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Romney Will Be the Nominee

Romney Will Be the Nominee

01/17/12 11:40AM

Robert Traynham is an msnbc Contributor, former Hill staffer, and frequent NOWistHere’s a prediction: Mitt Romney will become the 40th Republican Nominee for President.  Although mathematically he cannot become the Nominee until early Spring at best, this primary race is his to lose.  With tens of millions of dollars raised and a well-oiled machine in place, the Romney campaign appears to be a runaway train with the final destination being the White House. Romney’s biggest obstacle is himself.  In many ways he reminds me of Senator John Kerry who was the Democratic nominee in 2004.  Romney, li read more

NOW Today

01/17/12 06:49AM

Last night's debates had a lot of great moments and has caused quite a bit of chatter about the possibility that Romney might not be so strong, while Gingrich might have a second life.  After all, the people of South Carolina have a major opportunity to breathe life into certain candidates as they head to Florida.  We'll have it covered from both sides today at noon ET.> Bill Burton, Priorities USA Action (@billburton716)> Ben Smith, BuzzFeed (@buzzfeedben)> Rana Foroohar, TIME> Ben White, POLITICO (@morningmoneyben)> Guest: Rick Tyler, Winning Our Future (Gingrich) Super PAC (@rickwtyler) read more

Trending NOW

01/17/12 06:45AM

If you like Trending NOW, then be sure not to miss today's show.  We're doing a whole segment on trends affecting the candidates - over time and overnight. read more

Super PACmen show down

Super PACmen show down

01/16/12 07:00PM

Former Gingrich spokesman turned senior advisor to the pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future joins the NOW panel to offer insight on the super PAC stand... watch

And God Sent Ruth Williams

And God Sent Ruth Williams

01/16/12 04:44PM

By Joy-Ann ReidJoy-Ann Reid is Managing Editor of TheGrio.com, an msnbc Contributor, and a NOWist.Mitt Romney rolled into South Carolina having won both the Iowa Caucuses (by a hair) and the New Hampshire primary, but saddled with the baggage of Bain Capital, via super PAC ads that portray him as a greedy, heartless, "vulture capitalist." How better to rebrand, and to show that Jesus Christ really is his personal savior (hear that, Mormon-skeptics?) than with an act of charity?And God sent Ruth Williams.Williams, a 55-year-old black woman, is hardly the archetype of the Republican base voter. read more

Is Boehner Doomed to be a One Term Speaker?

Is Boehner Doomed to be a One Term Speaker?

01/16/12 08:08AM

Wendy Schiller is a professor of political science at Brown University and a frequent NowistTo mark the return of members of the House of Representatives to Washington on Tuesday, Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times has a front page story on Speaker Boehner’s attempt to start 2012 off on the right (pun intended) foot with his GOP caucus.   And in this week’s CQ Weekly, Joseph Schatz has a cover story on whether the Republicans in the House and Senate can regroup to present a united governing and electoral front in 2012. read more

NOW Today

01/16/12 06:36AM

Jon Huntsman is out - and he'll endorse Mitt Romney this morning. It's definitely the political headline of the day, but what does it mean for President Obama and the general election?  We'll discuss that and more with the panel today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.Ari Melber, The Nation/msnbc Contributor (@arimelber)Janell Ross, The Huffington PostJimmy Williams, Sr. Strategist, United Republic (@jimmyspolitics)Joy-Ann Reid, Managing Editor, TheGrio (@thereidreport)> Guest: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Congressional Black Caucus Chair (@repcleaver)  read more

Trending NOW

01/16/12 06:33AM

Introducing...a few more trends to start your week.Magid CPI: Golden Globes: Clooney, Streep big winners at Golden Globes; Jon Huntsman to quit GOP race, endorse Romney; Costa Concordia Disaster: Survivors Describe Italian Cruise Ship Terror Google: martin luther king jr; jon huntsman; golden globes 2012 winnersTwitter: Happy Martin Luther King Day; #ReasonsImStillUp; Golden GlobesYouTube Politics: Ron Paul Supporters in South Carolina: We Do What We Feel Is Right in Our Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MqCryagcj3Y)Billboard (Hot 100): We Found Love - Rihanna Featu read more

Why Huntsman's exit matters

Why Huntsman's exit matters

01/15/12 07:00PM

The Nation's Ari Melber, Jimmy Williams, and theGrio's Joy-Ann Reid join NOW with Alex Wagner to discuss the state of the GOP race following Jon Huntsman... watch

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