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All about acronyms

All about acronyms

04/04/12 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Wednesday’s show – a 2006 memo from a State Department advisor, warning against prohibited acts of torture, has been released under FOIA. Plus Republican presidential... watch

An inside look at Santorum's endgame

An inside look at Santorum's endgame

04/04/12 08:00PM

John Brabender, senior strategist for the Santorum campaign talks with Rachel Maddow about Rick Santorum's argument that Republicans give up too many advantages of contrast if they nominate Mitt Romney. Maddow raises the issue of Santorum saying untrue... watch

Romney takes a page from the Karl Rove...

Romney takes a page from the Karl Rove playbook

04/04/12 08:00PM

Wayne Slater, senior political writer and columnist for the Dallas Morning News, talks with Rachel Maddow about Mitt Romney's Karl Rove-ian strategy of accusing President Obama of being weak on the issues Romney is weak on, even when it doesn't make... watch

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

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