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Romney digs deeper against auto-industry rescue

02/17/12 08:45AM

Mitt Romney has earned a well-deserved reputation for taking both sides of several dozen issues. As a rule, however, the Republican presidential hopeful tries to take these positions one at a time.Romney's position on President Obama's rescue of the American automotive industry is a little more complicated. On the one hand, Romney... read more

'A Terri Schiavo moment'

'A Terri Schiavo moment'

02/17/12 08:01AM

Seven years ago, there was an unexpected political hullabaloo surrounding Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who'd been in a vegetative state for 15 years. When there was a disagreement among family members about her fate, it touched off a national controversy and unprecedented intervention from Washington.Indeed, Congress took steps to prolong... read more

Morning Maddow: February 17

02/17/12 07:36AM

Santorum says his billionaire's joke about aspirin between the knees was 'in bad taste.' Meanwhile, Foster Friess thinks that the younguns who were offended just didn't get why it was funny.If you were curious about the NH Rep who said there's a link between the pill and prostate cancer, here's where she got that... read more

Ahead on the 2/16 Maddow show

02/16/12 06:47PM

Tonight's guests include:Elizabeth Warren, (D) Massachusetts Senate candidate, chair of TARP Congressional Oversight panel, helped create Consumer Financial Protection BureauChris Gardner, Washington County, Maine  GOP Committee ChairmanWhile we wait for tonigh'ts video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure... read more

Bass Ball

02/16/12 06:32PM

Even though Republicans will be flocking into Tampa for the big convention August 27 through 30, it is still very much in doubt whether they will have a clear presidential contender by then.What's not in doubt is that the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team -- they dropped the Devil a while back — will have a funky new mascot, DJ Kitty.No telling... read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

02/16/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* By an overwhelming margin, the United Nations General Assembly condemned Syria this afternoon. The resolution, however, was nonbinding.* According to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, "initial three-way talks between the United States, Afghanistan and the Taliban have begun."* Marriage equality has now... read more

Rachel Maddow on the thesis of 'Drift'

02/16/12 04:45PM

While going through some links in preparation for next month's release of Drift, I came upon this clip of Rachel's interview with Slate's Jacob Weisberg in which she talks about the book's themes and how the U.S. can reintegrate the military with the population at large. read more

Scott Brown stumbles on policy basics

Scott Brown stumbles on policy basics

02/16/12 04:22PM

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) surprised a lot of people earlier this week when he endorsed an unpopular, far-right proposal on contraception. Inexplicably, the ostensible moderate threw his support behind a plan to allow all private-sector employers to deny any health services that businesses might find morally objectionable, including access to... read more

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Romney to skip upcoming debate

02/16/12 03:14PM

The Romney campaign has been hinting for over a month that it might start declining invitations to candidate debates. It doesn't come as too big a surprise, then, that the former governor has decided to skip CNN's March 1 debate in Atlanta."With eight other states voting on March 6th, we will be campaigning in other parts of the... read more

Quote of the Day

02/16/12 02:12PM

Foster Friess is perhaps best known as the very wealthy benefactor behind Rick Santorum's super PAC. As of this morning, he'll probably be known for something else.During an interview with msnbc's Andrea Mitchell, Friess tried to make the case that the presidential campaign should focus on substantive issues, but in the process,... read more

Pelosi to GOP on contraception: 'Duh!'

02/16/12 01:34PM

House Republicans organized a hearing this morning on the Obama administration's policy on access to contraception, and the first panel was made up exclusively of men -- each of whom opposes the White House position. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was not amused."Five men are testifying on women's health,"... read more

Struggling to prepare for prime time

Struggling to prepare for prime time

02/16/12 12:40PM

Given all of the discouraging trends of late for Mitt Romney, why do so many continue to assume he'll win the Republican presidential nomination? Jon Chait flagged some interesting tidbits about the former governor's principal rival.Here are some things to keep in mind when assessing Rick Santorum's chances of beating Mitt Romney.... read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

02/16/12 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:* With Rick Santorum releasing four years of tax returns, won't Mitt Romney feel a little more pressure to release more than one year? read more