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Missouri Senate candidate Sarah Steelman (R).

No excuse for violent rhetoric

05/11/12 10:39AM

At a Tea Party Express rally in Missouri last week, a conservative activist named Scott Boston, referencing Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), told an assembled crowd, "We have to kill the Claire Bear." The comments were enough to get the attention of the FBI and the U.S. Capitol Police, which ordered some extra protection for the Democratic senator.Sarah Steelman, who's running against McCaskill, was on hand for the event, and seemed reluctant to denounce the activist's rhetoric. read more

Walker in Wisconsin: 'Divide and conquer'

05/11/12 10:00AM

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) frequently talks about people "working together" to solve problems. As it turns out, it's a two-word phrase he may want to revise -- "working together" and "divide and conquer" are not complementary.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the context of the newly-released video, recorded by a filmmaker who has supported Wisconsin Democrats.A filmmaker released a video Thursday that shows Gov. Scott Walker saying he would use "divide and conquer" as a strategy against unions. read more

Girl Scouts caught in a culture war (again)

Girl Scouts caught in a culture war (again)

05/11/12 09:10AM

Conservatives' antipathy towards the Girl Scouts used to be found on the fringes. In 1994, for example, James Dobson's Focus on the Family published a memorable attack on the Girl Scouts, insisting the group "lost their way" after the Scouts made a religious oath optional for membership.I can't find it online anymore, but back in 2005, Amanda Marcotte had a great item about various paranoid voices on the right, complaining about "radical lesbian feminists" having taken over the Girl Scouts. read more

Fighting for the Voting Rights Act

05/11/12 08:35AM

Josh Gerstein noted a few months ago, "In a political system where even the most trivial issues trigger partisan rancor, the Voting Rights Act has stood for several decades as a rare point of bipartisan consensus. Until now."Quite right. The radicalization of the Republican Party has pushed GOP policymakers to extremes that would have been unthinkable up until very recently, and as hard as it is to believe, that includes new attempts to undermine the Voting Rights Act.Yesterday, for example, Rep. read more

There's renewed interest in what kind of young man Mitt Romney was.

An unpleasant trip down memory lane

05/11/12 08:00AM

Whether one considers Mitt Romney's actions as a young man relevant or not in 2012, the story took on a life of its own yesterday, as the public got a better sense of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's personal background.After the Washington Post reported that Romney, as an 18-year-old high-school senior, assaulted a younger classmate believed to be gay, the Romney campaign started reaching out to the school's alumni to say nice things about the Republican to the media. read more

Morning Maddow: May 11

05/11/12 07:45AM

Documentary film shows Gov. Scott Walker talking "divide and conquer" on collective bargaining.JP Morgan Chase shows that at least one "too big to fail" bank learned nothing from the last few years.The fight over Mississippi's new Voter I.D. bill.The first pill to block HIV infection gets closer to FDA approval.Catholic Bishops vs. the Girl Scouts.Gnarliest wave ever.  read more

Ahead on the 5/10 Maddow Show

05/10/12 07:40PM

Tonight's guests:Karen Finney, columnist for The Hill, former DNC communications director, msnbc political analystFrank Phillips, State House bureau chief, Boston GlobeHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a (musically accompanied) look at tonight's stories. read more