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Senator David Vitter blocks US economic recovery

05/07/12 08:00PM

Betsey Stevenson of the Wharton School of Business, and former U.S. Department of Labor chief economist, talks with Chris Hayes about Senator David Vitter's baseless block of two of President Obama's nominees to the Federal Reserve Board and the peril... watch

By what sort of magic....?

By what sort of magic....?

05/07/12 07:48PM

I don't mean to dwell on the moon-shooting thing, but I just want to add this one other point of note. It may be that you came to work today with not much to show for all the hype of the weekend's super moon, only to find everyone sharing an amazing photo of the World Trade Center with super moon rising behind it, taken by Gary Hershorn for Reuters.Wow. It looks like he figured out that azimuth, looked up the moonrise time and got himself in the right spot to make it all work. But wait. read more

Ahead on the 5/7 Maddow Show

05/07/12 06:59PM

Tonight's guests:Evan Wolfson, president, Freedom to MarryBetsey Stevenson, Wharton School of Business, former U.S. Department of Labor chief economistNan Aron,  president, Alliance for Justice, as well as a lawyer specializing in public interest lawHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a preview of tonight's show:How to do it: Click the videoOpen the song link in a new windowPause the song while the video's commercial plays out.Play the song when you hear BillSwitch back over to the video and enjoy with musical accompaniment. read more

Monday's Mini-Report

05/07/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* The AP reports on a thwarted terror plot: "The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden."* The French weren't the only ones who rebelled against austerity over the weekend; voters in Greece took steps in the same direction. read more

Dear candidates: learn the minimum wage

05/07/12 04:55PM

Back in March, the three Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Missouri got together for a debate, and none of the three could accurately say what the minimum wage is. I figured, right about then, every campaign consultant for every Senate candidate would take their boss aside, say "Remember, if anyone asks, it's $7.25 an hour."Apparently, I assumed wrong.In this video, Republican Rick Berg, the U.S. Senate candidate in a competitive North Dakota race, was asked what the minimum wage is in the state. read more

Romney's cowardice keeps getting in the way

05/07/12 03:25PM

Four years ago, shortly before the presidential campaign, John McCain was participating in a town-hall forum, and heard from a voter who wanted to share a concern. "I can't trust Obama," she said. "I have read about him and he's not, he's not uh, he's an Arab."The Republican nominee, to his credit, took back the microphone and said, "No, ma'am. read more

When Republicans close off every avenue

When Republicans close off every avenue

05/07/12 02:30PM

In the broadest possible sense, Washington has two main choices to spur economic growth during tough times. Policymakers can rely on Congress and the White House to approve fiscal stimulus that injects capital into the economy, or they can rely on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy. read more