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By what sort of magic....?

By what sort of magic....?

05/07/12 07:48PM

I don't mean to dwell on the moon-shooting thing, but I just want to add this one other point of note. It may be that you came to work today with not much to show for all the hype of the weekend's super moon, only to find everyone sharing an amazing photo of the World Trade Center with super moon rising behind it, taken by Gary... read more

Ahead on the 5/7 Maddow Show

05/07/12 06:59PM

Tonight's guests:Evan Wolfson, president, Freedom to MarryBetsey Stevenson, Wharton School of Business, former U.S. Department of Labor chief economistNan Aron,  president, Alliance for Justice, as well as a lawyer specializing in public interest lawHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a preview of tonight's show:How to do it... read more

Monday's Mini-Report

05/07/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* The AP reports on a thwarted terror plot: "The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden."* The French weren't the only ones... read more

Dear candidates: learn the minimum wage

05/07/12 04:55PM

Back in March, the three Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Missouri got together for a debate, and none of the three could accurately say what the minimum wage is. I figured, right about then, every campaign consultant for every Senate candidate would take their boss aside, say "Remember, if anyone asks, it's $7.25 an hour."... read more

Romney's cowardice keeps getting in the way

05/07/12 03:25PM

Four years ago, shortly before the presidential campaign, John McCain was participating in a town-hall forum, and heard from a voter who wanted to share a concern. "I can't trust Obama," she said. "I have read about him and he's not, he's not uh, he's an Arab."The Republican nominee, to his credit, took... read more

When Republicans close off every avenue

When Republicans close off every avenue

05/07/12 02:30PM

In the broadest possible sense, Washington has two main choices to spur economic growth during tough times. Policymakers can rely on Congress and the White House to approve fiscal stimulus that injects capital into the economy, or they can rely on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy. read more

Mad as hell about Ron Paul in Maine

Mad as hell about Ron Paul in Maine

05/07/12 01:50PM

As Steve was saying earlier, Ron Paul backers took over the state conventions in Nevada and Maine this weekend. In each case, the Paul crowd captured a majority of the delegates and made the Republican mainstream really, really mad. Mad as in here come the legal challenges mad. Mad as in this, posted last night by Maine State Representative... read more

The politics of a Beastie Boy's passing

The politics of a Beastie Boy's passing

05/07/12 01:15PM

As of this morning, the most popular item on the conservative Washington Times' website was this piece from Joseph Curl, headlined, "Hip-hop legend MCA passes on; Obama says not a word" (thanks to reader R.P. for the tip).I've come to expect the right to go after President Obama for just about everything, but I have to admit,... read more

Another cabinet member backs marriage equality

05/07/12 12:30PM

In November, when Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan said he "absolutely" supports marriage equality, he became the first sitting cabinet secretary in American history to do so.This morning, he got a little company.For those who can't watch clips online, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared on msnbc... read more

Monday's campaign round-up

05/07/12 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:* President Obama's re-election campaign unveiled a new minute-long television ad this morning, called "Go," which will air in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada, New... read more

Swiftboaters, The Next Generation

05/07/12 11:26AM

An outfit called Vets For a Strong America unveiled this video last week, attacking President Obama for his comments on killing Osama bin Laden, and it's done quite well. But as attacks go, I'm not sure if this one's on the right track.The point is pretty straightforward: the video, professionally made with high production values,... read more

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