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05/22/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Tuesday’s show – Karl Rove’s super PAC makes a major political ad buy against the Obama campaign, and we’ve got David Axelrod on the show to talk campaign messaging. Plus,... watch

Republican gaffes, lies about Obama go...

Republican gaffes, lies about Obama go unchallenged

05/22/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow surveys the gaffes, missteps and outright dishonesty that make up the vulnerabilities in the Mitt Romney campaign and points out that even when the lies are obvious, as in the case of a new Karl Rove attack ad, the Obama campaign does not... watch

Ron Paul takes Minnesota, Romney rejected

Ron Paul takes Minnesota, Romney rejected

05/22/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on the total dominance of Ron Paul in the Minnesota Republican primary where the poverty of the state Republican Party hasn't made them beholden to the national party's candidate, Mitt Romney. watch

Ahead on the 5/22 Maddow show

05/22/12 05:58PM

Tonight's guests include:David Axelrod, senior political strategist for the Obama 2012 campaignRep. Diana DeGette, (D) Colorado, chief deputy whip and co-chair of the Pro-Choice CaucusWhile watching tonight's preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely, before starting... read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

05/22/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Iran: "On the eve of international talks in Baghdad over Iran's disputed nuclear program, the leader of the United Nations nuclear monitoring arm announced what appeared to be a significant concession from Tehran, saying that, despite unspecified differences, he expected a deal 'quite soon'... read more

Outside-the-beltway extremism

05/22/12 04:56PM

The radicalism of Republican lawmakers in Washington tends to help explain the breakdown in American governance at the federal level. But to find breathtaking extremism, you'll have to look outside the Beltway.The new Iowa Republican Party platform raised some eyebrows overnight, as we learned that it "intentionally questions"... read more

The best lies money can buy

The best lies money can buy

05/22/12 03:48PM

The New York Times seems quite impressed with the latest attack ad from Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, which is poised to blanket the airwaves in swing states. The Times calls it "deeply researched," "delicately worded," and "low key."The paper neglected to mention another phrase: misleading to an offensive degree... read more

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Two views of a Romney protest

05/22/12 03:25PM

Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams tweeted the above photo today. He wrote: "Spotted outside @JoeBiden's event in Keene, NH. @CoryBooker signs denouncing @BarackObama's nauseating attacks."Buzzfeed reports that the Romney campaign and the local New Hampshire Republican party organized the gathering to "stand with... read more

The spending surge that never happened

The spending surge that never happened

05/22/12 03:00PM

The notion that federal spending soared after President Obama took office is one of those "facts" that the political world just accepts implicitly. Republicans have repeated the claim so often (and so loudly) that it's no longer even questioned. Indeed, Mitt Romney promises to "stop the excessive overspending" on a... read more

And the winner is . . .

And the winner is . . .

05/22/12 02:26PM

If you feel that awards should be bestowed in recognition of excellence of some kind,  consider this:First, in Arizona, Jevin Hodge, an 18-year-old senior at McClintock High School in Tempe and co-chair of the Governor's Youth Commission, had an idea to create an award for high school students who completed more than 200 hours of community... read more

Steve King's way with words

05/22/12 01:35PM

Rep. Steve King's (R-Iowa) anti-immigrant attitudes aren't exactly new. But he keeps finding new ways to be even more offensive.In 2006, making the case for an electrified fence along the Southern border, King famously compared immigrants to livestock. Yesterday, he changed the metaphor to dogs.As Alex Seitz-Wald explained:King told... read more

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