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Romney: George W. Who?

Romney: George W. Who?

05/16/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow points out that even as former President George W. Bush is making his way back into the political spotlight (including with a forthcoming book not ironically about growing the economy), Mitt Romney dares not even speak his name on the... watch

Jane Lynch, Best New Thing

Jane Lynch, Best New Thing

05/16/12 08:00PM

Jane Lynch, actress and author of the book “Happy Accidents” reports that the Best New Thing In The World is Republicans being taught how to lose gracefully on the issue of gay rights, and talks with Rachel Maddow about the changing tide of equality in... watch

Even better together

Even better together

05/16/12 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Wednesday’s show – reproductive health rights are threatened in Washington, D.C. Plus Richard Engel is on the show and we’ve got the one and only Jane Lynch with us to... watch

Ahead on the 5/16 Maddow show

05/16/12 07:16PM

Tonight's guests include:Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D) District of ColumbiaRichard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondentJane Lynch, actress and author of the book “Happy Accidents” (sneak preview after the jump!)While we wait for tonight's video preview to load, take a listen to tonight's (fitting) soundtrack. read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

05/16/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* The FBI confirmed on the record today that it has opened a "preliminary investigation" into JPMorgan's massive trading loss.* Greece: "As Greek political leaders assembled a caretaker government Wednesday to usher in new elections next month, bankers across Athens were monitoring a... read more

TRMS Headline Writing Challenge: Infoxication

TRMS Headline Writing Challenge: Infoxication

05/16/12 05:24PM

As both Rachel and Steve Benen pointed out recently, the Fox Nation web site has a singular way with words.For instance, the headline above? Obama Regime: Working Outdoors Can Kill YouThat story is actually about OSHA warning people who work outside to get enough water, rest and sit in the shade from time to time.Though in Fox Nation's... read more

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation's 2012 Fiscal Summit was yesterday in D.C.

Asymmetrical debt-reduction warfare

05/16/12 04:51PM

By now, everyone knows the score when it comes to bipartisan work on debt reduction: if there's going to be a large, long-term deal, Democrats are supposed to make concessions on entitlements and Republicans are supposed to make concessions on taxes. Putting aside the question of whether any such "grand bargain" is worthwhile,... read more

'Morally repugnant political whores'

'Morally repugnant political whores'

05/16/12 03:51PM

When it comes to far-right personalities, Mike Huckabee doesn't necessarily come across as a bad guy. He tells charming stories; he frequently jokes around with Jon Stewart; and he even plays bass. As right-wing preachers-turned-politicians go, Huckabee seems non-threatening, and to some, even likable.What often goes overlooked is the... read more

He who must not be named

He who must not be named

05/16/12 02:41PM

Yesterday, former President George W. Bush delivered a four-word endorsement -- "I'm for Mitt Romney" -- as an elevator closed on him. Today, the Romney campaign said Bush's support was "welcome," though it was tough to tell.The presumptive 2012 GOP nominee delivered a speech in Florida that referred to President... read more

Trying to rationalize bigotry

05/16/12 01:32PM

As Rachel explained on the show last night, Tracy Thorne-Begland was set to become a Virginia judge before state Republican lawmakers rejected him. Thorne-Begland is a state prosecutor, a father, and a former Top Gun fighter pilot, and his nomination enjoyed bipartisan sponsorship, but the GOP rejected him anyway.By all appearances, this was as... read more

Mitt's Miami vice

Mitt's Miami vice

05/16/12 12:30PM

The first hint of trouble came early this morning, when Mitt Romney's campaign team told journalists there would be no questions for the candidate today. read more

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