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Ahead on the 4/23 Maddow show

04/23/12 07:29PM

Tonight's guests:Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice AmericaFrank Rich, an executive producer of HBO's "Veep," and a writer-at-large at New York Magazine. This week's piece: Sugar DaddiesAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff (and musical accompaniment) with a quick look at what to expect  read more

Monday's Mini-Report

04/23/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist candidate Francois Hollande are headed for a May 6 runoff in the nation's closely-watched presidential election.* In the wake of the Secret Service prostitution controversy, the White House counsel's office conducted an internal investigation of White... read more

Grenell causes a stir

04/23/12 05:00PM

Ordinarily, a presidential campaign hiring a foreign policy spokesperson would generate very few headlines, but the Romney campaign's decision to add Richard Grenell to the team has proven to be a little more interesting.For some on the right, Grenell's sexual orientation is apparently supposed to be a dealbreaker.A leading anti-gay... read more

The GOP 'orphan' that can't pay its rent

The GOP 'orphan' that can't pay its rent

04/23/12 03:50PM

Politico recently reported on the Republicans' "orphan states," home to GOP operations that are in complete disarray this election year, despite competitive races up and down the ballot. National Republican officials feel compelled to intervene, "seeking to head off the possibility that local mismanagement could cost the... read more

President Obama and his co-conspirators aren't on the same page.

So much for the vast left-wing conspiracy

04/23/12 02:02PM

Mitt Romney raised a few eyebrows last week when he told Breitbart TV that he's concerned about a "conspiracy" between journalists and the left that may derail his presidential campaign."There will be an effort by the quote 'vast left-wing conspiracy' to work together to put out their message and to attack me,"... read more

Virginia license plates challenge, now with Gadsden flag

Virginia license plates challenge, now with Gadsden flag

04/23/12 01:15PM

Just when you thought we couldn't have more fun with Virginia license plates, the commonwealth added a "Don't Tread on Me" plate. Back in 2010, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said that if the DMV added the Tea Party-esque plates, he would put them on his car. The idea is to celebrate limited government, now in the land that... read more

Just like Bush, but 'updated'

04/23/12 12:30PM

In July 2010, NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) unfortunately told the truth during an interview on "Meet the Press." Republicans had high hopes about the midterm elections, and host David Gregory pressed the Republican leader about what the GOP would do with their majority. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

04/23/12 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:* Following up on Tricia's report this morning, Sen. Orrin Hatch will face former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist in a Republican primary this year, after coming up short of 60% at Utah&... read more

What McDonnell will do to be VP

04/23/12 11:30AM

As a rule, those who want to be considered as running mates for their party's national ticket are supposed to be subtle. They generally drop hints behind the scenes, for example, quietly sending word that they'd like to be considered.Virginia Gov. Bob "Ultrasound" McDonnell (R) isn't being subtle at all. After months in... read more

Chuck Colson, felon turned religious right powerhouse

Chuck Colson, felon turned religious right powerhouse

04/23/12 11:08AM

Looking back over the last three decades, the religious right movement has had some notable, high-profile leaders, many of whom have enjoyed considerable national prominence. Figures like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, though widely loathed by the American mainstream, became household names as the influence of conservative evangelicals grew... read more

The most inexperienced candidate in generations

The most inexperienced candidate in generations

04/23/12 10:15AM

Speaking at the national NRA convention recently, Mitt Romney made a curious boast. "I am running for president because I have the experience and the vision to lead us in a different direction," he said. Later in the same speech, Romney added, "I am running for president because I have the experience and vision to get us out of... read more

'Reparative therapy is nothing more than quackery fueled by bias'

'Reparative therapy is nothing more than quackery fueled by bias'

04/23/12 09:55AM

We have gotten some nice feedback about Wednesday’s segment (after the jump) on the ex-gay movement and Dr. Robert Spitzer’s controversial 2001 study asserting that reparative therapy can change some gay people to being straight. Dr. Spitzer is now on the record as saying he wishes he had never published the study in the first place. Our segment... read more

Scott Brown needs a dictionary

Scott Brown needs a dictionary

04/23/12 09:25AM

Earlier this year, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) began criticizing his main Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, for being a "hypocrite." The argument went like this: Warren makes a fair amount of money, but she's an advocate for struggling, working families. read more