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Coming up on Hardball...Is Cain able?

11/29/11 05:32PM

Could this be the end of the line for the Cain train? The candidate’s campaign has taken a beating and Cain told a campaign conference call today that he was “reassessing” his campaign. Does that mean his campaign is on its last legs? The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank ad Politico’s Jim VandeHei join us with the latest. Then—if Cain loses, who wins? Which 2012 candidate would sweep up his votes? The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and USA Today’s Susan Page will make some predictions. The DNC has Romney in its sites, judging by the organization’s ads in New Hampshire. read more

Coming up on Hardball...The one the White House wants!

11/28/11 04:53PM

What if the one thing the Right and the White House can agree on is Newt Gingrich? Gingrich is the new leader of the pack, and now he’s got the weight of the New Hampshire Union-Leader behind him. What does the famed paper’s endorsement really mean? And what does a possible Obama-Gingrich faceoff look like? We’ll get to the bottom of it with The Eisenhower Institute’s Jennifer Donohue and msnbc’s Howard Fineman. Next up: A Hardball Debate on the payroll tax holiday. President Obama proposed the tax cut… and the GOP opposes it. read more

Let Me Start...

11/28/11 09:36AM

Newt Gingrich wins the endorsement of the influential Union-Leader newspaper in Manchester, NH. The paper chose to back Gingrich, even as polls show Mitt Romney is a prohibitive favorite in the first-in-the-nation primary state. What does this say about Romney? And is the White House happy to see someone other than Romney emerge? By the way, here's what the New York Times' Nate Silver says about the value of the Union-Leader endorsement. read more

Matthews: January a 'make-or-break' month for the GOP

11/25/11 06:00PM

January promises to be make-or-break for many if not all the Republican candidates hoping to be the November challenger of President Obama.  But it is more likely to break candidates than make them.  That's true even if Mitt Romney pulls an upset in the Iowa Caucuses.Here's an early line on what could happen.Rep. Michele Bachman and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum both make strong appeals to the religious and cultural right which is strong in Iowa. read more

A lesson on accountability

11/23/11 08:00PM

by Michael SmerconishPermit me a final word tonight about accountability.Today was to have been the date by which the Super Committee put forth a plan to cut the debt. They failed to reach an accord, triggering an automatic $1.2 trillion in cuts beginning in 2013.This was the third attempt at averting a national crisis. Simpson-Bowles was the first. read more

Will Romney be the GOP nominee?

Will Romney be the GOP nominee?

11/23/11 07:00PM

As GOP candidate have risen and fallen in the polls, Mitt Romney has remained steadily near the top but he has been unable to build his support too high. MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe and Politico’s Joe Williams discuss. watch

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