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05/04/12 11:52PM

Government Getting Smaller in the U.S.Threat from mounting public job losses tested Obama's economic strategyMitt Romney issues Ohio challenge to President Obama Romney Makes Obama's New Slogan His Punch Line Idaho Sen. Larry Craig Arrested After Incident in Men's Bathroom Scripps Howard Foundation Announces National Journalism Awards Winners Frank VanderSloot's newspaper ad (pdf) Melaleuca v. 43sb - Frequently Asked Questions Terror Defendant Convicted in New York Subway Plot read more

Cocktail Moment: The Stinger

05/04/12 10:02PM

For tonight's Cocktail Moment ahead of the Kentucky Derby, rather than showing you how to make a Mint Julep, which is an acquired taste, Rachel showed how to acquire the taste. This is how you train yourself to like the taste of a mint julep, if you don't already.It's one of the great Old Man drinks of all time: The Stinger.Ingredients:2 1/4 oz. Cognac or Brandy3/4 oz. ounce creme de menthe (get a good brand -- and get the clear one, not the green one).That's it.And then you have to shake the living daylights out of it. The key is to make it absolutely frigid. read more

Frank VanderSloot Statement on 'It's Elementary'

05/04/12 09:06PM

I am a strong supporter of the argument that gay and lesbian people should have the same rights as all other Americans. My argument against It's Elementary was not against the film itself but with its intended audience. I don't believe that sexual concepts – either homosexual or heterosexual - should be introduced in our schools to first, second and third graders. I would endorse It's Elementary for adults, but most Americans would agree it should not be shown to little kids.—Frank L. VanderSloot read more

Statement from Frank VanderSloot

05/04/12 09:06PM

We believe that Peter Zuckerman is a good man who did a poor job reporting the facts on an important story in 2005. The entire community was buzzing about Mr. Zuckerman's sexual orientation after a local radio talk show had talked about it for days. We came to Mr. Zuckerman's defense and chastised the talk show for bringing his sexual orientation into the debate. I apologize for any personal pain that he suffered because of our involvement. That was not our intent.—Frank L. VanderSloot read more

Hey, the newsletter sign-up page is spruced up

Hey, the newsletter sign-up page is spruced up

05/04/12 07:43PM

If you had frustrations with the old newsletter subscription page, this might be worth a second try.Or, if you never gave much thought to that green rectangle there in the right margin, now you know.It's hard to tell from the preview, but mainly what you get in the newsletter is links to recent blog posts and the clip playlist of the previous night's show. For a lot of people, checking e-mail is a more natural part of their daily online workflow than reading RSS feeds or remembering the visit the site every day. If I'm talking about you, this newsletter is what you're looking for. read more

Ahead on the 5/4 Maddow show

05/04/12 07:37PM

Tonight's guests include:Bill Richardson, former New Mexico governor and former United Nations ambassadorPeter Zuckerman, former Idaho Falls Post Register reporterWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before starting the song)Senior show producer Cory Gnazzo shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Friday's Mini-Report

05/04/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* The details of the story appear to change quickly, but it appears Chen Guangcheng and his family will be able to leave China to study abroad.* In the meantime, Mitt Romney seems eager to condemn U.S. efforts in this case, a move even Bill Kristol found foolish. "To inject yourself into the middle of this way with a fast moving target I think is foolish," Kristol told Fox News, adding, "There is no need to butt into a fast moving story when the secretary of state is in Beijing with delicate negotiations."* Romney also believes the U.S. read more

Chart imitates life: What happened to you

Chart imitates life: What happened to you

05/04/12 02:00PM

We haven't had this low a percentage of working-age Americans actually working or trying to get a job since the early 1980s (chart above). In April alone, more than half a million people gave up, which is scary.Meanwhile, productivity continues to rise while wages stagnate (chart below).  Workers are doing more with less, and often for less. Sound familiar, where you live?(H/T Felix Salmon, Andrew Sullivan; charts from Zero Hedge and Economic Policy Institute) read more

The gubernatorial term Romney no longer remembers

The gubernatorial term Romney no longer remembers

05/04/12 12:44PM

President Obama will have his first official 2012 campaign rally tomorrow in Columbus, Ohio, with a major event at Ohio State University. To mark the occasion, Mitt Romney has an op-ed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer today, "welcoming" the president to the Buckeye State (via Greg Sargent).Most of the piece is fairly predictable -- it uses the word "fail" four times -- and some of it is just odd. read more

Friday's campaign round-up

05/04/12 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:* With just five days left before Indiana's Republican U.S. Senate primary, a new Howey Politics/DePauw University poll shows state Treasurer Richard Mourdock leading incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar by 10 points, 48% to 38%.* On a related note, Rep. Michele Bachmann and far-right activist Grover Norquist are throwing their support to Mourdock.* In Virginia, a new Washington Post poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by seven, 51% to 44%. read more

What drives 'division'

What drives 'division'

05/04/12 11:20AM

A couple of weeks after the 2008 election, the Weekly Standard ran an interesting piece, listing ideas then-President Elect Obama could pursue if he were serious about governing in a unifying, post-partisan way. The writer, Peter Berkowitz, was skeptical, but if Obama were sincere about leading in an even handed way, here were seven steps he could take.Three and a half years later, Obama embraced nearly all of the Weekly Standard's recommendations. read more

Austerity economics, American style

Austerity economics, American style

05/04/12 10:42AM

It didn't generate much attention at the time, but Mitt Romney delivered a speech in Ohio recently in which he condemned the Recovery Act. Among other things, the Republican said it did too much to protect public-sector jobs, "which is probably the sector that should have been shrinking."This isn't just some throwaway line. Romney believes the U.S. economy would be stronger if there were fewer government jobs, not more. In other words, as far as the GOP's would-be president is concerned, fewer teachers, fewer firefighters, and fewer police officers would mean more economic growth. read more

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