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Chris Christie went off-message with Oprah.

Worst. Surrogates. Ever.

03/30/12 10:24AM

About a month ago, it looked as if Mitt Romney's presidential campaign had the worst surrogates ever -- several of the former governor's highest profile supporters had no qualms about saying how wrong Romney is on major issues of the day.Five weeks later, Romney's surrogates appear to be even less on-message than before.Gov. Chris... read more

RNC manipulates court audio in new attack ad

03/30/12 09:40AM

The right feels awfully good about this week's proceedings at the Supreme Court, and have renewed hope that five justices will undo all of the recent advances in U.S. health care. The Republican National Committee is so pleased, it released this ad yesterday, which includes actual audio from the oral arguments.There's not much to see... read more

Paul Ryan's unbridled chutzpah on defense spending

Paul Ryan's unbridled chutzpah on defense spending

03/30/12 08:47AM

The United States spends more on its military than any other nation on the planet by a large margin. Indeed, we spend nearly as much as the combined military budgets of all the world powers. Given the nation's fiscal challenges, combined with the fact that we've already ended one major war and are winding down another, it's not... read more

Reagan loved his jelly beans, and Santorum loves his Reagan.

Taking Reagan adulation a little too far

03/30/12 08:00AM

Jed Lewison wrote yesterday that Rick Santorum is "so desperate for gravitas," he chose to deliver "a foreign policy speech at a jelly bean store" so voters might connect the former senator to Ronald Reagan. I thought Jed was kidding.He wasn't. This is actually part of Santorum's new strategy to get people to take... read more

Morning Maddow: March 30

03/30/12 07:36AM

Health reform's fate will be decided today, although we won't know what it is.The Scott Walker recall is officially a go today.Herman Cain's smoking man Mark Block has caught the attention of the FBI.Life on the lam with Osama bin Laden.Child witnesses to Afghan murders say the soldier accused of killing was not alone.A rare frog... read more

Man of lobsters, man of literature

Man of lobsters, man of literature

03/29/12 08:00PM

Chris Hayes salutes Captain James Arruda Henry, a 98-year-old lobsterman from Connecticut on the occasion of the publication of his first book, "In a fisherman's language," after living nearly all of his life functionally illiterate. watch

On tonight's show

On tonight's show

03/29/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show. Mitt Romney is displeased with the improving economy, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown joins us to talk about Citizen’s United and another Stand Your Ground story... watch

Ahead on the 3/29 Maddow Show

03/29/12 06:42PM

Tonight's guests:Dan Dicker, a CNBC contributor and the author "Oil's Endless Bid." He's an energy analyst with more than 25 years oil trading experience.Walter Dellinger, former acting solicitor general of the Office of Legal CounselSenator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of OhioHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a... read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

03/29/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* No visible injuries: "Surveillance video footage of George Zimmerman being led from a police car shortly after he fatally teenager Trayvon Martin does not appear to show any injuries or bloodstains."* The region's diplomatic agenda: "Turkey's prime minister arrived in Iran on Thursday... read more

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