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Don't tell Republicans they like 'Obamacare'

Don't tell Republicans they like 'Obamacare'

06/14/12 08:00PM

Jonathan Gruber, MIT health economist who helped both Mitt Romney and the Obama administration to design their health care programs, talks with Ezra Klein about why an individual mandate is necessary to keep health insurance costs from spiraling out of... watch

A birthday party for the US Army

A birthday party for the US Army

06/14/12 07:31PM

Today in Times Square the U.S. Army celebrated its 237th birthday with music and ceremony, the swearing in of some new recruits and the cutting of a giant tank-shaped, TV-chef-made cake. As you know by now, Times Square is the photographic stomping ground of our own Andy Dallos, so naturally he was there for some pictures to share with us.After... read more

Ahead on the 6/14 Maddow show

06/14/12 07:21PM

Tonight's guests include:Nicolle Wallace, former communications director for President George W. Bush, former McCain-Palin campaign senior advisor and the author of “It’s Classified”Jonathan Gruber, MIT health economist who helped Mitt Romney design the Massachusetts healthcare program, also assisted the Obama administration to design its... read more

Rick Scott feels your pain, but not really

06/14/12 06:00PM

In a radio interview today on WFLA-FM, Governor Rick Scott of Florida admitted that when he tried to vote in 2006, he found that his name had been removed from the voter rolls. As the story goes, Scott (before he was governor), was apparently taken off the voter rolls because another Rick Scott (no relation) had passed away earlier that year. It... read more

A tale of two speeches

06/14/12 04:30PM

As you may have heard, President Obama and Mitt Romney both delivered speeches in Ohio on the economy this afternoon. If you missed them, here are the videos.Here's Obama:And here's Romney:If you want to know what the 2012 presidential election is going to look like for the next four months, you can start with these two competing... read more

'I don't think this is meant to be candy.'

'I don't think this is meant to be candy.'

06/14/12 02:56PM

We tried more of that curiously awful Scandinavian candy in the office yesterday. Tricia and Mike suffered through one Lakrisal wafer apiece.Tricia said: "It's like you scraped soy sauce off the bottom of your pan after you burned it, and formed it into a lozenge, and stuck it into your mouth."Mike: "I don't think this... read more

Sheldon Adelson has an impressive reach.

The best election money can buy

06/14/12 11:56AM

Karl Rove told Sean Hannity this week that President Obama and his allies have a dastardly election-year plan: they'll win by "trying to take their wallet and buying it."Even for Rove, who has a history of projection, the irony was rich. read more

About those pre-existing conditions...

06/14/12 11:10AM

Earlier this week, The Hill ran a curious headline: "Romney: Repeal health law, keep pre-existing conditions clause." Congressional Republicans have already expressed a willingness to leave several key provisions of the Affordable Care Act intact, is Mitt Romney prepared to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions, too?Not... read more

Of ladyparts and legislatures

06/14/12 10:50AM

UPDATE: Michigan House Republicans have censured two of the women in this video, Democratic Representatives Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum, for their comments about vasectomies and vaginas yesterday. They're not allowed to speak on the House floor, at least for today. Adding: The Speaker's office says they just can't talk today... read more

Remembering the predecessor

Remembering the predecessor

06/14/12 10:12AM

At a certain level, it may seem surprising that President Obama's standing is as strong as it is. After all, the economic recovery is weak and fragile; partisan divisions are intense; and much of the public is feeling discouraged and pessimistic.So why is the president's support holding steady while he remains a (slight) favorite for... read more

What happened to Nemschoff Chairs?

06/14/12 09:43AM

Earlier this week, President Obama sat down with a reporter from an NBC affiliate Iowa, who asked the president to explain why a local company had closed "as a direct result" of the Affordable Care Act. Obama said that was almost certainly not true, causing the Romney campaign to pounce -- it was proof the president didn't... read more

Dimon's accountability moment comes and goes

06/14/12 09:08AM

After JPMorgan Chase's admittedly "stupid" trading bets that lost the company billions of dollars in just a few weeks, Congress did what it's supposed to do: it announced hearings that would allow lawmakers to get to the bottom of things.Three weeks ago, we saw the first hearing, in which Senate Banking Committee Republicans,... read more