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Fighting for the Voting Rights Act

05/11/12 08:35AM

Josh Gerstein noted a few months ago, "In a political system where even the most trivial issues trigger partisan rancor, the Voting Rights Act has stood for several decades as a rare point of bipartisan consensus. Until now."Quite right. The radicalization of the Republican Party has pushed GOP policymakers to extremes that would have... read more

There's renewed interest in what kind of young man Mitt Romney was.

An unpleasant trip down memory lane

05/11/12 08:00AM

Whether one considers Mitt Romney's actions as a young man relevant or not in 2012, the story took on a life of its own yesterday, as the public got a better sense of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's personal background.After the Washington Post reported that Romney, as an 18-year-old high-school senior, assaulted a... read more

Morning Maddow: May 11

05/11/12 07:45AM

Documentary film shows Gov. Scott Walker talking "divide and conquer" on collective bargaining.JP Morgan Chase shows that at least one "too big to fail" bank learned nothing from the last few years.The fight over Mississippi's new Voter I.D. bill.The first pill to block HIV infection gets closer to FDA approval.Catholic... read more

Ahead on the 5/10 Maddow Show

05/10/12 07:40PM

Tonight's guests:Karen Finney, columnist for The Hill, former DNC communications director, msnbc political analystFrank Phillips, State House bureau chief, Boston GlobeHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a (musically accompanied) look at tonight's stories. read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

05/10/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* President Obama was reportedly not pleased that Vice President Biden got "a little bit over his skis" on marriage equality, and the VP has apparently apologized for having created a controversy.* The Justice Department today filed a civil suit against radical Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, "... read more

The House GOP leadership is supposed to prevent votes like today's.

House GOP pits Pentagon vs. poor

05/10/12 03:40PM

Even by the standards of House Republicans, this was a rather extraordinary vote.The House voted Thursday to override steep cuts to the Pentagon's budget mandated by last summer's debt deal and replace them with spending reductions to food stamps and other mandatory social programs.While doomed in the Senate and opposed by the White... read more