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Never give Antonin Scalia too much credit

Never give Antonin Scalia too much credit

03/28/12 02:45PM

For three days, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been huffing and puffing, making it as clear as he can that he wants to scrap every page of the Affordable Care Act. By this morning, Scalia seemed to think "his position in U.S. government is also Speaker of House, President, and maybe Emperor for Life."His antics this week made... read more

What the Supreme Court thinks of Congress

03/28/12 01:52PM

The Supreme Court spent the first part of the morning debating the "severability" question, and as Lyle Denniston reported, we learned a bit from the proceedings -- most notably what the justices think of Congress.The Supreme Court spent 91 minutes Wednesday operating on the assumption that it would strike down the key feature of the... read more

Marco Rubio is getting ready for his close-up.

Rubio pushes Dream Act 'Without the Dream'

03/28/12 12:39PM

Following up on an item from a couple of weeks ago, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has been a senator for about a year now, but hasn't managed to do much of anything. The sum total of his legislative accomplishments? A resolution designating September 2011 as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.As Rachel explained in a recent segment,... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

03/28/12 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 Quinnipiac poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by seven points in Florida, six points in Ohio, and three points in Pennsylvania. read more

Romney's problem: disliked candidates usually lose

Romney's problem: disliked candidates usually lose

03/28/12 11:20AM

At this point in his lengthy political career, Mitt Romney has had quite a while to introduce himself to the American public. He is, after all, in the midst of his second presidential campaign, and has been on the trail pretty much non-stop for nearly six years.Indeed, Romney is poised to win the Republican presidential nomination, which has... read more

What Issa considered an 'outright lie'

03/28/12 10:50AM

In February, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), held one of the more notable congressional hearings of the last several years. Issa, hoping to advance the Republican campaign to restrict women's access to contraception, held a hearing on birth control, but the opening panel was made... read more

Ron Johnson, contraception, and the power of the Internet

03/28/12 10:07AM

I've long been concerned about whether Ron Johnson, elected to the Senate in 2010, is really up to the job. After all, the Wisconsin Republican has argued that snow in Greenland is evidence of global cooling; he thinks "sunspot activity" is responsible for global warming; and at the height of the BP oil spill disaster, he said he&... read more

The health care debate -- and the festivities outside -- wrap up at the Supreme Court today.

Day 3 at the Supreme Court

03/28/12 08:36AM

As the legal and political world digests what transpired at the Supreme Court yesterday -- to be sure, this is no easy task -- the legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act isn't quite finished. Indeed, though yesterday offered more than its share of drama, it'd be a mistake to overlook the significance of today's proceedings... read more

Morning Maddow: March 28

03/28/12 07:36AM

Romney and Paul allege dirty tricks by Santorum supporters in Missouri.The House has 4 days to pass a highway bill and can't seem to do it.The Santorum campaign claims only 5 paid staffers.The EPA announces historic pollution limits on new power plants.A federal judge acquits the Hutaree Militia of the most serious charges against them.The... read more

Cash-strapped Gingrich cuts staff

Cash-strapped Gingrich cuts staff

03/27/12 08:00PM

Politico's Mike Allen talks to Rachel Maddow about the breaking news that Newt Gingrich is laying off about a third of his campaign staff, replacing his manager and trimming back his campaign schedule, with a new focus on the Republican National... watch

Bryan Stevenson: 'Do we deserve to kill?'

Bryan Stevenson: 'Do we deserve to kill?'

03/27/12 08:00PM

Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, who argued before the Supreme Court against sentencing teenagers to life without parole, talks with Rachel Maddow about how children are treated in the American justice system. watch

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