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Rachel Maddow Attempts to Unscramble Marco Rubio and Rand Paul's Positions on Gay Rights: VIDEO

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With the 2016 presidential campaign underway, Rachel Maddow this week took a look at the media frenzy surrounding the declared candidates and the GOP's tightrope walk on issues like gay rights. 

Said Maddow:

"One happy byproduct of, one benefit of the frenzy is getting to see them invent new lines for themselves to tiptoe down as they try on the spot to invent reasonable sounding, anti-gay policy positions that accomplish this neat trick of not turning off the vast majority of the country by seeming too much like a homophobe but also seeming aggressively anti-gay enough to be electable inside the super anti-gay Republican base bubble."

Later, Maddow chatted with former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs about the culture war's role on the GOP side and the various campaign trail "trap door" questions that await candidates on both sides of the aisle. 

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Rachel Maddow Reports on President Obama's Call to End Harmful LGBTQ 'Conversion Therapy' for Minors: VIDEO

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Yesterday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow addressed last night's late breaking news that President Obama had responded to a "We the People" petition and joined the fight to end dangerous, discredited "conversion therapy" for LGBTQ minors.

Maddow also referenced the 2013 "We the People" petition calling on the Obama Administration to "begin construction of a Death Star by 2016" that was sadly unsuccessful.

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Rachel Maddow Tackles Indiana's Anti-Gay Bill and Pence's Very Tough Week: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow looks at the Terri Schiavo case ten years ago, segueing halfway through the segment to Mike Pence and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (aka the anti-gay "religious liberty" law).

Maddow notes all of the potential 2016 GOP candidates are lining up behind Pence — Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush. Even Reince Preibus.

"It is a clear as day reminder of how conservative politics works in this country — at a very different level from public opinion....In the Terri Schiavo case 10 years ago and the Indiana legalize discrimination case today the rest of the country may have a very distinct revulsion for what is going on, for what politicians are doing...but inside the conservative movement they are listening to different voices, they are hearing different people, and if enough of them are in power, they get their way, as the country watches, slack-jawed and shocked, and they don't care."

LobiancoMaddow is joined by Tom Lobianco of the Indianapolis Star tfor a very insightful interview about the new law and if the paper's editorial position of "FIX THIS NOW" is going to be met.

Lobianco says the main drama right now os between the staunch social conservatives and moderate Republicans about how to change the bill. "It sounds like there might be a preamble that talks about what the law is supposed to do," LoBianco says. But moderates want more specifics in the bill itself.

Lobianco says public reaction was completely unanticipated and the bill was a "consolation prize" to the social conservatives that lost last year.

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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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