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Morning Maddow: January 12

01/12/12 08:50AM

Cleaning up all those lawn signs in New Hampshire"Things that are less steep than Rick Perry's drop in the polls"Congressional Republicans would like to take the Keystone XL pipeline off Obama's platePakistan's president is not in Pakistan... againNew intelligence report on Afghanistan does not contain good news for anyoneOne year after revolution, self-immolation continues in TunisiaFBI: ODB (yeah you know me) read more

Ahead on the 1/11 Maddow Show

01/11/12 08:03PM

Tonight's guests:Dave Weigel, political reporter for Slate and msnbc contributorE.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc contributorHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at what we're talking about (with accompaniment from The Beach Boys):   read more

2012 a Republican re-run

2012 a Republican re-run

01/11/12 07:00PM

Dave Weigel, political reporter for Slate, talks with Rachel Maddow about his thesis that the 2012 Republican primary candidates are a mirror image of the 2008 candidates. watch

Can Romney convince voters that greed is...

Can Romney convince voters that greed is an asset?

01/11/12 07:00PM

E.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about the new Republican effort to portray Mitt Romney's "vulture capitalism" in a positive light, as President Obama launches a new initiative to "in-source" jobs to the United... watch

A look ahead

A look ahead

01/11/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show – a look at the Republican presidential election field in the wake of the New Hampshire primary, plus a look at what past candidates for the GOP 2012 primary... watch

Oklahoma State Representative Mike Reynolds wants to bring DADT back to the National Guard.

Republicans and teh voters and teh gays

01/11/12 05:08PM

With state legislatures coming back into session, along come the fringe bills. Three New Hampshire Republicans want laws to be based on the Magna Carta. Three Indiana Republicans want the Lord's Prayer allowed in schools every morning.And a Republican state legislator in Oklahoma wants to re-institute Don't Ask, Don't Tell for the Oklahoma National Guard. From the Tulsa World:A bill being proposed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives would reinstate the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the Oklahoma National Guard."That's exactly what it does," said Rep. read more

Indiana's "Touchdown Jesus" lives at Notre Dame, a private college.

This is what theocracy looks like

01/11/12 03:18PM

Three Indiana state senators, all Republicans, have introduced a bill that would allow schools to require the recitation of the Lord's Prayer every morning, if they want to. Doug Masson writes on Masson's Blog:his type of attempt at having government sanctioned prayer looks like nothing so much as the effort of a small but vocal subset of Christians to mark their territory. read more

Political machines

Political machines

01/11/12 01:42PM

Leave it to 86-year-old Fidel Castro to dream up a futuristic angle on this year’s U.S. presidential elections—apparently what the Yanquis really need is President Robot.In an op-ed in the Cuban newspaper El Diario,  El Jefe disparages both President Obama and his Republican opponents and then asks,  "Isn't the worst part that there isn't even a robot in the White House who could run the U.S. and prevent a war that would end our species?"Castro went on to claim that 90 percent of Americans would vote for the robot over anyone in the 2012 field. read more

Never too young to be a political prop in Ohio

01/11/12 12:15PM

Yesterday in Ohio, supporters of what would be the nation's most restrictive abortion bill lined up children yesterday to make their case. And then they had the children make the case for the Heartbeat bill themselves, starting with a four-year-old boy. He appears on camera at about 1:29 -- he's so small, the press conference speaker has to hoist him up to the mic."My name is Noah, and I'm four," he says, sounding every bit his age. "And I'm a heartbeat."The press conference continues on like that for several minutes. read more

Racing to the bottom for jobs

01/11/12 10:57AM

Indiana House Democrats have started their boycott again in an effort to slow down the Republicans' anti-union bill. The Indianapolis Star ties it to the way Republicans muscled their anti-union bill through a House committee yesterday. They shut down debate on the Right to Work bill, which effectively bans union shops. The Republican chair refused to consider amendments, then called the roll and adjourned the meeting without announcing the vote tally.At the end of the tape, you see the labor supporters in the room promising that this fight isn't over. read more

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