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Introducing...the #Wagapedia

Introducing...the #Wagapedia

12/29/11 04:27PM

As we started to build the “NOW with Alex Wagner” team and got to know one another, we learned that Alex has some great lines.We’re told that some "Wagnerisms" are truly unique – and so it didn’t take long before the Wagapedia was born.Here are the first entries:Breaking-ish News (subjective interpretation of Breaking News)Nut-graph (a technicality for news scripts)Roving Wagnerian Circus (a/k/a NOW with Alex Wagner)Gingrich-ian (self-explanatory)Nevuary (read on for context clues)If you hear Alex add a word to the Wagapedia - make a note on the blog - or better yet, throw it on Twitter using read more

How Does He Do It?

How Does He Do It?

12/29/11 08:38AM

How does he do it? Ron Paul facing a barrage of criticism from his rivals for his stance on Iran, Iraq, 9/11, Israel... How is he still commanding such a huge lead in Iowa?? Not to mention racial and anti-Semitic statements in newsletters published under his name...When Herman Cain had his spotlight, the rivals went after him. And it worked, knocking him off the pedestal. In the case of Ron Paul, they're trying. But the Texas Congressman is no pizza executive.. -- he's a seasoned politician with 30 years of experience. And this time around, his M.O.? Silence. Silence from the candidate. read more

Old Steady Eddie

Old Steady Eddie

12/29/11 07:04AM

“But at the end of the evening, old steady Eddie's there. He's the guy you want to bring home to mom and dad.”Well it looks like ol' Eddie is getting his time in the spotlight. With 7 leaders in Iowa in as many months, Rick Santorum is finally getting some momentum. A new poll shows him in third, pulling ahead of Gingrich. Dismissed as a real contender from the beginning, Santorum is still short on campaign money and has just recently started running ads, but he has visited all of Iowa's 99 counties over the last 2 years. read more

NOW Today

12/29/11 06:52AM

Bachmann's chairman in Iowa defects to Paul.  Santorum has more momentum than he's had in this race - did he get "hot" at the right time?  And tensions are mounting over oil and Iran, never a good thing.  Yes, folks, there is news to discuss this holiday week, and here's who's lined up to talk about it at noon ET today: Ari Melber, The Nation/msnbc Contributor (@arimelber)Rana Foroohar, TIME (@time)Wendy Schiller, Brown U. Prof. of Political ScienceJonathan Capehart, The Washington Post/msnbc Contributor (@capehartj)  read more

Trending NOW

12/29/11 06:45AM

With days to go before Iowa, we've noticed that political names and issues are trending higher than usual.Magid CPI: Closing Strait of Hormuz not so easy for Iran: analysts; North Korea's young leader; Bachmann: Bachmann loses Iowa campaign chairman to PaulGoogle: strait of hormuz; rick santorum; ron paulTwitter: Happy New Year; NYE; Ron PaulYouTube Politics: Welcome Home, Michael: a Dad, a Husband, and a Marine -- Happy Holidays (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9OB56szjszc)iTunes: Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO; It Will Rain - Bruno Mars; We Found Love (feat. read more

"The Nation Needs Romney"

"The Nation Needs Romney"

12/28/11 08:03AM

"The nation needs Romney." So says the Boston Herald. In what the paper calls the "clown car" Republican field (we prefer barrel of elephants), it's now time to end the entertainment and get serious about who the Party wants as their nominee.This endorsement may be why we're seeing a lot more of smiling Mitt. The smiling Mitt who is trying -- trying really, really hard -- to connect with people. One of the ways he tries to endear himself to potential voters? By guessing their age or their nationality. Hey, at least he's trying... read more

NOW Today

12/28/11 06:59AM

More guests than usual today as we ramp up our Iowa coverage - to say nothing of the guest we always welcome, The Rev. Al Sharpton, who joins us to talk about the battle of the Middle Class and discuss the fundamental differences between two parties that just cannot seem to get along.> Hugo Lindgren, Editor, The New York Times Magazine (@hugolindgren)> Maggie Haberman, POLITICO (@maggiepolitico)> Sam Stein, The Huffington Post (@samsteinhp)> Alicia Menendez, NDN (@aliciamenendez)> John Heilemann, New York Magazine/msnbc Political Analyst (@jheil)> Mark Halperin, TIME & msnbc Sr. read more

Trending NOW

12/28/11 06:52AM

And here now begin the hashtags marking the New Year...Magid CPI: Formal charges in Indiana girl's death to come Friday; North Korea bids a snowy, dramatic farewell to Kim Jong Il; Newt Gingrich: The new Newt Gingrich hates moderates, loves small animalsGoogle: bill maher; neil diamond; mennoniteTwitter: #Rewind2011; #10YearsAgo; Happy Hump DayYouTube Politics: Part-Time Congress (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2LN7PpNxXsY)iTunes: Safe & Sound (From "The Hunger Games" Soundtrack) - Taylor Swift; Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO; We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) - Rihanna read more

Countdown to Iowa

Countdown to Iowa

12/27/11 07:00PM

Mitt Romney is setting his sights on the White House and Newt Gingrich is setting his sights on Romney's manhood. New York Magazine’s John Heilemann and Time... watch

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