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Social Security's alleged champions

Social Security's alleged champions

02/14/12 11:26AM

Congressional Republicans used to be enthusiastic supporters of the payroll tax break. But as we've seen with an individual health care mandate, cap-and-trade plans, the DREAM Act, and a host of other issues, GOP support evaporated once Democrats said they agreed with the idea.What's harder to understand is why, exactly, so many... read more

Romney still wishes policymakers had let Detroit go bankrupt.

Romney condemns auto-industry rescue

02/14/12 10:49AM

Looking back over the last three years, there's arguably no better example of a policy Republicans got wrong than the rescue of the American auto industry.When President Obama launched his ambitious policy in 2009, he was taking a major gamble -- not only with the backbone of American manufacturing, but with his presidency and its ability... read more

Those who 'expect' sexual assault in the military

02/14/12 10:05AM

Fox News' Liz Trotta commented the other day on the frequency with which U.S. military personnel are the victims of sexual assault. The on-air discussion did not go well.Trotta was not only critical of new Pentagon rules to support those who've been attacked, but also argued that the attacks themselves are to be expected. "Well,... read more

Santorum, Romney moving in opposite directions

Santorum, Romney moving in opposite directions

02/14/12 09:33AM

Yesterday's Gallup daily tracking poll showed Mitt Romney's national lead over Rick Santorum dropping from 20 to 2 points since early February. As Tricia noted earlier, a New York Times/CBS News poll released this morning found Santorum taking the lead from Romney nationally, 30% to 27%.The Pew Research Center's latest survey... read more

Snowe, Collins break ranks on contraception coverage.

Republican divisions emerge on contraception

02/14/12 08:43AM

Last week, President Obama unveiled a compromise on contraception coverage at least in part because he'd been pushed into making a change. The White House wasn't especially concerned about criticisms from the right, but it was Democratic discomfort with the administration's policy that led Obama to look for an alternative.In the... read more

Will the leaders lead or follow?

The payroll cut's clouded future

02/14/12 08:00AM

It certainly looked like a breakthrough. Mid-day yesterday, House Republican leaders, who'd insisted for months that the payroll tax break be fully paid for, made an unexpected reversal, abandoning their central demand.So, is it a done deal? Time to move on to the next fight? Not just yet.GOP leaders surrendered yesterday -- and... read more

Morning Maddow: February 14

02/14/12 07:42AM

Holy crap, "cashmobs" are awesome.Santorum is the Republican frontrunner in another national poll.More people are noticing Ron Paul's delegate strategy.Study finds voter rolls are full of inaccuracies.Reason #524 that Speaker John Boehner is bad at his job.No Sharia law in South Carolina!Uzbekistan cancels Valentine's Day... read more

GOP caving on payroll tax cut raises...

GOP caving on payroll tax cut raises suspicions

02/13/12 07:00PM

Brian Beutler, reporter for Talking Points Memo, talks with TRMS guest host Ezra Klein about whether House Republicans offering the extend the payroll tax reduction is political caving or a trap to challenge other issues that had previously been tied... watch

Budgets reveal stark contrast between...

Budgets reveal stark contrast between Obama, Romney

02/13/12 07:00PM

Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama and current vice chairman of global banking at Citigroup, talks with Ezra Klein about President Obama's new budget proposal and how it compares to that of Mitt... watch

Santorum slips past Romney in new polls

Santorum slips past Romney in new polls

02/13/12 07:00PM

E.J. Dionne, columnist at the Washington Post, talks with Ezra Klein about how the decline of Mitt Romney's main selling point to Republicans -his electability versus Barack Obama- is making him vulnerable to Rick Santorum, whom conservatives simply... watch

Chock-full of news

Chock-full of news

02/13/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – we’ve got former White House director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama, plus Rick Santorum has an upswing in Michigan and Mitch... watch