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Morning Maddow: June 1

06/01/12 07:46AM

President Obama: Hacker-in-chief.Looks like Romney isn't the only one with troublesome surrogates.Nancy Reagan endorses Romney.Michigan is investigating Thaddeus McCotter's election mess.Norwegian prison seeks "friends" for mass-murderer Anders Breivik.The invaluable BuzzFeed collects pictures of Pres. George H.W. Bush's... read more

Coming soon, to a sky near you: The Transit of Venus

05/31/12 08:00PM

Astrophysicist extraordinaire Summer Ash stopped by our office today to introduce us to the wonders of the “Transit of Venus”. Don’t be frightened! It’s not a bad sci-fi movie,  but a rare, celestial spectacle: Venus will pass across the Sun, directly in our line of sight.And you really don't want to miss it, because it will be your last... read more

New Yorkers come out for celestial celebrity

New Yorkers come out for celestial celebrity

05/31/12 07:15PM

Despite a discouraging forecast, New Yorkers turned out in droves for what may be America's most celebrated sunset, Manhattanhenge. Our Andy Dallos staked out a spot on 42nd Street on both Tuesday and Wednesday in the hopes of photographing the street grid/sunset alignment. Cloud cover did not permit anyone to get the perfect shot (our NBC... read more

Ahead on the 5/31 Maddow show

05/31/12 06:49PM

Tonight's guests include:EJ Dionne, columnist for the Washington Post, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, msnbc contributor and author of "Our Divided Political Heart"Buddy Roemer, former presidential candidate, announcing end to his presidential runWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight&... read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

05/31/12 05:29PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* As you may have heard, a jury today found John Edwards not guilty on one count, and was deadlocked on the remaining five charges.* There was a congenial gathering at the White House today, where President Obama welcomed former President George W. read more

Romney sees silly WH conspiracy

Romney sees silly WH conspiracy

05/31/12 04:38PM

Before Mitt Romney took credit for obnoxious hecklers, he quietly shuttled campaign reporters to a press conference outside Solyndra's California headquarters. This apparently made activists on the right giddy -- Team Romney not only orchestrated hecklers, they also talked about a company that was one of many that benefited from federal... read more

Quote of the Day

05/31/12 03:34PM

As part of the Obama campaign's renewed focus on Mitt Romney's gubernatorial record, leading members of the president's re-election team, including David Axelrod, appeared in Boston this morning for an event. read more

Anti-abortion vote fails on House floor

05/31/12 03:01PM

House Republicans' laser-like focus on jobs and the economy took yet another detour today, with the GOP majority bringing the latest in a series of anti-abortion bills to the House floor.The House on Thursday rejected a Republican bill that would impose fines and prison terms against doctors who perform abortions for the sole purpose of... read more

Seen in Colorado: The 'guns and Bibles' candidate

Seen in Colorado: The 'guns and Bibles' candidate

05/31/12 02:30PM

Madison Ritter sends this picture of a campaign poster for Johnny Herndon, Tea Party candidate for commissioner in Fremont County, Colorado. Herndon is a seriously entertaining candidate with a love for guns and motor sports and putting his answers to questions on Youtube.(We love getting pictures, etc. -- send more, please.) read more

Boehner poised to raise student loan interest rates

Boehner poised to raise student loan interest rates

05/31/12 01:44PM

Congress has until June 30 to act on student-loan interest rates, or rates will double for over 7 million students, who'll face an average of $1,000 in additional debt. The assumption has been that policymakers would work something out before the deadline.That assumption is probably wrong. read more

Pivoting from Bain to the Bay State

05/31/12 12:36PM

In recent weeks, President Obama's re-election campaign has focused heavily on Mitt Romney's controversial private-sector background, shining a light on the mass layoffs the Republican orchestrated at his private-equity firm. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

05/31/12 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:* In Wisconsin, a Marquette Law School poll released yesterday found Gov. Scott Walker (R) leading Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) by 7 points, 52% to 45%. read more