With vigorous support for autocrat, Trump bolsters Biden’s point

It’s not unusual for Donald Trump to publicly endorse his political allies, but by any reasonable measure, the former president’s support for Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro has gone far beyond routine backing. The Republican published this endorsement, for example, late last week, by way of his Twitter-like social media platform. “BRAZIL, VOTE FOR JAIR BOLSONARO: There is a VERY BIG Election taking… Continue reading With vigorous support for autocrat, Trump bolsters Biden’s point

Oath Keepers leader faces biggest sedition trial in generations

In the 22 months since the Jan. 6 attack, Americans have seen hundreds of criminal suspects face a variety of charges related to the assault on the Capitol. Some of the accused of have even been convicted of felonies and begun lengthy prison sentences. The seditious conspiracy trial that got underway yesterday in Washington, D.C., however,… Continue reading Oath Keepers leader faces biggest sedition trial in generations

Herschel Walker faces ‘turmoil’ following abortion allegations

Herschel Walker doesn’t generally say much about public policy. That’s not ideal — the Georgia Republican is, after all, running for the U.S. Senate — but it’s also not too surprising: Walker has effectively no background in governing, and he hasn’t shown any meaningful interest in policymaking. The former football player has, however, taken a… Continue reading Herschel Walker faces ‘turmoil’ following abortion allegations

Where the U.S. midterm elections and Putin’s interest intersect

For the most part, congressional Republicans and their cohorts have stood with the Biden administration and U.S. allies in support of Ukraine. There are, however, a growing number of expectations. Take CPAC, for example. Late last week, the Conservative Political Action Conference — a prominent force in Republican politics — published a missive via social media that pushed a… Continue reading Where the U.S. midterm elections and Putin’s interest intersect

National Archives: Some docs still missing from Trump White House

Does Team Trump still have official materials it shouldn’t have? “We do know that we do not have custody of everything we should,” the Archives said. When the FBI executed a court-approved search warrant at Mar-a-Lago eight weeks ago, it was tempting to think the larger controversy had entered a new phase. After all, FBI… Continue reading National Archives: Some docs still missing from Trump White House

GOP faces test as Trump’s contempt for McConnell turns dangerous

Donald Trump condemns Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with such frequency that it’s practically become background noise for those who keep an eye on the former president’s rhetoric. In fact, Trump targets McConnell roughly as often — and with comparable vitriol — as any Democrat. When the former president sat down with The New York… Continue reading GOP faces test as Trump’s contempt for McConnell turns dangerous

As Congress prevents a shutdown, Republicans balk for odd reasons

No one on Capitol Hill seemed to think a government shutdown was likely this week, and sure enough, a stopgap spending package is on its way to the White House for President Joe Biden’s signature. NBC News reported a couple of hours ago: The House passed legislation to keep the government running until Dec. 16, a final… Continue reading As Congress prevents a shutdown, Republicans balk for odd reasons

Why Team Trump is now talking up 200,000 pages of Mar-a-Lago docs

In recent weeks, as the Mar-a-Lago scandal has advanced, a couple of key figures have become familiar. There’s been a lot of talk, for example, about the number 100: That’s the rough tally of classified, secret and top-secret documents the FBI recovered from Donald Trump’s property. Recommended MADDOWBLOGMidterm Elections Round-Up, 9.30.22 MADDOWBLOGDeSantis becomes the latest Republican to evolve on… Continue reading Why Team Trump is now talking up 200,000 pages of Mar-a-Lago docs

Ginni Thomas stuck to Big Lie during Jan. 6 committee testimony

It was last week when the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack finally reached an agreement with Ginni Thomas, following lengthy negotiations, paving the way for an interview. Yesterday, as NBC News reported, the right-wing activist showed up on Capitol Hill. Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, told the… Continue reading Ginni Thomas stuck to Big Lie during Jan. 6 committee testimony

Judge Cannon isn’t quite done helping Trump in Mar-a-Lago case

It was earlier this month when U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon gave Donald Trump and his lawyers effectively everything they wanted in the Mar-a-Lago scandal: The Trump-appointed jurist approved a request for a special master and blocked parts of the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation. As we’ve discussed, among legal experts from the left, right and center, a consensus formed quickly:… Continue reading Judge Cannon isn’t quite done helping Trump in Mar-a-Lago case

As Supreme Court’s standing falters, Alito pushes flawed defense

When it comes to the U.S. Supreme Court’s institutional credibility, center-left justices have been unsubtle in their warnings. For example, in December 2021, during oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — the case that would ultimately serve as a vehicle to overturn Roe v. Wade — Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked a memorable rhetorical question. “Will this institution… Continue reading As Supreme Court’s standing falters, Alito pushes flawed defense

McCarthy, McConnell find they’re not on the same page (again)

Chances are, there will not be a government shutdown tomorrow night, but Congress is facing an uncomfortable deadline. In fact, with existing funding set to expire, lawmakers will have to approve a stopgap spending bill to keep government operations going until December. It was against this backdrop that House Republican leaders delivered an unambiguous message to their members: Vote against… Continue reading McCarthy, McConnell find they’re not on the same page (again)

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago special master gambit seems to be backfiring

As of a few weeks ago, Team Trump’s request for a special master in the Mar-a-Lago case appeared to be going quite well, the underlying merits notwithstanding. The former president and his lawyers had found an apparent ally in U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon — whom Donald Trump had earlier tapped for the federal judiciary… Continue reading Trump’s Mar-a-Lago special master gambit seems to be backfiring

Conservatives try (and fail) to sue over Garland’s school memo

Attorney General Merrick Garland was confronted last year with real-world evidence of educators being targeted as part of an intimidation campaign. It led him to write an unremarkable memo explaining the importance of preventing threats and potential violence. Republican hysteria soon followed. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy declared in April, “We’re going to investigate the attorney general. Why did he go after parents… Continue reading Conservatives try (and fail) to sue over Garland’s school memo

Trump suggests he could lead negotiations between Russia, Ukraine

Between playing golf, watching television, promoting QAnon content, and meeting with his defense attorneys, Donald Trump is probably quite busy. But this morning, the former president published a missive in which he suggested he was prepared to help lead diplomatic negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. No, really. The Republican used his Twitter-like platform to offer… Continue reading Trump suggests he could lead negotiations between Russia, Ukraine

McConnell snubs Trump, backs bill to prevent future coup schemes

After the House approved a bill last week to reform the Electoral Count Act of 1887, Donald Trump took his lobbying efforts to the next level. “REPUBLICAN SENATORS SHOULD VOTE NO!” the former president declared by way of his social media platform. The Senate’s top GOP leader likely heard about Trump’s preference, but he apparently didn’t care. NBC News reported: Senate… Continue reading McConnell snubs Trump, backs bill to prevent future coup schemes

On impeaching Biden, GOP’s Matt Gaetz makes a post-policy pitch

When Republican Sen. Joni Ernst first raised the prospect of impeaching Joe Biden in early 2020 — months before the Democrat had even secured his party’s nomination — the Iowan’s rhetoric was quickly dismissed as ridiculous. Even others in the GOP didn’t bother echoing the nonsense. More than two years later, however, such talk is vastly more… Continue reading On impeaching Biden, GOP’s Matt Gaetz makes a post-policy pitch

Republicans try to redefine ‘cut’ in bizarre Medicare attack ads

A couple of months ago, Sen. Rick Scott pushed a line of attack that was ridiculous, even by his standards. Democrats, the Florida Republican insisted, had just successfully “cut $280 billion from Medicare.” Part of the problem was with the messenger — Scott used to oversee a company that committed Medicare fraud on a massive and historic scale… Continue reading Republicans try to redefine ‘cut’ in bizarre Medicare attack ads

Maddow: Endgame Of GOP Undermining Elections Is To Evade Accountability To Voters

Rachel Maddow looks at the strides authoritarianism is making against democracy around the world and emphasizes that Republicans in the United States attacking elections infrastructure are trying to do more than mess with elections, they’re trying to bring about a system of government that does not need to appeal to voters in order to wield… Continue reading Maddow: Endgame Of GOP Undermining Elections Is To Evade Accountability To Voters

Why Trump has taken a sudden interest in George W. Bush’s emails

By way of his Twitter-like social media platform, Donald Trump late yesterday directed his followers to a relatively obscure article. Specifically, the former president apparently wanted the public to read this article, published by Newsweek exactly six years ago this week: For 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have been pursuing Hillary… Continue reading Why Trump has taken a sudden interest in George W. Bush’s emails

Watch Rachel Maddow Highlights: Sept. 26

Watch highlights of The Rachel Maddow Show » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc About: MSNBC is the premier destination for in-depth analysis of daily headlines, insightful political commentary and informed perspectives. Reaching more than 95 million households worldwide, MSNBC offers a full schedule of live news coverage, political opinions and award-winning documentary programming — 24 hours… Continue reading Watch Rachel Maddow Highlights: Sept. 26

Why the Jan. 6 committee wants to chat with Wisconsin’s Robin Vos

Perhaps no state House Speaker in the nation has generated more national headlines than Robin Vos, the Republican head of the Wisconsin Assembly. It was Vos, for example, who recently fired Michael Gableman — the same former state Supreme Court justice whom Vos had hired 14 months earlier — after Gableman’s ridiculous “audit” of the 2020 election… Continue reading Why the Jan. 6 committee wants to chat with Wisconsin’s Robin Vos

On the economy, polls show Republicans with an unearned advantage

Election Day 2022 is six weeks from tomorrow, and neither party can predict with confidence what’s likely to happen in this midterm cycle. Polling suggests that the more voters focus on reproductive rights, the better Democrats will do. Those same surveys, however, suggest that the greater the focus on the economy, the better Republicans will do. The… Continue reading On the economy, polls show Republicans with an unearned advantage

Why Liz Cheney is willing to campaign for Dems for the first time

By any fair measure, Rep. Liz Cheney is a conservative Republican. The Wyoming congresswoman voted with the Trump White House roughly 94% of the time, and up until last year, she was a member of the House GOP leadership in good standing. With this in mind, when Cheney expressed a willingness to support and campaign for Democratic… Continue reading Why Liz Cheney is willing to campaign for Dems for the first time

On multiple fronts, House GOP leaders trip over agenda rollout

It was 15 months ago when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy first started talking publicly about rolling out a “Commitment to America” agenda. That should’ve given the would-be House speaker and other Republican leaders plenty of time to prepare for a big rollout. They have reason to be disappointed with how it’s gone. The first misstep was… Continue reading On multiple fronts, House GOP leaders trip over agenda rollout

Why Pence, even now, is facing fire from Trump over Jan. 6 vote

The House voted this week to approve the bipartisan Presidential Election Reform Act, which didn’t generate a lot of attention, but which is an important effort. The point is to improve the Electoral Count Act of 1887, bring clarity to potential ambiguities, and remove any doubt that the vice president’s role in counting electoral college votes is… Continue reading Why Pence, even now, is facing fire from Trump over Jan. 6 vote

Why Republicans are abandoning one of their own key candidates

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. House, has represented Ohio’s 9th congressional district since 1983. It was generally assumed that the Democratic incumbent would continue to fare well — right up until Ohio’s Republican-led state legislature dramatically altered her district to make it far more friendly to the GOP.… Continue reading Why Republicans are abandoning one of their own key candidates

Highway hypocrisy trips up Ted Cruz in embarrassing fashion

Over the last several months, a variety of congressional Republicans have tried to take credit for infrastructure projects they voted against, hoping voters wouldn’t know the difference. Leave it to Sen. Ted Cruz, however, to provide us with a classic of the genre. Last week, the Texas Republican published this tweet, which read, “The Ports to Plains… Continue reading Highway hypocrisy trips up Ted Cruz in embarrassing fashion

Why Trump’s latest rhetoric about Clinton emails is so weird

It was deeply odd to hear Donald Trump tell Fox News last night that he had the authority to declassify documents “by thinking about it.” But as part of the same exchange with Sean Hannity, the former president shared a related thought about the FBI’s search at Mar-a-Lago: “There’s also a lot of speculation because of what… Continue reading Why Trump’s latest rhetoric about Clinton emails is so weird

Trump claims telepathic power to declassify ‘by thinking about it’

Several days after the FBI executed a court-approved search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump introduced a new claim neither he nor anyone on his team had ever floated before. The sensitive materials in question, the former president said, had been “declassified.” It wasn’t long before the strange talking point was thoroughly discredited. The claim was rejected… Continue reading Trump claims telepathic power to declassify ‘by thinking about it’