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'Like watching a temper tantrum by a 2-year-old'

'Like watching a temper tantrum by a 2-year-old'

04/13/12 10:17AM

Candidates seeking high office, especially those who are novices unfamiliar with the basics of American government, often perceive political careers as glamorous. After the election, however, these candidates confront a cold reality -- governing and legislating is difficult, tiresome, and often pretty dull.How politicians adapt to this rude... read more

In his official portrait, Romney sits alongside his health care law, which he doesn't want to talk about.

If a bill falls on a website, does it really make a sound?

04/13/12 09:25AM

Yesterday was the sixth anniversary of Mitt Romney signing his Massachusetts health care reform plan into law, a milestone the presumptive Republican presidential nominee seems eager to ignore.How eager? Ezra Klein made an interesting observation about this.Here's something odd: There's nothing on Mitt Romney's Web site about the... read more

Vice President Biden touts the Buffett Rule in Exeter, N.H.

It's not raising a tax; it's closing a loophole

04/13/12 08:35AM

The debate over the Buffett Rule is missing something important. As it stands, the fight is between Democrats who believe millionaires shouldn't pay a lower tax rate than the middle class vs. Republicans who says no one's taxes should go up by any amount at any time for any reason.That's a legitimate fight, to be sure, but there&... read more

Giving new meaning to 'constituent services'

Giving new meaning to 'constituent services'

04/13/12 08:00AM

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) is known for taking constituent services seriously. He has, for example, taken it upon himself to shovel driveways after snowstorms.But when it comes to public officials looking out for their neighbors, there are constituent services and then there are constituent services (thanks to reader V.S. for the tip).Newark... read more

Morning Maddow: April 13

04/13/12 07:42AM

President Obama is off to Colombia today.Mitt Romney addresses an NRA conference today.ALEC loses two more members.The Arizona Senate passes a bill allowing employers to opt out of contraception coverage.What the Newt Gingrich campaign is doing to raise money.North Korea admits its rocket launch failed.Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker is now also a... read more

Gay marriage support increasing, accelerating

Gay marriage support increasing, accelerating

04/12/12 08:00PM

Bill Keller joins Rachel Maddow to talk about his New York Times magazine article on Republican state senators who broke with their party on New York's gay marriage law. Are there lessons other Republicans can draw from this? And how will Mitt Romney... watch

Ahead on the 4/12 Maddow show

04/12/12 07:23PM

Tonight's guests include:Bill Keller, columnist for The New York TimesGov. Dannel P. Malloy, (D) ConnecticutExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show -- while watching, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before starting the song)  read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

04/12/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* In Syria, a tenuous, uncertain cease-fire begins, and for now, conditions are far calmer than they were.* The next step with Tehran: "The six world powers gathering here for nuclear talks beginning Friday are themselves sharply divided over how best to curb Iran's ambitions while defusing the... read more