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Romney's misguided bashing of his alma mater

04/05/12 12:35PM

Just last night, Rachel explained Mitt Romney's habit of identifying his perceived weaknesses, and then assigning those weaknesses to President Obama. The segment was not short on examples.Today, however, the list got a little longer. Romney, perhaps concerned about being perceived as an Ivy League elitist, targeted Obama's time at Harvard.For those who can't watch clips online, Romney said, "We have a president who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps. Or maybe just not enough time actually working in the real world. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

04/05/12 12:00PM

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:* With Public Policy Polling showing Mitt Romney pulling ahead of Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania, will the former quit to avoid the embarrassment of losing in his home state again?* Is Foster Friess done providing financial support to Santorum? Not yet. He told Fox News yesterday he's "absolutely not" closing his wallet. Referring to Santorum, Friess added, "He's not out yet."* Sen. read more

Three words: running mates matter.

The delicate dance of running for VP

04/05/12 10:50AM

Every presidential campaign cycle, at about this time, a large group of officials struggle with a problem. They want to be their party's vice presidential nominee, but they don't want to look like they want to be their party's vice presidential nominee. It's fine to want the gig, but lobbying for the VP slot is considered inappropriate, and undermines one's chances.Dropping off resumes at the frontrunner's HQ isn't really an option, but neither is just sitting back and hoping for the best. read more

RNC chairman reflects on women, caterpillars

RNC chairman reflects on women, caterpillars

04/05/12 10:02AM

There's ample evidence that the Republican policy campaign known as the "war on women" has taken a toll on the GOP's standing with more than half the electorate. Republican leaders, however, still seem unsure how to talk about their problem.The leaders of the two political parties clashed over the role of gender in U.S. read more

Jobless claims at lowest level since April '08

Jobless claims at lowest level since April '08

04/05/12 08:43AM

The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, and today's report offers additional good news.In fact, the new figures are the best since April 2008, and even exceeded positive expectations.The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits fell by 6,000 last week to 357,000, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had projected claims would total 360,000, seasonally adjusted, in the week ended March 31. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 363,000 from 359,000. read more

Not your average Reagan

04/05/12 08:20AM

In his concession speech from Mars, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night, Rick Santorum gave President Obama a brief, perfunctory razzing before launching into a diatribe against his chief rival, Mitt Romney. Santorum justified his continued involvement in the Republican nomination process by arguing that there isn’t enough of a difference between Mitt Romney and President Obama, comparing his own campaign to Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in 1976. “We don't win by moving to the middle,” Santorum said. read more

At least the green elephant is the same

At least the green elephant is the same

04/05/12 08:00AM

It may seem hard to believe now, but in the not-too-distant past, support for environmental protections and conservation efforts was bipartisan. Among Republicans, Teddy Roosevelt was a pioneer on the environment; Dwight Eisenhower established the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Richard Nixon created the EPA; and George H.W. Bush adopted an ambitious cap-and-trade policy to combat acid raid.But as the GOP has shifted to the far-right, Republican hostility towards the environment has grown. read more

Morning Maddow: April 5

Morning Maddow: April 5

04/05/12 07:33AM

For the fifth time in five years, a state chose to abolish the death penalty last nightThe headline Rick Santorum guaranteed we'd never see: Romney leads in PATo honor the 50th anniversary of the film, Obama hosts a screening of To Kill a MockingbirdSpeaking of movies, a plane in Australia had to make an emergency landing because of this movie titleThe Special Relationship does not, it turn out, include UK courtsHillary Clinton: the U.S. does not seek permanent military bases in AfghanistanBut we do have some military "advisers" in Mali following the coup read more

Links for the 4/4 TRMS

Links for the 4/4 TRMS

04/04/12 11:48PM

Could Pennsylvania End Santorum's Political Career Twice?Santorum might drop out rather than lose home state primary in PennsylvaniaSantorum's Fight to Stay Relevant Santorum aide: Priority is Pennsylvania or Texas; tough to win without one or both Permitted handguns will be allowed in RNC's 'clean zone' The Republican National Convention Will Host Armed Protesters read more

Maddow elder Muhumed Kheyr tells the history of Maddow village. January 16, 1988.

Random internet adventures: Not the maddow you're looking for edition

04/04/12 08:26PM

Last night, just as TRMS viewers were tucking into some GOP primary coverage hashtag bonding, a London-based Somali DJ was having some fun with #AccordingToSomalis as a running Twitter joke.Judging by the reactions and retweets, they're funny jokes."#AccordingToSomalis All maddows look like @MichealBlackson." Wait, what?As it happens, I've seen this connection between "maddow" and Somalia once before in a Twitter conversation between Somali men talking about their tastes in women. read more

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