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08/31/11 04:45PM

Game on! President Obama set the date for his jobs plan announcement… for exactly the same time as the NBC/Politico Republican Debate, a week from today at 8 PM. Well, we said “Go big or go home,” didn’t we?   And this is a big, bold move. His formal request to the Speaker’s office was met with an equally formal reply. In short, Boehner’s response: Move it to Thursday. We’ll break down this political tug-of-war with NBC Political Director Chuck Todd and Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris. Then: The Left’s fear and loathing of Rick Perry. read more

Is Obama’s base crumbling?

Is Obama’s base crumbling?

08/30/11 08:00PM

Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., and MSNBC’s Ed Schultz debate how President Barack Obama can convince African-Americans and unions to vote for him in 2012... watch

Smerconish on Bachmann's blunders

08/30/11 08:00PM

by Hardball guest host Michael SmerconishLet me finish tonight with Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her tendency to commit gaffes on the campaign trail. Her public pronouncements made waves yet again over the weekend, this time in Florida.She said "I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?'  Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. read more

Perry under scrutiny

Perry under scrutiny

08/30/11 08:00PM

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and MSNBC political analyst Jonathan Capehart discuss Gov. Rick Perry’s comments on secession and calling Social... watch

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08/30/11 04:56PM

Go big or go home! In today’s Washington Post, columnist Eugene Robinson offers some advice for President Obama ahead of his Labor Day jobs plan announcement: the plan “needs to be unrealistic and unreasonable, at the very least. If he can crank it all the way up to unimaginable, that would be even better.” Is that the way to go? Should Obama shelf his “Great Compromiser” image in favor of advancing democratic values and keeping his base? And can he capture the nation’s attention while unemployment’s hovering above nine percent? read more

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