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War on Birth Control

02/10/12 09:30PM

In 2008 in Colorado, a rebel faction of antiabortion activists decided to pursue a “personhood” initiative. Over the objections of the mainstream antiabortion movement, they proposed amending the state’s constitution to redefine the word “person” to include zygotes. Under the proposal, “from the moment of fertilization,” a woman would be considered two people under Colorado law. When the initiative went before voters, it failed by more than 40 points.Read the full Op-ed at The Washington Post. read more

Ahead on the 2/10 Maddow show

02/10/12 07:14PM

Tonight's guests include:Dave Weigel, political reporter for Slate and msnbc contributorDoug Wead, Ron Paul campaign senior advisorWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to the soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad below play out entirely before starting the video)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Gingrich's billionaire considers new muse

Gingrich's billionaire considers new muse

02/10/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow rounds up political stories of the day, including that Newt Gingrich's billionaire sponsor is not likely to deliver another big check to the campaign, and conservative candidates clinging to contraception as an issue despite President... watch

This Bud's for crew

This Bud's for crew

02/10/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow delivers on a Super Bowl bet that she would buy everyone on the show's set a beer if the Patriots' Aaron Hernandez scored a touchdown in the game. watch

Spotted on the subway...

Spotted on the subway...

02/10/12 06:07PM

It is an odd -- and unusual -- sight to step inside your local subway car (in this case, the 3 train from Wall Street) and see before you a simple, white flyer sitting on every single seat inside the entire car. But that was the scene this morning on the uptown 3 train, and this was the flyer in question. The back is after the jump.(Occupy Town Square) read more

Friday's Mini-Report

Friday's Mini-Report

02/10/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* If the right was outraged by the patriotic message in Clint Eastwood's Chrysler ad, conservatives will be looking for the fainting couch after seeing Bruce Springsteen's new video.* Progress in Greece is far from assured, and the deal for a bailout has not yet been reached.* Violence in Syria rages on: "Explosions in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo struck two targets associated with the military and police early on Friday, Syrian state television reported, as the central city of Homs was reported to still be under siege with sporadic tank fire ripping into co read more

This Week in God

This Week in God

02/10/12 04:28PM

Almost exactly six years ago, inspired by "The Daily Show," I started a weekly feature called "This Week in God," covering news related to religion, politics, and government. It's now a Friday afternoon feature.The God Machine has plenty to offer this week, and let's start with the above image, which was reportedly sent by Rick Santorum's team in South Carolina to Jewish supporters for Hanukkah. read more

Lee's obstructionist plot falters

02/10/12 03:57PM

We talked last week about the prospects for a heated Senate showdown. President Obama's decision to make some recess appointments led Sen. Mike Lee (R) of Utah to threaten a new level of obstructionism, which could have been ugly, even by 2012 standards: he was prepared to block every nominee from receiving a confirmation vote, regardless of merit or bipartisan support, for the indefinite future.How'd that work out for the far-right senator? Not especially well.The "heck no" caucus in the Senate fizzled in its first test. read more

Romney's early valentine to Big Business

Romney's early valentine to Big Business

02/10/12 03:27PM

Mitt Romney should probably be a little more aware of how remarks like these will appear to a mainstream audience."I know it seems like government doesn't like you," Mitt Romney told a group of about 900 business people Friday morning in a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel here. "I love you."The first part of the sentiment is itself pretty silly. America's private sector is doing quite well, with corporate profits soaring and the major Wall Street indexes climbing steadily in recent months.But it's Romney's early Valentine's Day "I love you" that rankles. read more

The Week in Geek

02/10/12 02:28PM

In a million years, I never thought I'd see someone play the guitar WITH A CAR (just before the 2:30 mark).3D printers can now print replacement body parts.Asia and North America to collide…in 50 million years, but still!Wikipedia has a list of unexplained sounds. Two of them are "Bloop" and "Julia."Everything you wanted to know about dinosaur sex, but were afraid to ask.The vampire squid can turn itself INSIDE OUT.If parasites freak you out, stay away from this article. read more

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