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Protesters outside Romney's fundraisers at the Hamptons.

When the GOP elite slips into self-parody

07/09/12 11:29AM

Imagine if Thurston Howell III and C. Montgomery Burns were real people. Then imagine they were attending a fundraiser for Mitt Romney in the Hamptons. Then imagine they spoke to reporters about why, exactly, they want to see President Obama defeated.It turns out, you don't actually have to imagine any of this, because yesterday, it... read more

On the offensive on women's rights

07/09/12 10:45AM

How do we know President Obama believes he has the advantage on hot-button, culture-war issues? Because he's not afraid to take the offensive, running ads like these.This spot, titled "Troubled," was launched over the weekend by the Obama campaign, and will air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina,... read more

The 'surrogate problem' lingers

The 'surrogate problem' lingers

07/09/12 10:16AM

For much of the year, Mitt Romney has struggled with high-profile surrogates who don't seem to care for him. The trouble seems to be getting worse.Shortly after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) threw his support to Romney, the senator said, "There are a lot of other people out there that some of us wish had run for president -- but they didn&... read more

Why focus groups' incredulity matters

07/09/12 09:45AM

It seems like ages ago, but in October 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Republican policymakers pushed for what they called an "economic stimulus" bill. The GOP plan was absurd -- the "stimulus" was a massive corporate giveaway, tilted towards the richest of the rich. Even the Wall Street Journal admitted the plan "... read more

Unanswered questions about Romney's offshore finances

07/09/12 09:07AM

If Sunday show watchers turned on their TVs yesterday, expecting to see Democrats on the offensive over Friday's jobs report, they may have been surprised. Prominent Democratic voices, displaying a level of message discipline that's highly unusual for their party, instead focused in on one lingering issue: what's with Mitt Romney&... read more

A subject George Will should avoid

07/09/12 08:30AM

The climate crisis is generally ignored on the major Sunday morning talk shows, so it was encouraging to see the subject come up on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Far less encouraging, however, was George Will's take on the issue.E.J. Dionne Jr., a member of the media panel on yesterday's show, raised a... read more

To fix a problem, one must first understand it

07/09/12 08:00AM

After Friday's disappointing jobs report, it was hardly surprising that unemployment was at the center of President Obama's and the Republican Party's respective weekly addresses over the weekend. But the way in which the two sides presented the issue tells us a great deal about the nature of the debate.For his part, the president... read more

Morning Maddow: July 9

07/09/12 07:49AM

President Obama will call for extending the Bush tax cuts for the middle class.Romney donor: "We are V.I.P." Another: "lower income people... don't understand how it works."Texas' voter ID law is in court today.The RNC will attack Pres. Obama on the stimulus this week.Conservatives make it rough for business.Rep.... read more

This Week in God

This Week in God

07/07/12 10:05AM

First up from the God Machine this week is the end of the extraordinary Nuns On The Bus tour, which wrapped up in Washington this week, after a series of well-received events in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. Suzy Khimm reported this week on the culmination of the successful tour."It's immoral!" The nuns were concluding a... read more

First responders: The Thaddeus McCotter sentence diagram challenge

First responders: The Thaddeus McCotter sentence diagram challenge

07/06/12 08:40PM

We challenged you to diagram this sentence from Congressman Thaddeus McCotter's resignation letter:"Thus, acutely aware one cannot rebuild their hearth of home amongst the ruins of their U.S. House office, for the sake of my loved ones I must 'strike another match, go start anew' by embracing the promotion back from public... read more

Ahead on the 7/6 Maddow show

07/06/12 06:40PM

Tonight's guests include:Harvey Weinstein, movie producer, co-founder of Miramax, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Obama fundraiserChristina Romer, professor of economics at University of California-Berkley and former chair of the Obama Council of Economic AdvisorsHere's tonight's soundtrack!And here's senior producer... read more

Novoselic vs. Lakrisal, round 1

07/06/12 06:00PM

Krist Novoselic, bassist and co-founder of Nirvana, stopped by the Rachel Maddow Show last night to talk voting rights and his organization FairVote. Turns out he is not only a righteous dude, he is also fearless – and psyched to try a Lakrisal (the weird Scandinavian "candy" that most of us here can't eat) in our green room... read more

Challenge: Diagram this Thaddeus McCotter sentence

Challenge: Diagram this Thaddeus McCotter sentence

07/06/12 05:53PM

Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-Michigan) has resigned. In May, McCotter failed spectacularly to qualify for the Republican primary in his district by turning in only a fraction of the required valid signatures along with a forest of fraudulent ones. He dropped out of the race and has asked the state to investigate what went wrong.You can read... read more


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