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Heckuva job Andy!

Heckuva job Andy!

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shares an exchange of letters between a boy who is requesting federal disaster relief funds for his messy room, and Ronald Reagan, who suggests he turn it into a one-man volunteer project. watch

What Chris Christie doesn't 'got'

What Chris Christie doesn't 'got'

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shares clips from the recent video for the New Jersey Press Association's Legislative Correspondents Club featuring Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. watch

Romney sees greed's silver lining

Romney sees greed's silver lining

05/17/12 08:00PM

Ezra Klein shows that despite the risk to the economy and taxpayers, Mitt Romney sees the risky trading that resulted in the loss of billions of dollars by JP Morgan as a good thing because someone was able to exploit it for financial gain. watch

Ahead on the 5/17 Maddow show

05/17/12 07:27PM

Tonight's guests include:Jared Bernstein, former chief economic adviser to Vice President Biden, now a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and an msnbc and CNBC contributorRep. Keith Ellison, (D) MinnesotaGene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc political analystWhile watching tonight's video... read more

A letterpress "N," in this case 10-point Kabel.

So much depends on a capital 'N'

05/17/12 05:56PM

Take heart, Michigan: things are looking up. You're adding jobs. Your state revenue is growing. The worst might be behind you -- unless you're living in a place like Muskegon Heights, where the worst is still unfolding. This week the newly appointed emergency manager of the Muskegon Heights schools announced that dramatic changes were... read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

05/17/12 05:31PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Progress begets progress: "The Obama administration announced on Thursday that it would ease the ban on investments in Myanmar, rewarding the country's political and economic opening over the last year."* I suspect that'll be a lively hearing: "JPMorgan Chairman Jamie Dimon will... read more

Finally, a full house at the Fed

05/17/12 05:15PM

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors has been burdened by vacancies for the last six years. Last year, Fed obstructionism reached farcical levels when Senate Republicans killed Peter Diamond's nomination to fill a Fed vacancy because he's only the recipient a Nobel Prize in economics and an expert in unemployment. read more

TRMS Headline Writing Challenge: Infoxication

TRMS Infoxication Challenge: Winners

05/17/12 04:46PM

Given the volume and quality of the entries, some of you must have waited years for the chance to write Fox Nation-style headlines.While we are humbled by all of your hard work, it made choosing winners both a delight and a fool's errand. Nonetheless, here a few of the many excellent offerings. (Remember, infoxication means transforming... read more

Quote of the Day

05/17/12 03:58PM

"The Ricketts Plan" to use Jeremiah Wright to smear President Obama has come and gone rather quickly, but the story isn't quite over for Mitt Romney.To the campaign's credit, the presumptive Republican nominee repudiated the line of attack fairly quickly this morning, suggesting Romney and his team want nothing to do with... read more

Mike Coffman didn't 'misspeak'

05/17/12 02:43PM

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) delivered some pretty stunning remarks at a fundraiser over the weekend, and unfortunately for him, the NBC affiliate in Denver obtained a copy of his speech.Around the 3:20 mark, Coffman, the two-term Republican congressman, says of the president:"I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United... read more

Donna Summer 1948-2012

05/17/12 02:00PM

Her name suited her perfectly: sunny and hot and romantic and a little silly, too.  For a generation (i.e. mine) Donna Summer's music summons up a whole adolescent world of roller discos and red satin shorts and sweltering nights at amusement parks. The Queen of Disco died this morning in Florida at the age of 63.For a few years there, her... read more

'The Ricketts Plan' goes back to the drawing board

'The Ricketts Plan' goes back to the drawing board

05/17/12 01:18PM

It seemed like quite an idea. Joe Ricketts, the wealthy AmeriTrade founder whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, would spend $10 million on an ad campaign attacking President Obama over his former pastor. "The Ricketts Plan" would rely on hire an "extremely literate conservative African-American" as its spokesperson, who would... read more

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