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Morning Maddow: January 24

01/24/12 07:33AM

 Romney v Newt at the Florida debateRomney releases tax returns: made $42.5 million, paid 13.9% in taxesState of the Union tonight"Touching a tar baby" congressman skipping SOTU in protestSupreme Courts not big SOTU fans eitherHere's another $5 million! Please "continue the pro-Newt message"Florida ad influx read more

Ahead on the 1/23 Maddow show

01/23/12 07:10PM

Tonight's guests include:Michael Isikoff, NBC News national investigative correspondentFormer Rep. Alan Grayson, (D) FloridaCraig Schneider, organizer of the St. Louis parade to welcome Iraq War veteransWhile watching the video you preview, you can listen to the soundtrack (just be sure to wait for the ad to play out first).Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Double feature

Double feature

01/23/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, and web producer extraordinaire Will Femia, share a preview of tonight's show – the latest on the Florida Republican primary and what the Florida state legislature is working on, plus some... watch

Update on fight for union rights, same-sex...

Update on fight for union rights, same-sex marriage

01/23/12 07:00PM

In Indiana, the NFL Players’ Association has put itself loudly on the side of the state’s Democrats to fight Gov. Mitch Daniels’ union-stripping plan. In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Plus, an update on... watch

Mr. and Ms. Gingrich explain this

Mr. and Ms. Gingrich explain this

01/23/12 04:52PM

 We wrestled last week with the possible explanation for the photo above. AP had sent this for a caption: "Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, pinches the nose of Bonnie Ellison, 78, of Easley, S.C. while shaking hands with supporters at Mutt’s Barbeque in Easley, S.C. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012."Now Rachel sends over this from the Independent Mail of Anderson, South Carolina, where they saw your proposals. read more

Mitt Romney: 'These are the people, and you're the interrupters'

01/23/12 01:55PM

We know Mitt Romney likes the tactic of responding to Occupy Wall Street by suggesting they should go to North Korea. After he got challenged at an event in South Carolina last week, his campaign sent the video around. Mr. Romney got another chance yesterday in Florida, when he was mic-checked by protesters who said, "Corporations are not people. We are the people.""Actually, these are the people," Mr. Romney replied, pointing to his supporters. read more

Best noon thing

Best noon thing

01/23/12 12:09PM

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords hugs a very nice young man who once visited us here in our office. Oh, yeah, he's also the guy with the skills and the courage needed to keep her alive. read more

Curious counting in Wisconsin

Curious counting in Wisconsin

01/23/12 10:45AM

Michelle Reed of Menomonie says she came home to this flier from the Wisconsin Republican Party the other day. She writes,"So THAT'S what's happening to the jobs. They're shattering the state as they flee."During his 2010 campaign, Governor Scott Walker promised to add 250,000 jobs private-sector jobs in four years. With a sixth straight month of job loss in December -- including 3,900 non-government gigs -- Mr. Walker finished 2011 up by 13,500. On the other hand, the unemployment rate, calculated from a different survey, fell last month. Up? Down? read more

Newt Gingrich going north, south

Newt Gingrich going north, south

01/23/12 09:43AM

Tonight is debate night around TRMS HQ, with the 2012 Republican field attempting to woo sunny Florida. As the New York Times puts it, Florida's patchwork quilt presents a challenge for candidates:the immigrant-rich Miami region, the more conservative north or the retirees sprinkled around the state who carry with them the political loyalties bred elsewhere.Even in states that might seem more homogenous, political wins come down to rolling up support in some combination of constituencies. read more

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