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Obama faces tough road ahead

09/16/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with this. President Obama faces a hard test in the weeks ahead. He's up against the growing perception that Republicans have the upper hand that this battle between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney is not about the Republican nomination but about the American presidency. Whoever comes out of this fight will be the country's next leader.Others have been in the position Obama is now being assigned. read more

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09/16/11 05:01PM

What Texas miracle? Gov. Rick Perry’s been quick to showcase the bright side of the Texas economy, but tonight, we’re taking a look at all sides of the story: An 8.5 percent unemployment rate, and jobs lost last month. msnbc’s David Corn and The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank will fill us in tonight. Next up: Is the GOP narrowing the path to the voting booth for Dems in general and minorities in particular? read more

Matthews: Remember past lessons

09/15/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with this: The country has begun to make a decision about who they want to lead it and how and where they want it to be led.It's a serious mistake - for voter as well politician or journalist - to assume that the election of 2012 will be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of next year. People begin making their decisions - many make it for good - long before they walk ballot in hand into the polling booth. This is the time I sense people are beginning to make their decision on the presidency.  I have a simple warning. read more

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09/15/11 04:56PM

Pay-to-Play Politics! Gov. Rick Perry said in  Monday night’s debate that he can’t be bought for $5,000… but can he be bought if the price is right? Will this alleged political corruption be a theme in Perry’s campaign? NBC’s Michael Isikoff investigated Perry’s history of crony capitalism, and he’s reporting live on Hardball tonight, with Dallas Morning News Sr. Reporter Wayne Slater. New poll numbers are dismal, but if President Obama plans on staging a comeback, Democratic Strategist James Carville has three words of advice for him: “Fire. Indict. Fight.” How can Obama turn it around? read more