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Swimming upstream as a black, gay conservative

02/28/12 04:28PM

Robert Traynham is a frequent NOWist and an msnbc ContributorJust wrapped up a really good conversation with today’s NOW with Alex panel – Karen Finney, Katrina Vanden Heuvel and Steve Kornacki.  As always, the conversation was smart, funny and at times heated – but all in a good way.  The way conversations should be when you’re speaking with adults about serious topics.  One of those topics was about me being a gay conservative and how I could defend a party that wants an America from the 1950s as opposed to today.To be clear, I can’t defend some of the issues that some within the Party hold read more

Blue-collar appeal

02/28/12 02:14PM

President Obama addressed a crowd of 1,700 fired-up United Autoworkers Union members this morning. They were fired-up and so was he.  The President talked a lot about the country's "fighting spirit" to a cheering audience.It's a group of voters everyone is courting. With contests today in Arizona and Michigan - we asked our panel which candidate will appeal to blue-collar Americans.  read more

Post script: standing up against gun violence

02/28/12 01:57PM

Growing up in Washington, D.C., the threat of gun violence at my high school was enough of a concern that there was routine debate over whether or not to install metal detectors.The shootings were usually related to drugs or gangs -- things you theoretically could insulate yourself from, but they were no less terrifying.The guns turned on students in Columbine and Blacksburg and yesterday in Chardon, were aimed by shooters with no target other than to kill and create chaos.  As such, there was no way -- theoretically or otherwise -- they could have insulated themselves. read more

NOW Today

02/28/12 06:58AM

It's the biggest primary contest yet - and no, we're not just saying that.  To be fair, Arizona isn't really in the picture today (we can pretty much count those delegates for Romney).  But in Michigan, it's a different story.  One of the more interesting stories to develop: Rick Santorum is using a robo-call encouraging Democrats to vote for him, taking advantage of Michigan's open primary.  The idea is to "send a message" to Mitt Romney.  Romney, meanwhile, derides the tactic as a "new low" designed to trick voters.  Will it work and prove a blow to Mitt Romney? read more

Trending NOW

02/28/12 06:52AM

A day after the tragedy in Ohio, it's an understandable trend online. Today, Alex dedicates a P.S. read more

Has Santorum gone too far?

Has Santorum gone too far?

02/27/12 07:00PM

Rick Santorum’s conservative rhetoric may be too extreme for most voters. Are his comments damaging the Republican party’s reputation? The NOW panel breaks... watch

Calling all bets

Calling all bets

02/27/12 07:00PM

The NOW panel places their bets on who will come out on top after Michigan and Arizona voters cast their primary ballots. watch

Class warfare

02/27/12 02:11PM

Rick Santorum calls President Obama a "snob" for wanting all students to attend college.  President Obama never suggested all students need to attend Harvard like he did. He reiterated this today at the White House:The jobs of the future are increasingly going to those with more than a high school degree and I have to make a point here.  When I speak about higher education we're not just talking about a four year degree. read more