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04/25/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Wednesday’s show – Mitt Romney, his stance on immigration and a look at the authors of the SB 1070 law, plus the Department of Veterans Affairs is having major problems... watch

Ahead on the 4/25 Maddow show

04/25/12 06:49PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Kornacki, senior writer for Salon and msnbc contributorArne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education and member of President Obama’s cabinetWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before starting the song)Here&... read more

Michigan is one tough town

Michigan is one tough town

04/25/12 06:00PM

Today the staff at the Michigan Board of State Canvassers reported (pdf) that a group trying to overturn the emergency manager law has enough signatures to get on the ballot. Tomorrow, the board will hear a challenge to the petition itself, primarily but not solely on grounds that the font size is too small. That's the story in which the... read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

04/25/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Another good day for the right at the Supreme Court: "Justices across the ideological spectrum appeared inclined to uphold a controversial part of Arizona's aggressive 2010 immigration law, based on their questions on Wednesday at a Supreme Court argument."* Even with the recovery struggling,... read more

Religious right lobbies against VAWA

04/25/12 02:45PM

As the Violence Against Women Act gets ready to move in the Senate, no one seems to be lobbying against it as aggressively as the religious right.While the Southern Baptist Convention’s political arm, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, is mired in scandal resulting from ERLC head Richard Land’s repeated plagiarism and inflammatory... read more

What drives Kobach and Hethmon

04/25/12 01:49PM

The Washington Post has an interesting profile piece this week on two of the men who've helped push the Republican Party so far to the right on immigration policy. Of particular interest, though, was a tidbit about one of their motivations.One, Kris Kobach, was a telegenic law professor who was worried about foreign terrorists. read more

Rubio thinks Bush did 'a fantastic job'

Rubio thinks Bush did 'a fantastic job'

04/25/12 12:37PM

If Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) overcomes his objections and agrees to join Mitt Romney's 2012 ticket, I have a strong hunch this quote will become one of the more important tidbits of the year."George W. Bush, in my opinion, did a fantastic job as president over eight years."In some Republican circles, many on the right choose to... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

04/25/12 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:* Technically, Newt Gingrich is still running for president, but that's about to change: the former House Speaker will suspend his campaign next week.* On a related note, Rick... read more