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Enter the reindeer herder

05/31/12 09:35AM

Last night on the show, Rachel asked whether Michigan Republicans were ready to send a reindeer herder from their state's wealthy 11th Congressional District to Washington. The reindeer man would be Kerry Bentivolio, right, the lone Republican who managed to get his name on the primary ballot. Incumbent Thaddeus McCotter (not pictured)... read more

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When Fox drops the pretense

05/31/12 09:15AM

Even by Fox News standards, yesterday's edition of "Fox & Friends" was jaw-dropping. The show produced and aired its own four-minute attack ad targeting President Obama, brazenly shifting Fox from the role of an ostensible news organization to that of a Republican super PAC.The Baltimore Sun's David Zurawik said Fox&... read more

Jobless claims increase, reach five-week high

Jobless claims increase, reach five-week high

05/31/12 08:37AM

After a month-long respite, initial unemployment claims are again moving in the wrong direction. Today's report from the Department of Labor was a discouraging one.Last week's figures were revised up slightly, and the new totals unfortunately reached a five-week high, in spite of expectations to the contrary.The number of Americans who... read more

Florida voter purge to intensify

05/31/12 08:00AM

We talked on Tuesday about Florida Republicans' efforts to restricting voting in 2012, including cracking down on voter-registration drives, limiting the number of days available for early voting, and in the new push, taking away voting rights from eligible citizens while trying to purge non-citizens from the voting rolls.It's worth... read more

Morning Maddow: May 31

05/31/12 07:40AM

Wisconsin unions see their ranks drop ahead of the recall vote.The politics of today's House vote on banning sex-selection abortions.The Bushes return to the White House today.California's Senate passes a bill banning "ex-gay" therapy. (Special bonus points if you find the incredibly awesomely named therapist in the article.... read more

Mitt Romney unashamed to exploit 'birtherism'

Mitt Romney unashamed to exploit 'birtherism'

05/30/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow describes the tactic by the Mitt Romney campaign to challenge the qualifications of Barack Obama to be president of the United States, including entertaining the discredited "birtherism" embodied by lowbrow reality show performer Donald... watch

Call it a Koch Brothers coincidence

Call it a Koch Brothers coincidence

05/30/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow notes the funny coincidence that the Koch Brothers' "Americans for Prosperity" group that previously toured Wisconsin as the "Stand with Scott Walker" tour is touring Wisconsin again less than a week ahead of the recall election of that... watch

Typos an Amercian tradition

Typos an Amercian tradition

05/30/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reviews some recent slips of spelling and stumbles of the tongue, including Mitt Romney's misspelling of "America" in his new iPhone app, in the course of teasing to an upcoming segment. watch

Ahead on the 5/30 Maddow show

05/30/12 07:16PM

Tonight's guests:Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, sued Florida over voting rights violationsCongressman Bruce Braley, Democrat of IowaAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look ahead at what's to be covered (with accompaniment by recent Medal of Freedom honoree, Bob Dylan):  read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

05/30/12 05:31PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* What's next in Syria? Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, spoke to Andrea Mitchell at some length this afternoon.* President Obama hosted a rare bill-signing ceremony today, reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, and used the opportunity to reiterate his support for Congress acting on... read more

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