Rachel Maddow Hub
Rachel Maddow last night took a look at what happens if the GOP takes the Senate (and therefore control of Congress) today as many are expecting them to do. She notes that every two-term president in recent history in his sixth year has had to deal with a Congress led by the opposition.
Bills may just start getting passed:
"President Obama alone will be the counterweight to the all-Republican congress if the Republicans take the Senate...and that is going to be a lot of fun to cover."
Obama has so far vetoed two items during his presidency, but there may soon be a lot more.
FOX News and Republicans are already licking their lips about impeachment over Obama acting alone on immigration.
Head out and vote today, folks.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
On her show last night, Rachel Maddow brought some attention to comments made by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month at the University of Minnesota that seemed to telegraph the Supreme Court's decision Monday not to take up any of the 7 petitions it was reviewing on the question of same-sex marriage bans. At the time, Ginsburg remarked that the Court would likely only step in if lower courts started contradicting each other. Otherwise, there would be "no need to rush."
In case that wasn't remarkable or notable enough, at that same Q&A at the University of Minnesota, Ginsburg also addressed her popularity on social media and, in particular, her moniker as The Notorious RBG (which gained popularity after her eviscerating dissent in the Hobby Lobby case). However, it was RBG was quick to correct her moderator who referred to the site dedicated in her honor as a "blog" when in actuality it is a Tumblr. Said Maddow, "So yes, there is a blog out there that is praising Ruth Bader Ginsburg as Notorious RBG, but if you don't know the difference between a blog and a Tumblr that's because you are not as hip and with it as 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg."
Watch Ginsburg's priceless correction, AFTER THE JUMP...
Yesterday, in the wake of the Supreme Court's refusal to take up any of the seven marriage equality cases pending before it, our own Ari Ezra Waldman offered analysis as to why each judge on the Court may have wanted to duck the equality question at this time. On her show last night, Rachel Maddow took a look at the path that led to yesterday's decision (or lack thereof) and what may have motivated it. She wondered, since it only takes 4 votes for the Supreme Court to decide to hear a case, why didn't the anti-gay marriage wing of the Court (Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas) want to take the opportunity to try and reverse some of the "damage" done by United States v. Windsor (a case in which all 4 justices dissented)? Could there be a Machiavellian motive at play?
Watch and listen to Rachel's take along with an interview with Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan, AFTER THE JUMP...
Following former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's conviction Thursday in the corruptions trial surrounding his use of political office for personal gain, Rachel Maddow took a look back at McDonnell's journey from Pat Robertson-approved 'family values' politician to throw-your-wife-under-the-bus courtroom defendant.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
McDonnell and his wife could face two decades in prison on the 14-count corruption indictment when they are sentenced on Jan 6.
A couple of weeks ago Fox's Shepard Smith accepted the Chilling for Charity ice water challenge to have a bucket of ice water upended over him to raise money for the Kay Yow Foundation, named for the North Carolina State women’s basketball coach who died of breast cancer in 2009. After suffering the icy dampness, Smith passed the challenge on to Rachel Maddow, who quipped,
So, when I heard that somebody at Fox News had said I should go soak my head I was like, "Yeah, happy Tuesday. What else is new?" But then I found out it was Shep Smith. Ah, more interesting!
She rose to the challenge, and now Smith will have to make a $50 donation to the charity of his choice in her name. In the meantime, Maddow passed the challenge along to: Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; Bill Dwight, the North Hampton, MA City Council President; and Liz Cheney.
And then ice water was dumped on her head, which you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...