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Thursday's campaign round-up

07/05/12 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:* President Obama will kick off a bus tour today, hitting stops in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.* Following the recent pattern, Mitt Romney's campaign will respond by... read more

This could have been in the U.S., instead of Sweden.

A country that can think big (or really small)

07/05/12 11:29AM

The apparent Higgs boson breakthrough is a scientific triumph, but it's worth noting that this decades-long search could have happened sooner -- and on American soil -- had it not been for congressional budget cuts.Brad Plumer explained this morning that American physicists were developing a particle accelerator three times as powerful as... read more

Candidate Chris Collins (R) rejects cancer data.

The Republican drive to politicize cancer

07/05/12 10:35AM

It hasn't been a great few weeks for Republicans' approach to cancer. First, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) vetoed a bill approved by her own party on the HPV vaccine, which will have the result of more women with cervical cancer. This came around the same time as Richard Mourdock, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Indiana,... read more

Widespread disenfranchising in Pennsylvania

07/05/12 10:00AM

About a week ago, Republican Mike Turzai, Pennsylvania's House Majority Leader, made a startling confession. Boasting about the state's new voter-ID law, which was ostensibly about the integrity of the electoral process, Turzai bragged that the law "is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania."The... read more

Bob Diamond, disgraced former Barclays CEO and Mitt Romney pal

A Diamond in the rough

07/05/12 09:35AM

As financial scandals go, this week's Barclays fiasco is just ugly. But even if you don't care at all about British finances, there are domestic angles to the controversy.Libor, the London interbank offered rate, is a standard interest rate for loans between banks. It serves as a benchmark for more than $10 trillion in lending to... read more

'Muddying up the narrative' on vouchers

'Muddying up the narrative' on vouchers

07/05/12 08:55AM

We talked on Tuesday about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) new statewide school voucher scheme, which gives tuition money to as many as 380,000 kids in struggling public schools, encouraging them to transfer to private schools. Jindal's program is already off to a rough start, with unanswered questions about accountability and proper... read more

Jobless claims show unexpected improvement

Jobless claims show unexpected improvement

07/05/12 08:39AM

It's been a while since initial unemployment claims offered a little good news, which makes today's new report from the Department of Labor a welcome sight.The previous week's figures were revised up slightly, but the new totals have reached their best level since May, and offer the sharpest improvement since April.The number of... read more

A flip-flop-flip on Romneycare's 'tax'

07/05/12 08:00AM

Mitt Romney has been known for some convoluted, contradictory, and downright confounding positions on the issues, but even by his standards, his position on health care is a mess.Romney's original position was that the individual mandate he imposed through his state-based reform law was a "tax penalty," which he strongly favored. read more

Morning Maddow: July 5

07/05/12 07:54AM

Oooooh! .... Awwww!Romney changes his tune on  the individual mandate. Now it's a tax.Did the ATF encourage illegal gun sales? Take a look at the evidence."Personhood" fails to make the Ohio ballot this year.The first NATO trucks arrive in Afghanistan via the reopened Pakistan supply route.Higgs meets his boson."Blade Runner... read more

John Adams says you're two days late

John Adams says you're two days late

07/04/12 05:47PM

From a letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776:Time has been given for the whole People, maturely to consider the great Question of Independence and to ripen their judgments, dissipate their Fears, and allure their Hopes, by discussing it in News Papers and Pamphletts, by debating it, in Assemblies, Conventions, Committees of... read more

Independence Day 2012

07/04/12 08:00AM

To honor the 4th of July, Maddow Blog will likely be pretty quiet today (even if John Adams thinks we're celebrating on the wrong day). If there's some major news development, I'll be around, but assuming it's a slow news day, don't expect any new content until tomorrow.In the meantime, here's a musical interlude: ... read more

The most honest politician

The most honest politician

07/03/12 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Tuesday’s show – the most honest politician in Washington, D.C., plus how one vote caused a huge splash in the North Carolina legislature, plus an update on voter I.D.... watch

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