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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

Beneath a Romney lie, a racist dog whistle

Beneath a Romney lie, a racist dog whistle

08/07/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry, host of “Melissa Harris-Perry” on MSNBC weekend mornings, talks with Rachel Maddow about why a new ad in which Mitt Romney lies about President Obama and welfare reform is really designed to play on racist associations of blacks... watch

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

Schweikert plays dirty with Quayle

Schweikert plays dirty with Quayle

08/07/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow describes the Republican tactic of gay-baiting in which a candidate raises the subject of whether their opponent is gay - most recently deployed against Ben Quayle by his opponent, Rep. David Schweikert. watch

Ahead on the 8/7 Maddow show

08/07/12 07:55PM

Tonight's guests include:Melissa Harris-Perry, host of “Melissa Harris-Perry” on msnbc weekend morningsTerrence Henry, energy and environment reporter for StateImpact TexasHere's tonight's soundtrack.And here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at tonight's show: read more

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