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'Bipartisan consensus' doesn't mean what Ryan thinks it means

'Bipartisan consensus' doesn't mean what Ryan thinks it means

04/11/12 09:19AM

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) seems quite fond of the phrase "bipartisan consensus." It's ironic, under the circumstances, but even putting that aside, to paraphrase Inigo Montoya, Ryan keeps using those words, but I do not think they mean what he thinks they mean.Here's Ryan yesterday talking about his plan to end Medicare's guaranteed benefit: "I believe there is a bipartisan consensus emerging on going this direction."Last week, he told the New York Times there's "a bipartisan consensus on most elements of what needs to be done" on the debt. read more

Warren Buffett and President Obama in the Oval Office.

GOP struggles with 'Buffett Rule'

04/11/12 08:31AM

President Obama spoke in Florida yesterday, helping make the case for the "Buffett Rule," which is set for a Senate vote next week. As Obama put it, for those "bringing in a million bucks or more a year ... you should pay the same percentage of your income in taxes as middle-class families do. You shouldn't get special tax breaks. You shouldn't be able to get special loopholes."Republicans, not surprisingly, disagree, but they're having trouble coming up with a coherent explanation as to why they disagree. read more

'The Fox Mole' starts sharing

04/11/12 08:00AM

Gawker ran an interesting item yesterday written by someone identified only as "The Fox Mole" -- a "long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel who will be providing Gawker with regular dispatches from inside the organization."Apparently, the Fox employee intended to just build his/her resume and then "hop to a new job that didn't make me cringe every morning when I looked in the mirror." But the staffer now feels stuck -- other news organizations aren't interested in Fox employees -- and has decided to exact some revenge against the cable news outlet he/she is so disgusted by.As the s read more

Morning Maddow: April 11

04/11/12 07:43AM

A look at who's funding Republican get-out-the-vote efforts.Romney and Hannity talk horses.Gingrich and Paul say they're not getting out.The Gingrich campaign bounces the check it needs to get on the Utah ballot.Banks are getting into subprime lending again. What could go wrong?North Korea says it's fueling up that rocket.Spoiler alert! The real Simpsons' Springfield revealed! read more

Links for the 4/10 TRMS

Links for the 4/10 TRMS

04/10/12 10:47PM

Gates Foundation Will No Longer Make Grants to ALEC Nonprofit Coca-Cola and Pepsi Drop ALEC ALEC support wanes: Kraft abandons conservative group Intuit Is Now The Fourth Company To Drop Voter Suppression Group ALEC Exclusive: McDonald's Says It Has Dumped ALEC Boycotts Hitting Group Behind 'Stand Your Ground' ALEC: What It Does and Why Three Major Corporations Cut Ties Some of Christie's biggest bills match model legislation from D.C. read more

Gov. Christie's tunnel to nowhere

Gov. Christie's tunnel to nowhere

04/10/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow talks with the New York Times' Kate Zernike about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's decision to cancel plans for a new train tunnel across the Hudson River while incorrectly reporting costs to the public, and the connection between Gov... watch

Bush tax cuts leave stinging legacy

Bush tax cuts leave stinging legacy

04/10/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on the latest news off the campaign trail following Rick Santorum's exit and former president George W. Bush's re-entry into the limelight. Rachel also talks with the Washington Post's Ezra Klein about where the Bush tax cuts left... watch

This is how we roll

This is how we roll

04/10/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, as well as PR extraordinaire Lauren Skowronski and Rachel Maddow herself, shares a preview of Tuesday's show. watch

A brief interruption.

Coming to a conference room near you

04/10/12 06:13PM

We're coming to you live from Los Angeles tonight with the makings of a great show in tow, as Rachel continues her book tour journey. Show prep was briefly interrupted while Rick Santorum suspended his campaign. read more

Ahead on the 4/10 Maddow show

04/10/12 06:10PM

Tonight's guests include:Ezra Klein, columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg and msnbc policy analystMayor Antonio Villaraigosa, (D) Los Angeles, CA and chairman of the Democratic National Convention Kate Zernike, reporter for The New York TimesExecutive producer Bill Wolff, PR extraordinaire Lauren Skowronski and Rachel Maddow herself share a preview of tonight's show - and a behind-the-scenes look at how we operate while on the road.Rachel was on her way over to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which you can watch tonight at 11:35pm ET on NBC. Until then, here's a preview of tonight's read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

04/10/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Syria's assurances that its forces are complying with a cease-fire "have been condemned as a 'blatant lie' by France, as 32 people were reportedly killed even after guns were supposed to be silent."* Afghanistan: "In a further sign that the insurgents' spring offensive is under way, suicide bombers struck in western and southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 16 people, according to Afghan officials in Herat and Helmand, where the attacks took place."* Remember the Eurozone fears? They haven't fully gone away.* Remember George Zimmerman's legal team? read more

GOP report makes bogus 'Obamacare' claims

04/10/12 04:07PM

One of the more enduring falsehoods surrounding the Affordable Care Act has to do with its price tag and its effect on the nation's financing. To be sure, "Obamacare" is a sweeping reform measure, but when its detractors say it's "too expensive" or "America can't afford this," it's an inherently dubious claim: the law lowers the debt and saves the nation hundreds of billions of dollars.For the right, this poses an important problem. read more

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