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Ahead on the 5/8 Maddow Show

05/08/12 07:08PM

Tonight's guests:Steve Kornacki, senior writer, SalonReverend Welton Gaddy, pastor for preaching and worship at the North Minister Baptist Church, president of the Interfaith Alliance, a national organization dedicated to protecting religious freedomHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at tonight's stories, with classic rock accompaniment: read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

05/08/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Terror plot: "An insider, working with the United States and an allied security service, thwarted the al-Qaida bomb plot hatched in Yemen and provided information that allowed the U.S. read more

A youth stands in the gates at the U.S.-Mexico border awaiting his deportation at the port of entry in Tijuana.

GOP slams Obama for agreeing with the GOP (again)

05/08/12 04:30PM

The Republican National Committee hosted a teleconference call with reporters earlier, and clearly the big news from the discussion was the Republicans' Hispanic Outreach Director, Bettina Inclan, saying that Mitt Romney is "still deciding what his position on immigration is."I think it was meant to be some kind of complement.But there was something else in the same teleconference that struck me as interesting. read more

Heartland facing 'mutiny' from donors, staff

Heartland facing 'mutiny' from donors, staff

05/08/12 03:55PM

I'm trying to imagine what the initial conversation was like at the Heartland Institute's headquarters. Someone must have said something like, "I've got an idea. As part of our campaign against climate science, let's put up billboards equating those who believe scientific evidence with famous madmen. That'll work wonders to get our message out."It must have seemed like a good idea at the time, because that's what the strange, far-right group did, putting up billboards showing "some of the world's most notorious killers," including "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, who accept climate science. read more

Senate GOP blocks student-loan bill

Senate GOP blocks student-loan bill

05/08/12 02:00PM

Congress has until July 1 to act on student-loan interest rates, or rates will doubt for over 7 million students, who'll face an average of $1,000 in additional debt. At this point, given Republican intransigence, the odds of eventual success appear to be dwindling.House Republicans passed its version of the bill two weeks ago, paying for an extension of current rates by taking money from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. read more

TRMS challenge: The half-hearted endorsement

TRMS challenge: The half-hearted endorsement

05/08/12 01:08PM

Rick Santorum made a limp attempt to beat his verbal swords into plowshares in a deeply underwhelming endorsement of arch enemy Mitt Romney.At midnight. In an e-mail. Does this sound like an endorsement to anyone?"The primary campaign certainly made it clear that Governor Romney and I have some differences. But there are many significant areas in which we agree: the need for lower taxes, smaller government, and a reduction in out-of-control spending. We certainly agree that abortion is wrong and marriage should be between one man and one woman. read more

RNC: Romney 'still deciding' his position on immigration

RNC: Romney 'still deciding' his position on immigration

05/08/12 12:31PM

The Republican National Committee hosted a teleconference call with reporters this morning, and Bettina Inclan, the RNC's director of Hispanic outreach, inadvertently made Mitt Romney's Latino troubles worse.Yes, Mitt Romney has been seeking various public offices for 18 years; he was a governor for four years; and he's been running for president pretty much non-stop for six years, but he's "still deciding what his position on immigration is." This, from one of his allies, hoping to make him look better.Oh my.It's also worth appreciating the fact that it's far too late for the presumptive Repu read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

05/08/12 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:* As Wisconsin voters head to the polls to vote in recall primaries today, Gov. Scott Walker (R) is already attacking Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (R) with a new slogan: "Forward -- Walker;" "Backwards -- Barrett." I thought the right considered "forward" code for "communism"?* Mitt Romney was pressed last night for an explanation for the "over $1.5 million in foreign tax credits" he's received since 2000. read more

Obama gives Congress an economic 'to-do' list

Obama gives Congress an economic 'to-do' list

05/08/12 11:33AM

Mitt Romney said last week that President Obama should stop talking about defeating terrorists and start talking about "important issues people care about," like the economy.Apparently, Obama is thinking along the same lines.With a polarized Congress already on the defensive, President Obama on Tuesday will outline a five-point "to do" list for lawmakers that packages job creation and mortgage relief ideas he has proposed before, administration officials say.Mr. Obama will present the election-year list during a visit to a university science complex in Albany. read more

Congress lends Statuary Hall to religious right activists

Congress lends Statuary Hall to religious right activists

05/08/12 10:50AM

In Washington, DC, events, rallies, and protests are exceedingly common, especially around Capitol Hill and the National Mall. What's far less common are events in Statuary Hall.And yet, as my friend Rob Boston reported, that's one of the things making a prayer rally on Capitol Hill today interesting.On May 8, a group called Come Pray With Me plans to hold a prayer service in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.This is kind of a big deal. Statuary Hall isn't some sort of public facility that anyone can use. read more

'The Life of Julia'

'The Life of Julia'

05/08/12 10:15AM

There's an old joke that goes something like this: my neighbor went to public schools before joining the military. He went to college on the G.I. Bill, bought his first home through the FHA, received his health care through the V.A. and Medicare, and now receives Social Security. read more

The moral of Maurice Sendak

05/08/12 09:46AM

The great children's author Maurice Sendak has died at 83. That's the headline, but I'd rather think of the news as being "Maurice Sendak lived." A son of immigrant Brooklyn, he lived long enough and vividly enough to give the world books of hallucinatory wonder, to give us Mickey in his night kitchen and Pierre, for whom the moral is: CARE. From an interview almost a decade ago with Fresh Air:"Do parents sit down and tell their kids everything? I don't know. I don't know. read more

Romney wants 'a lot of credit' for policy he condemned

Romney wants 'a lot of credit' for policy he condemned

05/08/12 09:26AM

Mitt Romney likes to blame President Obama for developments the president didn't really have anything to do with. As it turns out, the inverse is true, too -- Romney likes to take credit for developments the Republican didn't have anything to do with, either.Despite his 2008 call to "let Detroit go bankrupt," presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Monday that he would "take a lot of credit" for his impact on the U.S. read more

A not-so-bright idea

A not-so-bright idea

05/08/12 08:53AM

In 2007, the light-bulb provisions of an energy bill weren't considered controversial in the slightest. At the time, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and congressional Democrats worked together on the larger legislative package, which included advanced light-bulb standards, intended to spur innovation, lower costs, and improve energy efficiency.The provision was approved with bipartisan support, and the larger bill was easily passed and signed by President Bush. read more

Morning Maddow: May 8

05/08/12 07:38AM

It's a big day at the polls with the Amendment One vote in North Carolina, the Republican Senate primary in Indiana, the Democratic primary to pick who will run against WI Gov. Scott Walker, and a bunch of not-very-dramatic races in West Virginia.Santorum (finally) endorses Romney.For liberal donors who oppose Citizens United, a way to spend their money.The Senate heads to a showdown vote (is there any other kind anymore?) today on student loans.The U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan is stepping down.Imagine getting to say "Dustin Hoffman saved my life."What could go wrong? read more

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