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Reid's hardball pays off on judicial nominees

Reid's hardball pays off on judicial nominees

03/14/12 02:36PM

This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) decided to put judicial nominations on the front-burner, much to the chagrin of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has made obstructionism one of his top priorities. Reid played some procedural hardball, and as of this afternoon, it's paid off.To briefly recap, Reid... read more

Taking polls with a grain of salt

Taking polls with a grain of salt

03/14/12 01:00PM

Much of the political world gasped this week when the latest New York Times/CBS News poll found President Obama's approval rating down sharply over the last month, dropping from 50% to 41% for no apparent reason. Though the same poll still showed Obama leading the Republican field, the nine-point drop in support was one of the largest drops... read more

The IPRC of the University of Hawaii tracks the debris daily. Here, we see the debris cloud from March 14, 2012.

Watching the beach for reminders of Japan

03/14/12 12:27PM

Just over a year ago, Japan experienced one of the worst tragedies in modern history: the terrible 8.9-magnitude earthquake, followed by a devastating tsunami that took the lives of thousands, injured even more, and destroyed coastal towns. Japan is still dealing with the aftermath -- a 12-mile "exclusion zone" around the Fukushima... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

03/14/12 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 national poll from the Pew Research Center shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney in a hypothetical matchup by 12 points. read more

Has Daniels actually read the Simpson-Bowles budget plan?

Daniels wants Simpson-Bowles 'reunion tour'

03/14/12 11:30AM

If Republican Mitch Daniels has any lingering national ambitions, he might want to explain his debt-reduction plans in more detail.Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on Tuesday urged Congress to reconsider sweeping changes called for in a federal debt report he says has fallen by the wayside in the past year.Daniels said he would like to see a "... read more

Romney fibs about gas prices at a stop in Missouri.

Romney tries his hand at energy policy

03/14/12 11:02AM

Republicans haven't had much luck lately trying to talk about energy policy, but that didn't stop Mitt Romney from weighing in on the subject yesterday. His comments, delivered at a playground in Missouri, were so wildly off-base, it's probably best if I just annotate them."Yesterday, he said the reason we have high gasoline... read more

Allen West has it all figured out

Allen West has it all figured out

03/14/12 10:23AM

As the domestic economy has improved in recent months, so too have the major Wall Street indexes. The Dow Jones industrial average soared yesterday, closing at its highest level since before the start of the Great Recession. The Nasdaq composite index, meanwhile, closed yesterday at its highest level in more than 11 years.Rep. read more

Romney vows end to Planned Parenthood funding

03/14/12 09:30AM

It didn't generate much attention at the time, but Mitt Romney had an op-ed in USA Today five months ago, talking about the spending cuts he'd make while slashing taxes on the wealthy. Among the cuts: "Eliminate Title X family planning programs benefiting abortion groups like Planned Parenthood."As the former governor sees it... read more

Gingrich has something in common with Bruce Willis' character from "The Sixth Sense."

Weighing Gingrich's future

03/14/12 08:48AM

Before the full results from Alabama and Mississippi were available last night, Rachel asked Republican strategist Steve Schmidt if Newt Gingrich can remain a viable candidate if he failed to win either primary."No," Schmidt said. "The race will be in the final stages for him, and he'll have some tough decisions to make in... read more

'Inevitability' gets deep fried in Alabama, Mississippi

'Inevitability' gets deep fried in Alabama, Mississippi

03/14/12 08:00AM

Mitt Romney had vowed to win Alabama, expected to put up a strong showing in Mississippi, and invested heavily to excel in yesterday's Deep South primaries. In effect, the former governor placed an expensive bet, assuming that victories here would end the nominating race altogether.As the dust settled, it became clear that Romney lost that... read more

Morning Maddow: March 14

03/14/12 07:47AM

Romney loses Alabama and Mississippi but wins Hawaii and American Samoa.Maybe there's a limit to what Chuck Norris can do?AL and MS Congressional incumbents survive their primary challenges.News you can use: how to pronounce Missouri like a native.Sen. Orrin Hatch: Elect me this year and I'll retire in 2018.A Goldman Sachs Executive... read more

Tonight's other race

03/14/12 01:31AM

The fine folks at the Last Word blog caught Rachel's mad dash from the TRMS studio to the Last Word desk to join Lawrence at the top of the 10pm hour: read more

Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt, former senior advisors to the McCain/Palin campaign, backstage at The Rachel Maddow Show, March 12, 2012.

'Coo coo for Cocoa-puffs' hard to overcome in a candidate

03/13/12 09:12PM

At the show meeting yesterday, while discussing the coming interview with Nicolle Wallace and the segment to introduce it, producer Mike Yarvitz pointed out that after seeing HBO's "Game Change" he went back and re-watched Rachel's September 27, 2011 interview with Wallace and Steve Schmidt and realized a new depth to their... read more

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