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Jeb Bush rejects Norquist pledge

06/01/12 01:34PM

We talked earlier in the week about "the pledge" -- a promise to Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform that they will not support raising any tax on anyone by any amount for any reason. In an unexpected twist, in 2012, a growing number of Republicans are choosing not to sign it.Today, a leading GOP voice said he doesn't... read more

Playing the blame game

Playing the blame game

06/01/12 12:38PM

Reports like these were inevitable, but that doesn't change the fact they're misguided.Republicans quickly seized on Friday's disappointing jobs report as fresh evidence of what they say are President Obama's "job-killing" policies and further proof of the need for a new occupant in the White House next year.At a... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

06/01/12 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 final debate before the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election got a little heated last night. On a related note, former President Bill Clinton will be in the state today,... read more

The value of scientific literacy

The value of scientific literacy

06/01/12 11:30AM

Gallup released the results of a new national poll this morning on science, and unfortunately, modern biology didn't fare well: "Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years."There are all kinds of relevant crosstabs, most of... read more

Rising sea levels in North Carolina matter.

Heads in the sand

06/01/12 10:45AM

The Bush/Cheney White House had a remarkable way of dealing with discouraging news: when government reports would point to a serious problem, officials would simply eliminate the reports. Unfortunately, Republicans in North Carolina have adopted the same strategy when dealing with the climate crisis.In 2005, for example, after a government... read more

Republican communications "expert" Jay Townsend.

'Hurl some acid'

06/01/12 10:19AM

I'm hard pressed to imagine what possesses someone to even think of language like this.A spokesman for Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) is facing criticism after advocating violence against female Democratic senators in a Facebook post.Jay Townsend, the official campaign spokesman for the freshman representative, went on a vicious online rant on... read more

Brutal new jobs report disappoints

Brutal new jobs report disappoints

06/01/12 08:48AM

The halcyon days of winter, when the job market was showing sharp improvements, seem like a long time ago. The last three months have shown one disappointing jobs report after another, each worse than the last, with today's new data nothing short of brutal.The expectations were that the economy, after a rough April, would "snap back in... read more

Florida GOP voter purge faces setbacks

06/01/12 08:00AM

Following up on Rachel's segment last night, it was, to put it mildly, an eventful day in Florida yesterday, where Republican policymakers' efforts to restrict 2012 voting suffered some key setbacks.To briefly recap, GOP efforts, pushed by Gov. Rick Scott (R), have included cracking down on voter-registration drives, limiting the... read more

Morning Maddow: June 1

06/01/12 07:46AM

President Obama: Hacker-in-chief.Looks like Romney isn't the only one with troublesome surrogates.Nancy Reagan endorses Romney.Michigan is investigating Thaddeus McCotter's election mess.Norwegian prison seeks "friends" for mass-murderer Anders Breivik.The invaluable BuzzFeed collects pictures of Pres. George H.W. Bush's... read more

Coming soon, to a sky near you: The Transit of Venus

05/31/12 08:00PM

Astrophysicist extraordinaire Summer Ash stopped by our office today to introduce us to the wonders of the “Transit of Venus”. Don’t be frightened! It’s not a bad sci-fi movie,  but a rare, celestial spectacle: Venus will pass across the Sun, directly in our line of sight.And you really don't want to miss it, because it will be your last... read more

New Yorkers come out for celestial celebrity

New Yorkers come out for celestial celebrity

05/31/12 07:15PM

Despite a discouraging forecast, New Yorkers turned out in droves for what may be America's most celebrated sunset, Manhattanhenge. Our Andy Dallos staked out a spot on 42nd Street on both Tuesday and Wednesday in the hopes of photographing the street grid/sunset alignment. Cloud cover did not permit anyone to get the perfect shot (our NBC... read more

Ahead on the 5/31 Maddow show

05/31/12 06:49PM

Tonight's guests include:EJ Dionne, columnist for the Washington Post, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, msnbc contributor and author of "Our Divided Political Heart"Buddy Roemer, former presidential candidate, announcing end to his presidential runWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight&... read more

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