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Anything goes

02/27/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the challenge to stay true in the Republican presidential campaign, plus we’ve got Frank Rich on his latest piece in New York magazine, and a little red... watch

Ahead on the 2/27 Maddow show

02/27/12 06:00PM

Tonight's guests include:Michael Moore, Academy Award winning filmmaker, author of “Here Comes Trouble”Frank Rich, writer-at-large for New York MagazineWhile watching the video preview below, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad below play out entirely before starting the song.)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy read more

Monday's Mini-Report

02/27/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* In Afghanistan, two U.S. officers were shot and killed inside the Interior Ministry building over the weekend. The violence is believed to be related to the American military's burning of Korans at a NATO military base.* A shooting at suburban Cleveland high school today left one student dead and four injured. read more

Global warming isn't a campfire ghost story.

Understanding carbon emissions

02/27/12 04:55PM

Dave Weigel heard Rick Santorum speak in Davison, Michigan, over the weekend, and apparently this was one of the Republican's "blockbuster" lines:"CO2 is a pollutant? Tell that to the plants."Santorum liked this phrasing so much, he apparently used it three times. (Either that, or Dave accidentally hit "paste" a little too often.)In either case, the line comes up relatively frequently on the right. In 2010, a Republican senator argued, in all seriousness, "Without carbon, my trees would die."In 2009, Rep. read more

Detroit revving its engine

02/27/12 03:45PM

Republican predictions about the failure of the Obama administration's auto-industry policy keep looking worse.Auto sales are growing so fast that Detroit can barely keep up.Three years after the U.S. auto industry nearly collapsed, sales of cars and trucks are surging. Sales could exceed 14 million this year, above last year's 12.8 million.The result: Carmakers are adding shifts and hiring thousands of workers around the country. Carmakers and parts companies added more than 38,000 jobs last year, reaching a total of 717,000. read more

Romney slams Santorum for agreeing with him

Romney slams Santorum for agreeing with him

02/27/12 02:45PM

In last week's debate for the Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney put Rick Santorum on the defense over several issues, but at the top of the list was the former senator's vote for No Child Left Behind. Santorum expressed some regret for the vote, but said politics is a "team sport," and he was trying to support the Republican administration at the time.The response drew boos from the audience.Just as important, it also drew ridicule from Romney. read more

This idea started with Jess Idres and Ali Davis, and kept on going.

Alabama GOP wants Virginia's vaginal ultrasound bill

02/27/12 01:32PM

A bunch of folks have been asking why Virginia got the nation in such an uproar over its vaginal ultrasounds bill, when Texas has had an even stricter one on the books for months now."I hate to say this, but in Texas we can fight all day long, but there's a propensity to write us off," said state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston."They think, 'That's Texas. Texas is a place where those kinds of things happen.'"So maybe that's Texas. Meanwhile, Alabama Republicans would like their own vaginal ultrasound bill. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

02/27/12 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:* Michigan's Republican presidential primary is tomorrow, and Public Policy Polling shows Mitt Romney leading Rick Santorum, 39% to 37%.* Arizona's primary is also tomorrow, and PPP shows it's likely to be a less competitive affair: Romney leads Santorum in the poll by 17 points.* A new Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll shows President Obama leading each of the Republican candidates by double digits nationwide. read more

In his official portrait, Romney sits alongside his health care law, which he doesn't want to talk about.

The success story Romney doesn't want to talk about

02/27/12 11:13AM

It seems hard to believe now, but as recently as four or five years ago, Mitt Romney's successful health care reform initiative in Massachusetts was supposed to be his springboard to national office. It wasn't just his signature accomplishment as governor, it was a historic victory for Romney, giving him the kind of bragging rights few policymakers in either party could claim at the time.And why not? Romney's breakthrough achievement demonstrated his ability to tackle major policy challenges and work with members of both parties to pass a sensible, mainstream legislative milestone. read more

'There's nothing he's not willing to do'

02/27/12 10:46AM

The political world rarely offers examples of projection as perfect as this one.disgraced himself in the Abramoff scandal, complaining about anyone being ruthless is almost amusing.Reed did, after all, once describe his own campaign tactics this way: "I paint my face and travel at night. You don't know it's over until you're in a body bag."Is this guy really in a position to accuse others of being "mean and cynical"? read more

Santorum's recent speech at an "indoctrination mill."

Santorum warns of higher ed 'indoctrination'

02/27/12 10:11AM

When Rick Santorum argued recently against public education, he was largely referring to K-through-12 public schools. As it turns out, though, the Republican presidential hopeful doesn't like higher ed, either, insisting the other day that President Obama only wants to help young people go to college so they can undergo "indoctrination."On the president's efforts to boost college attendance, Santorum said, "I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely ... read more

Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren, and contraception

Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren, and contraception

02/27/12 09:32AM

It seems hard to believe that in 2012, access to contraception would be the issue driving a U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts, but here we are.Late last week, incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R) and his main challenger, Elizabeth Warren (D), had competing op-eds on the policy dispute in the Boston Globe. Brown, who has struggled badly to understand the basics of the controversy, continues to be deeply confused.Most notably, Brown believes he has a trump card to play: his approach is the same as Ted Kennedy's. read more

What makes Santorum nauseous

What makes Santorum nauseous

02/27/12 08:41AM

In 1960, then-candidate John F. Kennedy spoke to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, and delivered one of the important speeches in American history on the role of religion in government. Kennedy, seeking to become the nation's first Roman Catholic president, eloquently explained the value of First Amendment principles.It seems foolish a half-century later, but there were widespread fears at the time that JFK would somehow be subservient to the pope. read more

Who among us has not befriended NASCAR team owners?

Who among us has not befriended NASCAR team owners?

02/27/12 08:00AM

Eight years ago, John Kerry was mocked relentlessly for this ham-fisted quote: "Who among us does not love NASCAR?" In reality, Kerry never said this -- Maureen Dowd made it up, and the media ran with it, losing sight of the joke -- but the wealthy Massachusetts politician was pilloried anyway. It was, his detractors said, illustrative of Kerry's detached elitism.Kerry's quote was bogus. read more