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Florida polls show Romney leading Obama

Florida polls show Romney leading Obama

05/22/12 08:00PM

Mitt Romney is leading in Florida polls, according to a Quinnipiac survey, edging President Obama who was once ahead in the state earlier this year. The NOW w/ Alex Wagner panelists - including New York Magazine's John Heilemann, Jane Murphy of Citizen... watch

The PACs Strike Back

05/22/12 04:24PM

The Super PAC ad wars are heating up, with a new spot from Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS out today, and as well as one from the pro-Obama Priorities USA Action. The Crossroads ad, called "Basketball," portrays a fictional suburban mother who supported President Obama in the last election but now says "things have changed for the worse." Her kids haven't been able to find jobs and had to move back in with her after college. Says also says the President "wants more spending and taxes...That won't fix things."  read more

Learning from his father

05/22/12 04:03PM

If you're still not sure who Mitt Romney is, you're not alone. But in a recent New York magazine piece, Benjamin Wallace-Wells sheds new light on Romney's political instincts by examining the presumptive Republican nominee's father, George Romney. The elder Romney was, like his son, a businessman and a Republican politician. He served as CEO of American Motors Corporation and as governor of Michigan. And like his son, he had a strong belief in corporate institutions. But George Romney also believed in government and the role it could play in helping the country. read more

NOW Today: Big money on both sides of 2012

05/22/12 07:15AM

There were estimates at the start of this presidential race suggesting that a record $3 billion would be spent. While it's too early to tell if those estimates were overblown, there sure is evidence to suggest we're inching toward that mark.Putting aside spending by Super PACs, which have infused unprecented influence in the race, both sides are bringing in astronomical sums of cash. Recall the party George Clooney hosted at his home in LA this month, which reportedly earned the Obama campaign a record $14 million. read more

Trending NOW

05/22/12 06:47AM

The "Big Bain Backfire," as the Romney campaign is calling it, continues this morning with an ad neatly summarizing the issue on behalf of the GOP nominee.Magid CPI: Facebook stock slide puts new pressures on company; SpaceX Dragon becomes first private mission to ISS; Climber describes harrowing scene on Everest, where at least 4 are reported dead Google: dharun ravi; cory booker; lakers Twitter: Joplin; Cory Booker; IranYouTube Politics: Big Bain BackfireBillboard (Hot 100): Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye Featuring Kimbra; Payphone - Maroon 5 Featuring Wiz Khalifa; We Are Young - fun. read more

False convictions: 10,000 years in prison

05/21/12 09:53PM

Today during our "What Now" segment, we had a lively discussion about false convictions, and the toll they take on defendants' lives. Nearly 900 defendants wrongfully convicted of serious crimes in the U.S. in the past 23 years spent a combined total of more than 10,000 years in prison, according to a new database called the “National Registry for Exonerations.”   It was set up by as a joint project by the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. read more

Is attacking Bain a winning strategy?

Is attacking Bain a winning strategy?

05/21/12 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Alex Wagner and the NOW panel – Rolling Stones’ Eric Bates, the Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee,’s Joan Walsh, and The Daily Beast’s Patricia Murphy – discuss whether or not Team Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital... watch

High School Congress

High School Congress

05/21/12 04:21PM

A new report shows that members of Congress speak more like high school sophomores than college graduates.According to the Sunlight Foundation, freshman Republicans speak at the lowest grade level. The worst offender: South Carolina Republican Mick Mulvaney, a Georgetown and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill grad, who speaks at a seventh grade level. He reportedly says that he was taught to write in a "clear and concise fashion."Researchers came up with the determination by using something called the Flesch-Kincaid test, which assigns grade levels based on word and sentence length. read more