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Rick Santorum: No right to birth control

01/09/12 05:13PM

If you think the debate over abortion in this country has gone forever, consider the one over birth control. Eight years before Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that states could not block access to birth control. The court wrote in Griswold vs. Connecticut that birth control was part of marital privacy.Nearly half a century later, birth control remains a live and disputed issue, especially in Republican politics. On Friday in New Hampshire, Senator Rick Santorum told the kids and families at the Dublin School in New Hampshire:This was the Griswold vs. read more

Indiana governor: Businesses support your right to work for less

Indiana governor: Businesses support your right to work for less

01/09/12 03:28PM

Indiana Democrats are ending their legislative boycott, which means that the Republicans may soon be able to pass their bill effectively banning union shops. Tweeting from the Indiana statehouse, Indianapolis Star reporter Mary Beth Schneider reports that Governor Mitch Daniels still won't say who funded the advertising he appears in arguing for the bill. A bit:The good news is when Indiana gets a chance to compete for new jobs, we're winning -- two thirds of the time. read more

Foreclosure defense comes to Birmingham

01/09/12 01:45PM

Reuters today looks at the future of Occupy -- occupying the election, occupying the economy, occupying culture as a persistent meme. They don't get around to occupying fracking, one of my favorites, but they do talk about foreclosure defense in the form of Occupy Our Homes:In December protesters launched Occupy Our Homes, a bid to take back foreclosed homes. Occupiers took up residence in a home in Oakland, California and one in Brooklyn, New York, that day, demanding that lenders renegotiate mortgages for the homeowners. read more

Great expectations from Rick Santorum

Great expectations from Rick Santorum

01/09/12 11:45AM

If you watch Rick Santorum work a room, as we got a chance to do in New Hampshire on Friday, you'll see that he can come off as a little prickly. One voter told him she hailed from way up in northern New Hampshire, and when he found out where exactly he said, Oh, you're not from that far north.Just a little dig, and for no good reason. Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, knows he can't win in New Hampshire, but the game for him is about exceeding expectations. He's on to South Carolina, where his Christianist politics might play well. read more

And Mitt Romney keeps on talking

01/09/12 10:40AM

The problem with running for office is that you really do have to keep talking. When Mitt Romney says that he hasn't seen the ads run by a Super PAC that supports him and then a breath later says "the ad I saw says that," you can see something about his character -- or at least his nature as a candidate.The Democratic National Committee ad Steve Benen spotlights today seems overly long for the purpose. How many days (hours?) before the Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich shades over for a 30-second version?This morning in Nashua, New Hampshire, NBC embed Garrett Haake report Mr. read more

Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking

Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking

01/09/12 09:59AM

Stephen Hawking was given a few years to live when he was 21. He turned 70 yesterday.Until just a few years ago, Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge. A most prestigious positions previously held by Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage, and Paul Dirac.I crossed paths with Hawking several times during my studies in England. The University of Cambridge is a funny place for those of us that study the Universe. read more

Morning Maddow: January 9

01/09/12 07:44AM

Paging Darrell Issa.... oh, this happened under Bush. Never mind.Mitt Romney is just like us--trying to figure out who should get his multi-million-dollar estate.Billionaire casino mogul backs Gingrich's Super PAC.The Pauls just don't want to talk about those newsletters.Where the "Occupy" movement may be heading.Iran sentences an American to death for spying.20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, a look at how the threat of loose nukes was avoided.Meanwhile, Iran announces a second nuclear site has begun enriching uranium.The U.S. expels Venezuela's consul in Miami. read more

Links for the 1/6 TRMS

Links for the 1/6 TRMS

01/07/12 12:04AM

Unemployment near three-year low Payrolls in U.S. Climb 200,000; Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.5% Unemployment rate falls to 8.5 pct., hiring surges Under Obama, a Record Decline in Government Jobs CNN South Carolina poll Jan. 4-5 (pdf) @GovernorPerry - Rick Perry - Just relaxing a bit @ Red's Range before we leave for New Hampshire! yfrog.com/g05cadjj Another Crowd Confronts Santorum Rick Santorum's God And Gays Message Falls Flat In New Hamsphire Could Typo Rewrite Caucus History? Huckabee drops out of presidential race read more

Ahead on the 1/6 Maddow Show

01/06/12 07:01PM

Tonight's guests:Chris Matthews, host, msnbc's HardballJo Ling Kent, campaign embed reporter, NBC NewsFelice Belmar, editor, Concord MonitorBuddy Roemer, Republican presidential candidateHere's a special New Hampshire edition preview video: read more

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