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An outstanding edition

An outstanding edition

05/02/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Wednesday’s show – news out of Mississippi regarding women’s reproductive health and how the government is getting involved, plus Steve Coll is on the show tonight to discuss... watch

Ahead on the 5/2 Maddow Show

05/02/12 07:46PM

Tonight's guests:Dr. Carl Reddix, OB-GYN based in Jackson, MS, blocked from serving on Mississippi Board of HealthSteve Coll, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the new book “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power”And here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at what we're covering (best viewed with the specially selected soundtrack):   read more

Quote of the Day

05/02/12 04:41PM

As you may have heard, Newt Gingrich finally suspended his campaign presidential campaign today, prompting Mitt Romney to issue a gracious press release.But it was Fox News' Shep Smith's reaction to the news that I found memorable (via Markos).For those who can't watch clips online, Smith, with a deadpan expression, told viewers:"...Mitt Romney has released a statement on the departure of Newt Gingrich from the campaign. It reads in part, 'Ann and I are proud to call Newt and Calista friends. read more

Loaded guns around the Republican convention

Loaded guns around the Republican convention

05/02/12 03:47PM

Following up on an item from a month ago, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is taking several steps to ensure the safety of Republican National Convention attendees this summer, including a ban on all kinds of items that might be considered security threats.Such as? Everything from water pistols to masks to metal pipes will be restricted. Under state law, however, local officials can't prohibit guns around the convention site, even if they want to. RNC protestors won't be able to carry placards, but they will be able to carry concealed, loaded firearms.Buckhorn eventually appealed to Florida Gov. read more

The opposite of progress is regress.

Romney vows to do 'the opposite'

05/02/12 02:43PM

Mitt Romney shared a straightforward summary of his guiding economic principle at a campaign stop earlier today.Kicking off his Virginia campaign, Republican Mitt Romney said Wednesday he'll do "the opposite" of what President Barack Obama has done to help the economy. His wife, Ann, chipped in by appealing to women voters in a key region of a state both candidates will fight over until November's election."What I would do? People ask me, 'What would you to get the economy going'? read more

TRMS writing challenge: Newt's farewell address

TRMS writing challenge: Newt's farewell address

05/02/12 02:00PM

Let it be woven into the tapestry of human events that on this Second Day of May, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Twelve, American Colossus Newton Leroy Gingrich graciously bowed out of the race to become President of these United States. And a nation wept. Where else would it find such effortless erudition, such manly self regard, such tireless entrepreneurial zeal?Since Mr. Gingrich has generously authored a stack of books to enrich all of us, it seems only fitting that we write a few humble words for him to mark this important milestone. read more

Those who defend concentrated wealth

05/02/12 01:23PM

The New York Times this week has a fascinating profile on Edward Conard, an extremely wealthy man who used to run a private-equity firm you've probably heard of. It's called Bain Capital. He's now one of Mitt Romney's most generous campaign donors.There's quite a bit in the piece, but the part that's hard to get over comes in the last paragraph: "At base, having a small elite with vast wealth is good for the poor and middle class. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

05/02/12 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:* Telegraphing which of Mitt Romney's vulnerabilities it finds most interesting, the Obama campaign released an infographic yesterday, highlighting all of the Republican's known off-shore bank accounts, including the Cayman Islands.* Romney's super PAC, Restore Our Future, is making a $3.7 million ad buy in nine 2012 battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia, and New Hampshire. read more

Capitol Hill's lovely hallways tend to be empty.

Working hard vs. hardly working

05/02/12 11:31AM

National Review ran an odd item the other day, "harping" that President Obama "vacations too much." NR's Jim Geraghty noted that he, among others, is "irked and fascinated by the commander-in-chief's regular getaways as economic hard times persist."I have to admit, I more or less assumed this would be the one aspect of Obama's presidency the right would be inclined to ignore. After all, Ronald Reagan took 436 days during his two terms, setting an all-time record. read more

The consequences of the GOP's voting restrictions

05/02/12 10:41AM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has heard the complaints about his party's "war on voting," and he doesn't like it. "For centuries our electoral process is based on one person, one vote, and for anyone to politicize the issue reeks of desperation and represents the worst in modern politics," Priebus said.Let that quote linger in your mind for a moment. read more

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