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On tonight's show

On tonight's show

05/08/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show. Major elections taking place in North Carolina, Indiana and Wisconsin. Also, find out about the special prayer event held at Statuary Hall today. Rachel is... watch

Right wins, GOP loses in Tuesday elections

Right wins, GOP loses in Tuesday elections

05/08/12 08:00PM

Steve Kornacki, senior writer for Salon, talks with Rachel Maddow about Tuesday night's election returns and what's at stake, the changes in the Republican Party, and whether it's ever possible for minority rights to pass in a state-wide ballot... watch

The RNC is bad at its job

The RNC is bad at its job

05/08/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reviews a series of gaffes and self-defeating statements by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Prebus and other Republican officials and concludes that they're not very good at the job the're supposed to be doing. watch

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

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