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Romney sees greed's silver lining

Romney sees greed's silver lining

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shows that despite the risk to the economy and taxpayers, Mitt Romney sees the risky trading that resulted in the loss of billions of dollars by JP Morgan as a good thing because someone was able to exploit it for financial gain. watch

Never simple, but always makes sense

Never simple, but always makes sense

05/17/12 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Thursday’s show – Mitt Romney expresses love for former (Democratic) President Bill Clinton, plus the Super PAC scandal of the day takes a few dozen weird turns, and we... watch

Romney cites Clinton, takes none of the...

Romney cites Clinton, takes none of the lessons

05/17/12 08:00PM

Jared Bernstein, former chief economic adviser to Vice President Biden, now a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, talks with Ezra Klein about why Mitt Romney and Republicans haven't learned anything about how tax cuts increase... watch

The harmful effects of filibuster abuse

The harmful effects of filibuster abuse

05/17/12 08:00PM

Congressman Keith Ellison talks with Ezra Klein about why he supports the Common Cause lawsuit arguing against the constitutionality of the filibuster, which has made the Senate dysfunctional and hurt people who should be helped by majority-supported... watch

Ahead on the 5/17 Maddow show

05/17/12 07:27PM

Tonight's guests include:Jared Bernstein, former chief economic adviser to Vice President Biden, now a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and an msnbc and CNBC contributorRep. Keith Ellison, (D) MinnesotaGene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc political analystWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. read more

A letterpress "N," in this case 10-point Kabel.

So much depends on a capital 'N'

05/17/12 05:56PM

Take heart, Michigan: things are looking up. You're adding jobs. Your state revenue is growing. The worst might be behind you -- unless you're living in a place like Muskegon Heights, where the worst is still unfolding. This week the newly appointed emergency manager of the Muskegon Heights schools announced that dramatic changes were on the way. "e're off to the healing process," he said on Monday. read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

05/17/12 05:31PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Progress begets progress: "The Obama administration announced on Thursday that it would ease the ban on investments in Myanmar, rewarding the country's political and economic opening over the last year."* I suspect that'll be a lively hearing: "JPMorgan Chairman Jamie Dimon will testify before the Senate Banking Committee on his bank's multibillion-dollar trading loss."* Last night, the House passed its watered-down version of the Violence Against Women Act, 222 to 205, mostly along party lines. read more

Finally, a full house at the Fed

05/17/12 05:15PM

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors has been burdened by vacancies for the last six years. Last year, Fed obstructionism reached farcical levels when Senate Republicans killed Peter Diamond's nomination to fill a Fed vacancy because he's only the recipient a Nobel Prize in economics and an expert in unemployment. read more

TRMS Headline Writing Challenge: Infoxication

TRMS Infoxication Challenge: Winners

05/17/12 04:46PM

Given the volume and quality of the entries, some of you must have waited years for the chance to write Fox Nation-style headlines.While we are humbled by all of your hard work, it made choosing winners both a delight and a fool's errand. Nonetheless, here a few of the many excellent offerings. (Remember, infoxication means transforming these three tame headlines into roaring, terror-filled Fox Nation headlines.)College Sweethearts Find Love Again After 60 Years ApartObama Reunites Sixties Radicals in Drug-Fueled Love-In — Cap'n CrustyObamacare Death Panel Reunites Couple, Orders Them to Die T read more

Quote of the Day

05/17/12 03:58PM

"The Ricketts Plan" to use Jeremiah Wright to smear President Obama has come and gone rather quickly, but the story isn't quite over for Mitt Romney.To the campaign's credit, the presumptive Republican nominee repudiated the line of attack fairly quickly this morning, suggesting Romney and his team want nothing to do with Wright-based attacks, which most fair-minded people seem to agree are out of bounds. read more

Mike Coffman didn't 'misspeak'

05/17/12 02:43PM

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) delivered some pretty stunning remarks at a fundraiser over the weekend, and unfortunately for him, the NBC affiliate in Denver obtained a copy of his speech.Around the 3:20 mark, Coffman, the two-term Republican congressman, says of the president:"I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don't know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he's not an American. He's just not an American."Asked for an explanation, the congressman issued a statement that "I misspoke and I apologize."That doesn't work. read more

Donna Summer 1948-2012

05/17/12 02:00PM

Her name suited her perfectly: sunny and hot and romantic and a little silly, too.  For a generation (i.e. mine) Donna Summer's music summons up a whole adolescent world of roller discos and red satin shorts and sweltering nights at amusement parks. The Queen of Disco died this morning in Florida at the age of 63.For a few years there, her buoyant, infectious grooves were everywhere -- there was no escaping Donna Summer. The great part was?  You never wanted to.   read more

'The Ricketts Plan' goes back to the drawing board

'The Ricketts Plan' goes back to the drawing board

05/17/12 01:18PM

It seemed like quite an idea. Joe Ricketts, the wealthy AmeriTrade founder whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, would spend $10 million on an ad campaign attacking President Obama over his former pastor. "The Ricketts Plan" would rely on hire an "extremely literate conservative African-American" as its spokesperson, who would accuse Obama of being a "metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln."What could possibly go wrong?Alas, the plan was short lived. read more