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Romney vows end to Planned Parenthood funding

03/14/12 09:30AM

It didn't generate much attention at the time, but Mitt Romney had an op-ed in USA Today five months ago, talking about the spending cuts he'd make while slashing taxes on the wealthy. Among the cuts: "Eliminate Title X family planning programs benefiting abortion groups like Planned Parenthood."As the former governor sees it, the way to improve the deficit is to cut taxes, increase military spending, and block access to contraception, family planning services, pap smears, cancer screenings, and tests for sexually-transmitted diseases.Yesterday, in an interview with the NBC affiliate in St. read more

Gingrich has something in common with Bruce Willis' character from "The Sixth Sense."

Weighing Gingrich's future

03/14/12 08:48AM

Before the full results from Alabama and Mississippi were available last night, Rachel asked Republican strategist Steve Schmidt if Newt Gingrich can remain a viable candidate if he failed to win either primary."No," Schmidt said. "The race will be in the final stages for him, and he'll have some tough decisions to make in the days ahead. He's talked about putting together a 'Southern strategy' to remain viable. That means he has to win these states, not come in second, not come in third."The "Southern strategy" was not, on its face, ridiculous. read more

'Inevitability' gets deep fried in Alabama, Mississippi

'Inevitability' gets deep fried in Alabama, Mississippi

03/14/12 08:00AM

Mitt Romney had vowed to win Alabama, expected to put up a strong showing in Mississippi, and invested heavily to excel in yesterday's Deep South primaries. In effect, the former governor placed an expensive bet, assuming that victories here would end the nominating race altogether.As the dust settled, it became clear that Romney lost that bet.The night belonged to Rick Santorum, who eked out narrow wins in both Alabama and Mississippi, despite being outspent, and despite lacking meaningful campaign organizations. read more

Morning Maddow: March 14

03/14/12 07:47AM

Romney loses Alabama and Mississippi but wins Hawaii and American Samoa.Maybe there's a limit to what Chuck Norris can do?AL and MS Congressional incumbents survive their primary challenges.News you can use: how to pronounce Missouri like a native.Sen. Orrin Hatch: Elect me this year and I'll retire in 2018.A Goldman Sachs Executive Director quits in the pages of the New York Times.  read more

Tonight's other race

03/14/12 01:31AM

The fine folks at the Last Word blog caught Rachel's mad dash from the TRMS studio to the Last Word desk to join Lawrence at the top of the 10pm hour: read more

Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt, former senior advisors to the McCain/Palin campaign, backstage at The Rachel Maddow Show, March 12, 2012.

'Coo coo for Cocoa-puffs' hard to overcome in a candidate

03/13/12 09:12PM

At the show meeting yesterday, while discussing the coming interview with Nicolle Wallace and the segment to introduce it, producer Mike Yarvitz pointed out that after seeing HBO's "Game Change" he went back and re-watched Rachel's September 27, 2011 interview with Wallace and Steve Schmidt and realized a new depth to their answers.If you tried to find that old segment (this is the direct link), you may have had some difficulty because it was actually preceded by a discussion of whether Chris Christie would or should join the Republican nomination race. read more

Election season in full swing

Election season in full swing

03/13/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the latest on tonight’s primaries in Alabama, Mississippi and... watch

Ahead on the 3/13 Maddow show

03/13/12 06:55PM

ADDING: Special Schedule tonight: Rachel will be a guest with Lawrence at 10pm ET. Then the Ed Show is live and new at 11 and Rachel will be a guest for part of that, and then there will be some additional live Rachel Maddow coverage at midnight. So it's a full night ahead.Tonight's guests include:Steve Schmidt, McCain-Palin campaign senior strategist and msnbc political analystJohn Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and political writer for The New York TimesRev. read more

Programming note!  Of the good news, bad news variety

Programming note! Of the good news, bad news variety

03/13/12 06:33PM

The good news is that the uncharacteristically exciting and consequential nature of the Alabama and Mississippi primaries means ramped-up and expanded coverage of those races tonight. The bad news is that we therefore have to reschedule Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), who had been slated for The Interview tonight, on the subject of his new book on global warming (or the lack thereof). The Senator’s office has been very understanding about us having to reschedule, and we're looking forward to having him on soon. read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

03/13/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Afghanistan: "Defense officials have told NBC News that the Army staff sergeant who allegedly shot and killed 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, admitted his actions to fellow soldiers just before he was taken into custody. 'I did it,' he is said to have told them."* President Obama has vowed a full investigation: "He said he was 'heartbroken by the loss of innocent life,' calling it outrageous and unacceptable. 'It's not who we are as a country, and it does not represent our military,' he added."* Obama also vowed today "to defend U.S. read more

The GOP line on Afghanistan

The GOP line on Afghanistan

03/13/12 04:57PM

Unlike the Republican line on the war in Iraq for the better part of the Bush/Cheney era, GOP leaders aren't at all on the same page when it comes to the war in Afghanistan.Here, for example, was the Republican Senate leader today.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he supports the Obama administration's plans to gradually withdraw troops from Afghanistan, which has come under heavy scrutiny on both the left and right in recent days after an Army staff sergeant killed 16 Afghan civilians Sunday."I support the policy the administration has laid out to move toward a transition ov read more

Dissent can be fun

03/13/12 03:51PM

The housing crisis has at least a couple of sides -- the homeowners being one, the banks another. The Occupy movement has gotten results from camping out in yards of the former, with foreclosure defense around the country. Now they're moving into the foyers of the latter, making the case that banks lured many thousands of people into loans they couldn't pay and then threw them out of their homes without a clear legal right to do so.Today we got more evidence that the good-natured, singing, laughing people setting up camp in the Bank of America are on to something. read more

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

03/13/12 03:21PM

Campaign Management 101 argues there's inherent value in getting a candidate out in public as often as possible, shaking hands and meeting people. A voter who meets a candidate in person is far more likely to cast a ballot for him or her.It's counter-intuitive, but I tend to think Mitt Romney would actually be better off enjoying more quiet time by himself."You might be shaking the president's hand," Mr. Romney told a man in Mobile, where a rainstorm forced his supporters to seek shelter on the porch of a cafe.Really, who talks like this? read more

Dick Cheney deems Canada excessively dangerous

Dick Cheney deems Canada excessively dangerous

03/13/12 02:25PM

This is what life is like now for Dick Cheney.The former vice president has reportedly canceled an April appearance in Toronto because of concern about security in Canada."He felt that in Canada the risk of violent protest was simply too high," said Ryan Ruppert, president of promotions company Spectre Live, according to Canada's National Post.Ruppert's company had booked Cheney for an April 24 appearance at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.If this sounds vaguely familiar, it's because Cheney has had some trouble north of the border before. In September, the former U.S. read more