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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

Chock-full

Chock-full

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

Obama's exit strategies for Bush's wars

Obama's exit strategies for Bush's wars

05/01/12 08:00PM

Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large for The Atlantic, editor of the Washington Note and editor-in-chief of Atlantic Live, talks with Rachel Maddow about the contrast between the Bush administration's approach to Iraq, Afghanistan and Osama bin... watch

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

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