moments of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. At the time, there were eight candidates participating in a debate, and they were asked whether they'd accept a debt-reduction deal in which Democrats would give up $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. Each GOP candidate said they'd reject that deal.That was in August. read more

A tale of two scandals

04/23/12 08:00AM

The Sunday shows featured quite a bit of discussion yesterday on two ongoing controversies: the Secret Service's Colombian prostitution scandal and the General Services Administration's lavish conference spending. What I found interesting, though, was how differently Republican guests treated the two subjects.On the GSA matter, Republicans, like Democrats, are outraged, but unlike Dems, GOP officials are eager to push the blame up the ladder. read more

Morning Maddow: April 23

04/23/12 07:39AM

Is VA Gov (and VP hopeful) Bob McDonnell softening his stance on abortion?Jon Huntsman trashes the Republican party.The Gingrich campaign is imploding under a weight of all that costly private jet travel.Sen. Orrin Hatch forced into a primary fight.U.S. formally agrees to stay in Afghanistan after 2014.The John Edwards trial starts today.Nobel Peace Prize laureates are gathering in Chicago.Watergate's "evil genius" turned prison reformer Chuck Colson has died. read more

This Week in God

04/21/12 10:12AM

As "This Week in God" settles in on Saturday mornings, the God Machine has plenty to offer again this week.First up is a look at Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of the Roman Catholic diocese of Peoria, Illinois, who caused quite a stir with a homily last weekend, when he compared President Obama to Hitler. read more

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