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When Obama and Romney agreed on contraception

When Obama and Romney agreed on contraception

02/07/12 10:05AM

For months, Republican presidential candidates have been eager, if not desperate, to accuse President Obama of waging a "war on religion." Rick Perry got the ball rolling quite a while ago, but his more successful rivals have picked up on the same line.The problem for the GOP candidates has been substantive: they knew they wanted to accuse Obama of being hostile towards faith communities, but they couldn't explain why. read more

Optimism has a well known liberal bias

02/07/12 09:28AM

Following up on a segment from last night's show, if yesterday was any indication, it might be a while before the right stops complaining about Chrysler's Super Bowl ad.Karl Rove seems to be leading the charge, telling Fox News he was "offended" by the commercial, adding, "This is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics." The complaints were part of a larger "conservative outcry" in response to the spot.the right was wrong about the policy. read more

Santorum's day in the sun?

Santorum's day in the sun?

02/07/12 08:01AM

They lack the high-profile drama of January's contests, but Republicans in three states will weigh in today as part of the GOP's presidential nominating process. Minnesota and Colorado will hold their caucuses today, and Missouri will host a non-binding primary (a separate caucus for choosing delegates will be held next month).So, do today's contests matter? They're clearly not generating the same kind of attention as the other recent races -- Tricia mentioned earlier that these three aren't exactly Super Tuesday -- but they still have the potential to influence the larger race. read more

Morning Maddow: February 7

02/07/12 07:48AM

Pres. Obama ties himself to a Super PAC.Payroll Tax extension fight part 473.The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on California's Prop. 8 today.Wall Street Journal on why Sen. Marco Rubio is holding up confirmation of Latin American diplomats.Today's Republican contests are no Super Tuesday.It's ticker-tape parade day in New York City, but not for these guys.Mother Jones gets an eye-opening House GOP memo on race and abortion. read more

Ahead on the 2/6 Maddow show

02/06/12 06:40PM

Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historianCelinda Lake, Democratic pollster, president of Lake Research PartnersJosh Rogin, Foreign Policy magazine correspondent and writer of “The Cable” blogWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack.Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Monday's Mini-Report

02/06/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* As the United States closes its embassy in Syria, msnbc had this report earlier today:Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy* Also note the extent to which Western and Arab countries were outraged by the Russia/China veto of a U.N. read more

A tale of two recoveries

A tale of two recoveries

02/06/12 04:53PM

As many on the right struggle to respond to encouraging economic news, several Republican officials have crafted yet another talking point to consider: the nascent, fragile recovery isn't as strong as the one we saw in 1983 and 1984.Several members compared the current economic recovery unfavorably to the rebound from recession during the Reagan administration. In January 1984, as Reagan was preparing to run for reelection, the unemployment rate fell to 8 percent, marking an even more marked decline from a jobless rate of 10.4 percent a year earlier.Rep. read more

From here to eternity

From here to eternity

02/06/12 04:28PM

In the midst of the day-to-day machinery of political news cycles, it's easy to lose a sense of proportion. For those times when you find yourself unable to distinguish  big from small, here is a sliding scale of absolutely everything in the universe -- from the teeny teeny tiniest tiny of say, Quantum Foam all the way up to the vastest, vast vastness of the Sloan Great Wall. As for humans? We're conveniently in the middle of it all.(One More Level: Scale of the Universe 2012) read more

Longest-running occupation* rolls up its dome and goes home

Longest-running occupation* rolls up its dome and goes home

02/06/12 03:48PM

I don't know for real whether Occupy Maine is the longest-running occupation* in the country. They reportedly describe themselves that way, and they're certainly contenders, having started on October 3 and having continued until this week.Occupy Maine is now on its way home, or into the streets, or wherever you go when you think your country deals unjustly with its own people and your established political system is unresponsive. A judge today gave them four days to finish packing their stuff up in Portland. read more

Actual voter fraud

Actual voter fraud

02/06/12 03:08PM

Republican policymakers, at the federal and state level, are often desperate to find real-world, high-profile examples of voter fraud. The good news for the GOP is that a legitimate example has come to public light. read more

New York City throws parade for Giants in a hurry. Iraq vets still waiting

New York City throws parade for Giants in a hurry. Iraq vets still waiting

02/06/12 01:38PM

After the Giants beat the Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl, New York City celebrated with a ticker-tape parade. Now that the Giants have beaten the Patriots in 2012 Super Bowl, we're getting ready for another parade tomorrow.After U.S. troops came home from Iraq in 1991, New York City celebrated with a ticker-tape parade. U.S. troops came home from Iraq again this year. They're still waiting for a big parade in New York City or, for that matter, anywhere except St. Louis.MasterCard calls the second Giants parade a priceless sequel. read more

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