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'Drift' tour takes shape

'Drift' tour takes shape

03/26/12 08:00PM

On the eve of the release of her book, "Drift," Rachel Maddow shares some of her tour date appointments, including an appearance with David Letterman and two Today show interviews. watch

Ahead on the 2/26 Maddow show

03/26/12 07:00PM

Tonight's guests include:Dahlia Lithwick, legal correspondent and senior editor for SlateSen. Charles Schumer, (D) New York and member of the Senate Judiciary CommitteeFrank Rich, writer-at-large for New York MagazineWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack (Just be sure to allow the ad below... read more

Monday's Mini-Report

03/26/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* President Obama, in Seoul for a summit on nuclear security, is warning North Korea not to follow through on a planned long-range missile test next month, while urging China to help ratchet up international pressure on North Korea.* Over the weekend, Obama also made his first visit to the peninsula's... read more

Still creating their own reality

Still creating their own reality

03/26/12 04:57PM

Here's a tip for politicians seeking major public offices: don't consider "grunt work" to be synonymous with "getting the facts straight."In Ohio, state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) is running against incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) in one of the year's most closely-watched U.S. Senate races, and the conservative... read more

Day 1 at the Supreme Court

03/26/12 03:49PM

The Supreme Court kicked off the first day of arguments in the case against the Affordable Care Act this morning -- it's the first three-day hearing in 45 years -- but today was arguably the least interesting day. At issue was not the individual mandate that conservatives loved until President Obama decided he agreed with them, but rather,... read more

When presidents meet a 'hot mic'

03/26/12 02:56PM

Some of my favorite moments of George W. Bush's presidency were "hot mic" moments, in part because they offered rare peeks behind the curtain. When Bush was accidentally overheard on live microphones, we learned that he didn't know what the Mexico City Policy was, even after he signed an executive order on it; he didn't... read more

Romney is not without a base

Romney is not without a base

03/26/12 01:31PM

Rick Santorum didn't just defeat Mitt Romney in Louisiana's Republican presidential primary, he trounced him, beating the former governor by 22 points and winning 63 of Louisiana's 64 parishes. Romney is still the likely nominee, but for the frontrunner to still be losing primaries by 22 points in late March doesn't look good... read more

Monday's campaign round-up

03/26/12 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:* Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was asked yesterday about a possible role on his party's 2012 presidential ticket. "I would have to consider it," he said on Fox News. "But... read more

The federal highway bill: less than a week to go

03/26/12 11:32AM

In his weekly address, President Obama spoke about oil production and energy policy in general, but also spent some time shining a light on a pending piece of legislation that's going to matter quite a bit this week.For those who can't watch clips online, this was the important part of Obama's comments:"So much of America... read more

When in doubt, pick a fight with the New York Times

03/26/12 10:51AM

His primary win in Louisiana notwithstanding, Rick Santorum's campaign hasn't been going especially well lately, and his odds of winning the Republican presidential nomination continue to dwindle as the party coalesces around Mitt Romney.Under the circumstances, it's not too surprising that the pressure would start to get to... read more

Plouffe targets the 'Romney-Ryan' plan

03/26/12 10:15AM

It's hard to describe how happy Democrats are to see Mitt Romney embrace Paul Ryan's House Republican budget plan. Much of the glee is seen behind the scenes, but the phrase "Christmas in March" keeps coming to mind.Last week, the Republican frontrunner proudly proclaimed, "I'm very supportive of the Ryan budget... read more