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Cocktail Moment: Cameron's Kick

03/16/12 10:06PM

A Cameron's Kick is a classic cocktail that appears in the legendary Savoy cocktail book from the 1930s. It's one of the only good, classic scotch cocktails. As wonderful as scotch is, it doesn't always mix well. But in this, it mixes great.INGREDIENTS:1 oz. Scotch Whisky1 oz. Irish Whiskey1/2 oz. orgeat syrup1/2 oz. lemon juice... read more

The Miami County, Kansas Commission voted 3-2 last week to exclude contraceptive funding from a state family planning grant application.

Kansas, too: County turns down funding for birth control

03/16/12 09:31PM

After yesterday's post about county commissioners in New Hanover County, North Carolina, voting to reject state money for family planning, Amber Pickman wrote to tell us about a similar move in Miami County, Kansas. The Miami County Commission voted 3-2 last week to exclude about $9,000 in funding aimed at covering contraceptives from the... read more

Ahead on the 3/16 Maddow show

03/16/12 06:41PM

Tonight's guests include:Rep. Jan Schakowsky, (D) IllinoisPaul Rieckhoff, founder and Executive Director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of AmericaLewis Black, stand-up comedian and author of “In God We Rust”While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just make sure the ad below plays out... read more

Moo cows, moo problems

Moo cows, moo problems

03/16/12 06:15PM

How lucky we are that conservative watchdogs are out there to protect us from "Click, Clack, Moo"?In not many pages and a kid-friendly font, "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type" tells the story of some dairy cows who find an old typewriter in the barn and teach themselves to type. ("Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo.... read more

Friday's Mini-Report

03/16/12 05:32PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Afghan President Hamid Karzai said today he's reached "the end of the rope" with the U.S., and accused American officials of "stonewalling an investigation into the killings of 16 Afghan civilians and suggested that more than one soldier may have been involved in the massacre."*... read more

Obama campaign unveils 2012 theme

03/16/12 04:55PM

If you missed Tricia's Morning Maddow post earlier, President Obama's re-election campaign released its 17-minute documentary last night, and whatever one thinks of the president or the election, it's worth watching as a product of political communication.The film was narrated by actor Tom Hanks, and there were a couple of phrases... read more

Pakistani students gather in front of Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad.

It's not what you say, it's what people hear

03/16/12 03:34PM

David Ignatius' latest column is generating quite a bit of discussion, and for good reason: it highlights materials from Osama bin Laden, obtained after the U.S. strike on his compound last May. Ignatius notes, for example, that the al Qaeda leader intended to assassinate President Obama and Gen. David Petraeus by attacking their airplanes... read more

The Week in Geek: The Flying Jenny edition

03/16/12 02:28PM

A Space Shuttle launch like you've NEVER seen it before: through the eyes of a solid rocket booster. Eight minutes of your life you'll thank me for.In case you haven't noticed, Jupiter and Venus have been showing off in the western skies this month, especially this week. Check out the conjunction for yourself and learn a little... read more

A closer look at the 'enthusiasm gap'

A closer look at the 'enthusiasm gap'

03/16/12 01:39PM

With voter turnout down considerably in several of the Republican presidential nominating contests, there's been growing talk in recent months about the GOP losing the edge in the "enthusiasm gap." It's this gap that helped produce massive Republican gains in the 2010 midterms, and the party will need a similar advantage to... read more

The part of the Romney mansion that's above ground.

Romney's 'subterranean mansion'

03/16/12 12:48PM

When we talk about Mitt Romney's housing problem, it's tempting to first think of his pro-foreclosure agenda, which seems likely to hurt his campaign in states like Nevada, Florida, and Arizona.But with Romney, "housing problem" can also take on a more literal meaning -- he has a political problem related to his own personal... read more

Friday's campaign round-up

03/16/12 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:* An Indiana election board voted yesterday that Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is ineligible to vote, at least for now, in the district where he claims residency.* As Rachel noted last... read more