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Gingrich's billionaire considers new muse

Gingrich's billionaire considers new muse

02/10/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow rounds up political stories of the day, including that Newt Gingrich's billionaire sponsor is not likely to deliver another big check to the campaign, and conservative candidates clinging to contraception as an issue despite President... watch

Spotted on the subway...

Spotted on the subway...

02/10/12 06:07PM

It is an odd -- and unusual -- sight to step inside your local subway car (in this case, the 3 train from Wall Street) and see before you a simple, white flyer sitting on every single seat inside the entire car. But that was the scene this morning on the uptown 3 train, and this was the flyer in question. The back is after the jump.(Occupy Town... read more

Friday's Mini-Report

Friday's Mini-Report

02/10/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* If the right was outraged by the patriotic message in Clint Eastwood's Chrysler ad, conservatives will be looking for the fainting couch after seeing Bruce Springsteen's new video.* Progress in Greece is far from assured, and the deal for a bailout has not yet been reached.* Violence in Syria rages... read more

This Week in God

This Week in God

02/10/12 04:28PM

Almost exactly six years ago, inspired by "The Daily Show," I started a weekly feature called "This Week in God," covering news related to religion, politics, and government. It's now a Friday afternoon feature.The God Machine has plenty to offer this week, and let's start with the above image, which was reportedly... read more

Lee's obstructionist plot falters

02/10/12 03:57PM

We talked last week about the prospects for a heated Senate showdown. President Obama's decision to make some recess appointments led Sen. Mike Lee (R) of Utah to threaten a new level of obstructionism, which could have been ugly, even by 2012 standards: he was prepared to block every nominee from receiving a confirmation vote, regardless... read more

Romney's early valentine to Big Business

Romney's early valentine to Big Business

02/10/12 03:27PM

Mitt Romney should probably be a little more aware of how remarks like these will appear to a mainstream audience."I know it seems like government doesn't like you," Mitt Romney told a group of about 900 business people Friday morning in a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel here. "I love you."The first part of the... read more

The Week in Geek

02/10/12 02:28PM

In a million years, I never thought I'd see someone play the guitar WITH A CAR (just before the 2:30 mark).3D printers can now print replacement body parts.Asia and North America to collide…in 50 million years, but still!Wikipedia has a list of unexplained sounds. Two of them are "Bloop" and "Julia."Everything you wanted... read more

Chronicling Mitt's mendacity

Chronicling Mitt's mendacity

02/10/12 01:45PM

Several weeks ago, I launched a new Friday afternoon feature, highlighting the most blatant Mitt Romney falsehoods of the week. It moved to Maddow Blog last week, and here's this week's installment. (It does not include mendacity from Romney's CPAC speech this afternoon.)1. Romney claimed, "We are the only people on the earth... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

02/10/12 01:16PM

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:* Newt Gingrich has received $11 million in support from Sheldon Adelson and his family, but Bloomberg News reports that the Adelsons "don't plan to deliver another big check to... read more

That's a joke, son

That's a joke, son

02/10/12 12:29PM

Mississippi Democratic Representative – and wiseacre -- Steve Holland was fuming over the way Republicans' wasted valuable time on symbolic posturing. So, to illustrate, Holland proposed renaming the Gulf of Mexico the Gulf of America. You want posturing? I'll show you posturing -- that kind of thing.Holland explained, "I didn&... read more

'Common-sense solution' on contraception

'Common-sense solution' on contraception

02/10/12 11:40AM

Word leaked early this morning that the White House was poised to unveil a "compromise" on contraception coverage, and on a conference call at 10:30, two senior administration officials sketched out what they described as a "common-sense solution."The new policy effectively finds a work-around to address the concerns raised... read more

It's late in the game for him to try to "reconnect."

An awkward time to 'reconnect'

02/10/12 10:11AM

A week ago, Mitt Romney and his campaign were right where they wanted to be. The former governor had scored an impressive win in Florida, he was poised to score another victory in Nevada, and the race for the Republican presidential nomination looked to be effectively over.There was nary a whisper of internal dissension within the Romney camp.... read more

Obama, Congress moving in different directions

Obama, Congress moving in different directions

02/10/12 09:32AM

Since we discussed Congress' dwindling public support in the latest Gallup poll, it's only fair to note the same pollster shows an uptick in President Obama's approval rating. In Gallup's latest tracking poll, Obama's support has reached 49%. read more

Romney distorts his contraception record

02/10/12 08:43AM

Like many of President Obama's critics, Mitt Romney has invested quite a bit of energy lately going after the administration on contraception coverage. The attacks have been a little awkward for the former governor because, not too long ago, Romney and Obama were largely in agreement on the issue.This inconvenient detail has not gone... read more

Mr. Bachus will apparently need a good lawyer.

Culture of corruption, redux

02/10/12 08:00AM

Congress' approval rating has already dropped to near-comical depths; new ethics allegations against a powerful House Republican probably won't help matters.CBS's "60 Minutes" ran a widely-noticed segment recently on the practice of federal lawmakers making investment decisions based on inside information that the public... read more

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