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In order to form an imperfect union

In order to form an imperfect union

06/06/12 03:02PM

After the sweeping losses in Wisconsin yesterday, AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka tells Greg Sargent that when it comes to politics, organized labor won't switch its emphasis to raising money for ads, but will focus on developing strength in as a rank-and-file outfit. "Our emphasis will be on educating and mobilizing workers on the union... read more

Huckabee's curious media analysis

Huckabee's curious media analysis

06/06/12 02:25PM

Mike Huckabee argued this week that unless Americans watch Fox News, much of the public "will assume that Obama really is just doing a great job."I'm not sure if Huckabee has thought this one through. Voters who rely on professional news organizations will come to believe President Obama is doing great work? Isn't that a... read more

Sometimes a mini pig is just a mini pig

06/06/12 01:56PM

A progressive friend in Wisconsin says folks there have been passing around funny videos as a distraction after the white-heat of the recall season. Hamlet the Mini Pig couldn't pick a finer time to go wandering down the stairs. read more

Rapid transit

06/06/12 01:22PM

If you missed the transit of Venus yesterday, or even if you didn't, you should watch this amazing video taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (@NASA_SDO) which captured the transit in its entirety FROM SPACE. Now go mark your calendars for December 10-11, 2117.  read more

Romney surrogate boosts Obama's jobs message

06/06/12 12:38PM

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has had six years to come up with an explanation for his poor job-creation record in Massachusetts. Amazingly, Team Romney still doesn't know what to say.President Obama's campaign has raised a straightforward and accurate point: during Romney's one term as governor, his state ranked 47th... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

06/06/12 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:* The results have not yet been made official, but it appears Wisconsin Democrats won control of the state Senate last night, which would be quite a consolation prize after losing the... read more

Murkowski breaks ranks on Solyndra

Murkowski breaks ranks on Solyndra

06/06/12 10:39AM

When Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) expressed concerns over his party's Bain Capital criticism, it was considered a critically important development. With that in mind, we'll see if it's as important when a sitting Republican senator has no use for her party's Solyndra criticisms.Sen. read more

The Nevada GOP crack-up continues

The Nevada GOP crack-up continues

06/06/12 10:06AM

The Las Vegas Sun's Jon Ralston tweeted this rather remarkable photo this week, showing a new billboard in Las Vegas, which offers "a stark reminder of the Ron Paul takeover of the Republican Party in the state's largest county."The message is unmistakable: Ron Paul is like Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney is like George W. Bush... read more

Romney in 1965, seen on the far right, protesting in support of the Vietnam War.

The war Romney 'longed' for

06/06/12 09:29AM

At this point in American politics, whether a presidential candidate avoided service in Vietnam is probably an issue that has lost its electoral salience. While the controversy undercut Bill Clinton -- and to a lesser extent, George W. Bush -- its relevance in national campaigns seems to have come and gone.So, when the AP ran a 1,200-word piece... read more

Clinton didn't side with GOP on taxes

Clinton didn't side with GOP on taxes

06/06/12 08:41AM

After a handful of off-message comments from Bill Clinton, much of the political establishment has decided that the former president has become a thorn in the White House's side, taking positions that undercut the Democratic agenda. Most of this has been overblown, but it's a meme now, and the political establishment seems to like it... read more

The lasting impact of the Wisconsin recall

The lasting impact of the Wisconsin recall

06/06/12 07:59AM

As the dust settles in Wisconsin, and the right basks in Gov. Scott Walker's (R) recall victory, the obvious question is coming to terms with how the incumbent managed to overcome the extensive grassroots opposition to his agenda and candidacy. There is, however, no great mystery here -- consider this chart we aired on last night's... read more

Morning Maddow: June 6

Morning Maddow: June 6

06/06/12 07:42AM

Wisconsin recall results by county. Tom Barrett gets slapped by an angry supporter. What the Walker victory may mean for the Left.One bright spot for Wisconsin Democrats: they may have taken the Wisconsin Senate.Other election results to note: dueling Democrats in New Jersey, Birther Orly Taitz's dashed hopes in California, Big Tobacco... read more

Walker head start seals victory early

Walker head start seals victory early

06/05/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow points out how many Wisconsin voters report having made up their minds about the election months ago when Scott Walker did not yet have a recall opponent and but had millions of dollars with which to improve his image with the people of... watch


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