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President Obama & Romney square off -- sort of

01/25/12 09:41PM

The White House has maintained the President is not watching the debates or paying much attention to the Republican primary, but we found a number of veiled shots President Obama took at Mitt Romney in last night's State of the Union.  Take a listen, and hear what our panel had to say after: read more

A very partisan reality

01/25/12 02:19PM

How did the President go from being optimistic three years ago, hopeful for a post-partisan Washington, to what we have today? As Ryan Lizza explained, "One party has moved further to the right, than the other has moved to the left."What do you think? read more



01/25/12 07:22AM

Good morning! We're live today in Washington, following President Obama's State of the Union message. read more

Gingrich: 'Definer of civilization'

01/24/12 02:29PM

All of the focus on Mitt Romney's taxes and his time at Bain had us wondering why there hasn't been a closer look at Newt Gingrich's past -- especially his time as House Speaker.  We've heard about the ethics investigation and the marriages, but how did he get to Congress, what were his "big ideas" at that time, and what did he accomplish?  A series of Gingrich "doodles" released in a 1997 House Select Committee on Ethics report and posted by tell us Newt's "primary mission" -- a list that includes "arouser of those who form civilization" and "leader (possibly) of the civiliz read more


01/24/12 02:29PM

See which one of our NOWists went home with a new washer and dryer today!We teamed up with Google for an exclusive round-up of Monday night's top search terms following the GOP presidential debate in Florida. Mitt Romney's suggestion for illegal immigrants to "self-deport" spiked, as did searches on his wealth. And with regard to Newt? All people wanted to know was more about his wives.Also, Floridians looked up and learned quite a bit about sugar beets. read more

Seeing Double

Seeing Double

01/24/12 02:19PM

It was great seeing "Now" in new settings today!Alex and our NOWists had an in-depth conversation Monday about how unpopular Newt Gingrich is - despite his winning in the South Carolina primary! read more

NOW Today

01/24/12 06:54AM

We've teamed up with Google again to take a look at what people's online reactions were to last night's debate on NBC.  But this time, we're going to have a little more fun telling the story.  You'll have to tune in to see what we mean.Also, we've got the insider breakdown on what happened at the Tampa showdown.  Plus, analysis on the State of the Union before Alex herself heads to Washington, where we'll bring you tomorrow's show. read more

Trending NOW

01/24/12 06:49AM

Last night the GOP candidates for President tried to outline their vision for America (while taking blows at one another).  Tonight, the President himself lays out his vision for America.Magid CPI: GOP Race: Newt neutered as resurgent Romney shows he will fight for Florida; Strongest solar storm since 2005 hitting Earth; Tax returns show Romney is worth millions, paid $3 million in taxesGoogle: florida gop debate; state of the union; rand paulTwitter: State of the Union; White House; Rise & GrindYouTube Politics: Mr. read more

Florida primary preview: Storm clouds, not sunshine, await Mitt Romney

Florida primary preview: Storm clouds, not sunshine, await Mitt Romney

01/23/12 02:28PM

NOWist Joy-Ann Reid posted this originally at - the full post is linked below. After suffering a big loss in South Carolina, former Republican front-runner Mitt Romney faces a tough road in Florida, where the January 31 primary gives him perhaps his last, best chance to slow Newt Gingrich down. Democrats are gleefully awaiting the Romney-Gingrich slugfest, with Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz hosting a Sunday conference call "welcoming" the battered Romney campaign to Florida, and state Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Arceneaux issuing a weeke read more

State of the Union: Letting the past be a guide

State of the Union: Letting the past be a guide

01/23/12 07:24AM

 NOWist Wendy Schiller is a professor of political science at Brown University In crafting this year’s State of the Union, President Obama and his speech writers should pay close attention to Newt Gingrich and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  It is not often they are mentioned in the same sentence, but here is how they are linked.  Newt Gingrich is a man with a charge account at Tiffany & Co. who has managed to portray Mitt Romney as Gordon Gekko, and sell the “true” Republican Party as the provider of equal economic opportunity. read more

NOW Today

01/23/12 06:49AM

This morning one of our regular NOWists said this about the GOP nomination - either Romney will cruise to the nomination; Gingrich will cruise to the nomination; the two will fight through and up until the convention; and finally the GOP may revolt and throw someone else into the fold.Today at noon ET we'll take a look at all the numbers from the South Carolina primary, figure out what they mean for the very different Florida electorate, and take stock of what's actually turned out to be a fascinating primary battle.> Ari Melber, The Nation/msnbc Contributor (@arimelber)> Karen Floyd, Fmr. read more

"Let's go bird hunting"

01/21/12 01:26PM

NOWist Jimmy Williams is an msnbc Contributor and former Senate staffer Mitt Romney has an image problem.  What an irony.  By all accounts, Romney is the handsomest man in the campaign world.  He's been running for either the U.S. Senate or POTUS for nearly 30 years.  His family is picture perfect.  His wife, also by all accounts, happens to be one of the nicest people on the planet.  His sons are all married, employed, and spitting out Romney heirs right and right.  He ran the Olympics successfully. read more

WJH: behind the scenes

01/20/12 03:20PM

Wondering why we chose "Gladiator" as the theme of this week's What Just Happened?  First off, this may have been the longest week of the Republican primary yet. read more