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The Santorum Surge

The Santorum Surge

02/13/12 09:38AM

Rick Santorum spent much of 2011 as an electoral afterthought, struggling to compete in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. He enjoyed a brief surge in support in early January, when the former senator managed to eke out a win in the Iowa caucuses, but it soon subsided.The GOP race has, however, changed quite a bit over the last 10 days. read more

What is Mitch McConnell's problem with contraception?

Dropping the pretense in the war on contraception

02/13/12 08:46AM

As far as the White House is concerned, Friday's compromise on contraception coverage effectively ends the matter. Religiously affiliated institutions won't be required to pay for birth control, but women who work for these employers will still have access to the same preventive care as everyone else. As Tricia noted earlier, the West Wing doesn't see anything else to talk about.Congressional Republicans strongly disagree. read more

The 'drama' of the payroll tax-cut fight

02/13/12 08:01AM

It's understandable to have a sense of deja vu when it comes to the fight in Washington over a payroll tax break. In December, Democrats pushed to leave the tax cut in place; Republicans balked; and it led to a fairly intense showdown the week before Christmas. read more

Morning Maddow: February 13

02/13/12 07:47AM

The President sends his budget to Congress today.Surprise! Catholic Bishops aren't happy with the contraception compromise. The White House says too bad.Ron Paul's delegate strategy at work in Maine.Rick Perry asks his bundlers to make it rain for Newt Gingrich.Today in same-sex marriage: New Jersey legislators vote on legalization, while Washington's Governor signs it into law.Kris Kobach calls "self-deportation" a sign of success in Alabama, Arizona. read more

Romney speaks at a Maine GOP caucus yesterday.

Romney's underwhelming win in Maine

02/12/12 09:24AM

After a surprisingly poor showing in Tuesday's contests, and growing intra-party doubts about his candidacy, Mitt Romney needed a win to help change the larger conversation. Last night in Maine, he got one.Mitt Romney averted embarrassment on Saturday when he was declared the winner of a presidential straw poll in Maine's nonbinding caucuses.He won 39 percent of the vote, barely edging out Representative Ron Paul of Texas, the only other Republican candidate to campaign actively in the state. Mr. Paul drew 36 percent. Mr. Romney scraped by Mr. Paul by just 194 votes. read more

Parsing the President's Spotify Playlist

Parsing the President's Spotify Playlist

02/11/12 01:11AM

Until now, the music-streaming service Spotify served two primary purposes: providing a cheap and easy way to find and sample songs you would never actually buy, and allowing a peek into the terrible musical tastes of your Facebook friends. (Seriously, you guys, lay off the Hall & Oates.) And now we have a third: to get a look at what our president is listening to these days. read more

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