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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

Ahead on the 6/26 Maddow show

06/26/12 07:00PM

Tonight's guests include: Rep. Bob Filner, (D) California, Ranking member of the Veterans' Affairs CommitteeSen. Jon Tester, (D) MontanaAnd here's tonight's soundtrack.Executive producer Bill Wolff with a preview of tonight's show: read more

(Very) basic licorice chemistry 101

(Very) basic licorice chemistry 101

06/26/12 06:10PM

We've had divine intervention in the Lakrisal investigation. Or rather, professional scientific intervention.Ever since we tried Lakrisal for the first time, we've been plagued with nagging questions: Where did this stuff come from? Why did most of us find this super salty, soy sauce-esque taste just awful? Do folks in Nordic countries... read more

TRMS Infoxication writing challenge: Terror in the bog!

TRMS Infoxication writing challenge winners

06/26/12 06:01PM

Huzzah! The latest installment of the TRMS Infoxication* Writing Challenge was another triumph; your Fox Nation-esque headline writing chops cannot be stopped, we can only hope to contain them.So here are our winners. Congratulations and thanks to all who submitted. The selection process is brutal!(*Just to recap, Infoxication means transforming... read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

06/26/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* A bellicose tone: "Buoyed by support from his country's NATO allies, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Syrian forces on Tuesday to stay clear of their troubled border or face a Turkish military response to any perceived threat, following the disputed downing of a Turkish warplane."* A... read more

Voter suppression through the looking glass

06/26/12 04:22PM

In recent years, Republican officials, most notably at the state level, have created several new barriers to prevent Americans from participating in elections. The voter-suppression tactics have included everything from voter-ID laws to restrictions of voter-registration drives to closing early-voting windows.The tactics deliberately affect... read more

Reid calls Paul abortion measure 'ridiculous'

06/26/12 03:37PM

Among the many things Congress has on its to-do list this week is a flood-insurance bill, which is being pushed fairly aggressively by the leadership in both parties. It reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance for five years, before it expires next month, and it's been widely expected that the bill would pass fairly easily.It has,... read more

Sounded like booing to us

Sounded like booing to us

06/26/12 02:00PM

Boston -- For a moment last night at a fundraiser held in Boston's Symphony Hall, one had to wonder whether President Obama had singlehandedly turned the state of Massachusetts from blue to red. In that moment he re-learned an important political lesson: know your crowd and, well, don't joke about the Red Sox."And finally, Bos, I... read more

What progress looks like

What progress looks like

06/26/12 01:26PM

Taking a step back for a moment, it's almost hard to believe how much progress there's been in the U.S. military when it comes to gay rights.For example, right about now, the Defense Department is hosting a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month event in the Pentagon Auditorium. read more

Impeachment is not a toy, redux

Impeachment is not a toy, redux

06/26/12 12:33PM

As if Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl's (R-Ariz.) comments yesterday about President Obama weren't troubling enough, this morning he appeared on Bill Bennett's radio show and used the "i" word.The host asked about compelling the Obama administration to "cooperate" with state immigration efforts, like those in... read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

06/26/12 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:* It didn't take long for the Obama campaign to take advantage of new reports documenting Mitt Romney's background in outsourcing jobs. In this new ad, the narration concludes, ... read more

Guess what he forced American consumers to buy?

Don't know much about history

06/26/12 11:31AM

For the last year or so, the principal argument from the right against the Affordable Care Act has focused on the individual mandate, which conservatives argue is a form of tyranny. Never before in American history, Republicans argue, have Americans been forced to make a purchase against their will.At a surface level, there are a couple of... read more

The GOP's affinity for loyalty oaths

The GOP's affinity for loyalty oaths

06/26/12 10:50AM

It's easy to forget, but loyalty oaths were not uncommon in Republican circles during the Bush/Cheney era.In August 2004, however, then-Vice President Cheney spoke at an event in Albuquerque, but locals were only allowed to get a ticket to attend if they first signed a loyalty oath swearing they "endorse George W. Bush for reelection... read more

It's not a race for sixth-grade class president

It's not a race for sixth-grade class president

06/26/12 10:11AM

I sometimes think about something President Obama said in his inaugural address: "We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things."If someone could let Obama's opponent know, I'd appreciate it.For the second time in as many weeks, Mitt Romney's campaign taunted... read more

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