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Is it possible to bridge the Santorum/Paul...

Is it possible to bridge the Santorum/Paul divide?

01/04/12 07:00PM

Michael Steele, former RNC chairman, tries to explain to Rachel Maddow how, even though Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are polar opposites on almost every issue, their supports are similar enough they Romney has a chance of drawing support from both of his... watch

In the wake of the Iowa caucus

In the wake of the Iowa caucus

01/04/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, and web producer extraordinaire Will Femia, share a preview of tonight's show – first, a look at what the results of the Iowa caucuses mean for the Republican party, plus Gene Sperling, the... watch

The loneliness of the long-distance Perry

The loneliness of the long-distance Perry

01/04/12 01:43PM

Three things about Rick Perry staying in the race:1) The picture he tweeted today: "And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State...Here we come South Carolina!!!"2) An expanded caption of sorts, by way of Christy Hoppe at the Dallas Morning News: "Griffin Perry just told me #RickPerry spoke with his wife this morning... read more

Bye-bye, Bachmann?

01/04/12 11:07AM

Michele Bachmann is about to speak to the media. Advance reports all say she's suspending her campaign. Watch and see for yourself:   read more

The front page of the Concord, New Hampshire, Monitor.

What eight votes will (and won't) get you

01/04/12 09:51AM

Sometimes a win is a win, no matter how small. Nate Silver writes today that in coming out ahead in Iowa by eight votes, Mitt Romney managed to sideline Rick Perry and avoid an outright veto by Iowa voters:The bottom line is that Mr. Romney’s chances of becoming president are a little higher than they were 24 hours ago, quite a bit higher than... read more

Morning Maddow: January 4

01/04/12 07:49AM

Iowa recap: Romney wins by eight (votes). Surging Santorum has to campaign on a shoestring. Paul wants to keep on caucusing. Perry is reassessing. Bachmann makes history. Gingrich blows out of town. If you missed the fun, the Des Moines Register's photos are a good place to start.President Obama talks economy today in Ohio. New Hampshire... read more

Tonight's clips

01/04/12 01:46AM

Obviously there was no TRMS in its usual form tonight, but I know folks are still going to be showing up looking for clips of what happened on the air. So I've taken clips of some of the more engaging discussions in tonight's coverage and put those in the show playlist at (and in a little while it'll load into the... read more

Here's what's up with Rachel tonight

01/03/12 06:03PM

msnbc's rolling live coverage of the Iowa Caucuses technically begins at 6 p.m. ET (er... now!). Arguably the coverage has been live and rolling all day, but 6 p.m. is when we stop breaking it into separate shows.So Rachel will anchor from the New York City studio, joined by Ed Schultz, Lawrence O'Donnell, Rev. read more

Occupy the NDAA

Occupy the NDAA

01/03/12 03:53PM

The New York City General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street is gathering today in our neighborhood. Andy Dallos sends the pics above and below from outside 30 Rock. The NYCGA writes:January 3rd will be a spontaneous show of people power in reaction to Obama's treasonous signing of the National Defense Authorization Act. read more

Romney on health reform, then and now

01/03/12 02:10PM

James Carter posts this interview with Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, which he dates to 2006. Governor Romney talks about health reform in his state:What we're really doing here is saying, you know what? The free market does work. If we let people buy private health insurance plans and insist that if they can afford to do so, they do... read more

The second-biggest town in Sioux County, Iowa.

Where second place is really great

01/03/12 01:13PM

Last night on the show, we talked about the Iowa caucuses' history of picking not winners but losers -- if you do too badly as a candidate, you'll tend to drop out. Iowa does some of the first real winnowing of the field.Over at Patchwork Nation, Dante Chinni focuses on one spot in northwestern Iowa, Sioux County, where it has... read more

Up next: Indiana anti-union bill

Up next: Indiana anti-union bill

01/03/12 11:13AM

On Wednesday morning, national Republican politics will shift away from Iowa and toward New Hampshire and South Carolina for the primaries there. But at the local level, where Republican politics have been turning into Republican policy, at least part of the game moves to Indiana.The Indiana state legislature opens its session tomorrow, with the... read more