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The scandal behind Romney's new attack ad

08/07/12 10:50AM

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has presented the political world with an important test. I'm eager to see whether we pass or fail.First, a little background. Some Republican governors this year asked the Obama administration for some new flexibility on welfare standards -- the governors had some ideas about moving folks from... read more

He's already made history once.

The limited value of recent history

08/07/12 09:18AM

I've seen several pieces in recent days, some from writers whose work I often enjoy, making the same argument: President Obama has to "defy history" to win re-election because the economy is in such rough shape.Here, for example, is Jeff Greenfield:t's with that skepticism in mind that I offer, not a prediction, but a flat... read more

The wrong Israeli metric for American presidents

08/07/12 08:30AM

Mitt Romney launched one of the stranger attacks of the campaign season yesterday, unveiling a new ad about U.S. relations with Israel.For now, we can put aside the propriety of Romney treating the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem as a prop in an attack ad. Instead let's focus on this claim: "Barack Obama has never visited Israel as president... read more

Fight over voting rights sharpens in Ohio

Fight over voting rights sharpens in Ohio

08/07/12 08:00AM

Four years ago, Ohio allowed voters an early-voting window of three days before Election Day, which in turn boosted turnout and alleviated long lines. This year, Republican officials have closed the window -- active-duty servicemen and women can vote early, but no one, not even veterans, can enjoy the same right.President Obama's campaign... read more

Morning Maddow: August 7

08/07/12 07:59AM

Politico publishes lists of Republican and Democratic mega-donors.Romney's camp has a lot to say about Obama and military early voting; but what's Romney's position?Look who else got RNC speaking slots.President Obama would back a measure to exempt Olympians from taxes on their winnings.There are statewide and local primary... read more

Shooting victim's son: Remedy hate with...

Shooting victim's son: Remedy hate with outreach

08/06/12 08:00PM

Amardeep Kaleka, son of Satwant Singh Kaleka, the late president of the Oak Creek, WI temple, talks with Rachel Maddow about how his family and community are coping with the loss of his father, and the "soft attacks" immigrants in America endure on a... watch

HARRY REID SMASH!

HARRY REID SMASH!

08/06/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reviews the recent series of vitriolic outbursts by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, including his tenacious pounding on the issue of Mitt Romney hiding his tax returns from American voters. watch

Pride and joy in Spaceville

Pride and joy in Spaceville

08/06/12 08:00PM

In providing viewers a hint of what's coming later in the show, Rachel Maddow looks back at the overwhelming joy experienced by TRMS producer Tricia McKinney watching a space shuttle launch in person. watch

No holding back by enthused NASA engineer

No holding back by enthused NASA engineer

08/06/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reveals that the NASA employee who cheered for the landing of the Curiosity rover a few seconds before everyone else in the room is Jonathan Grinblat, avionics subsystem Lead for cruise, approach and EDL operations, who knew that all of... watch

Activists see progress in drop in 'stop-and-frisk' numbers

08/06/12 07:52PM

Word last Friday that the number of "stop-and-frisk" incidents in New York City dropped by more than 30% in the second quarter of 2012 (see chart here) suggests that the attention and activism opposing the practice is having an impact -or at least a relative impact. According to NYPD chief spokesman, Paul Browne, there were 203,500... read more

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