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Those who defend concentrated wealth

05/02/12 01:23PM

The New York Times this week has a fascinating profile on Edward Conard, an extremely wealthy man who used to run a private-equity firm you've probably heard of. It's called Bain Capital. He's now one of Mitt Romney's most generous campaign donors.There's quite a bit in the piece, but the part that's hard to get over comes in the last paragraph: "At base, having a small elite with vast wealth is good for the poor and middle class. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

05/02/12 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:* Telegraphing which of Mitt Romney's vulnerabilities it finds most interesting, the Obama campaign released an infographic yesterday, highlighting all of the Republican's known off-shore bank accounts, including the Cayman Islands.* Romney's super PAC, Restore Our Future, is making a $3.7 million ad buy in nine 2012 battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia, and New Hampshire. read more

Capitol Hill's lovely hallways tend to be empty.

Working hard vs. hardly working

05/02/12 11:31AM

National Review ran an odd item the other day, "harping" that President Obama "vacations too much." NR's Jim Geraghty noted that he, among others, is "irked and fascinated by the commander-in-chief's regular getaways as economic hard times persist."I have to admit, I more or less assumed this would be the one aspect of Obama's presidency the right would be inclined to ignore. After all, Ronald Reagan took 436 days during his two terms, setting an all-time record. read more

The consequences of the GOP's voting restrictions

05/02/12 10:41AM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has heard the complaints about his party's "war on voting," and he doesn't like it. "For centuries our electoral process is based on one person, one vote, and for anyone to politicize the issue reeks of desperation and represents the worst in modern politics," Priebus said.Let that quote linger in your mind for a moment. read more

Mitt and Tagg Romney

Lifestyles of the rich and politically connected

05/02/12 10:10AM

Mitt Romney made the case last week that young people looking for opportunities and success should rely on their parents' wealth. If your folks don't have much in the way of disposable income, well, good luck.To drive home the significance of the Republican candidate's vision, consider the tale of Tagg Romney, the former governor's oldest son.The New York Times had a fascinating report this week on Tagg getting together in 2008 with Spencer Zwick, a Romney campaign fundraiser, to create a private equity fund called Solamere Capital.Neither had experience in private equity. read more

Bryant Park does "May Day"

05/02/12 09:46AM

May Day footage from The Rachel Maddow Show on Vimeo.Following a rainy morning rally outside of Bank of America on 42nd street, but before the arrests of dozens of people down in Union Square and lower Manhattan, the May Day protests of Bryant Park in Manhattan yesterday morning were loud, but tame- and musical. New York City police officers clustered around the protests with a few feet of room to spare, while hundreds of protesters danced, chanted and sang (with the help of a fairly decent horn and drum section).A few protesters shared what brought them to Bryant Park. read more

Wait until Tom Price is writing health care policy in 2013.

Popular health care protections on GOP chopping block

05/02/12 09:18AM

A national New York Times/CBS News poll recently asked respondents whether they approve of a specific provision in the Affordable Care Act: protections for those with pre-existing conditions. It was the single most popular element of "Obamacare" -- a whopping 85% approve of the measure.Keep in mind, these days, 85% of Americans don't agree on much of anything, but they all like this.That may not matter. Many Republican policymakers, if they succeed in destroying the entirely of the Affordable Care Act, have every intention of ending these wildly popular protections. Rep. read more

'Bigotry on the ballot' in North Carolina

05/02/12 08:00AM

State measures to prohibit same-sex marriage have been quite common in recent years, and tend to do quite well when put to voters. But for Republicans in North Carolina, a simple ban on marriage equality apparently isn't good enough.Instead, voters in North Carolina are considering whether to add something called Amendment One to the state constitution, which would go significantly further than the more routine anti-gay measures we've become accustomed to seeing. read more

Morning Maddow: May 2

05/02/12 07:42AM

Newt Gingrich gives his supporters "insider advance" notice that he's suspending his campaign today.Georgia's Governor signs a "fetal pain" abortion ban into law.Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" bill is effectively dead.Welcome to the Veepstakes, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.The diplomatic standoff over a Chinese dissident who sought U.S. help is over.Wal-Mart ordered to pay $4.8 million in back wages.Suicide attacks in Kabul after the President leaves. read more

Links for the 5/1 TRMS

Links for the 5/1 TRMS

05/01/12 09:01PM

The full list of material cited on tonight's show will appear here later, but for now here are the links Rachel mentioned specifically:December 14, 2008 - President Bush and Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Sign the Strategic Framework Agreement and Security AgreementParty Polarization: 1879 - 2010Ok, here we go. The full list: read more

Mechanics is for romantics

Mechanics is for romantics

05/01/12 08:00PM

In the course of being side-tracked while helping to do some research for yesterday's show, I learned that the above is called a Beam Splice Moment Connection.Moment connection? Like eyes that meet across the subway platform?No, but....Moment is a mechanical engineer's word for torque, although it has a little bit different meaning in the mechanical context. Cribbing from Wikipedia:The definition of torque states that one or both of the angular velocity or the moment of inertia of an object are changing. read more



05/01/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Tuesday’s show – President Obama makes a surprise trip to Afghanistan to meet with President Karzai and address U.S. involvement there, plus we’ve got Paul Krugman on the... watch