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Ahead on the 6/7 Maddow show

06/07/12 06:27PM

Tonight's guests include:Noam Scheiber, senior editor of The New Republic and author of “The Escape Artists: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery”Justin Elliott, reporter for ProPublicaWhile watching tonight's preview, here's some good background music - just make sure the ad below plays out before starting the tune.Executive... read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

06/07/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Syria is not only blocking U.N. monitors from investigating massacres, today those unarmed monitors were fired upon as conditions spiral further.* Beijing raises eyebrows: "In a further sign that China's economy is being buffeted by strong head winds, the country's central bank on Thursday... read more

Boehner strays from GOP talking points on Eurozone

06/07/12 03:53PM

Major political players, including the two major-party presidential candidates, rarely get asked about the European debt crisis, which is a shame -- the health of our fragile domestic recovery is linked closely with the fate of the Eurozone.With that in mind, I was glad to see House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) field some questions about the... read more

Sink or swim

06/07/12 01:39PM

We talked last week about North Carolina Republicans, who have a new solution to rising sea levels, caused by global warming: scrap the scientific evidence pointing to rising sea levels. It seems the story is starting to generate some additional attention.Let's call it the GOP's "See No Evil" strategy (or is that "Sea No... read more

In new attack, Romney 'just making stuff up'

06/07/12 12:30PM

As a growing number of Democrats raise the "sabotage question" -- the charge that Republicans might be deliberately hurting the American economy to advance an election agenda -- Mitt Romney argued at a campaign event in Texas that it was actually President Obama who chose to slow the recovery.In this case, Romney is citing a book from... read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

06/07/12 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:* President Obama and the DNC raised about $60 million in May, which looked quite impressive until we learned that Mitt Romney and the RNC raised $76.8 million in May.* The Obama campaign... read more

Bolton celebrates diplomatic 'failure' with Iran

Bolton celebrates diplomatic 'failure' with Iran

06/07/12 11:27AM

Though John Bolton's credibility as a prominent voice on foreign policy was shredded years ago, the former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. is back -- Mitt Romney has brought Bolton as a leading campaign surrogate and advisor.With that in mind, Bolton raised a few eyebrows this week with a Washington Times op-ed, celebrating the temporary halt... read more

CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf

Case closed: the stimulus worked

06/07/12 10:43AM

Among Republicans, it's taken as a given that President Obama's Recovery Act -- a.k.a., the "stimulus" -- was a failed Keynesian experiment. Among many voters, it's also widely assumed that the effort to get the economy back on track simply did not work.Among those who know what they're talking about, however, there... read more

Dim bulbs

Dim bulbs

06/07/12 09:50AM

The Associated Press published an odd claim this week, telling readers that congressional Republicans are "focusing on the No. 1 concern for all voters: jobs and the economy." This was presented as fact in a news piece, not an opinion column.The AP's claim was also demonstrably untrue. read more

What they learned in Wisconsin this year

06/07/12 09:48AM

Back during the Wisconsin protests, in February 2011, Madison Memorial High School teacher Nathan O'Shaughnessy sent photos and video of the students protesting the union-stripping bill. After the recall elections, he sent the video above.They danced yesterday at Madison Memorial, just letting off steam after exams. You can dance if you... read more

The jobs agenda slips down the memory hole

06/07/12 09:17AM

Many of us have become painfully accustomed to Mitt Romney making claims that aren't true, but once in a while, his most egregious falsehoods strike a nerve. This week in Texas, for example, the Republican presidential nominee told a whopper that Andrew Sullivan called "a classic of total disingenuous crap."" hasn't put... read more

Jobless claims show improvement

Jobless claims show improvement

06/07/12 08:38AM

After a roller-coaster ride with initial unemployment claims in recent months, last week's unfortunate rise gave way to a more encouraging report from the Department of Labor this morning.Though last week's figures were revised in the wrong direction, the new totals dropped, even more than expected.The number of Americans who filed... read more

Florida's Scott defends voter purge scheme

06/07/12 08:00AM

In case you missed Rachel's segment on the issue last night, here's the latest out of the Sunshine State. The Justice Department demanded last week that Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) halt its voter-purge efforts, arguing that process has not been cleared under the Voting Rights Act and violated the National Voter Registration Act... read more

Morning Maddow: June 7

06/07/12 07:42AM

Sheldon Adelson appears to be reaching for his checkbook again.The CBO defends the 2009 stimulus.A look at the tax returns of the 400 wealthiest American families.One Wisconsin recall race is still not decided.It looks like Big Tobacco really did prevail in California.Another federal judge finds DOMA unconstitutional.The Boy Scouts of America... read more