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Clinton makes closing arguments for Iowa

Clinton makes closing arguments for Iowa

01/31/16 09:29PM

Hillary Clinton, Democratic front-runner for the presidential nomination in 2016, talks with Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams about tomorrow's Iowa caucuses and how the race against Senator Bernie Sanders is shaping up for the upcoming primary elections. watch

For whom is Iowa make-or-break?

For whom is Iowa make-or-break?

01/31/16 08:15PM

Steve Kornacki looks at which candidates in each party would benefit most from the momentum that comes from a good performance in Iowa as well as which candidates will suffer the greatest setback with a loss in Iowa. watch

Presidential candidates Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and John Kasich appear before a Republican presidential primary debate on Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Chris Carlson/AP)

This Week in God, 1.30.16

01/30/16 08:00AM

First up from the God Machine this week is a second look at the Republicans' presidential debate on Thursday night, with a specific focus on matters of faith.
 
In his opening remarks, for example, Ted Cruz noted that Iowans "have welcomed my dad to preach at your churches." As Time magazine explained, Marco Rubio was far less subtle.
When asked to explain how is trailing Donald Trump in the polls despite being hailed as the "Republican savior" by TIME Magazine, Rubio cited a savior he feels trumps them all.
 
"Let me be clear about one thing, there's only one savior and it's not me," he said. "It's Jesus Christ who came down to Earth and died for our sins."
As if that weren't quite enough, Rubio made multiple additional references to "Judeo-Christian values," his own personal faith, and the senator's closing statement was devoted to his belief that the Bible "commands us to let our light shine on the world." The Florida senator also made four separate references to the word "apocalypse," a word that carries its own theological significance.
 
At other points in the debate, Cruz talked about energy policy by saying, "I think God has blessed this country with enormous natural resources, and we should pursue all of the above"; Rand Paul referenced British theologian Os Guinness; and John Kasich said in reference to mental-health treatment, "When I study Scripture, I know that people who live in the shadows need to have a chance."
 
There's no great mystery here. As Time's report added, "nearly 60% of caucus-goers in 2012 identified as born-again or evangelical Christians."
 
Whether Iowa Republicans appreciated the faith-based politicking or got annoyed by ham-handed religious pandering will become clearer in a couple of days.
 
Also from the God Machine this week:
No more kids' table at next Republican debate

No more kids' table at next Republican debate

01/29/16 09:37PM

Rachel Maddow reports that the criteria for qualifying for the February 6 Republican primary debate on ABC make no mention of anyone not qualifying for the main stage and the network has confirmed it is not offering a second-tier event. watch

New tests show lead still a danger in Flint

New tests show lead in Flint water may exceed filter capacity

01/29/16 09:18PM

Rachel Maddow relays breaking news that some new lead tests of tap water in Flint, Michigan homes are still showing extremely high levels, in many case exceeding the capacity of the filters being handed out at relief stations. Hank Winchester, WDIV-TV investigative reporter, joins to discuss the crisis. watch

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