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The crowded senate hearing room as the Senate State Affairs Committee debated Idaho's mandatory ultrasound bill last week.

Mandatory ultrasound measure approved by Idaho senate

03/19/12 06:35PM

The state Senate in Idaho today passed a bill mandating an ultrasound for any woman seeking an abortion. The legislation prompted a protest on the capitol steps a couple of weeks ago, and last week a senate hearing room was packed as the State Affairs Committee approved the bill, 7-2, along party lines. But today's vote in the full senate... read more

Ahead on the 3/19 Maddow show

03/19/12 06:00PM

Our guest list tonight will remain under wraps until our special report airs tonight at 9pm ET.  Trust us, it’ll be worth the wait.While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad below play out entirely before starting the video)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of... read more

Monday's Mini-Report

Monday's Mini-Report

03/19/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Tragedy in France: "Three children and a rabbi were shot dead by a gunman at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, on Monday, and President Nicolas Sarkozy said the bullets from one of the two guns used match those in earlier attacks that killed three French soldiers."* Gaming out a confrontation: ... read more

What does Romney have against his alma mater?

Mitt Romney, Fair Harvard

03/19/12 04:49PM

For about a year now, Mitt Romney seems to have been preoccupied with the "faculty lounge" of a specific Ivy League school. The line is getting tiresome, but the former governor just can't seem to let go of it."My career was spent in the economy. I didn't learn about the economy just reading about it or hearing about it... read more

Pennsylvania's Corbett takes a step backwards on voting rights.

112% wrong in Pennsylvania

03/19/12 03:48PM

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) made national news last week when he was asked about his support for a state Republican measure on forced, state-mandated, medically-unnecessary ultrasounds. "I don't know how you make anybody watch," the governor replied. read more

Crawford names his price

Crawford names his price

03/19/12 02:30PM

For quite a while, congressional Republicans have maintained, with unnerving unanimity, a simple response to Democratic budget requests: no tax increases on anyone at any time by any amount for any reason. Full stop.It came as something of a surprise, then, when Rep. read more

Instant folk art: By way of antidote

Instant folk art: By way of antidote

03/19/12 01:41PM

That other bumper sticker, the odious one, has been around awhile. We blogged a picture of one spotted in Nevada back in May 2011, and it didn't look new then.Forbes talked to a seller of one version, who says it has been on the market since President Obama took office. "We just found it on the internet, and thought it was cute,"... read more

Abandoning the minimum wage, too

03/19/12 12:35PM

We got a good laugh the other day when the three Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Missouri got together for a debate, and none of the three knew what the federal minimum wage is. But there's another angle to this clip that's worth paying attention to.Greg Sargent noted that, in addition to the candidates' ignorance, two of the... read more

Monday's campaign round-up

03/19/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* President Obama's re-election campaign announced this morning that it raised $45 million in February. read more

Mitch Daniels is always eager to point the finger in the wrong direction.

Daniels' elusive credibility

03/19/12 10:46AM

Paul Ryan isn't the only one who mistakenly claims to have credibility on fiscal issues. There's also Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), who appears to have a remarkably short memory.Mitch Daniels' signature issues has been deficit reduction, and he said that none of the candidates, including the president, have done enough to... read more

'His name is Trayvon Martin'

03/19/12 10:06AM

Melissa Harris-Perry did a segment over the weekend about the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, a few weeks ago, and it's well worth watching, especially if you want to get up to speed on this story. The controversy surrounding this shooting is starting to garner national attention, and for good reason.Though the incident is... read more

The details Paul Ryan has forgotten

03/19/12 09:25AM

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is set to unveil his caucus' new budget plan, and to help ensure it lands on fertile soil, the far-right Republican released a video trailer for his plan late last week.For those who can't watch clips online, Ryan argues that the 2008 crash caught policymakers "by surprise,"... read more

Santorum doubles down on porn

Santorum doubles down on porn

03/19/12 08:45AM

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum raised a few eyebrows last week, with reports that he intends to go after pornography if elected. As the former senator sees it, America is "suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography," adding that a Santorum administration would target porn distribution online, on cable television, and... read more