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Ahead on the 2/17 Maddow show

02/17/12 07:19PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Schmidt, senior strategist for the McCain campaign, political analyst and msnbc contributorFred Karger, Candidate for Republican Presidential Nomination, and the first openly gay candidate for PresidentHere's executive producer Bill Wolff's preview and tonight's accompanying soundtrack. read more

Will Maine remain in Mitt's mitts?

Will Maine remain in Mitt's mitts?

02/17/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow updates the news on the vote counting in the Maine caucus and reminds viewers that Saturday is the vote in Washington County that could cause another state to be taken out of Mitt Romney's win column. watch

Bet on us

Bet on us

02/17/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the danger of betting on anyone in the Republican presidential field, plus updates on the possible Iraq veteran parade and we’ve got Republican presidential... watch

The Week In Geek: Galaxy evolution edition

02/17/12 06:12PM

I've been teaching galaxy evolution for the past three weeks so I thought let you in on some of the fun.Speaking of galaxy evolution, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way has the munchies. And a taste for asteroids.Ever wonder what it's like to have synesthesia? read more

Friday's Mini-Report

02/17/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* It's important to catch would-be bad guys early: "The FBI and Capitol police arrested a man Friday who thought he was going to carry out a bombing attack on the U.S. Capitol but was in fact dealing with FBI undercover operatives for the past few months."* Quite a scene: "A small private plane carrying a load of marijuana strayed into President Obama's no-fly zone over Los Angeles on Thursday and was forced to land at Long Beach Airport after being intercepted by U.S. read more

Chronicling Mitt's mendacity

Chronicling Mitt's mendacity

02/17/12 02:56PM

Several weeks ago, I launched a new Friday afternoon feature, highlighting the most offensive Mitt Romney falsehoods of the week. It moved to Maddow Blog a couple of weeks ago, so let's keep this going with this week's installment.1. At CPAC, Romney vowed, "I will finally balance the American budget, and as I'm sure you know, that will start with the easiest cut of all: I will eliminate Obamacare."This is just bizarre. The Affordable Care Act cuts the deficit considerably; trying to balance the budget by killing the law is ridiculous.2. read more

Why DeWine's switch matters

Why DeWine's switch matters

02/17/12 02:04PM

When Rick Santorum picks up a high-profile endorsement in a key state, it's a relatively big deal. When that supporter backed Mitt Romney up until yesterday, it's a bigger deal.Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will endorse Rick Santorum this afternoon, Ohio Republicans confirm.DeWine, a Romney endorser, will announce his decision to change endorsements in remarks at the Ohio State House in Columbus, OH. read more

Best noon thing*

02/17/12 01:08PM

A genius figures out how to get a gorilla's attention and get great video. Enjoy.Update: I am an idiot. Of course those are orangutans. (h/t: Wired)*Central time. read more

Friday's campaign round-up

02/17/12 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:* As discussed on the show last night, the Maine Republican Party is re-canvassing counties and municipalities to recount vote totals, and Washington County will still hold its caucus tomorrow.* The CNN debate scheduled for March 1 in Atlanta has been canceled.* Tricia noted earlier that a new Suffolk University/WHDH-TV poll in Massachusetts shows Sen. Scott Brown (R) leading Elizabeth Warren (D) by nine, 49% to 40%. read more

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