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One night in L.A.

04/15/12 09:01PM

Rachel sat down with Bill Maher last week for a Writers Bloc presentation at the Saban Theatre in L.A. This might be the best three-minute lesson you can get on President Reagan's Iran-Contra scandal, and why it should have been a much bigger deal than Watergate. read more

This Week in God

04/14/12 10:02AM

As "This Week in God" settles in on Saturday mornings, the God Machine has plenty to offer again this week.First up is a look back, now that the race for the Republican presidential nomination is over, at all the candidates who seemed rather certain that their campaigns were the result of divine inspiration. Herman Cain, for example, said a year ago that God told him in 2006, "I've got something else for you to do." He was referring, of course, to running for president. read more

Barded Black Bird

Bacon cocktail... need I say more?

04/13/12 07:45PM

This bit of mixology comes courtesy of bacon or -- more specifically -- Baconfest Chicago, an event that draws dozens of Chicago's best chefs and restaurants to exhibit their favorite bacon-based dishes. Tickets to tomorrow's event sold out in minutes, but organizers reserved two for the enthusiast who could create the best cocktail featuring, you guessed it, bacon. read more

Ahead on the 4/13 Maddow show

04/13/12 06:45PM

Happy Friday! Tonight's guests include:Ricky Burgess, Pittsburgh councilmanHampton Dellinger, former North Carolina deputy attorney general, currently blogging about the John Edwards trialBill Maher, host of "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBORachel Maddow and executive producer Bill Wolff share a preview of tonight's show: read more

Friday's Mini-Report

04/13/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* In the wake of North Korea's humiliation, what's next? "Most analysts believe the failed test will encourage the military ... to take some provocative action to bolster its credentials, increasing the likelihood of a nuclear test that the country appeared to already be preparing."* Did the 2008 bailouts turn a profit? More on this next week.* Falling gas prices? read more

Allen West wants a reward

Allen West wants a reward

04/13/12 04:24PM

In a rather ridiculous display, even by 2012 standards, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) told constituents this week that there are 78 and 81 members of the "Democrat Party" in Congress who are "members of the Communist Party."This was further evidence, not only of West's unhinged personality, but also of the depths of the political discourse.On Wednesday, West's strange red-scare antics became national news. On Friday, West decided he wants to be rewarded for his strange red-scare antics.Rep. read more

Ledbetter matters

Ledbetter matters

04/13/12 03:30PM

About a year ago, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer appeared at the Netroots Nation conference, and mentioned the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as one of the White House's accomplishments.Daily Kos Associate Editor Kaili Joy Gray, moderating the session, told Pfeiffer, "You mentioned Lilly Ledbetter. Frankly we're a little tired of hearing about that one."The problem, of course, is that repetition is important, even with talking points most of us have heard many times, because while some get tired of hearing about accomplishments, some quickly forget all about them. read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XIII

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XIII

04/13/12 02:00PM

Mitt Romney recently felt comfortable lecturing journalists about, of all things, "quality control" when sharing the news with the American public.As Ed Kilgore joked, "Now I suppose when you have already developed a reputation for towering mendacity on subjects large and small, a medium-sized lie about your views on media accuracy is as easy as changing those jeans and a lot easier than changing your entire political persona on a regular basis. read more

Queen Mary, boss.

Today in Hyperbole: Why modern America is just like 16th century England

04/13/12 01:30PM

On their radio show WallBuilders Live, hosts Rick Green and David Barton bravely ignored that voice that prevents other broadcasters from saying things that sound completely bonkers and plowed forward with their relentless self-persecution narrative.Here's what popped out during a discussion about the role religious liberty played in the formation of the United States. Said Mr. read more

Friday's campaign round-up

04/13/12 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:* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is hoping to exploit opposition to Paul Ryan's House Republican budget plan, putting up billboards in the districts of 14 vulnerable House Republicans. The message accuses GOP members of favoring "millionaires over Medicare."* Asked about possibly joining the 2012 Republican ticket, New Jersey Gov. read more

The RNC has a women's blog (sort of)

The RNC has a women's blog (sort of)

04/13/12 11:30AM

I learned something from Jamison Foser yesterday that I did not know: the Republican National Committee has a special blog devoted exclusively to women. The Democratic National Committee has one blog that covers women's issues, but the RNC has created a stand-alone site on the issue, presumably to help the party deal with its generally poor standing with women voters.Given that so much of this week's political debate has dealt with gender issues, I was curious to see what the "RNC Women" blog had to say. read more

A lot of ground to make up

A lot of ground to make up

04/13/12 11:05AM

With Rick Santorum stepping aside, Gallup marked the end of its polling on the race for the Republican presidential nomination with an interesting report the other day. The point was to highlight some historical context -- how does Mitt Romney's standing among GOP voters compare to other recent party nominees?As it turns out, not well. Going back to 1976, the Republican nominee, at the end of the nomination fight, enjoyed GOP support between 57% and 86%. Romney's support as of this week in his own party? read more