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Putin's big play

Putin's big play

05/15/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow has a laugh at the latest in a long series of publicity stunts set up to make Russian president Vladimir Putin look like a hero. watch

Political sport

Political sport

05/15/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Tuesday’s show – there is a new phony scandal circulating regarding the Obama 2012 campaign, and we’ve got Glenn Greenwald on the show to discuss. Plus, Mitt Romney was... watch

Ahead on the 5/15 Maddow show

05/15/12 07:08PM

Tonight's guests include:Glenn Greenwald, contributing writer for SalonSteve Schmidt, former senior strategist for the McCain-Palin campaign, and msnbc political analystWhile watching tonight's video preview, 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

Tuesday's Mini-Report

05/15/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* They can still probably afford good lawyers: "The Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining potential wrongdoing surrounding JPMorgan Chase's $2 billion trading loss, people briefed on the matter said Tuesday."* Greece: "Greek political leaders said Tuesday that they had failed to find... read more

Ads that work so long as you don't think

05/15/12 05:00PM

The Obama campaign unveiled its first salvo against Mitt Romney's controversial private-sector background yesterday, an offensive the Republican campaign surely knew was coming eventually. This morning, the former governor released a two-minute clip in response, which had almost certainly been prepped and was ready to go.The point of the... read more

Water. Rest. Shade.

Water. Rest. Shade.

05/15/12 03:59PM

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration launched an effort to prevent heat illnesses among outdoor workers, and at face value, this wouldn't be especially noteworthy. On the contrary, this is a basic part of OSHA's mission, in this case, the agency recommends, "Water. Rest. Shade. The work can't get done... read more

George W. Bush: 'I'm for Mitt Romney'

George W. Bush: 'I'm for Mitt Romney'

05/15/12 01:52PM

For Democrats, one of the principal goals of 2012 is to persuade American voters not to go backwards. Bush/Cheney left all kinds of crises for Obama/Biden to clean up, and Dems intend to urge the electorate not to return to the failures of the recent past.With this in mind, I suspect Democrats are happier about today's news than Mitt Romney... read more

A lesson never learned

A lesson never learned

05/15/12 12:36PM

It was, to my mind, the worst thing an American major party has done, at least in domestic politics, since the Civil War. Last summer, congressional Republicans held the full faith and credit of the United States hostage, threatening to impose a catastrophe on all of us, on purpose, to achieve a specific (and unnecessary) policy goal.It was a... read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

05/15/12 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:* A New York Times/CBS News poll released last night shows President Obama's approval rating inching higher to 50%, but he still trails Mitt Romney by three, 46% to 43%. read more

Jindal attacks -- four years too late

Jindal attacks -- four years too late

05/15/12 11:20AM

It sometimes seems as if Republicans haven't updated their talking points in a very long while.Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who has endorsed Mitt Romney and is sometimes mentioned as a potential running mate, attacked President Obama on Tuesday and defended Romney's record in business."President Obama hasn't run anything... read more

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