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Morning Maddow: April 25

04/25/12 07:43AM

Pro tip: when standing on a presidential rope line, do not eat frozen yogurt.Really? This is evidence of Romney's "bracketing" strategy? A conference call and a press release?TARP: Billions in loans in doubt. (warning: paywall, but if you google the headline you can read the whole thing).Ex-CIA official defends waterboarding.Has... read more

What's his name again? Genrich? Gingrich?

What's his name again? Genrich? Gingrich?

04/24/12 08:54PM

You know it’s a bad sign when the official tally (pdf) of today’s presidential primary election in Connecticut has one of the candidates’ names misspelled. Are you sure you don’t want to call it quits yet, Mr. Genrich? read more

Is the West at cyber-war with Iran?

Is the West at cyber-war with Iran?

04/24/12 08:00PM

Richard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism advisor and author of “Cyber War” talks with Rachel Maddow about whether the United States is prepared to defend itself against cyber-attack, and whether it might already be engaged in cyber warfare. watch

Mitt Romney vs. Mitt Romney in victory speech

Mitt Romney vs. Mitt Romney in victory speech

04/24/12 08:00PM

Steve Schmidt, senior strategist for the McCain/Palin campaign debates with Rachel Maddow about whether Mitt Romney can credibly lay out a platform for the general election that is contradicted by his previously stated positions. watch

Gingrich fails in Delaware

Gingrich fails in Delaware

04/24/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports the results of the Republican primary in Delaware, where Newt Gingrich was thought to have the potential for a strong showing but ultimately lost by 30 points. watch

Ahead on the 4/24 Maddow show

04/24/12 06:28PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Schmidt, senior strategist for the McCain-Palin campaign and msnbc political analystRichard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism advisor and author of “Cyber War”While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out... read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

04/24/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Counter-terrorism: "Yemen has confirmed that a top member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed in a weekend airstrike that U.S. officials say was conducted by the CIA, another sign that the U.S. drone campaign in Yemen is gaining momentum."* Mad cow: "The U.S. read more

The problem with Boehner's logic

The problem with Boehner's logic

04/24/12 03:48PM

This tweet from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) probably wasn't intended to be important, but it's an astonishing message.Let's back up for a moment. At issue is a 2007 law, set to expire on July 1, which keeps the interest rate for federal Direct Stafford Loans at 3.4%. If Congress fails to act, the rate will double,... read more

Scott Brown makes Romney's life more complicated

Scott Brown makes Romney's life more complicated

04/24/12 03:23PM

Sen. Scott Brown (R) seems to believe Elizabeth Warren's personal finances are of the utmost importance in this year's Senate race in Massachusetts. To that end, the Republican is releasing his tax returns for the last six years, and wants his Democratic challenger to do the same. That wouldn't be especially noteworthy were it not... read more

Bringing the big sky to the Big Apple

Bringing the big sky to the Big Apple

04/24/12 02:57PM

Montana's Governor Brian Schweitzer has trucked some big rigs across the country to New York City to promote tourism to his state (and a new airplane route to serve that purpose). TRMS staffer Andy Dallos popped out of the office to get a look and see if he could pick up some of the give-away jerky mentioned in the press release. Sure... read more

Rick Scott's sense of irony

Rick Scott's sense of irony

04/24/12 02:17PM

Republican policymakers at the local, state, and federal level are targeting new restrictions in women's health; congressional Republicans are balking at the Violence Against Women Act; and GOP leaders, including the party's presumptive presidential nominee, won't take a stand in support of fair-pay laws for women.Leave it to... read more

Competing for the youth vote

04/24/12 01:35PM

In the 2008 presidential election, there was a striking age gap -- Obama not only beat McCain among younger voters, he did so by a two-to-one margin. Of all the various constituencies, some of Obama's strongest support came from voters under 30.But with younger workers struggling, and political disillusionment not uncommon, Mitt Romney... read more

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