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This Week in God

05/26/12 09:53AM

First up from the God Machine this week is a look at the controversy that erupted after North Carolina pastor Charles Worley's anti-gay screed at his Providence Road Baptist Church.For those who can't watch clips online, Worley's Mother's Day sermon included these comments:"I figured a way out, a way to get rid of all... read more

On their mark

On their mark

05/26/12 12:55AM

The Gumball 3000 is more like a rolling, multi-city car show than a race, but as spectacles go it's to be admired. I was annoyed when I missed the NYC finish line in 2010, and didn't do much better with this year's starting line, but Andy happened by Times Square to reap some photos. If, like me, the tapestry of your personal... read more

Cocktail Moment: 'The Frisco'

05/26/12 12:16AM

Adapted from the show script...The beautiful, bewitching, otherworldly Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 years old this weekend.So as a happy birthday to the bridge, and an excuse to teach you how to make a really delicious whisky-drink that has a horrendous name, I hereby present to you... The Frisco.I know! Worst name in the world, right? read more

TRMS Infoxication writing challenge

TRMS Infoxication Writing Challenge Winners

05/25/12 06:20PM

Your winning streak continues! The second round of the TRMS Infoxication Writing Challenge fulfilled the promise of the first and proved that when it comes to creating brilliant, Fox Nation-esque headlines, our audience yields to no one. As for winners, congratulations, you all won. read more

Ahead on the 5/25 Maddow show

05/25/12 05:55PM

Tonight's guests include:Kathy Spillar, executive editor of Ms. Magazine and executive vice president of the Feminist Majority FoundationEzra Klein, columnist at The Washington Post and msnbc contributorWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out... read more

Friday's Mini-Report

05/25/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Optimism: "Consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in more than four years in May as Americans stayed optimistic about the job market, while higher income households expected to see bigger wage increases."* Egypt: "The runoff to become Egypt's first freely elected president is likely... read more

Wisconsin recall, homemade and not

Wisconsin recall, homemade and not

05/25/12 03:55PM

Jim Jorstad sends the pic above and just below. He says he found it along the road in Mazomanie, one of a series of handmade recall signs with messages about union rights, cuts to education, women's rights and the John Doe probe. The picture below comes from @triumph68. It sends you to a voter drive page hosted by Wisconsin Jobs Now.Today... read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XIX

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XIX

05/25/12 02:32PM

Campaigning in Iowa yesterday, President Obama reflected on some of Mitt Romney's recent speeches, including last week's remarks in Iowa. "I know Governor Romney came to Des Moines last week; warned about a 'prairie fire of debt,'" Obama said. "But he left out some facts. His speech was more like a cow pie of... read more

A fundraising flyer distributed by the Romney campaign.

The Trump case study

05/25/12 01:45PM

As a rule, I tend to ignore the political opinions of reality-show personality Donald Trump, but there is a certain electoral salience that underscores nonsense like this."A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book," Trump went on, "he said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. read more

Alliteration Alert

Alliteration Alert

05/25/12 12:49PM

Last night, while talking about Mitt Romney's new education plan, we mentioned a clever example of alliteration Mr. Romney presented to a class full of elementary students: Dogs drive Douglas dizzy.Clever, unless of course it reminds you of Mitt Romney's history of putting the family dog on the roof of a car during long vacation drives... read more

Etch A Sketching on China

Etch A Sketching on China

05/25/12 12:35PM

Mitt Romney tends to stick to vague generalities when it comes to foreign policy, but that doesn't stop him from slamming China with surprising frequency.In his second television ad of the general election, the Republican vows to "stand up to China" on his very first day in office, and in his interview with Mark Halperin this week... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

05/25/12 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:* Over the last three months, Gov. Scott Walker (R) and his allies have outspent Democrats and their allies by more than a 3-to-1 margin. The gubernatorial recall election is a week from... read more

Protecting Limbaugh's bust

Protecting Limbaugh's bust

05/25/12 11:33AM

Republicans in the Missouri legislature announced in March that it would honor Rush Limbaugh, of all people, with a bronze bust at the state capitol, giving him a place in the Hall of Famous Missourians alongside the likes of Mark Twain, Harry Truman, and Walt Disney. read more

The right doesn't John Maynard Keynes' principles after all.

Keynesians to the left of me, Keynesians to the right of me

05/25/12 10:53AM

The gist of Keynesian economics is fairly straightforward: during an economic downturn, caused by insufficient demand, it's up to the public sector to inject capital into the system while consumers and businesses pull back. It's what FDR used to rescue the country from the Great Depression and it's what President Obama used to... read more