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Romney, Republican finger puppet?

Romney, Republican finger puppet?

05/01/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow shares video of Grover Norquist explaining to conservatives that if they elect sufficiently conservative members of Congress, they need only elect a president whose fingers are capable of working a pen. watch

Paul Krugman talks with Rachel Maddow

Paul Krugman talks with Rachel Maddow

05/01/12 08:00PM

Dr. Paul Krugman, Nobel prize winning economist, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, Princeton professor and author of the new book “End This Depression Now!” talks with Rachel Maddow about the relationship between income inequality, political... watch

Ron Paul delegate strategy is working

Ron Paul delegate strategy is working

05/01/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow shows how Ron Paul's strategy of infiltrating the Republican establishment with supports is yielding rewards in terms of delegates to support him at the Republican National Convention. watch

Ahead on the 5/1 Maddow show

05/01/12 07:02PM

Tonight's guests include:Dr. Paul Krugman, Nobel prize winning economist, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, Princeton professor and author of the new book “End This Depression Now!”Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic, editor of the Washington Note and editor in chief of Atlantic LiveWhile 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)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Pic: Boom is for duckies

Pic: Boom is for duckies

05/01/12 06:00PM

Suwin Chan writes from Westerly, Rhode Island:On a recent show, Rachel described how booms don't work so well in trapping spilled oil. Please let her know that booms do work perfectly well... you just have to use them for the right purpose! they worked perfectly in trapping 20,000 rubber duckies swimming down the Pawcatuck River during the 14th annual duck race in Westerly, RI.The race benefits the schools and local nonprofits, who get $2.85 for each duck they sell.(We love getting pictures from where you live -- send more, please.) read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

05/01/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, and in Kabul, signed "a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for more than a decade."* Also note, Obama will deliver a national address this evening from Bagram Air Base. It will air at 7:30 p.m. eastern.* Ohio plot thwarted: "Five men described by federal authorities as anarchists who were angry with corporate America and the government have been charged with plotting to bomb an Ohio bridge. read more

Wisconsin Dems make an issue of equal pay

05/01/12 04:28PM

Today's sign that the recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is as much about national politics as politics in Wisconsin comes from state Democrats' "Pocket Change" ad. Verbate:"Equality? A dollar for him, 77 cents for her. Republicans say it's because money is more important for men. Even though she does the same work as him, she gets 23 percent less. And until Scott Walker's out of office, Wisconsin can't do anything about it."Governor Walker signed away workers' right to sue in state court over unfair wages. read more

Conservatives force Grenell's ouster

05/01/12 03:48PM

Just two weeks ago, the Romney campaign hired Richard Grenell to serve as the Republican's spokesperson on foreign policy. And while this isn't ordinarily a high-profile position, the decision proved to be problematic for a couple of reasons.From the left, Grenell proved to be controversial because of a series of social-media messages that targeted women in politics and media with sexist language. read more

The 'issues people care about'

05/01/12 02:47PM

Charlie Rose asked Mitt Romney this morning about the likelihood of a negative campaign through the fall. The presumptive Republican nominee offered an interesting response.For those who can't watch clips online, Romney said:"I think what you've seen so far with the president and I won't rehearse all of the attacks, but you began with Romney wouldn't have gone after Osama bin Laden. These silly kinds of attacks, it's like, what has that got to do with getting our economy going?"Of course, I would have taken out Osama bin Laden, but what's the right course for the economy? read more

Occupy Cleveland cancels May Day plans

Occupy Cleveland cancels May Day plans

05/01/12 02:13PM

The FBI arrested five suspects last night in what law enforcement describes as a plot to blow up a bridge near Cleveland today. The local Cleveland Scene screengrabs some of their Facebook pages, including the one belonging to Douglas Wright, above.On the right, the arrests are showing up as a case of "Occupy Leaders" gone way wrong. And it's true that you can find a couple of the suspects had been called Occupy organizers, in a Tumblr post and in this local report. read more

Invasion of the 'Kanamits'

05/01/12 01:13PM

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) caused a stir recently when he accused dozens of House Democrats of being secret members of the Communist Party. In his latest Facebook message, however, the right-wing congressman has a new label in mind.Apparently complaining about Democratic efforts to keep student loan interest rates low, West complains that "President Barack Hussein Obama" is "bribing" voters. The Republican lawmaker added, "This is so reminiscent of the Twilight Zone episode 'To Serve Man'. read more

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Moving 'forward,' into a red scare

05/01/12 12:37PM

When the Obama campaign unveiled a seven-minute video yesterday, making the case for the president's re-election, it also unveiled a new theme: "Forward." For those of us at msnbc, the choice of words seemed pretty familiar.But we were hardly the only ones. Zeke Miller highlighted all kinds of groups, outlets, and organizations that have also put "forward" to good use. It's also a common position in many team sports. It's even Wisconsin's official state motto.But as Todd Gregory noted, some on the right have found a hidden socialist plot. read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

05/01/12 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:* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) raised an astonishing $13 million in just three months for his recall campaign. That's almost on par with some presidential candidates.* President Obama's campaign unveiled its second television ad this morning, which makes use of Mitt Romney's Swiss bank account. read more