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Limbaugh ties Romney to 'Occupy' rhetoric

Limbaugh ties Romney to 'Occupy' rhetoric

02/23/12 10:02AM

Rush Limbaugh's latest criticism of Mitt Romney is representative of a much larger problem plaguing the candidate: Romney's trying desperately to pander to his party's far-right, unhinged base, alienating everyone else in the process, but he's still not connecting.It was just last month when the former governor formally unveiled his campaign's tax plan, which was an awful, Robin-Hood-in-reverse sort of scheme. read more

The 'safety' of America's enemies

The 'safety' of America's enemies

02/23/12 09:22AM

Newt Gingrich said a variety of odd things last night, but this quote stood out for me:"This is an administration which, as long as you're America's enemy, you're safe. You know, the only people you've got to worry about is if you're an American ally."I'm curious if anyone, even Gingrich, believes this. read more

Jobless claims remain at four-year low

Jobless claims remain at four-year low

02/23/12 08:40AM

The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, despite occasional setbacks, and most analysts expected this morning's report to show a modest uptick in filings.The good news is, that didn't happen. In fact, initial jobless claims reached a four-year low last week, and the new totals were unchanged this week.Jobless claims in the U.S. were unchanged last week at a seasonally adjusted 351,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch estimated claims would total 353,000. read more

Four white wealthy men talk about contraception

Four white wealthy men talk about contraception

02/23/12 08:00AM

About half-way through last night's debate, moderator John King presented a question for the four candidates sent in from a viewer: "Since birth control is the latest hot topic, which candidate believes in birth control, and if not, why?"The question was not well received by the audience, which booed for quite a while. read more

Morning Maddow: February 23

02/23/12 07:37AM

Debate crowd boos contraception question (and the candidates go to town).Mitt Romney's version of tax reform.How SuperPAC money is spent.A 2nd federal judge rules that DOMA is unconstitutional.A Virginia Senate committee debates personhood legislation today.Maryland's Senate is to begin debating same-sex marriage today.Pepper-sprayed UC Davis students sue the university.Indiana's ex-secretary of state, convicted of voter fraud, is to be sentenced today. read more

Links for the 2/22 TRMS

Links for the 2/22 TRMS

02/22/12 11:50PM

Super PAC donors revealed: Who are the power players in the GOP primary?Stop ColbertDisclose, Reform, Amend Gingrich Releases Half-Hour Energy Ad Rising Gas Prices Give G.O.P. Issue to Attack Obama U.S. Loan to Brazilian Oil Company Riles Conservatives in Favor of Offshore Drilling U.S. oil gusher blows out projections Bogus Brazilian Oil Claims CPJ condemns killings of 3 journalists in besieged Homs read more

Stop Colbert (Disclose, Reform, Amend)

02/22/12 09:26PM

As Rachel mentioned on the show tonight, Nancy Pelosi's effort to push the DISCLOSE Act in Congress, includes this satirical ad about Steven Colbert's Super-PAC:The link is Facebook.com/StopColbert. read more

Pelosi confident in Gingrich failure

Pelosi confident in Gingrich failure

02/22/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow shares video of an interview with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in which she predicts with firm confidence that Newt Gingrich will never be president of the United States. watch

News and newsmakers

News and newsmakers

02/22/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the latest on the ultrasound bill in Virginia, plus an interview with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. watch

Nancy Pelosi: 'Don't agonize, organize'

Nancy Pelosi: 'Don't agonize, organize'

02/22/12 07:00PM

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with Rachel Maddow about what's at stake in 2012, the problem of big money in politics, the Republican war on voting, the challenge of Afghanistan and the necessity of having women participate in governance ... watch

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