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Conventional wisdom starts to turn on Bain

07/02/12 11:24AM

For weeks, it seemed like Democratic criticisms of Mitt Romney's controversial private-sector background were viewed as a total failure. Republicans said it showed hostility towards capitalism; some high-profile Democrats balked; and many in the media predicted a public backlash. The entire line of attack was, were told, a dud.Those... read more

Romney campaign endorses Obama line on tax penalty

07/02/12 10:24AM

The Sunday shows were filled with a debate over one question: is the tax penalty in health care reform a tax or a penalty? Obama administration officials argued the latter; Republicans argued the former. Does it matter who's right, or is this silly political parsing? It's probably a little of both, actually.Under the Affordable Care... read more

House GOPer: Maybe Holder should be arrested

House GOPer: Maybe Holder should be arrested

07/02/12 09:59AM

Now that the Republican-led House of Representatives has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, chances are, not much more will happen. The Justice Department, not surprisingly, has no interest in prosecuting the man who leads the Justice Department, and House GOP leaders intend to push the issue into the courts, where it could... read more

Adelson's alleged 'prostitution strategy'

Adelson's alleged 'prostitution strategy'

07/02/12 09:19AM

Ordinarily, I don't invest too much time in tracking down the alleged misdeeds of politicians' donors. That said, Sheldon Adelson isn't just any donor, and the latest accusations surrounding the casino mogul aren't routine transgressions.The fired former chief executive of Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s Macau casinos alleges in... read more

McConnell sees 30 million uninsured as irrelevant

07/02/12 08:30AM

On "Fox News Sunday" yesterday, host Chris Wallace interviewed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and asked a question that too often goes overlooked: "One of the keys to 'Obamacare' is that it will extend insurance access to 30 million people who are now uninsured. In your replacement, how would you provide... read more

Tax talk takes a trivial turn

Tax talk takes a trivial turn

07/02/12 07:59AM

For more than three years, Republican critics of President Obama's health care reform law have come up with all kinds of reasons to hate the law, most of which fall apart rather quickly under scrutiny. Thanks to last week's Supreme Court ruling, however, the right has a new talking point they've largely ignored up until now:... read more

Morning Maddow: July 2

07/02/12 06:51AM

Florida's governor announces his state won't comply with health reform.The first polling after the Supreme Court's ruling shows support for health reform is up.CBS News gets some inside skinny on the wrangling among conservative Justices at the Supreme Court over health reform.So, what do Republicans want instead of "... read more

This Week in God

06/30/12 10:33AM

First up from the God Machine this week is an interesting tirade from the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer, who last week argued that Satan is behind everything from gay rights to Planned Parenthood to environmentalism, and this week, as Kyle Mantyla reported, went just a little further.In the clip, the broadcaster, activist,... read more

Cocktail Moment: Gin Sling

06/29/12 10:49PM

Ingredients:1½ oz Gin¾ oz sweet vermouth½ oz lemon juice (real lemon juice from a real lemon that got itself squeezed)½ oz simple syrup (this is just sugar and water mixed in a 1:1 ratio)3 dashes Agnostura bittersShake the ever-loving life out of it, then pour over ice.Top it off with club soda.Garnish with a lemon peel, wheel or wedge. read more

Links for the 6/29 TRMS

06/29/12 10:23PM

Republican National Committee used Philippines firm to set up call blasting Obama on unemploymentMitt Romney Won't Repeal The Lilly Ledbetter Act, Campaign ConfirmsGOP bashes Obama on Cuba visas, but David Rivera's a no-show on the callRomney campaign cuts press call short after immigration questionsMitt Romney: Mr. read more

Kick-start your weekend

Kick-start your weekend

06/29/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Friday’s show – clarifying the ACA and taxes news, plus exclusive reporting about a war our country is involved in, and we start the weekend off right with a Cocktail Moment. watch

Republicans see the enemy in their own...

Republicans see the enemy in their own candidate

06/29/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC host and political science professor at Tulane University, talks with Rachel Maddow about how (if at all) Republicans can attack President Obama's Affordable Care Act and support their own candidate, who is responsible for... watch

A last stand for abortion rights in...

A last stand for abortion rights in Mississippi

06/29/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on how legal tricks and traps by the anti-abortion movement in Mississippi have made it essentially impossible to obtain an abortion in that state, prompting a lawsuit by the sole remaining clinic being force to shut down by yet... watch

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