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Xenophobic ad backfires on Michigan's Hoekstra

Xenophobic ad backfires on Michigan's Hoekstra

02/15/12 09:29AM

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a leading Republican gubernatorial candidate in Michigan, thought it'd be a good idea to run a xenophobic, borderline-racist campaign ad during the Super Bowl. As Laura reported a day later, Hoekstra insisted the commercial "has been very, very effective."Now would be a good to time to ask, "Effective for whom?"Soon after Hoekstra's ad aired, a surprising number of Republicans conceded they were uncomfortable with it. A few days later, the gubernatorial candidate scrapped the website featuring the ad.It was too late. read more

Romney's hard-to-fix 'unfavorable' problem

Romney's hard-to-fix 'unfavorable' problem

02/15/12 08:51AM

The latest New York Times/CBS News poll, released last night, doesn't offer much in the way of good news for Republicans. But for Mitt Romney, the results are especially discouraging.Across the board, American attitudes are shifting in directions the GOP won't like: President Obama's approval rating is up; he leads all of his Republican rivals in hypothetical matchups; Americans are increasingly optimistic about the economy; and the GOP "enthusiasm" advantage has disappeared entirely. read more

Congress reaches tentative payroll deal

Congress reaches tentative payroll deal

02/15/12 08:06AM

Congressional Republicans have a standard negotiating tactic, which has proven effective several times over the last year: hold the economy hostage until Democrats agree to capitulate on the major dispute of the day. The most notable example of this was last summer's debt-ceiling fiasco.But when it comes to the payroll tax break, the GOP simply couldn't play the same game -- Democrats never believed their opponents would support a middle-class tax increase in an election year, denying Republicans any leverage. read more

Morning Maddow: February 15

02/15/12 07:43AM

Congressional negotiators reach a tentative deal on extending the payroll tax cut (with 2 other items being offset by cuts).Is Newt's billionaire now also giving to Santorum? giving him more money? (I completely misread that the first time!)Ya think?Gov. Scott Walker will join Pres. Obama in Milwaukee today. read more

100 years of hot-itude

100 years of hot-itude

02/14/12 07:02PM

Fanfare! Huzzah! 100 years ago today, the great state of Arizona joined these United States. Centennial felicitations seem to be in order—how about:Happy 100th Arizona! Here's to your harsh, unforgiving climate. (and the Sun's pretty bad, too) Happy 100th Arizona! May your good luck multiply like Scottsdale strip malls! Happy 100th Birthday to Arizona, America's weird, twitchy uncle. Happy 100 Years Arizona! Or in Grand Canyon terms, happy 26 seconds! Happy 100th Arizona! Stay prickly! read more

Virginia hits women below the belt

Virginia hits women below the belt

02/14/12 07:00PM

Gene Robinson, columnist for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about the shocking extremism of the state-level Republican legislation restricting women's reproductive health rights. watch

Iran/Israel tensions escalate

Iran/Israel tensions escalate

02/14/12 07:00PM

Josh Rogin, staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine and author of the blog “The Cable,” talks with Rachel Maddow about how the covert war between Israel and Iran is coming into public attention as tensions between the two countries are spiraling out... watch

Maddow’s back!

Maddow’s back!

02/14/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the Virginia House and Senate approve restrictions on abortion rights, plus a look at the game behind the Republican primary and we’ve got some time for a... watch

Ahead on the 2/14 Maddow show

02/14/12 06:15PM

Tonight's guests include:Gene Robinson, columnist for the Washington Post and msnbc political analystDoug Wead, Ron Paul campaign senior advisorJosh Rogin, staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine and author of the blog “The Cable”While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before starting the song)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

Tuesday's Mini-Report

02/14/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* How to match a headline with a photo:* Syria: "The Syrian government on Tuesday brushed aside a stern castigation from the top United Nations human rights official about its deadly attacks on civilians, calling her assessment propaganda as Syria's military resumed what one activist described as the 'brutal shelling' of the city of Homs."* Bangkok: "Israel renewed its accusations against Iran on Tuesday after a man identified as an Iranian national was involved in a string of explosions in Bangkok. read more

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