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'Crawl back into your clown car...'

'Crawl back into your clown car...'

08/08/12 02:00PM

Remember Carl Paladino? He was the 2010 Republican candidate for New York Governor who ran one of the most jaw droppingly awful campaigns in recent memory.  The New York Times reminds us: "Before his primary win, the volatile newcomer had gained attention for revelations that he had forwarded e-mails to friends containing racist jokes and... read more

Gingrich sees welfare conspiracy

Gingrich sees welfare conspiracy

08/08/12 01:32PM

Oh good, Newt Gingrich is hysterical again. It's been weeks since the disgraced former House Speaker had a noteworthy tantrumNewt Gingrich accused President Obama on Wednesday of a secret "radical" plot to end work requirements in welfare reform, brushing aside denials from both the Republican architect of the 1996 bill and the... read more

Nuns want Romney on the bus

Nuns want Romney on the bus

08/08/12 12:32PM

First, the Nuns on the Bus launched an extraordinary tour, lambasting the House Republican Budget plan crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for the way in which it mistreats the poor.Now the Nuns on the Bus have a few thoughts for the Republicans' presidential hopeful.NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, is inviting Governor... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

08/08/12 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:* A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney at the national level by seven, 49% to 42%.* In keeping with the recent trend, the Obama campaign released another... read more

Always choose wealthy parents

Always choose wealthy parents

08/08/12 11:14AM

Back in April, Mitt Romney delivered one of his more memorable pieces of advice. Talking to Otterbein University in Ohio, the Republican said President Obama is against "success" -- I still have no idea what that was in reference to -- but Romney prefers to "encourage young people.""Take a shot, go for it, take a risk,... read more

Clinton smacks down Romney welfare lie

Clinton smacks down Romney welfare lie

08/08/12 10:34AM

Yesterday, Mitt Romney had a fair amount of success moving the focus away from his secret tax returns. He put a blatant, demonstrable lie about welfare reform at the center of his presidential campaign, falsely accusing President Obama of ending the work requirement in President Clinton's 1996 welfare reform law.Clinton didn't get in... read more

Setting the parameters of demagoguery

Setting the parameters of demagoguery

08/08/12 09:39AM

While I think it was irresponsible of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to make unsubstantiated claims about Mitt Romney's tax returns, let's not go overboard in the condemnations.For PolitiFact, the second-hand rumor Reid shared with reporters is a "pants on fire" lie, but I think that goes too far. For RCP's... read more

A young man stands in the gates at the U.S.-Mexico border awaiting his deportation at the port of entry in Tijuana.

The wrong message and messenger on deportations

08/08/12 09:14AM

Three months ago, the Republican National Committee hosted a teleconference call with reporters on immigration policy. The media heard from the Republicans' Hispanic Outreach Director, Bettina Inclan, who chose an odd line of attack against President Obama -- the RNC went after the president from the left.", a conservative group... read more

Romney's personal ratings still faltering

Romney's personal ratings still faltering

08/08/12 08:35AM

I've been reporting all year on one of Mitt Romney's central challenges as a presidential candidate: voters just don't seem to like the guy. Three months before Election Day, the problem isn't getting better.This chart comes from the new Washington Post/ABC News poll, which found Romney's favorability ratings getting... read more

Morning Maddow: August 8

08/08/12 07:43AM

New swing state polls: Romney up in Colorado, Obama up in Virginia and Wisconsin.Reindeer rancher and professional Santa Kerry Bentivolio wins the GOP primary for ex-Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's seat.Sen. Claire McCaskill gets her challenger.Missouri voters pass the "Right to Pray" amendment.The embattled Murfreesboro, TN mosque will... read more

Fracking waste messes with Texas

Fracking waste messes with Texas

08/07/12 08:00PM

Terrence Henry, energy and environment reporter for StateImpact Texas, talks with Rachel Maddow about the sudden rash of earthquakes in Texas apparently the result of the disposal of waste fluid resulting from natural gas fracking. watch

Not a normal year in Michigan

Not a normal year in Michigan

08/07/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reviews the stakes in the Michigan Republican primary election where the House seat vacated by the eccentric and vote-fraud-scandal troubled Republican Thadeus McCotter is being sought by a reindeer farming Santa performer versus a... watch

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