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Has Daniels actually read the Simpson-Bowles budget plan?

Daniels wants Simpson-Bowles 'reunion tour'

03/14/12 11:30AM

If Republican Mitch Daniels has any lingering national ambitions, he might want to explain his debt-reduction plans in more detail.Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on Tuesday urged Congress to reconsider sweeping changes called for in a federal debt report he says has fallen by the wayside in the past year.Daniels said he would like to see a "... read more

Romney fibs about gas prices at a stop in Missouri.

Romney tries his hand at energy policy

03/14/12 11:02AM

Republicans haven't had much luck lately trying to talk about energy policy, but that didn't stop Mitt Romney from weighing in on the subject yesterday. His comments, delivered at a playground in Missouri, were so wildly off-base, it's probably best if I just annotate them."Yesterday, he said the reason we have high gasoline... read more

Allen West has it all figured out

Allen West has it all figured out

03/14/12 10:23AM

As the domestic economy has improved in recent months, so too have the major Wall Street indexes. The Dow Jones industrial average soared yesterday, closing at its highest level since before the start of the Great Recession. The Nasdaq composite index, meanwhile, closed yesterday at its highest level in more than 11 years.Rep. read more

Romney vows end to Planned Parenthood funding

03/14/12 09:30AM

It didn't generate much attention at the time, but Mitt Romney had an op-ed in USA Today five months ago, talking about the spending cuts he'd make while slashing taxes on the wealthy. Among the cuts: "Eliminate Title X family planning programs benefiting abortion groups like Planned Parenthood."As the former governor sees it... read more

Gingrich has something in common with Bruce Willis' character from "The Sixth Sense."

Weighing Gingrich's future

03/14/12 08:48AM

Before the full results from Alabama and Mississippi were available last night, Rachel asked Republican strategist Steve Schmidt if Newt Gingrich can remain a viable candidate if he failed to win either primary."No," Schmidt said. "The race will be in the final stages for him, and he'll have some tough decisions to make in... read more

'Inevitability' gets deep fried in Alabama, Mississippi

'Inevitability' gets deep fried in Alabama, Mississippi

03/14/12 08:00AM

Mitt Romney had vowed to win Alabama, expected to put up a strong showing in Mississippi, and invested heavily to excel in yesterday's Deep South primaries. In effect, the former governor placed an expensive bet, assuming that victories here would end the nominating race altogether.As the dust settled, it became clear that Romney lost that... read more

Morning Maddow: March 14

03/14/12 07:47AM

Romney loses Alabama and Mississippi but wins Hawaii and American Samoa.Maybe there's a limit to what Chuck Norris can do?AL and MS Congressional incumbents survive their primary challenges.News you can use: how to pronounce Missouri like a native.Sen. Orrin Hatch: Elect me this year and I'll retire in 2018.A Goldman Sachs Executive... read more

Tonight's other race

03/14/12 01:31AM

The fine folks at the Last Word blog caught Rachel's mad dash from the TRMS studio to the Last Word desk to join Lawrence at the top of the 10pm hour: read more

Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt, former senior advisors to the McCain/Palin campaign, backstage at The Rachel Maddow Show, March 12, 2012.

'Coo coo for Cocoa-puffs' hard to overcome in a candidate

03/13/12 09:12PM

At the show meeting yesterday, while discussing the coming interview with Nicolle Wallace and the segment to introduce it, producer Mike Yarvitz pointed out that after seeing HBO's "Game Change" he went back and re-watched Rachel's September 27, 2011 interview with Wallace and Steve Schmidt and realized a new depth to their... read more

Election season in full swing

Election season in full swing

03/13/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the latest on tonight’s primaries in Alabama, Mississippi and Hawaii, plus a look at voter ID laws across the country and what’s going on in the rest of the... watch

Ahead on the 3/13 Maddow show

03/13/12 06:55PM

ADDING: Special Schedule tonight: Rachel will be a guest with Lawrence at 10pm ET. Then the Ed Show is live and new at 11 and Rachel will be a guest for part of that, and then there will be some additional live Rachel Maddow coverage at midnight. So it's a full night ahead.Tonight's guests include:Steve Schmidt, McCain-Palin campaign... read more

Programming note!  Of the good news, bad news variety

Programming note! Of the good news, bad news variety

03/13/12 06:33PM

The good news is that the uncharacteristically exciting and consequential nature of the Alabama and Mississippi primaries means ramped-up and expanded coverage of those races tonight. The bad news is that we therefore have to reschedule Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), who had been slated for The Interview tonight, on the subject of his new book on... read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

03/13/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Afghanistan: "Defense officials have told NBC News that the Army staff sergeant who allegedly shot and killed 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, admitted his actions to fellow soldiers just before he was taken into custody. 'I did it,' he is said to have told them."* President... read more

The GOP line on Afghanistan

The GOP line on Afghanistan

03/13/12 04:57PM

Unlike the Republican line on the war in Iraq for the better part of the Bush/Cheney era, GOP leaders aren't at all on the same page when it comes to the war in Afghanistan.Here, for example, was the Republican Senate leader today.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he supports the Obama administration's plans to... read more