Yesterday the Dow Jones Industrial Average cracked the 13,000 mark, the first time since the financial crisis. But on the trail, a strange thing happened. Social issues largely supplanted talk of what the polls say is the number 1 issue: jobs and the economy. A lot of Republicans say that bringing social issues to the forefront is a mistake, and a distraction. Tonight, it's up to the debate moderators to balance the topics that will draw lines among the 4 candidates. New NBC News-Marist poll numbers show that Michigan is deadlocked. read more
Today's YouTube Politics clip might not seem political - but take and it (sort of) makes sense.Magid CPI: Deaths of journalists in Syria highlight dangers; Police search for motive after 5 killed at Ga. spa; Atomic agency admits failure of latest visit to Iran by inspectors Google: lent; ash wednesday; mardi gras Twitter: Homs; Syria; #AshWednesdayYouTube Politics: Chevrolet Volt Gun Rack Installation Billboard (Hot 100): Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson; Set Fire To The Rain - Adele; We Are Young - fun. read more
Richard Wolffe is an msnbc Political Analyst and frequent NOWistWhat is today's most damaging number for Mitt Romney as he continues to scratch and scrape for his party's presidential nomination?Is it the 10 point gap between the supposed frontrunner and the insurgent Rick Santorum in the latest national Gallup poll? When you're stuck at 26 per cent, as Romney is, a 10-point deficit looks like a lot of ground to make up just a couple of weeks away from Super Tuesday.Or is it the multiple of two and a half? read more
Barak Goodman, writer and director of the new PBS documentary "Clinton," spoke to us about Bill Clinton's legacy and his leadership in the White House. Interesting to hear how important and consistent Hillary Clinton was during his Presidency. Goodman says she lifted him up during his weakest moments and was a constant savior. read more
Actress, comedienne, writer and Washington wife, Ali Wentworth, discusses her new book, "Ali in Wonderland," and the contrast between the political climate in the D.C. she grew up in and the D.C. that exists now.Great anecdotes about Kissinger in a swimming pool and tap dancing (!).After the jump... a classic Ali scene. Anyone remember Schmoopie?
Today on the show we'll talk about the latest controversy surrounding frontrunner Rick Santorum and the new fundraising numbers out this morning. We've also got some key guests.Comedienne and actress Ali Wentworth will join the show to talk about the DC of today and the one she grew up in. (Yesterday on the show it was argued that money is at the heart of the problems of discourse in the Capitol).We'll then talk to Barak Goodman, the writer/director of the PBS documentary "Clinton" that aired last night. read more