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Romney gets pass on Vietnam avoidance

Romney gets pass on Vietnam avoidance

06/06/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow describes the series of deferments Mitt Romney was granted to avoid having to serve in the Vietnam War, contrasted with his subsequent statements about his desire to serve, and wonders why the mainstream media isn't vetting this part of... watch

Ahead on the 6/6 Maddow Show

06/06/12 07:20PM

Tonight's guests:Senator Sherrod Brown, Ohio DemocratAnn McFall, supervisor of elections, Volusia County, FloridaAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at the stories we plan to cover. For full dramatic effect, cue up today's song to serve as a soundtrack while you watch. read more

T-P or not T-P:  New Orleans fights for its newspaper

T-P or not T-P: New Orleans fights for its newspaper

06/06/12 06:12PM

NEW ORLEANS — As you may have heard, plans are afoot by Advance Publications to scale back the 175-year-old New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper from a daily into a three times a week version with an increased focus on their website. (Much more about that here and here and here.)The problem is, around here, the Times Pic isn't a business.... read more

Pelosi, Paul and Maddow

Pelosi, Paul and Maddow

06/06/12 06:00PM

Photo: Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rachel join Alice Stokes Paul in the hallway of the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum this afternoon. Rachel interviewed House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at an event held in the Leader's honor at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington, D.C. this afternoon. The two discussed... read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

06/06/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Keep suffering, Europe: "The European Central Bank left interest rates on hold as the debt crisis tightens its grip on the euro-area economy, increasing pressure on policy makers to deliver further stimulus."* Syria: "Representatives from more than 55 countries pressing for the resignation of... read more

Leave the beancounters alone

06/06/12 04:46PM

Not all spending cuts are created equal. Congressional Republicans struggle with this, but there is such a thing as "penny wise, pound foolish."If we cut spending on volcano monitoring and tsunami warnings, for example, we save a little money on maintenance, but pay a lot of money on damage repairs after disaster strikes. If we cut... read more

Serious legislating is 'all but done' in 2012

06/06/12 03:47PM

After last week's discouraging jobs report, President Obama called for lawmakers to step up and get something done." that we've actually gotten with the reality here, that we have huge problems to deal with."So, after a year and a half of getting practically nothing done, we can now expect to see Congress engaged in "... read more

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


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