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The 'red scare' never ends

07/19/12 09:03AM

When Republicans criticize Solyndra's loan guarantees, they tend to focus on the specifics of this company. The Romney campaign, for example, likes to pretend the federal assistance was an example of "cronyism."The GOP, however, tends to shy away from condemning loan guarantees themselves, and with good reason -- they've... read more

Romney echoes Obama line on public institutions

07/19/12 08:00AM

Last week, President Obama delivered a routine speech in Virginia, stressing, among other things, the greatness of the American system, shaped by public and private institutions."If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help," he said. "There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to... read more

Morning Maddow: July 19

07/19/12 07:47AM

Florida voter cut twice from the rolls swears that she is still alive.Justice Scalia says the Supreme Court is "not at all a political institution".Congressional Democrats want to compel Mitt Romney to release his tax returns.The suspected suicide bomber who killed Israelis in Bulgaria carried a fake Michigan driver's license.Fmr.... read more

Sweat is weakness leaving the body

07/18/12 10:29PM

This promo spot for the London 2012 Paralympic Games is mind blowing all by itself, but added props for using Public Enemy's epic "Harder Than You Think," featuring Rachel's former radio colleague Chuck D. Bring the noise, Paralympians.UPDATE: Looks like copyright restrictions mean the video can't be embedded. It works... read more

Ahead on the 7/18 Maddow show

07/18/12 07:02PM

Tonight's guests include:Bob Herbert, distinguished senior fellow at Demos public policy advocacy center and a contributor for PolicyShop.net, former columnist for The New York TimesMichael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice Here's tonight's soundtrack.Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight&... read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

07/18/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* A remarkable escalation in Syria: "Three high-ranking officials in President Bashar Assad's regime were killed Wednesday in a Damascus bomb attack, state television reported, the most serious blow to Assad's high command in the country's 16-month-old rebellion."* Bulgaria: "A bus... read more

The twists and turns of tax returns

07/18/12 05:04PM

After Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and the editorial board of National Review called for Mitt Romney to release more tax returns, it seemed possible the intra-party strife on this would end for a while as the dust settled. Instead, the opposite is happening, with new GOP calls for more disclosure.Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), a presidential candidate... read more

Debunktion Junction online special: Everybody panic! I think the conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is not telling the truth about something.

07/18/12 03:56PM

Dear Mr. Limbaugh:Here's what you said yesterday, for which we made fun of you last night on msnbc:Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name is? That's right, Dark Knight Rises. Lights Up, same thing. Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain... read more

McCain steps up, does the right thing

07/18/12 02:52PM

We've been talking this week about Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and a few of her cohorts connecting McCarthyism and Islamophobia. The Obama administration, the argument goes, is allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to "infiltrate" the American government.As "proof" -- I use the word loosely -- Bachmann pointed to Huma... read more

Implausible deniability

Implausible deniability

07/18/12 01:14PM

The only thing sillier than a CEO denying responsibility for his own company's actions is a U.S. senator denying responsibility for his own campaign messages.Take Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), for example, whose campaign has attacked Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) over a House Ethics Committee investigation. Asked about the allegations against... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

07/18/12 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:* The Obama campaign released a new video this morning, asking regular people to read Mitt Romney's explanation of why he wasn't responsible for the actions of his own company.*... read more

Dick Cheney on Capitol Hill yesterday.

Passing the sequester buck

07/18/12 10:49AM

Following up on yesterday's item, former Vice President Dick Cheney was on Capitol Hill, warning Republican policymakers to reject the automatic defense cuts that Republican policymakers proposed but no longer like.During his visit, Cheney was lavished with praise by the likes of John McCain -- remember when they disagreed about torture --... read more

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