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Wednesday's campaign round-up

05/02/12 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:* Telegraphing which of Mitt Romney's vulnerabilities it finds most interesting, the Obama campaign released an infographic yesterday, highlighting all of the Republican's known... read more

Capitol Hill's lovely hallways tend to be empty.

Working hard vs. hardly working

05/02/12 11:31AM

National Review ran an odd item the other day, "harping" that President Obama "vacations too much." NR's Jim Geraghty noted that he, among others, is "irked and fascinated by the commander-in-chief's regular getaways as economic hard times persist."I have to admit, I more or less assumed this would be the... read more

The consequences of the GOP's voting restrictions

05/02/12 10:41AM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has heard the complaints about his party's "war on voting," and he doesn't like it. "For centuries our electoral process is based on one person, one vote, and for anyone to politicize the issue reeks of desperation and represents the worst in modern politics,"... read more

Mitt and Tagg Romney

Lifestyles of the rich and politically connected

05/02/12 10:10AM

Mitt Romney made the case last week that young people looking for opportunities and success should rely on their parents' wealth. If your folks don't have much in the way of disposable income, well, good luck.To drive home the significance of the Republican candidate's vision, consider the tale of Tagg Romney, the former governor&... read more

Bryant Park does "May Day"

05/02/12 09:46AM

May Day footage from The Rachel Maddow Show on Vimeo.Following a rainy morning rally outside of Bank of America on 42nd street, but before the arrests of dozens of people down in Union Square and lower Manhattan, the May Day protests of Bryant Park in Manhattan yesterday morning were loud, but tame- and musical. New York City police officers... read more

Wait until Tom Price is writing health care policy in 2013.

Popular health care protections on GOP chopping block

05/02/12 09:18AM

A national New York Times/CBS News poll recently asked respondents whether they approve of a specific provision in the Affordable Care Act: protections for those with pre-existing conditions. It was the single most popular element of "Obamacare" -- a whopping 85% approve of the measure.Keep in mind, these days, 85% of Americans don&... read more

'Bigotry on the ballot' in North Carolina

05/02/12 08:00AM

State measures to prohibit same-sex marriage have been quite common in recent years, and tend to do quite well when put to voters. But for Republicans in North Carolina, a simple ban on marriage equality apparently isn't good enough.Instead, voters in North Carolina are considering whether to add something called Amendment One to the state... read more

Morning Maddow: May 2

05/02/12 07:42AM

Newt Gingrich gives his supporters "insider advance" notice that he's suspending his campaign today.Georgia's Governor signs a "fetal pain" abortion ban into law.Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" bill is effectively dead.Welcome to the Veepstakes, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.The diplomatic standoff... read more

Links for the 5/1 TRMS

Links for the 5/1 TRMS

05/01/12 09:01PM

The full list of material cited on tonight's show will appear here later, but for now here are the links Rachel mentioned specifically:December 14, 2008 - President Bush and Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Sign the Strategic Framework Agreement and Security AgreementParty Polarization: 1879 - 2010Ok, here we go. The full list: read more

Mechanics is for romantics

Mechanics is for romantics

05/01/12 08:00PM

In the course of being side-tracked while helping to do some research for yesterday's show, I learned that the above is called a Beam Splice Moment Connection.Moment connection? Like eyes that meet across the subway platform?No, but....Moment is a mechanical engineer's word for torque, although it has a little bit different meaning in... read more

Paul Krugman talks with Rachel Maddow

Paul Krugman talks with Rachel Maddow

05/01/12 08:00PM

Dr. Paul Krugman, Nobel prize winning economist, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, Princeton professor and author of the new book “End This Depression Now!” talks with Rachel Maddow about the relationship between income inequality, political... watch

Ron Paul delegate strategy is working

Ron Paul delegate strategy is working

05/01/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow shows how Ron Paul's strategy of infiltrating the Republican establishment with supports is yielding rewards in terms of delegates to support him at the Republican National Convention. watch