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President Obama delivers remarks at an event observing 2011 LGBT Pride month in the White House.

Obama campaign rejects anti-gay ballot measures

04/10/12 08:00AM

Officially, President Obama and his team have not yet announced their support for same-sex marriage. They appear, however, to be inching closer to shifting positions.A few weeks ago, the Obama campaign announced its formal opposition to a ballot measure in North Carolina that would ban same-sex marriage. read more

Morning Maddow: April 10

04/10/12 07:50AM

President Obama is campaigning on pushing for the Buffett Rule today (My mistake: the Buffett Rule speech is not a campaign event).Will health reform increase or decrease the deficit? Depends on which report you read.The anatomy of a false political story gone viral.The push to register Christians to vote in Florida.The federal government will propose new mortgage rules today.Wealth counseling for the super-rich but sad.I need this. read more

Anything goes

Anything goes

04/09/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Monday's show - state Republican parties are going broke, plus North Korea in... watch

Ahead on the 4/9 Maddow show

04/09/12 06:02PM

Tonight's guests include:Jon Ralston, host of "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and columnist for the Las Vegas SunSteve Kornacki, senior writer for Salon and msnbc political analystWhile 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 brings you the preview, from a very sunny Southern California:  read more

Monday's Mini-Report

04/09/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* A brutal crime in Oklahoma: "A Tulsa, Oklahoma, judge has ordered that Jake England and Alvin Watts -- the two men arrested in connection with Friday's shooting spree that left three dead and two wounded -- each be held on a $9.16 million bond."* Syrian violence spreads: "Conflict in Syria burst over the borders into neighboring Lebanon and Turkey on Monday, with one Lebanese cameraman killed and at least four people, two Syrian and two Turkish, injured in fighting on the Syrian-Turkish border."* All eyes on North Korea:* The case is not going to a grand jury: " read more

Congressional Birthers just can't help themselves

04/09/12 04:33PM

It's been nearly a full year since the White House, hoping to end the borderline-racist garbage once and for all, released President Obama's "long form" birth certificate. And yet, Republican members of Congress can't quite let go of this strain of madness.Last month it was Rep. Cliff Stearns (R) of Florida. This month it's Rep. read more

The RNC's war on metaphors

04/09/12 03:59PM

When Republican officials aren't relying on denial when explaining away the "war on women," they rely on an old standby: questioning their opponents' patriotism."I find it offensive that the Democratic National Committee is using a term like that to describe policy differences," said Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee. "It's not only bad, but it's downright pathetic they would use a term like 'war' when there are millions of Americans who actually have engaged in a real war. read more

Gingrich still loves Pinochet's pension "reforms."

About that 'Chilean model'

04/09/12 02:29PM

When it comes to entitlement "reforms," lately we tend to think of Republican efforts to end Medicare's guaranteed benefit and replace it with a private voucher scheme. It's worth noting, however, that the GOP hasn't given up on privatizing Social Security, either.On "Fox News Sunday," for example, Newt Gingrich said he'd like to see the United States adopt Chile's system."Back in 1983, the last time we've tried to fix social security, if we had adopted a Chilean model where people have a personal account, there'd be $16 trillion in savings. read more

Obama and Reagan vs. the GOP

04/09/12 01:22PM

Eight months ago, Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times headlined, "Stop Coddling the Super-Rich," a group that included, of course, the author of the piece. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

04/09/12 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 Rick Santorum leaving the campaign trail to tend to an ailing daughter, Mitt Romney has temporarily pulled his anti-Santorum attack ads in Pennsylvania.* The Santorum campaign, meanwhile, has released a full schedule of upcoming campaign events to counteract rumors of his withdrawal.* In Massachusetts' closely-watched U.S. Senate race, Elizabeth Warren raised $6.9 million in the first quarter. That's more than double incumbent Sen. read more

American Crossroads sees Obama winning tax debate

American Crossroads sees Obama winning tax debate

04/09/12 11:00AM

Karl Rove's attack operation, American Crossroads, the powerhouse of the Republican family of super PACs, is planning to begin "its first major anti-Obama advertising blitz of the year." It's unclear how big the initial round of attacks will be, but the operation has "an anticipated bank account of more than $200 million," most of which has come from undisclosed contributions.But Crossroads is doing more than just crafting ads; it's also doing ample research as to which messages are resonating with the public. It led to this interesting tidbit. read more