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The Week in Geek: The Flying Jenny edition

03/16/12 02:28PM

A Space Shuttle launch like you've NEVER seen it before: through the eyes of a solid rocket booster. Eight minutes of your life you'll thank me for.In case you haven't noticed, Jupiter and Venus have been showing off in the western skies this month, especially this week. Check out the conjunction for yourself and learn a little astronomy along the way.Our Moon, la luna. Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'…er orbiting.NASA releases new atlas of the entire sky in infrared wavelengths.F. Sherwood Rowland, the man who sounded the ozone alarm, passed away this week. read more

A closer look at the 'enthusiasm gap'

A closer look at the 'enthusiasm gap'

03/16/12 01:39PM

With voter turnout down considerably in several of the Republican presidential nominating contests, there's been growing talk in recent months about the GOP losing the edge in the "enthusiasm gap." It's this gap that helped produce massive Republican gains in the 2010 midterms, and the party will need a similar advantage to thrive in 2012.In his latest Wall Street Journal op-ed, Karl Rove argues it's Democrats who should be worried. read more

The part of the Romney mansion that's above ground.

Romney's 'subterranean mansion'

03/16/12 12:48PM

When we talk about Mitt Romney's housing problem, it's tempting to first think of his pro-foreclosure agenda, which seems likely to hurt his campaign in states like Nevada, Florida, and Arizona.But with Romney, "housing problem" can also take on a more literal meaning -- he has a political problem related to his own personal homes.It can be admittedly tough to keep track of, but at last count, the former governor has three homes: there's the $12 million oceanfront residence in California (the one Romney is quadrupling in size); a $10 million home in New Hampshire; and a townhouse in Belmont, M read more

Friday's campaign round-up

03/16/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* An Indiana election board voted yesterday that Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is ineligible to vote, at least for now, in the district where he claims residency.* As Rachel noted last night, dates for Wisconsin's runoff elections have been set. Primaries will be held on May 8, with the general election on June 5.* Mitt Romney denies being part of any private talks with Ron Paul's campaign about striking a deal to secure his delegates.* Rep. read more

Romney talks with Fox News' Megyn Kelly this week.

'A ton of interviews,' indeed

03/16/12 11:03AM

In the wake of Rick Santorum accusing the Fox News Channel of "shilling" for Mitt Romney, the former governor, as Rachel noted last night, has "decided to make Fox News feel awkward about the charge by suddenly agreeing to do a ton of interviews on Fox News Channel shows."This got me thinking -- just how many times has Romney appeared on Fox this week? read more

Results from a Fox News Latino poll show the GOP moving in the wrong direction with Latino voters.

The price of alienating a key constituency

03/16/12 09:27AM

Barack Obama won 67% of the Latino vote in 2008, and though it appeared Republicans had an opportunity to help bring down that number considerably this year, most observers in both parties agree that this is not going to happen.Glenn Thrush reports this week that Mitt Romney's campaign has alienated Latino voters to such an extent, he's not going to get them back."In 2008, John McCain paid the price with Latinos for what other Republicans … had said and done," said Ana Navarro, a Republican Party operative who worked for McCain in 2008 and is a longtime friend who advises Florida Gov. read more

So much for 'he made it worse'

03/16/12 08:00AM

For the better part of the last year, there was one claim Mitt Romney made more than any other: President Obama, he said, made the economy "worse."Reality makes clear that the dubious claim just isn't true, but the Republican presidential hopeful repeated it anyway, ad nauseam, in nearly every speech, interview, and public appearance. read more

Morning Maddow: March 16

03/16/12 07:23AM

The 17-minute Barack Obama movie.Look who likes Rick Santorum.Oh, and that Puerto Ricans should speak English thing? Santorum says he was misquoted.Win a burger with Mitt Romney.Will Orrin Hatch survive the Utah caucus process?The best comments from Kansas Gov. Brownback's Facebook page.Another case of an Afghan soldier shooting a U.S. Marine.A test jump in preparation for free-falling from the edge of space went well.Let's end on another video: Rep. Paul Ryan goes for the drama in a teaser for his budget proposal:  read more

Links for the 3/15 TRMS

Links for the 3/15 TRMS

03/15/12 11:58PM

In e-mails, science of warming is hot debateHacked E-Mail Is New Fodder for Climate DisputeStolen E-Mails Sharpen a Brawl Between Climate Scientists and SkepticsTrees tell of past climates: but are they speaking less clearly today? (pdf) What do the 'Climategate' hacked CRU emails tell us? The Independent Climate Change Email Review The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (pdf) Resentment Toward the West Bolsters Uganda's New Anti-Gay Bill read more

Closing the climategate

Closing the climategate

03/15/12 10:43PM

Rachel Maddow reviews the history of climate change denialist hysteria over "climategate" and explains why the scandal is largely invented. watch

Senator James Inhofe talks with Rachel...

Senator James Inhofe talks with Rachel Maddow, part 2

03/15/12 10:41PM

Senator James Inhofe, ranking Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee and author of the new book “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,” talks with Rachel Maddow about describing a segment from The... watch