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Charts: GOP shifts right

Charts: GOP shifts right

03/01/12 01:14PM

Viewer Tom Adler asks about the charts we used in last night's A block, the one where Rachel went back to her poli-sci roots.Here they are in original form, from the Voteview Blog. As you can see above, Republican presidents have gotten more conservative, and since the Carter era, so have Democrats. In Congress, Republicans have shifted markedly to the right, while Democrats, on the whole have not changed much. That graph is after the jump.Producer Mike Yarvitz notes that Voteview is the work of a pair of great political scientists at the University of Georgia, Keith T. read more

Senate narrowly defeats Blunt Amendment

Senate narrowly defeats Blunt Amendment

03/01/12 12:24PM

Opponents of the anti-contraception Blunt Amendment needed a simple majority on the Senate floor this morning. They got it, but just barely.The proposal failed on a 51-48 vote. (The procedural mechanics were a little awkward: "yes" votes were against the amendment -- "yes" they wanted to table it.)Most members voted along party lines, but not all. One Republican, Maine's Olympia Snowe, broke ranks to oppose the measure. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

03/01/12 11:43AM

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:* In Ohio's Republican presidential primary, Rick Santorum appears to have the early edge in the polls, but Mitt Romney is currently outspending the former senator by a nearly seven-to-one margin.* Tricia noted earlier that Santorum is starting to raise some decent amounts of money, and this statistic was especially startling: his $9 million haul in February is more than quadruple all of the money his campaign raised in 2011.* Former Sen. read more

Roy Blunt thought this was a good time to fight over contraception. He was wrong.

Dems eager for Blunt Amendment fight

03/01/12 10:40AM

When Republicans began pushing the Blunt Amendment a few weeks ago, GOP officials were working from a deliberate strategy: they thought they could go on the offensive over contraception access, pushing Democrats into a corner.Three weeks later, it's Republicans who appear to be stuck.Far from being on the defensive, Democrats seem eager to fight over the proposal, which if passed, would allow all private-sector employers to deny any health services that businesses might find morally objectionable. read more

Federal judge struggles with allegations of racism

Federal judge struggles with allegations of racism

03/01/12 09:22AM

U.S. District Chief Judge Richard Cebull admitted yesterday to sending a racist email about President Obama from his courthouse chambers. His apology left much to be desired.The subject line of the e-mail, which Cebull sent from his official courthouse e-mail address on Feb. 20 at 3:42 p.m., reads: "A MOM'S MEMORY."The forwarded text reads as follow:"Normally I don't send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. read more

Jobless claims remain at four-year low

Jobless claims remain at four-year low

03/01/12 08:40AM

The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, despite occasional setbacks, and today's report is consistent with all the recent data.Initial jobless claims reached a four-year low a few weeks ago, and have remained effectively unchanged since.The number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits fell by 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 351,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch estimated claims would total 350,000. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 353,000 from 351,000. read more

'I'm not for the bill'

03/01/12 08:00AM

The Senate is likely to vote today on the anti-contraception Blunt Amendment, championed by Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt (R), which would allow all private-sector employers to deny any health services that businesses might find morally objectionable. Despite the controversy surrounding the measure, Mitt Romney hadn't taken a position on the bill.Yesterday, that changed. Jim Heath, a reporter with the Ohio News Network, asked the Republican presidential candidate about the anti-contraception proposal, and got an unexpected response.It was pretty straightforward. read more

Morning Maddow: March 1

03/01/12 07:32AM

Romney wins Wyoming.Santorum declares Michigan a tie. He also raises some decent money.In 2011 the U.S. exported more oil and gas than we imported.The failure of Alabama's experiment in self-deportation.Arctic oil driller beats environmentalists to court.Iowa makes it a crime to secretly videotape animal abuse.Sheriff Joe Arpaio will announce the results of his investigation into President Obama's birth certificate. read more

Links for the 2/29 TRMS

Links for the 2/29 TRMS

02/29/12 11:59PM

Oklahoma Personhood Bill Ignites Feminist Movement McDonnell signs repeal of Virginia's one-gun-a-month law Senate Nears Showdown on Contraception Policy Excerpt from Santorum interview Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, of Tulsa, protests anti-abortion bill with F-wordDow Jones Industrial Average (5 year view)NASDAQ Composite (since 2000)  Stocks Return More With Democrat in White House: BGOV Barometer Here's a better look at that chart 'What is it about working men and women they find so offensive?' (President Obama's UAW address) read more

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