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Morning Maddow: May 10

05/10/12 07:46AM

Colorado's Democratic Governor calls a special legislative session to take up civil unions again.A Republican NY State Senator who voted for gay marriage is falling on his sword for the party.Today's fight in Congress: automatic defense spending cuts.It's amazing that the U.S. military is doing this. Also amazing that the U.S. military has to do this.How many more underwear bombs are out there?The Syrian government blames terrorists for bombings that killed 40 in Damascus.Here we go:  read more

Ahead on the 5/9 Maddow Show

05/09/12 07:15PM

Tonight's guests:Congressman Barney Frank, Democrat of MassachusettsMayor Cory Booker, Democrat of Newark, New JerseyLizz Winstead, comedian, Daily Show co-creator, author, "Lizz Free Or Die"Here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a preview of tonight's show (musical pairing here). read more

TRMS Challenge Winners: The Half-hearted Endorsement

TRMS Challenge Winners: The Half-hearted Endorsement

05/09/12 06:42PM

A hundred thanks to all of you who chose to elaborate on Rick Santorum's zero-pulse stealth endorsement of Mitt Romney.Amid the flood of excellent submissions (as always), here a few standouts:Lastquarter— "If you want a President that can sign whatever it is Grover wants him to sign, one that will take us back to the 50's, you know when women had very few rights, bring back George W policy, promise to bomb Iran & extend the Bush tax cuts, it is clear Mitt Romney is your man."There were several ace one liners including:Isara— "My fellow Americans: you can safely Google Mitt Romney's name."Dea read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

05/09/12 05:50PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Taegan Goddard has a good round-up of some reactions to President Obama's announcement today in support of marriage equality.* Sam Stein reports that Obama made the decision earlier this year to support same-sex marriage rights, and intended to make his views public before the election, but moved up the timetable in light of the controversy surrounding Vice President Biden's comments on "Meet the Press."* The relevant detail to that thwarted plot: "The suicide bomber dispatched by the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda last month to blow up a United States-bound airliner read more

Bill Clinton as a GOP model

Bill Clinton as a GOP model

05/09/12 01:20PM

For those who followed politics closely in the 1990s, you'll recall that Republicans hated Bill Clinton with the heat of a thousand suns. GOP officials and activists woke up every day with one question on their minds: "How can I destroy the Clinton presidency today?"It was rather remarkable, then, to see Mitt Romney in Michigan yesterday, suggesting the former Democratic president is a great model. "President Clinton, remember, he said the era of big government was over. read more

How to 'reduce revenue'

05/09/12 12:42PM

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), perhaps best known for apologizing to BP after the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, talked to msnbc's Martin Bashir yesterday, and said something that stood out for me.The two were discussing Republican efforts to avoid cuts to the Pentagon budget, and the host suggested slight taxes increases on the wealthy might be preferable to cuts to food stamps for low-income families.Barton responded, "When you raise taxes, you generate less revenue and less economic growth."I've heard this before from congressional Republicans, but it always impresses me. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

05/09/12 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:* The gubernatorial rematch is set for Wisconsin, where Gov. read more

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Making excuses for violent rhetoric

05/09/12 11:30AM

At a Tea Party Express rally in Missouri last week, a conservative activist named Scott Boston told an assembled crowd, "e have to get Claire McCaskill out..... We have to kill the Claire Bear, ladies and gentlemen. She walks around like she's some sort of Rainbow Brite Care Bear or something but really she's an evil monster." According to local reports, the "kill the Claire Bear" line was met with "mild applause."The rhetoric prompted the U.S. read more

Redefining 'compromise'

05/09/12 10:40AM

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a member of the House Republican leadership and the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, was recently asked about lawmakers' capacity to compromise. As Robert Schlesinger noted, his response was illustrative."Compromising is one thing as long as you're compromising and moving in the direction of your principles," the right-wing lawmaker said. "If you're compromising and moving away from the direction of your principles, I'm not sure it's a compromise."And I'm not sure if Price has access to a dictionary. read more

Michele Bachmann, Swiss citizen

05/09/12 10:00AM

When I saw reports bouncing around this morning that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) had become a Swiss citizen, I thought it was some kind of joke with an odd punch line. As it turns out, it's legit.The Minnesota congresswoman and former Republican presidential candidate was recently granted dual citizenship, Bachmann's office confirmed Tuesday night, according to CNN."Congresswoman Bachmann's husband is of Swiss descent so she has been eligible for dual-citizenship since they got married in 1978," spokeswoman Becky Rogness said in a statement. read more