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So much to say

So much to say

02/02/12 07:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – where the lines of religion and politics meet in the... watch

Ahead on the 2/2 Maddow show

02/02/12 06:57PM

Tonight's guests include:E.J. Dionne, columnist for the Washington Post, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and msnbc contributorSpencer Ackerman, senior reporter for Danger Room at Wired.comRep. Diana DeGette, (D) Colorado, chief deputy whip and co-chair of the Pro-Choice CaucusWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad on the video play out before you start the song!)Senior show producer Cory Gnazzo shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

02/02/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* The DNC was so excited about Donald Trump's endorsement of Mitt Romney, it released this clip before the official announcement was made:* Republican lawmakers don't want to hear this, but aggressive debt reduction would be awful for economic growth.* Would China work with the International Monetary Fund to shore up Europe's finances?* The White House has heard plenty of pushback over its decision to have insurers cover contraception as preventive care. read more

Caption contest

Caption contest

02/02/12 02:17PM

I saw this on the Facebook page of one of my politically conservative friends. I have no idea where this came from, but I know a caption contest when I see one! Have at it. (and if you have any info about this image, that would be fun, too). Bonus for spotting historical inaccuracies. Our Senior Producer Cory Gnazzo noticed a really big one.(Adding: The painting is by Jon McNaughton.) read more

The accelerating U.S. auto industry

The accelerating U.S. auto industry

02/02/12 01:24PM

President Obama stopped by the Washington Auto Show the other day, and seemed quite pleased to declare, "The U.S. auto industry is back." The president added, "On this, they were wrong -- about literally every aspect of the debate -- and Obama was right. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

02/02/12 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:* A new Las Vegas Review-Journal poll shows Mitt Romney cruising to an easy victory in the Nevada caucuses. read more

Letters: The joke/not-joke of 'self-deportation'

02/02/12 11:40AM

A bunch of you wrote in after last night's segment featuring This American Life, Mitt Romney and "self-deportation." @JH Hill writes:I get the satire of HALTO, but although Romney et al may have heard of self-deportation from Daniel D. Portado, I can tell you (from my 20+ years as an immigration court Spanish interpreter) that I have heard the term 'self-deport' or 'self-deportation' quite a few times. read more

Romney dabbles in foreign policy

Romney dabbles in foreign policy

02/02/12 10:47AM

A few months ago, Mitt Romney expressed outrage over the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Yesterday, after the Pentagon said the U.S. would withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan next year -- ahead of schedule -- the former governor was incensed all over again."The president's mistakes, some of them are calculated based on a philosophy that's hard to understand. Some you just scratch your head and say, how can you be so misguided and so naive? Today, his Secretary of Defense unleashed such a policy. read more

The story behind Komen's cut-off

The story behind Komen's cut-off

02/02/12 10:06AM

Komen for the Cure announced an end this week to its grants to Planned Parenthood for screening and education programs. By way of a defense, the nation's most prominent breast-cancer organization said it had adopted new funding standards: organizations facing investigations by local, state, or federal authorities would be cut off.Since Rep. read more

House GOP eyes 'welfare integrity'

House GOP eyes 'welfare integrity'

02/02/12 09:14AM

It's not every day that lawmakers in Washington discuss strip clubs -- at least not on the legislative floor.House Republicans don't want Uncle Sam paying for any more lap dances.A bill that GOP leaders are bringing to the House floor Wednesday would require states to prevent welfare recipients from accessing or spending their benefits at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores.Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. read more

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