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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey has had his disagreements with GOP lawmakers.

Key fissures emerge between GOP, military leaders

04/17/12 11:19AM

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recently caused some trouble when he accused America's military leadership of deliberately misleading Congress about Pentagon spending levels. It wasn't obvious at the time, but the flap was evidence of a larger fissure between Republicans and the brass.In this case, the Department of... read more

When lying is 'a business plan'

04/17/12 10:46AM

Mitt and Ann Romney sat down with ABC's Diane Sawyer yesterday for a wide-ranging interview, but what stood out for me was the presumptive Republican nominee arguing, "92%, 93% of the jobs lost have been lost by women during this president's term."As a simple matter of reality, Romney's lying. He knows he's lying. read more

OMG: The VRGYNYA license plate

OMG: The VRGYNYA license plate

04/17/12 10:15AM

A couple of weeks ago, Holly Bahn of New Mexico suggested a personalized message for Virginia's Planned Parenthood license plate, the one reading "Trust women. Respect choice." Her pick: VRGYNYA.I wasn't sure it would pass the filters for explicit reference to ladyparts, but maybe I was just misreading the plate. FTR, Rachel... read more

Haley accused of 'making stuff up' in book

Haley accused of 'making stuff up' in book

04/17/12 09:52AM

After one year in statewide office, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) decided to take advantage of her national notoriety by publishing a memoir, "Can't Is Not An Option."This ordinarily wouldn't be especially remarkable -- though it might suggest Haley has national ambitions -- were it not for the fact that all kinds of... read more

'A severe crisis of popularity'

'A severe crisis of popularity'

04/17/12 09:12AM

The good news for Mitt Romney is that a Washington Post/ABC News poll shows his favorable numbers among Republicans increasing to a record high. Now that the race for the GOP presidential nomination is effectively over, the party's rank-and-file is starting to get in line, just as the former governor had hoped.The bad news for Romney is... read more

The wrong line on the GSA controversy

04/17/12 08:47AM

In light of revelations surrounding lavish spending on a General Services Administration conference, it stands to reason that Congress would hold hearings and ask questions. It's a legitimate controversy that has drawn bipartisan outrage, and several leading GSA officials have already resigned.But some congressional Republicans appear eager... read more

Senate GOP kills Buffett Rule

04/17/12 08:00AM

In theory, this should have been an easy one. Democrats introduced something called the "Buffett Rule," which would require millionaires to pay a minimum tax rate of 30%, putting their rates in line with the middle class. Given its widespread public support, it's the kind of idea that should cruise through the Senate, especially... read more

Floridians say goodbye to Space Shuttle Discovery.

Morning Maddow: April 17

04/17/12 07:46AM

 Romney is (kinda) sorry about putting Seamus on the roof.Newt Gingrich vs. a penguin.A progressive group publishes a study of ALEC's influence in Missouri.The House is going to "deem" Rep. Paul Ryan's budget is law.WI Gov. Scott Walker goes to Illinois and Michigan today--and unions will be there to greet him.Meanwhile, the... read more

The case of the non-stop stop sign

The case of the non-stop stop sign

04/16/12 09:44PM

"We show that if a car stops at a stop sign, an observer, e.g., a police ocer, located at a certain distance perpendicular to the car trajectory, must have an illusion that the car does not stop, if the following three conditions are satised: (1) the observer measures not the linear but angular speed of the car; (2) the car decelerates and... read more

Congress ignores public opinion (again)

Congress ignores public opinion (again)

04/16/12 08:00PM

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse talks with Chris Hayes about why policies that are popular with the American public, for example, the 'Buffett Rule bill,' so frequently fail when put before Congress, an ostensibly representative body. watch

Book tour de force

Book tour de force

04/16/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Monday’s show – first, why popular bills meet their demise in the U.S. Senate. Plus, it’s Tax Day tomorrow – can you find the Tea Party? Mitt Romney declares he wants to end... watch

Lessons of housing crash lost on Romney

Lessons of housing crash lost on Romney

04/16/12 08:00PM

Chris Hayes explains why Mitt Romney's boast that he would eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development is so galling given the cause of the nation's current economic malaise, and exemplifies the ease with which the poor and minorities can... watch

What ever happened to the 'tea party?'

What ever happened to the 'tea party?'

04/16/12 08:00PM

Dave Weigel, political reporter for Slate, talks with Chris Hayes about how the political activism of the "tea party" has dwindled in just a couple of years, and how those adherents who attained elected office have been absorbed into the Republican... watch

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