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Morning Maddow: April 19

04/19/12 07:41AM

The Colombian prostitute speaks about that Secret Service scandal.Meanwhile there's Mitt Romney's much milder "Cookiegate".Look who's getting contributions from the payday lending industry.The Dept. of Veterans' Affairs will increase its mental-health staffing.TransCanada changes its Keystone XL pipeline route.The CIA wants to expand its drone campaign in Yemen.Captured suspect reveals details about this weekend's major attack on Kabul, Afghanistan. read more

Links for the 4/18 TRMS

Links for the 4/18 TRMS

04/18/12 09:58PM

The full list of tonight's links will be posted here shortly, but for now, here are the links to the material Rachel mentioned at the end of the "ex-gay" segment in tonight's show:My so-called ex-gay lifeCommentary: Still the Iconoclast, Dr. Robert Spitzer Renounces His Infamous 'Ex-Gay' StudyCan Some Gay Men and Lesbians Change Their Sexual Orientation? 200 Participants Reporting a Change from Homosexual to Heterosexual Orientation - Robert L. Spitzer, M.D. (pdf)UPDATE: OK, here's the full list: read more

Sketchy

Sketchy

04/18/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Wednesday’s show – more Etch-a-sketch-ery by the Romney campaign for President, plus the so-called “science” of curing homosexuality is debunked by its very researcher, and... watch

Romney before he shakes the etch-a-sketch

Romney before he shakes the etch-a-sketch

04/18/12 08:00PM

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, joins Rachel Maddow to nail down exactly what Mitt Romney's positions on the issues are at this point in the campaign and predicts which he's likely to change first in trying to... watch

Virginia is for VAJAJAYs

Virginia is for VAJAJAYs

04/18/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow shares the highlights from viewer-submitted custom Virginia license plate ideas, including two that became real plates on actual cars. watch

'Curing homosexuality' totally baseless

'Curing homosexuality' totally baseless

04/18/12 08:00PM

Gabriel Arana, reporter and web editor at The American Prospect and author of the piece “My So Called Ex-Gay Life,” talks with Rachel Maddow about Dr. Robert Spitzer recanting the one paper that served as the basis for "scientific" justifications for... watch

McDonnell's ads for nothing

McDonnell's ads for nothing

04/18/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reviews new polls showing that Virginia's "Governor Vaginal Probe," Bob McDonnell, would not be helpful to Mitt Romney as a vice presidential pick, and wonders why McDonnell is running campaign ads when he's not running for anything. watch

Ahead on the 4/18 Maddow show

04/18/12 07:00PM

Tonight's guests include:Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington PostGabriel Arana, reporter and web editor at The American Prospect and author of the piece “My So Called Ex-Gay Life”While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before starting the song)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

The goal in Michigan

The goal in Michigan

04/18/12 06:30PM

Regarding the idea that autocracy can't help Michigan's troubled towns, commenter @tra1215 writes from one town the state has taken over:I live in Flint, and I haven't seen anything - NOTHING - that makes this city better. Police are still slow to respond (they don't even come for robberies anymore, unless they're in progress), potholes still dominate the roads, I wouldn't know about the schools because I pulled my kids out of them last year. read more

Folks waiting outside the Saban Theatre for Writers Bloc with Rachel Maddow and Bill Maher.

Coast to coast love

04/18/12 06:00PM

 We may have snuck a palm tree or two back on the plane. Maybe.Stay tuned for more pictures this weekend and next weekend, as Rachel's book tour for "Drift" continues! Many thanks to our West Coast TRMS friends for the love. read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

04/18/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* In an awful new controversy, some U.S. paratroopers took photographs of themselves posing with Afghan human body parts.* The Zimmerman trial: "The Florida judge overseeing the murder case against George Zimmerman stepped aside on Wednesday at the request of Mr. read more

Thomas Friedman's bad habits

Thomas Friedman's bad habits

04/18/12 04:50PM

If New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman hoped to get people talking with his column today, it was a sterling success -- I've lost count of how many pieces I've read today about Friedman's latest submission. The responses haven't exactly been positive, but at Friedman can at least take comfort in knowing his column is being read.Before getting into his latest piece, I wanted to note a little context. read more

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