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'Vague, general or downright evasive'

'Vague, general or downright evasive'

06/27/12 12:28PM

For those of us who've marveled for months at Mitt Romney's reluctance to take firm positions on major issues, it's heartening to see so many others start to notice the same problem.Politico reported this week, "Vague, general or downright evasive policy prescriptions on some of the most important issues facing the country... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

06/27/12 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:* A new Quinnipiac poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney in three key swing states. Obama's up by four points in Florida (45% to 41%), six points in Pennsylvania (45% to 39%... read more

Jeff Flake's South Africa problem

06/27/12 10:45AM

The U.S. Senate race, at least so far, isn't working out the way Rep. Jeff Flake (R) had hoped. When Flake launched his campaign for the open seat, he was deemed the presumptive favorite, and given the state's partisan leanings, the six-term congressman appeared to be in good shape.But the road has gotten surprisingly bumpy. For one... read more

A moral difference on health care

A moral difference on health care

06/27/12 10:09AM

Over the last several weeks, there have been competing reports about what, if anything, congressional Republicans will do if the Supreme Court kills the Affordable Care Act. Some reports suggest GOP policymakers, fearing a public backlash, will grudgingly extend some popular consumer protections currently in "Obamacare." Other reports... read more

Michigan Republican very funny ha-ha

Michigan Republican very funny ha-ha

06/27/12 09:36AM

On Monday's show, we aired the 14-word answer from Jeffrey Timmer, a Michigan Republican, about why he resigned from an elections board where both sides had conflicts of interest. Timmer's GOP political firm was involved in challenging a referendum campaign against the state's emergency manager law. He then joined his fellow... read more

Vern Buchanan runs from questions

Vern Buchanan runs from questions

06/27/12 09:09AM

I've been keeping an eye on the corruption allegations surrounding Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), and unfortunately for the Republican, the controversy appears to be intensifying.Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, a self-made Florida millionaire, is only in his third term in Congress, but he already is in charge of fundraising for the Republican... read more

Genuine Support vs. Support by Default

Genuine Support vs. Support by Default

06/27/12 08:31AM

The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll is chock full of interesting data, and though there are results both sides will be glad to see, on balance, the news is better for President Obama than Mitt Romney.In a head-to-head match-up, Obama's lead is only three points nationwide, 47% to 44%, which is largely unchanged from the last few months. read more

Romney campaigns at Carter Machinery in southwest Virginia.

Romney backer supports Obama agenda

06/27/12 08:00AM

Mitt Romney campaigned yesterday in southwest Virginia, speaking to a crowd of about 1,000 people gathered outside a company called Carter Machinery. That, in and of itself, wouldn't be especially noteworthy, were it not for some of the interesting details about the company and the views of its CEO.Even before the campaign event, it was... read more

Are you there, life?  It's us, NASA

Morning Maddow: June 27

06/27/12 07:23AM

Liberal incumbent in New York and conservative incumbent in Utah both put yesterday's primary in the win columnSafe subway surfing comes to NYC Lawyers for a man accused of a bomb plot, present no evidence and call no witnessesThe handshake heard 'round the kingdomFire is tearing through Colorado Springs and it's terrifyingSee... read more

Nora Ephron 1941-2012

Nora Ephron 1941-2012

06/27/12 12:05AM

Writer, director Nora Ephron has died in New York City at age 71.In a comedy world woefully under-represented by women, Ephron's work found a sweet spot that was always funny without being cruel, skeptical without being cynical and life affirming when nihilism would have been so much easier. Members of that club? Nora Ephron… and no one... read more

Rove hides behind non sequitur on...

Rove hides behind non sequitur on disclosure question

06/26/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on Republican activist Karl Rove's peculiar response when asked about a challenge from a lawyer for President Obama to disclose the donors to his political organization because it crosses the line between "social welfare" and... watch

Channeling Harry Reid's rage

Channeling Harry Reid's rage

06/26/12 08:00PM

The Rachel Maddow Show's Kent Jones performs Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's response to Senator Rand Paul's attempt to attach yet another Republican anti-abortion amendment, this time to an important piece of flood legislation - with feeling. watch

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