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10/14/11 09:26AM

Victory lap: President Obama goes to Michigan. It's a state he needs to carry in 2008, and the auto bailout may help him do just that, despite much criticism from conservatives. The bailout was smart, effective policy -- not to mention good politics -- and the president deserves credit for it, especially when Mitt Romney, his likely Republican opponent, was pushing for something very different. read more

Matthews on the 'pride' of religion

10/13/11 08:00PM

Religion.  There's a pride to it.  Along with the faith that comes with being born to a faith comes a strong, stubborn desire to defend it, because what you're doing in most cases is defending the beliefs of your parents and grandparents, the very roots of your existence. So don't make fun of someone's religion.  Don't do it because it is a direct affront as well as a direct assault.  Someone speaks badly or speaks down on the religion you were brought up in and there's either going to be trouble or sadness or both, because it hurts.We Americans take a wonderful view of religion as a country.  read more

Cain gains more support

Cain gains more support

10/13/11 08:00PM

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele and MSNBC political analyst Howard Fineman debate whether Herman Cain is a real contender for the GOP nomination. watch

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10/13/11 09:22AM

The Obama campaign sets its sights on Mitt Romney: Romney looks like the inevitable nominee, and he's largely gotten a pass from his Republican rivals, so Team Obama has decided to start defining him before he can define himself to the general electorate. Read the Politico's story here. Herman Cain is getting the scrutiny that comes with being a frontrunner. read more

GOP lacks robust competition for nomination

10/12/11 08:00PM

I don't think the Republican Party is enjoying a robust competition for its nomination. In a year when you would expect a feisty, combustive all-out battle for the presidential nomination - the chance to go one-on-one with a weakened Democratic president - you would expect to see several serious candidates testing each other's abilities.Instead we've seen a bizarre pattern of one conservative candidate after another put up his head then bow it - Trump, Bachman, Perry, Christie.   The head up now is businessman Herman Cain - but the pattern is clear.  Each rises and fades - each with one main a read more

Defining Iran’s terror ambitions

Defining Iran’s terror ambitions

10/12/11 08:00PM

NBC News Terrorism Analyst Evan Kohlmann and author Robin Wright discuss whether the alleged terror plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador was a rogue operation or planned at the top. watch

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