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Rachel Maddow On SCOTUS And Gay Marriage: ‘A Sense Of Inevitability Can Be A Dangerous Thing’ - VIDEO

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On Friday night, Rachel Maddow dug into the decision by the Supreme Court to hear 4 cases tackling whether states have the right to ban same-sex marriage. As our legal editor Ari Ezra Waldman pointed out in his analysis of this decision, the Court seems to be leaning towards recognizing a nationwide freedom to marry. And indeed, momentum seems to be on the side of marriage equality. Since the 2013 SCOTUS ruling on DOMA, we have gone from having only 20% of the U.S. population living in states that allow same-sex marriage to 70% (see GIF below). However, for all the talk of momentum, Rachel Maddow wonders, what if the inevitable is not so inevitable? 

Watch her contemplate this question, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Rachel Maddow Looks At Anti-Gay Former VA Governor Bob McDonnell's Dramatic Sentencing Hearing: VIDEO

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As we reported yesterday, anti-gay former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced to only two years in prison after being convicted on 11 counts of corruption this past September. The sentencing was somewhat of a shock to observers, as McDonnell had originally faced up to two decades in prison for his crimes. Even after the sentencing guidelines were reduced to between six-and-a-half and eight years, the final sentence still fell dramatically short of the minimum recommended incarceration period.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow dug into the bizarre and dramatic moments in the courtroom during yesterday's hearing, including a look into the fraught politics of McDonnell's marriage. You'll recall his wife was also convicted of corruption and was chosen as the scapegoat for Mr. McDonnell by both his lawyers and other members of his family, including his daughter.

Find out about McDonnell's day in court, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rachel Maddow Explains Why the Supreme Court May Soon Be Taking Up Marriage: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow took a quick look last night at the 6th Circuit's ruling upholding gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

If you missed our legal editor Ari Ezra Waldman's first round of analysis of the ruling, make sure to check it out HERE.

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Rachel Maddow: Vetoes and Impeachment Calls Aplenty If GOP Takes Congress — VIDEO

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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...

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Rachel Maddow’s Best New Thing In The World Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Knowledge of Tumblr: VIDEO

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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...

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Rachel Maddow Looks At SCOTUS' October Surprise, Interviews 'Incredibly Joyous' Edie Windsor: VIDEO

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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...

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