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06/22/12 01:15PM

Walk down a busy street on a rainy morning in Cologne, where I've been studying German politics, culture and the practice of journalism on a fellowship with the RIAS Berlin Commission and it quickly becomes clear that a handmade soap store wants to keep the German landscape just as clean as it does potential customers. read more

A good plan vs. no plan

06/22/12 12:41PM

If you read only one op-ed today, I'd recommend this item from Obama campaign advisor Jeffrey Liebman in the Wall Street Journal. It's tough to summarize the nature of the debate over jobs and its connection to the presidential race in 800 words, but Liebman, a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, pulls it together... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

06/22/12 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:* In five key 2012 battlegrounds, a new poll from Latino Decisions finds President Obama leading Mitt Romney by 36 points, 63% to 27%. read more

When Republicans run against Paul Ryan's GOP plan

06/22/12 11:35AM

When we think about how Republicans think about Paul Ryan's radical budget plan, we tend to recognize the party's overwhelming support for the far-right agenda. When the plan came up in the House in the spring, 95% of the GOP caucus voted for it. When it came up in the Senate, support was nearly as strong. Even Mitt Romney has embraced... read more

Haley's horrible call on HPV

Haley's horrible call on HPV

06/22/12 11:02AM

It seems absurd in retrospect, but there was a brief moment in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in which Michele Bachmann appeared competitive. Soon after, for a variety of reasons, her candidacy imploded, but there was one issue in particular that proved problematic.In early September 2011, as part of an effort to undermine... read more

Norquist to GOP: Respect my authority

Norquist to GOP: Respect my authority

06/22/12 10:24AM

Republican uber-activist Grover Norquist has been able to wield influence in Republican politics pretty easily in recent years. As we discussed a month ago, Republican candidates, especially those running for Congress, are well aware of the expectation that they sign "the pledge" -- a promise to Norquist that they will not support... read more

Florida's Scott ignores Romney's advice

Florida's Scott ignores Romney's advice

06/22/12 09:36AM

For months, Mitt Romney has been contradicted by Republican governors in key swing states -- he's trying to convince voters to feel depressed and pessimistic; they're doing the opposite, talking up the improvements in their states' economies.The conflict reached a new level with reports that Romney urged Florida Gov. read more

He forgot to mention 'self-deportation'

06/22/12 08:00AM

We talked yesterday about Mitt Romney's speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and the fact that the Republican candidate still refuses to comment on President Obama's new immigration policy. read more

Morning Maddow: June 22

06/22/12 06:41AM

Lawmakers are reportedly nearing a deal on preventing student-loan-interest hikes.New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch vetoes a voter ID bill.FL Gov Rick Scott denies being told to downplay good news on jobs by the Romney camp. The Washington Post looks at Bain Capital's history of investing in outsourcing.David Koch is hosting a $50,000 a plate... read more

Links for the 6/21 TRMS

06/21/12 11:44PM

Shirley Sherrod Resigns from USDA over Race Remark FurorEXCLUSIVE: Third Gun Linked to 'Fast and Furious' Identified at Border Agent's Murder SceneTime to Concentrate: IDAHO and OREGON State and District Conventions June 21st-23rd Pro-Paul emphasis splits Iowa Republicans Rift continues within Alaska Republican Party Paul... read more

Does the Republican Party matter?

Does the Republican Party matter?

06/21/12 08:00PM

Nicole Wallace, former McCain-Palin campaign senior advisor and the author of “It’s Classified,” talks with Rachel Maddow about whether the Republican Party at the state level is important enough that the Ron Paul insurgency will have an observable... watch

Scott Brown, fumblebraggart

Scott Brown, fumblebraggart

06/21/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow shares a new word, "fumblebrag,"coined especially for Senator Scott Brown, who, on more than one occasion, has bragged about something that is completely false - most recently that he has secret meetings with kings and queens. watch

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