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Fleeting courage on gay adoptions

05/14/12 10:44AM

Last week, Mitt Romney chatted with Fox's Neil Cavuto and argued that in politics, "f two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship, or even to adopt a child -- in my state individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children. In my view, that's something that people have a right to do."This won some plaudits, and reinforced perceptions that Romney might be Etch A Sketching towards the center, but on Friday, Mr. read more

Wisconsin gov could still bend space-time continuum

05/14/12 10:29AM

Remember when Mitt Romney said the U.S. needs to be adding 500,000 jobs a month, but it turns out that kind of job growth almost never happens? This weekend, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wrestled with his pledge to create 250,000 jobs in his state during his first term. So far, he has led the state in losing more jobs than other in the country. But if voters don't recall him next month, Governor Walker said, he could still reach his mark. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:It appears it will be difficult for Walker to achieve his job-creation goal. read more

Prospects for Senate reform improve

05/14/12 10:06AM

At the beginning of last year, with Democrats maintaining a Senate majority for the third-consecutive Congress, there was a concerted effort to reform institutional rules and curtail Republican filibuster abuses. read more

Why the '80/20 rule' matters

05/14/12 09:36AM

It's struggling poll numbers notwithstanding, the Affordable Care Act is already doing several things very well. There's one key quality, however, that may especially relevant in a political context.We know, for example, that the law offers protections for those with pre-existing conditions and extends coverage to millions of young adults who are now able to stay on their parents' plans. read more

Obama targets 'Romney Economics'

05/14/12 08:48AM

Mitt Romney has spent the past couple of weeks arguing that the presidential campaign has drifted too far from the "issues that matter." Two weeks ago, this meant downplaying the significance of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, and last week, it was marriage equality and his "youthful indiscretions" that were characterized as distractions.The Republican said he wanted the focus to be on jobs and the economy. read more

RNC Chief: Leave Wall Street alone

05/14/12 08:00AM

JPMorgan's reckless, $2 billion fiasco appears to have a silver lining of sorts: the bank's bad bets help demonstrate the need for safeguards in the system. In his new column, Paul Krugman thanks JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon for offering "an object demonstration of why Wall Street does, in fact, need to be regulated."And yet, somehow, some still don't see it that way. read more

Morning Maddow: May 14

05/14/12 07:48AM

Dueling Mother's Day videos from the Obama and Romney campaigns.Romney's address to Liberty University.Kansas bans Sharia law.FL Gov Rick Scott's chief of staff resigns amid scrutiny of no-bid contracts steered towards friends.Facebook co-founder renounces his U.S. citizenship to avoid taxes.A strange, little Marco Rubio mystery.The State Department may scrap the program to train Iraqi police.What's the Latin for "Awwwwww?" read more

This Week in God

05/12/12 08:36AM

First up from the God Machine this week is arguably the most closely watched commencement address from a presidential candidate since George W. Bush stopped by Bob Jones University 12 years ago. Today, of course, is the day Mitt Romney speaks at Liberty University, a right-wing school founded by the late radical televangelist Jerry Falwell.The timing could be better for the Republican. read more

Links for the 5/11 TRMS

Links for the 5/11 TRMS

05/11/12 11:17PM

This rebate is required by the Affordable Care Act – the health reform law. (pdf)Mitt Romney's prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidentsMitt Romney's Dark Knight Liberty Christian Academy student handbook (pdf) Santorum supports sale of federal lands in Idaho and the West, citing profits, better management "This guy bought the Silverdome?" Michigan takes up casino gambling expansion; proposal for Pontiac Silverdome Dome sweet dome read more

On tonight's show

On tonight's show

05/11/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show. How the Affordable Care Act is helping to stimulate the economy, the GOP’s “war on women” and Michael Moore joins us to discuss the Pontiac Silverdome. It’s a... watch

This landmark is your landmark

This landmark is your landmark

05/11/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow tells the story of how Pontiac, Michigan's unelected "emergency manager" sold the Silverdome at a discount price then, years later, went into business with the man who bought it. watch