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Rachel Maddow on the 24 Pilots Over the Past 20 Years Who Have Deliberately Brought Down Planes: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow took a look last night at the weak link in airline safety: humans.

Over the past two decades, 24 pilots have deliberately brought planes down, sometimes killing large numbers of people along with themselves. Maddow takes a look at those cases and the circumstances surrounding them, along with this week's tragic destruction of the Germanwings A320.

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"In large passenger aircraft, pilots are some of the few people on earth to whom we give the opportunity that if they want to commit mass murder, or if they want to carry out a lone wolf terror attack, to a degree greater than almost anyone on earth, we give them the power to take huge numbers of people with them, with very little effort on their part....We will inevitably now search for some technological fix to try to stop this from ever happening again....But what caused this in the first place is not a technological problem. It was a failure of flesh and blood. This was not a technologically-caused but rather a technologically-enabled, mass casualty, human, failure."

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Rachel Maddow Looks At The Rise and Fall of Republican Boy Wonder Aaron Schock: VIDEO

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Last night Rachel Maddow reported on the big story out of Washington yesterday that Congressman Aaron Schock would resign after questions continued to arise about whether he had abused the powers of his office for personal and financial gain.

Known for doffing his shirt and showing off his abs more than anything else, Schock found himself in hot water after The Washington Post reported that the decorating of his congressional office was inspired by British costume drama Downton Abbey. While amusing enough on its own, it was that revelation that unleashed a tidal wave of questions about Schock's actions while in Congress that could not be easily answered, questions about whether he had used taxpayer and campaign dollars in inappropriate ways. As Maddow said, "What started as one off hand comment about the decorating of his office in this ostentatious way turned into a full blown mess for Aaron Schock; boy wonder's cape was unraveling really fast."

And it turns out, Schock's latest misbehavior has a past precedent. Which got Maddow to wonder, "Why is Congressman Schock leaving for real?" Was there some other shoe about to drop? 

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Rachel Maddow Examines Hillary Clinton's Email Controversy And Her Presidential Prospects: VIDEO

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Last night, Rachel Maddow dug into Hillary Clinton's press conference at the United Nations following her speech before a special conference on women's rights at the Security Council. As Maddow notes, it was not women's rights that brought the press corps out in droves yesterday. Rather, it was  the controversy that erupted surrounding Clinton's use of a personal email account and a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State. That issue and that issue alone launched the press into an "unheard of" feeding frenzy at the UN.

During her press conference, Secretary Clinton, who has not given a press conference or taken questions from the press corps in 2 years, noted that her decision to use her personal email was motivated by "convenience." She went on to insist that she fully complied with all the rules she was governed by at the time she was Secretary of State.

The real question that Maddow wanted to know, however, was will the path to the Presidency be any easier for Clinton in 2016 than it was in 2008 should she choose to run? Is this latest controversy in a long line of Clinton controversies yet another example of a scandal that won't stick? One thing is for sure: Clinton is in an unparalleled position that has no precedent. So all bets might be off. 

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Rachel Maddow Gets Real On The Controversy Surrounding Hillary Clinton's Emails: VIDEO

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Yesterday, we reported on the controversy that has erupted over the revelation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exclusively used her personal email address during her tenure at the State Department. The news raised questions about whether such an action was a violation of any rules or laws but was also seized upon by Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush who demanded that Clinton follow his lead and release her emails because "transparency maters."

 

 

On her show last night, Rachel Maddow was quick to skewer Bush and other Clinton critics, pointing out that Clinton is far from the only government official, elected or otherwise, who has used their personal email account for official business while in office. "Everybody does it!" said Maddow. Even Jeb Bush.

But what made Bush's call for "transparency" even more hypocritical, is the fact that while Bush claims he has been transparent and released his emails from his time in office, he cherry-picked only 250,000 of the nearly 3,000,000 emails he received while Governor of Florida. How transparent is that? 

Still, Maddow stressed that while singling Clinton out for using her personal email is stupid, "what isn't stupid is what the rules and the law were when Clinton was Secretary of State." 

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Scott Hines, Out Former Mayor Of Rancho Mirage, California, Dies Following Battle With Depression: VIDEO

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Scott Hines, the gay former mayor of Rancho Mirage, California, died last Saturday night following a battle with depression, reports the Desert Sun.

581985_3530204861565_416052484_nScott Hines was elected to the City Council in April 2010 and served one term. During the 2010 campaign, residents received fliers encouraging them not to let Hines "infect" the city, a message interpreted by many as an attack on the gay community.

Hines, who served as an Air Force intelligence officer until the early 2000s, worked to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless and a number of LGBT issues. In 2013, he appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the U.S. Air Force employment of "ex-gay" therapist Dr. Mike Rosebush as head of the Center for Character and Leadership Development.

Writing on Facebook, Hines' husband, Kevin Blessing, said:

"I am less of a person today as I will no longer have this man's wonderful energy around me, at the same time I am so blessed to have had him in my life in the first place."

Blessing also said that Hines had been suffering from liver cancer.

His biological mother Cindy Gough Montgomery (above right, with Hines) also wrote about her son's death:

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Talks to 'The Rachel Maddow Show' About When She'll Step Down: VIDEO

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down with The Rachel Maddow Show for a rare interview in which she discussed her bouts with cancer, getting a stent in her heart, and when she might decide to retire.

"I will step down when I feel I can no longer do the job full steam."

Ginsburg also talks about what the nation's unfinished business is when it comes to gender equality, abortion, President Obama, Citizens United, Chief Justice Roberts, Hobby Lobby, the court's rulings on women's rights, segregation, the voting rights act, Congress, and what she'd like to be remembered for.

She also offers her opinion on people who are so obsessed with her that they are getting Ruth Bader Ginsburg tattoos.

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