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Ahead on the 4/23 Maddow show

04/23/12 07:29PM

Tonight's guests:Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice AmericaFrank Rich, an executive producer of HBO's "Veep," and a writer-at-large at New York Magazine. This week's piece: Sugar DaddiesAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff (and musical accompaniment) with a quick look at what to expect  read more

Monday's Mini-Report

04/23/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist candidate Francois Hollande are headed for a May 6 runoff in the nation's closely-watched presidential election.* In the wake of the Secret Service prostitution controversy, the White House counsel's office conducted an internal investigation of White House advance staff personnel who arrived in Colombia before the president. read more

Grenell causes a stir

04/23/12 05:00PM

Ordinarily, a presidential campaign hiring a foreign policy spokesperson would generate very few headlines, but the Romney campaign's decision to add Richard Grenell to the team has proven to be a little more interesting.For some on the right, Grenell's sexual orientation is apparently supposed to be a dealbreaker.A leading anti-gay figure in the Republican Party attacked Governor Mitt Romney for hiring an openly gay spokesman, sending a shot from the GOP's socially-conservative base across the nominee's bow.Bryan Fischer, the director of issue analysis for the Tupelo, Miss.-based American Fam read more

The GOP 'orphan' that can't pay its rent

The GOP 'orphan' that can't pay its rent

04/23/12 03:50PM

Politico recently reported on the Republicans' "orphan states," home to GOP operations that are in complete disarray this election year, despite competitive races up and down the ballot. National Republican officials feel compelled to intervene, "seeking to head off the possibility that local mismanagement could cost the party control of Congress."Of particular interest was the Republican Party of Minnesota, which has found itself "so deep in debt it has stopped paying the lease on its headquarters."That was two weeks ago. read more

President Obama and his co-conspirators aren't on the same page.

So much for the vast left-wing conspiracy

04/23/12 02:02PM

Mitt Romney raised a few eyebrows last week when he told Breitbart TV that he's concerned about a "conspiracy" between journalists and the left that may derail his presidential campaign."There will be an effort by the quote 'vast left-wing conspiracy' to work together to put out their message and to attack me," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said. read more

Virginia license plates challenge, now with Gadsden flag

Virginia license plates challenge, now with Gadsden flag

04/23/12 01:15PM

Just when you thought we couldn't have more fun with Virginia license plates, the commonwealth added a "Don't Tread on Me" plate. Back in 2010, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said that if the DMV added the Tea Party-esque plates, he would put them on his car. The idea is to celebrate limited government, now in the land that mandates medically unnecessary ultrasounds for women who want an abortion.As with Virginia's "Respect Women. Trust Choice" plate, this one comes the option to customize the message. read more

Just like Bush, but 'updated'

04/23/12 12:30PM

In July 2010, NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) unfortunately told the truth during an interview on "Meet the Press." Republicans had high hopes about the midterm elections, and host David Gregory pressed the Republican leader about what the GOP would do with their majority. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

04/23/12 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:* Following up on Tricia's report this morning, Sen. Orrin Hatch will face former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist in a Republican primary this year, after coming up short of 60% at Utah's GOP state convention over the weekend. This is Hatch's first meaningful challenge since 1976.* Sen. read more

What McDonnell will do to be VP

04/23/12 11:30AM

As a rule, those who want to be considered as running mates for their party's national ticket are supposed to be subtle. They generally drop hints behind the scenes, for example, quietly sending word that they'd like to be considered.Virginia Gov. Bob "Ultrasound" McDonnell (R) isn't being subtle at all. After months in which he's expressed interest in the gig in televised interviews, the Republican governor announced last week he'd air positive television ads about himself in the coming weeks. read more

Chuck Colson, felon turned religious right powerhouse

Chuck Colson, felon turned religious right powerhouse

04/23/12 11:08AM

Looking back over the last three decades, the religious right movement has had some notable, high-profile leaders, many of whom have enjoyed considerable national prominence. Figures like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, though widely loathed by the American mainstream, became household names as the influence of conservative evangelicals grew.Chuck Colson never enjoyed quite as much notoriety as his televangelist brethren, but when it came to the larger movement, the former Nixon aide who died over the weekend was every bit the religious right powerhouse.Charles W. read more

The most inexperienced candidate in generations

The most inexperienced candidate in generations

04/23/12 10:15AM

Speaking at the national NRA convention recently, Mitt Romney made a curious boast. "I am running for president because I have the experience and the vision to lead us in a different direction," he said. Later in the same speech, Romney added, "I am running for president because I have the experience and vision to get us out of this mess."Of all the qualifications to emphasize, "experience" seems like an odd characteristic for Romney to brag about. read more

'Reparative therapy is nothing more than quackery fueled by bias'

'Reparative therapy is nothing more than quackery fueled by bias'

04/23/12 09:55AM

We have gotten some nice feedback about Wednesday’s segment (after the jump) on the ex-gay movement and Dr. Robert Spitzer’s controversial 2001 study asserting that reparative therapy can change some gay people to being straight. Dr. Spitzer is now on the record as saying he wishes he had never published the study in the first place. Our segment was inspired by Gabriel Arana's piece in The American Prospect called "My So-Called Ex-Gay Life." Arana first broke the news about Dr. Spitzer's desire to retract his study. If you haven't read his piece yet, you should. It's great. read more

Scott Brown needs a dictionary

Scott Brown needs a dictionary

04/23/12 09:25AM

Earlier this year, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) began criticizing his main Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, for being a "hypocrite." The argument went like this: Warren makes a fair amount of money, but she's an advocate for struggling, working families. read more

Huntsman compares GOP to China's government

04/23/12 08:45AM

Eight months ago, we saw one of the more memorable moments of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. At the time, there were eight candidates participating in a debate, and they were asked whether they'd accept a debt-reduction deal in which Democrats would give up $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. Each GOP candidate said they'd reject that deal.That was in August. read more

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