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Thursday's campaign round-up

04/26/12 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:* President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will hold two big campaign rallies next week -- one in Columbus, Ohio, and the other in Richmond, Va. read more

From Iraq's CPA to Team Romney

From Iraq's CPA to Team Romney

04/26/12 11:30AM

Historically, the political world doesn't pay too much attention to who presidential campaigns bring on as policy advisors, but it's hard to deny the significance of these staffers. For one thing, they help shape a candidate's worldview, especially when a presidential hopeful lacks ideas and principles of his own. For another,... read more

GOP keeps slamming Obama for agreeing with the GOP

GOP keeps slamming Obama for agreeing with the GOP

04/26/12 10:46AM

The Romney campaign organized a press call this morning to go after the Obama administration on foreign policy, and the leading surrogate was none other than Den Senor, the Bush/Cheney flack who spoke for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq soon after the U.S. invasion.We'll get back to Senor's role on Team Romney a little... read more

Walker plays fast and loose with equal-pay law

04/26/12 10:08AM

It seemed rather remarkable earlier this month when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), in the midst of a national debate about the Republicans' "war on women," quietly repealed the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, a state version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay law.He's apparently unimpressed with the pushback, and in recent... read more

Jobless claims still stuck at four-month high

Jobless claims still stuck at four-month high

04/26/12 08:37AM

For several months, the general trend on initial unemployment claims has been encouraging, reaching a four-year low in late March. Today's new report from the Department of Labor, however, is the third consecutive week of discouraging news.The new figures are an ever-so-slight improvement over last week's total, but that's only... read more

One step forward, one step back on student loans

04/26/12 08:00AM

In the fight over student loans, yesterday offered some good news and some bad news. The good news is, House Republicans have switched gears and are now willing to prevent interest rates from doubling for over 7 million students.The bad news is, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he wants to pay for the measure by taking money out of the... read more

Morning Maddow: April 26

04/26/12 07:42AM

The RNC files a complaint about the President's travel.Sen. Marco Rubio releases his First Holy Communion certificate.A South Carolina Senate subcommittee votes that the state won't pay for abortions in cases of rape or incest.The Texas AG defending the new Voter ID law mistakenly exposes millions of voters' social security... read more

Overloaded!

Overloaded!

04/25/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Wednesday’s show – Mitt Romney, his stance on immigration and a look at the authors of the SB 1070 law, plus the Department of Veterans Affairs is having major problems... watch

Rachel talks family values with Wendy Williams

04/25/12 08:00PM

Rachel spent her morning with Wendy Williams, host of The Wendy Williams Show. As former radio hosts and work neighbors, the two had a lot to discuss - from why Rachel decided to write her book Drift, to their shared love of the television show Ice Loves Coco. Rachel's explanation: "I feel like they are modeling good relationship... read more

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