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WJH: behind the scenes

01/20/12 03:20PM

Wondering why we chose "Gladiator" as the theme of this week's What Just Happened?  First off, this may have been the longest week of the Republican primary yet. read more

What Just Happened?!

01/20/12 02:41PM

The Republican primary became bloodsport in South Carolina.  Six candidates entered the arena -- only four survived.  See who left licking their wounds as we look back at What Just Happened: read more

The politics of the personal

01/20/12 02:36PM

How much do the candidates love being married? We counted the ways - in years.Should Newt Gingrich and his ex's and his alleged "open marriage" be a factor? We asked our NOWists if Family Matters...    read more

The (former) candidate and the comedian

01/20/12 02:20PM

Does he know he's in on the joke?Herman Cain took his train to a Stephen Colbert rally at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. The comedian (Colbert) and Cain (the other comedian?) took to the stage with such introductions as "the Indiana Jones of opportunity zones" and his "brother by another mother."Cain tried to keep it serious - talking his standard 9-9-9 line and discussing the deficit. Wrong crowd. They were looking for comedy.Politico reporting "Bring back Colbert!" was shouted by a someone at the rally.Why then did he try and go to this rally? read more

NOW Today

01/20/12 06:50AM

This morning the best political analysts in the business are saying that the past 24 hours have been among the most eventful in recent memory - if not longer.  Today will only add to the frenzy as a surging Newt Gingrich makes his final pitch; Mitt Romney works to preserve front runner status under increasing calls for financial disclosure; and Herman Cain teams up with Stephen Colbert to win South Carolina.Oh, speaking of Cain - he'll be on NOW right before his big rally in South Carolina.  Yesterday he endorsed the American people. read more

Trending NOW

01/20/12 06:45AM

Last night's debate seems to have peaked a little interest...Roughly 24 hours until the polls open in South Carolina.Magid CPI: U.S. read more

Is Romney just too rich?

Is Romney just too rich?

01/19/12 04:50PM

NOWist Wendy Schiller is a professor of political science at Brown UniversityElecting wealthy men to the presidency is not a new phenomenon in American politics.  According to a survey conducted by, which measured presidents’ fortunes in 2010 dollars, some of our most revered past presidents have been very rich indeed.   For example, George Washington was worth a cool $525 million, Andrew Jackson was worth $119 million, and Teddy Roosevelt was worth $125 million.  John F. Kennedy Jr. was the richest president ever with an estimated family fortune of $1 billion. read more

Perry, Gingrich & Romney the out-of-touch Ken doll

Perry, Gingrich & Romney the out-of-touch Ken doll

01/19/12 03:37PM

NOWist Jimmy Williams is an msnbc Contributor and former Senate staffer Stuck in the Minneapolis airport yesterday, I punched out a post on how Rick Santorum (and tangentially Rick Perry) were going to deny Newt Gingrich a badly-needed win in my home state of South Carolina. Then all hell broke loose this morning with Perry dropping out and endorsing Gingrich. Add ABC's bombshell tease of Gingrich's second wife, Marianne, declaring on national tv that Newt wanted to have his cake and eat it too by having an "open marriage" with both her and his mistress-now-wife Callista. read more

Everything ever said

Everything ever said

01/19/12 02:59PM

Tonight's South Carolina debate marks the seventeenth of the election season.Needless to say, there's been a lot of rhetoric spewed out.Our friend Ari Melber looks back at all the questions, answers, follow-ups, rebuttals, comments, and claims in some clever word charts.  Take a look. read more

Mitt-mentum Fading?

01/19/12 02:38PM

We know he's rich. He's got Millions. But now there are reports that these millions aren't in your run of the mill checking account or under a mattress... Mitt Romney has them neatly stashed away, tax-free, in the Cayman Islands.And with a new NBC poll showing his lead in South Carolina is shrinking... and him having to concede his Iowa 8-vote win in Iowa to Rick Santorum... is Romney's coronation over?We asked our panel What's Next for Mitt?  read more

NOW Today

01/19/12 06:56AM

A new NBC News-Marist poll out this morning puts Mitt Romney ten points ahead of Newt Gingrich.  But there's 2 days to go in South Carolina, and Gingrich definately has momentum.  The press today is filled with stories that could hurt either candidate, so it's anybody's guess what could happen in South Carolina.  Who would have thought?NOWist John Heilemann points this out this morning: Given that Iowa is set to announce today that Rick Santorum is the winner of its caucuses after re-canvasing, by the end of this weekend Mitt Romney may have only won New Hampshire - a state that he had to win read more

Trending NOW

01/19/12 06:48AM

Lots of political news broke overnight - but it's not trending just yet.  All the more reason to get the latest at noon ET on NOW.Magid CPI: SOPA/PIPA: Bloggers in China sound off on SOPA blackout; Iconic Kodak files for bankruptcy; Iran wants to resume talks over its nuclear programGoogle: keystone pipeline; marco rubio; keystone xlTwitter: Chapter 11; American Idol; #WaysToGetOFFthePhoneYouTube Politics: Obama for America 2012 TV AD - The Facts About President Obama's Energy Record Billboard (Hot 100): We Found Love - Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris; Set Fire To The Rain - Adele; Good Feelin read more

Mitt Romney’s campaign missteps

Mitt Romney’s campaign missteps

01/18/12 07:00PM

GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is taking heat for failing to disclose details on his financial wealth. The NOW panel is on the story, explaining the Romney campaign’s missteps in avoiding this sudden need for damage control. watch