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Is the West at cyber-war with Iran?

Is the West at cyber-war with Iran?

04/24/12 08:00PM

Richard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism advisor and author of “Cyber War” talks with Rachel Maddow about whether the United States is prepared to defend itself against cyber-attack, and whether it might already be engaged in cyber warfare. watch

Mitt Romney vs. Mitt Romney in victory speech

Mitt Romney vs. Mitt Romney in victory speech

04/24/12 08:00PM

Steve Schmidt, senior strategist for the McCain/Palin campaign debates with Rachel Maddow about whether Mitt Romney can credibly lay out a platform for the general election that is contradicted by his previously stated positions. watch

Ahead on the 4/24 Maddow show

04/24/12 06:28PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Schmidt, senior strategist for the McCain-Palin campaign and msnbc political analystRichard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism advisor and author of “Cyber War”While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before starting the song)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

04/24/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Counter-terrorism: "Yemen has confirmed that a top member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed in a weekend airstrike that U.S. officials say was conducted by the CIA, another sign that the U.S. drone campaign in Yemen is gaining momentum."* Mad cow: "The U.S. read more

The problem with Boehner's logic

The problem with Boehner's logic

04/24/12 03:48PM

This tweet from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) probably wasn't intended to be important, but it's an astonishing message.Let's back up for a moment. At issue is a 2007 law, set to expire on July 1, which keeps the interest rate for federal Direct Stafford Loans at 3.4%. If Congress fails to act, the rate will double, affecting more than 7.4 million students, who'll face, on average, an additional $1,000 in debt. read more

Scott Brown makes Romney's life more complicated

Scott Brown makes Romney's life more complicated

04/24/12 03:23PM

Sen. Scott Brown (R) seems to believe Elizabeth Warren's personal finances are of the utmost importance in this year's Senate race in Massachusetts. To that end, the Republican is releasing his tax returns for the last six years, and wants his Democratic challenger to do the same. That wouldn't be especially noteworthy were it not for the larger context. read more

Bringing the big sky to the Big Apple

Bringing the big sky to the Big Apple

04/24/12 02:57PM

Montana's Governor Brian Schweitzer has trucked some big rigs across the country to New York City to promote tourism to his state (and a new airplane route to serve that purpose). TRMS staffer Andy Dallos popped out of the office to get a look and see if he could pick up some of the give-away jerky mentioned in the press release. Sure enough, he found the governor pressing the flesh and trying to draw as much attention as possible. read more

Rick Scott's sense of irony

Rick Scott's sense of irony

04/24/12 02:17PM

Republican policymakers at the local, state, and federal level are targeting new restrictions in women's health; congressional Republicans are balking at the Violence Against Women Act; and GOP leaders, including the party's presumptive presidential nominee, won't take a stand in support of fair-pay laws for women.Leave it to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to find a way to make matters worse.On April 17, smack in the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $1.5 million for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. read more

Competing for the youth vote

04/24/12 01:35PM

In the 2008 presidential election, there was a striking age gap -- Obama not only beat McCain among younger voters, he did so by a two-to-one margin. Of all the various constituencies, some of Obama's strongest support came from voters under 30.But with younger workers struggling, and political disillusionment not uncommon, Mitt Romney thinks he can close the gap, at least a little, and perform far better than the McCain/Palin ticket did four years ago. read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

04/24/12 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:* Newt Gingrich is apparently still a presidential candidate, though he acknowledged yesterday, "I think we need to take a deep look at what we are doing."* There's no doubt that Mitt Romney will do very well in each of today's Republican primaries, but the margins of victory may tell us something about whether, and to what extent, GOP voters are rallying behind him.* For months, the Obama campaign has said it considers Arizona a competitive stat read more

Counting on the Thurston Howell demographic

Counting on the Thurston Howell demographic

04/24/12 11:38AM

We've reported many times on the degree to which Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has relied on votes from wealthy Republicans to help his candidacy thrive during the Republican primaries. But let's also not forget the role of the Thurston Howell demographic when it comes to financial support.BuzzFeed's Zeke Miller recently noted that the most recent federal campaign finance filings help show that Romney is "more dependent on wealthy donors" than any modern major-party nominee. read more

It all boils down to physics

It all boils down to physics

04/24/12 11:22AM

Turns out physics can explain more than just why a ball bounces or a tea kettle whistles. Physics can also help explain why American politics is so polarized. We discovered this when Rachel was cited in a physics paper (pdf) published this month by the American Physical Society.In the paper, researchers working with the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems devised a model of society. Red and green nodes represent people with different political persuasions, like Democrats and Republicans, and the gray lines between them represent communication, dialogue. read more

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