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Ahead on the 4/4 Maddow show

04/04/12 07:06PM

Tonight's guests, as scheduled:Wayne Slater, senior political writer and columnist for the Dallas Morning NewsJohn Brabender, senior strategist for the Santorum campaignSenior show producer Cory Gnazzo will now demonstrate his handwriting-comprehension abilities and decipher the rundown for tonight's show:  read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

04/04/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* A rare signing ceremony: "President Obama on Wednesday signed an ethics bill that bans insider trading by members of Congress and requires thousands of federal employees to disclose information about their personal finances."* Tehran's delays: "Iran's foreign minister raised new doubts Wednesday about the resumption of international talks over its disputed nuclear program, saying the location may not be Turkey -- as previously agreed -- and suggested Iraq and China as possible alternate hosts."* Joe Arpaio's latest antics: "The standoff between the federal gover read more

Water guns, no; real guns, yes

Water guns, no; real guns, yes

04/04/12 04:51PM

Security at a national party convention is always challenging, so it's not surprising that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is already taking several steps to ensure the safety of Republican National Convention attendees this summer. Among other things, he's proposed "a litany of items that will be considered security threats."Such as? read more

The elusive GOP health care alternative

04/04/12 03:42PM

It was one of those details that was generally overlooked, but during the fight over health care reform in 2009 and 2010, congressional Republicans promised, over and over again, to come up with a GOP alternative to "Obamacare." They weren't just attacking the Democratic plan, they said, Republicans were committed to presenting their own meaningful solutions.After missing a series of self-imposed deadlines, Republican leaders slapped together a half-hearted joke -- the plan largely ignored the uninsured, did nothing for those with pre-existing conditions, and offered nothing for those worried read more

Welcome home, veterans! Love, Tucson

Welcome home, veterans! Love, Tucson

04/04/12 03:10PM

This past Saturday, Tucson, Arizona, celebrated the return of servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan in Tucson's Welcome Home Veterans Parade, and paid tribute to those lost while on duty. Complete with marching bands, bagpipe players and hundreds of Tucsonans in attendance, the parade was a smashing success.The parents of Todd Bowers, director of government affairs for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and friend of TRMS, attended the parade and shared some photos with us. They write:We thought you and Ms. read more

Virginia license plate made of win

Virginia license plate made of win

04/04/12 02:04PM

This proposed Virginia license plate is late-arriving for our challenge, and I think it might violate the state's rule against license plates about ladyparts (or manparts), or maybe that was just my first read. Whatever, this plate is so good that I'm posting it anyway. Holly Bahn of New Mexico, you win this post.(How to send us stuff.) read more

Romney's idea of a 'hide and seek' campaign

Romney's idea of a 'hide and seek' campaign

04/04/12 01:23PM

I'll have a more detailed take on Mitt Romney's speech in D.C. this afternoon a little later, but there was one claim in particular that's worth special scrutiny.Romney argued today that President Obama's campaign strategy is to "re-elect him so we can find out what he will actually do." The likely Republican nominee added, "With all the challenges the nation faces, this is not the time for President Obama's hide and seek campaign.... read more

'I find all of this a bit incredible'

04/04/12 12:43PM

We talked earlier about Judge Jerry Smith, a Republican appointee on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, throwing a bizarre political tantrum on the bench yesterday, assigning childish homework to the Justice Department. TPM noted that "even conservatives are concerned that the circuit court judges stepped out of bounds Tuesday -- and made Obama's point about judicial overreach for him."Brian Fitzpatrick, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law and former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, put it this way: "I find all of this a bit incredible."Prof. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

04/04/12 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:* Despite three years of media speculation that Jewish voters will abandon President Obama, a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, an independent research group, shows Obama with strong Jewish support. Indeed, his Jewish backing is largely unchanged from 2008 levels.* In Maryland yesterday, incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin (D) easily fended off a primary challenge, defeating state Sen. Anthony Muse by a whopping 58 points. read more

Dems enjoy 2012 enthusiasm edge

Dems enjoy 2012 enthusiasm edge

04/04/12 11:30AM

One of the keys to the 2010 midterms was the Republicans' "enthusiasm gap" -- the GOP thrived in part because Republican voters were so engaged and excited about the election. As late as the fall, Democrats still looked strong in congressional polling among registered voters, but Republicans led among likely voters.Nearly two years later, the picture has changed.The enthusiasm gap is back for 2012...but now it's working to the Democrats' advantage. read more

The rubber-glue phenomenon

04/04/12 10:55AM

Just a couple of weeks ago, Rachel explained an annoying habit politicians and campaigns invariably pick up. She called it the "I'm rubber, you're glue; whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you" technique.It's a basic idea we've all seen many times. read more

Wisconsin county still looks like a mess

Wisconsin county still looks like a mess

04/04/12 10:50AM

At about 1 A.M., the Patch writer in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, reported returns from the county clerk's office for a pair of school board seats. Waukesha ran into trouble last year when it failed to post results immediately in a Supreme Court judge's race, then found 14,000 votes that swung the election. read more

Mugshots of four Indiana Dems charged with fraud in a 2008 primary.

If this what counts as 'voter fraud'...

04/04/12 10:16AM

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama delivered an unsparing speech in Washington, rejecting Republicans' budget, their shift to the very far right, and their entire approach to governing. Fox News viewers got to some of the early portions of the remarks, but the network soon broke away to cover a breaking story ... which happened to be a four-year-old incident.What had Fox so excited? read more