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Mississippi GOP tucks away 'coat hanger' abortion clip

Mississippi GOP tucks away 'coat hanger' abortion clip

05/17/12 10:15AM

A week ago today, Mississippi Republican State Representative Bubba Carpenter addressed his local GOP chapter, in Alcorn County, and told them how proud he was of a new law that "literally stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi." Carpenter said critics of the law predicted the return of coat hanger abortions. "But hey," he said, "you have to have moral values. read more

Boehner redefines 'threat'

05/17/12 10:02AM

In recent weeks, we've seen high-profile Republicans struggle with the meaning of some basic words. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) doesn't know what "compromise" means; Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) doesn't know what "hypocrisy" means; Indiana's Richard Mourdock doesn't know what "bipartisan" means; and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) doesn't seem to know what "divisive" means.Yesterday, however, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) suggested he doesn't know what "threaten" means.NBC News asked Boehner about his intention to hold the nation hostage again next year when it comes time to raise the debt ceiling. read more

'Fuzzy Jobs Math'

05/17/12 09:28AM

Mitt Romney's campaign team told reporters earlier yesterday there would be no questions for the candidate at any point during the day. As it turns out, that wasn't quite true -- the presumptive Republican nominee was willing to answer plenty of questions from conservative blogger and radio host Ed Morrissey.Of particular interest yesterday was Romney responding to criticisms of his controversial work at Bain Capital, where he orchestrated leveraged buyouts, flipping companies quickly for large profits, at the expense of thousands of workers who were considered collateral damage. read more

Jobless claims level off after roller-coaster ride

Jobless claims level off after roller-coaster ride

05/17/12 08:39AM

Watching the initial unemployment claims lately has not been for the faint of heart. February and March were very encouraging; April was a disheartening mess; and as we saw in today's report from the Department of Labor, the totals appear to be leveling off in May.Last week's figures were revised up slightly, and this week, the totals were unchanged.The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits was unchanged last week at 370,000, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 370,000 from an initial reading 367,000. read more

The Senate Republican leadership, all of which backed the Paul Ryan budget plan.

Senate GOP backs radical Ryan plan

05/17/12 07:59AM

It was "budget bonanza" day in the U.S. Senate yesterday, with the chamber taking up several budget bills with the express purpose of defeating all of them. It was, at a certain level, inane political theater, which Capitol Hill reporters were inclined to ignore.I'm not unsympathetic to the indifference. Watching senators go through the motions yesterday certainly seemed like a petty "game" in which the parties tried to score cheap points off of one another. read more

Morning Maddow: May 17

05/17/12 07:36AM

14 female GOP House members declare the Republican party is "the real party of American women."Forbes crunches the numbers to figure out Romney's net worth.Oh my stars and garters! It looks like the Senate might confirm two Obama nominees today!The Nevada GOP is a mess.Florida sees dead people on the voter rolls and wants them removed stat (without bothering to make sure they're really actually dead).Alabama lawmakers revise their controversial immigration law, but leave lots of the bad stuff in.J.P. Morgan's trading loss got way worse.NATO officials will debate protesters today. read more

Romney: George W. Who?

Romney: George W. Who?

05/16/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow points out that even as former President George W. Bush is making his way back into the political spotlight (including with a forthcoming book not ironically about growing the economy), Mitt Romney dares not even speak his name on the... watch

Jane Lynch, Best New Thing

Jane Lynch, Best New Thing

05/16/12 08:00PM

Jane Lynch, actress and author of the book “Happy Accidents” reports that the Best New Thing In The World is Republicans being taught how to lose gracefully on the issue of gay rights, and talks with Rachel Maddow about the changing tide of equality in... watch

Even better together

Even better together

05/16/12 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Wednesday’s show – reproductive health rights are threatened in Washington, D.C. Plus Richard Engel is on the show and we’ve got the one and only Jane Lynch with us to... watch

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