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Ignoring the 'acceptable bounds of civil discourse'

03/02/12 08:00AM

When it comes to the "war on women," the culture-war crusade isn't limited to a single front. As we've seen of late, there are anti-contraception efforts underway on Capitol Hill, which run parallel to measures such as forced ultrasounds in the states.But as Rush Limbaugh is helping demonstrate, there's a rhetorical front to the war, too.This week, the right-wing host targeted Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student, who Republicans rejected as a witness at a recent hearing on contraception access. read more

Morning Maddow: March 2

03/02/12 07:51AM

Mitt Romney gets an extra Michigan delegate; Santorum cries foul.VP Biden: we 'screwed up' on the contraception-coverage mandate.A stunt to expose voter fraud backfires.The Obama team makes fun of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.Maryland's Governor signs same-sex marriage into law--but don't buy the wedding cake yet.The Florida House votes to ban Sharia law.Occupy Riverdale? read more

We’re on our way

We’re on our way

03/01/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the Blunt amendment fails in the Senate by a narrow margin,... watch

Ahead on the 3/1 Maddow show

03/01/12 06:18PM

Tonight's guests include:Gene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc political analystDan Dicker, author of “Oil’s Endless Bid”, commodities trader and CNBC contributorWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just make sure the ad below plays out entirely before starting the video preview.) read more

Voting on rights, Ohio edition

03/01/12 06:06PM

We talk a lot around here about voting on rights – basically, rights are rights because you are born to them; you don't vote on rights. That's a principle, but there's also the practice. In January, activists in Maine decided to ask voters directly for marriage equality. They had already gathered the signatures needed for a referendum, and then they decided to go for it.Now comes Ohio, where activists for marriage equality say they've finished the first step for getting a constitutional amendment on the ballot. read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

03/01/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Syria: "After a bruising, 27-day siege under intensifying bombardment, rebels holed up in the shattered Baba Amr neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs announced a 'tactical withdrawal' on Thursday, apparently handing victory to forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad but raising concerns about the plight of civilians there."* Diplomatic resolution in Egypt: "The foreign nationals under criminal investigation here for their pro-democracy activities, including several Americans, arrived in Cyprus on a chartered flight from Cairo on Thursday night in wh read more

First 'Drift' excerpt released!

03/01/12 05:27PM

I have it on good authority that we will be getting a second excerpt some time soon as well, but for now you can get started reading Drift with the prologue before the book is officially released at the end of the month: read more

Romney's reluctance to 'elaborate'

03/01/12 04:30PM

At last week's debate for Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney was asked, "What is the biggest misconception about you in the public debate right now?" In theory, this is an easy, softball question, giving Romney a chance to knock down some nagging criticism, and tout his positive qulalities.But he didn't see it that way. Instead, Romney ignored the question entirely, giving a short summary of his campaign's rationale. Reminded about what the question was actually about, Romney snapped, "You get to ask the questions you want, I get to give the answers I want. read more

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