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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

Trending NOW

04/02/12 06:49AM

Week 2 for 2 of E.L. James' books on the bestseller list.Magid CPI: More than 1000 rally in Miami to demand action in Trayvon Martin's death; ACM Awards: Taylor Swift named entertainer of the year; Top Obama campaign donor accused of fraud Google: acm awards 2012; autism awareness; the killing Twitter: Steve Jobs, Good Monday, Hate MondaysYouTube Politics: Marco Rubio Attacks 70's DiscoBillboard (Hot 100): We Are Young - fun. read more

Super...Stalled Support?

Super...Stalled Support?

03/30/12 02:33PM

The Republican establishment has been, uhm, less than ardent in its support of Mitt Romney, but if you happen to be CRAZY excited about the man, then there’s a T-shirt for you: Mitt Romney Super Fan!Actually, it's been available for over a month.  A whopping 346 eager fanatics have snatched up these shirts since February 25th.  Meanwhile Rick Santorum, who sells his signature sweater vests for more that three times the price at $100, has sold over three thousand.Come January 2013, which will be a better souvenir? read more

$1 and a dream

$1 and a dream

03/30/12 02:07PM

These are the lotto tickets bought by the "magicians and snake charmers" who work on this show. We lined up just like everybody else for our chance at a $640 million jackpot (as of now). So depending on how tonight's drawing goes... Monday could be a very different show.Putting aside our dreams of yachts, champagne baths and world travel, the lottery sparked a smart discussion today about our society.In New York, households with a median income of $30,000 spend twice as much on lottery tickets than $50,000 income households. read more

NOW Today: Wisconsin surprise?

03/30/12 06:53AM

The latest NBC News-Marist Poll is out in Wisconsin.The headlines? Romney leads Santorum 40-33% among likely GOP voters.  The President, meanwhile, is up double digits against all Republicans in the state.  And on the subject of Gov. Scott Walker's recall, voters are divided.  So for all the focus on the 2012 horse race and GOP nomination, we may be missing the forest for the trees - President Obama seems to be the big winner from the protracted primary fight.Then again, anything's possible, and there are plenty of factors (e.g. read more

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