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Obama, Romney square off

Obama, Romney square off

04/03/12 08:00PM

President Obama and Mitt Romney acknowledged their likely one-on-one battle this fall for the Oval Office slot when on Tuesday, the president for the first... watch

GOP ‘halftime’ over?

GOP ‘halftime’ over?

04/03/12 08:00PM

For weeks, Republican pundits and candidates alike have dubbed each stage of the primary election season as the “halftime” of the race, but is this turning... watch

Mitt got the "yips"?

04/03/12 06:14PM

It's usually golfers and baseball players who get the "yips" -- an unexplained loss of motor skills, when a player suddenly starts fumbling even basic tasks.  In sports, it could be a routine chip to the green, or an infield throw first base.  In politics, it could be bungling a straightforward question, such as the issue of interracial marriage. At a Green Bay rally yesterday, Romney angrily cut off a questioner who broached the subject of religion. read more

Why we are at war

04/03/12 03:57PM

Rachel Maddow joined us today to discuss her new book "Drift."With the war in Afghanistan now in its 11th year, the costs have been enormous: More than 1,800 U.S. soldiers have died, and taxpayers have spent more than $400 billion dollars on that battle alone. And yet where is the national conversation about war and why are we still in it?In her book, Rachel argues that when you use Reservists -- everyday citizens --  to fight our wars, as we did decades ago, our appetite to tolerate war is minimized. read more

NOW Today: Showdown edition

04/03/12 06:43AM

Democrats and Republicans both have their showdowns today.In Wisconsin, Maryland, and DC primary voters will head to the polls and either push Mitt Romney closer to 1,144 or give Rick Santorum another fighting chance.  Nothing is certain and we'll break the contests down with the panel.Meanwhile, President Obama is going to take on Paul Ryan and his budget proposal today.  Obama will make his case as to why the House Republican plan would damage the country - the same plan that Mitt Romney endorsed right around when Paul Ryan endorsed Mitt Romney.Ah, politics! read more

Trending NOW

04/03/12 06:36AM

The 1940 Census has become so popular that 22.5 million people accessed its website during its first three hours, causing government servers to crash.Magid CPI: Service planned for 7 college students killed in California shooting spree; Trayvon Martin Case: Florida shooter would surrender if charged--lawyer; Body of missing barista believed found in Alaska lake Google: 1940 census; ncaa basketball; oakland news Twitter: Rise & GRIND; Dear Nicki; #1940censusYouTube Politics: The DC Hokey PokeyBillboard (Hot 100): We Are Young - fun. read more

Pres. Obama, squandered energy, and the "inside game"

04/02/12 05:46PM

On Monday's show, Alex asked Van Jones, the author, activist and former Obama administration official, why the Obama campaign seemed to squander so much grassroots energy after the election.Jones noted that Obama officials put a lot of early emphasis on the "inside game," and placed a lot of power in the DNC - where the campaign's 13-million-person email list was housed in a new organization, Organizing for America (OFA). read more

Van Jones and rebuilding the dream

04/02/12 11:07AM

Van Jones, former White House special adviser, is joining the panel for the full hour today - ahead of the release of his new book, Rebuild the Dream, which hits shelves tomorrow.Here's an excerpt that Van picked for the blog - which we'll discuss further on the show today. CHEAP PATRIOTS VERSUS DEEP PATRIOTSThe time has come to turn things right side up again and declare that America’s honest, hard-working middle class is too big to fail. The aspirations of our low-income, struggling, and marginalized communities are too big and important to fail. read more

NOW Today: Ahead of the Badger State

04/02/12 06:59AM

It could be all locked up tomorrow.All eyes are on Wisconsin as Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum go down to the wire in the Badger State.  While Romney has the edge, it's close enough to merit a careful eye.  Conventional wisdom says if Santorum doesn't win Wisconsin, Mitt Romney is truly unstoppable and will get to 1,144 delegates on his own.  We'll be listening - Romney is already sharpening his rhetoric and focusing on President Obama, giving his campaign a general election feel.  Winning strategy?PANEL Ari Melber, The Nation/msnbc Contributor (@arimelber)Van Jones, Fmr. read more