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A new enthusiasm gap

A new enthusiasm gap

02/08/12 12:30PM

It was hard to avoid discussion of the "enthusiasm gap" in 2010, when excitement among Republican voters easily trumped Democratic zeal, en route to major GOP gains in the midterm cycle.As attention shifts to the 2012 cycle, the Republican advantage seems to have largely disappeared. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

02/08/12 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:* Aaron Blake considers the evidence and believes Democrats' chances of winning back the House are improving. They'll need a net gain of 25 seats.* In Virginia, a new Quinnipiac... read more

Payroll tax fight to go down to the wire

Payroll tax fight to go down to the wire

02/08/12 09:51AM

Senators were warned yesterday that if they let the payroll tax break expire at the end of the month, the burgeoning economic recovery will take a "very sharp" hit.Congressional Republicans may very well let it happen anyway.After a bitter fight in December, GOP leaders accepted a two-month extension of the payroll cut, giving... read more

Boston, we have a problem

Boston, we have a problem

02/08/12 08:00AM

After Mitt Romney scored impressive wins in Florida and Nevada last week, it looked as though the race for the Republican presidential nomination had finally come into focus. The former Massachusetts governor was not only the clear frontrunner, but he was the presumptive nominee. Talk of Romney's "inevitability" was ubiquitous.And... read more

Morning Maddow: February 8

02/08/12 07:32AM

A town in Alabama knows how to welcome home a veteran.Santorum pulls off a hat trick (even though he won zero delegates).South Carolina sues the Justice Department for blocking its Voter ID law.The House GOP proves again it's all about jobs, jobs, jobs religion.House Republicans are trying to use the STOCK act to take a whack at Rep. Nancy... read more

Charles in charge

Charles in charge

02/07/12 07:55PM

Huzzah! Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.As befits a man who cast such a massive shadow over British (and world) literature, there are celebrations throughout England honoring his legacy. During his astonishingly prolific career as a novelist, journalist, social crusader and tireless defender of the downtrodden... read more

Power players

Power players

02/07/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the latest on tonight’s 3 primary elections, plus Rachel discusses the Prop 8 decision today with attorney Ted Olson, and the question of a possible parade... watch

Santorum looking for the hat trick

Santorum looking for the hat trick

02/07/12 07:00PM

Rick Santorum is hoping to sweep all three contests, including Colorado where Mitt Romney won by a landslide in 2008. Steve Kornacki, political editor at Salon.com joins Rachel Maddow to discuss what this means for Mitt Romney as the 'inevitable... watch

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