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Ahead on the 3/14 Maddow show

03/14/12 06:16PM

Tonight's guests include:Jeffrey Berman, served as President Obama’s national delegate director during the 2008 campaign, author of the book “The Magic Number” about that year’s tumultuous Clark County convention in NevadaSen. read more

When Rush Limbaugh turned the tide

03/14/12 06:12PM

Two years into President Clinton's first term, Republicans swept to power in the House and Senate both. The "Republican Revolution" of 1994 was led by Newt Gingrich, at least in political terms.In this video unearthed by James Carter, the women of the 1994 Republican freshman class then met at the Heritage Foundation and made a... read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

03/14/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Afghanistan: "An Afghan civilian stole a military pickup truck, rammed through a fence and crashed into a ditch by a runway around the time that a plane carrying Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta landed at an airfield in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, U.S. officials said. read more

Tommy Thompson, professional politician.

You might be a politician if...

03/14/12 04:54PM

Campaigning in Alabama the other day, Mitt Romney initially told voters, "I'm not really a politician," before walking it back, adding, "I guess I kinda am.""Kinda" doesn't quite work. In 1994, Romney ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. In 2002, Romney was elected governor. Two years later, he formed... read more

Why the highway bill matters

Why the highway bill matters

03/14/12 03:43PM

It's been an unusually busy afternoon for the U.S. Senate. A deal was struck on judicial nominees; the "JOBS Act" is set to advance; and an important highway bill cleared the chamber with ease.A two-year, $109 billion measure providing federal funding for the nation's roads, rails bridges and airports for the next two years... read more

Reid's hardball pays off on judicial nominees

Reid's hardball pays off on judicial nominees

03/14/12 02:36PM

This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) decided to put judicial nominations on the front-burner, much to the chagrin of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has made obstructionism one of his top priorities. Reid played some procedural hardball, and as of this afternoon, it's paid off.To briefly recap, Reid... read more

Taking polls with a grain of salt

Taking polls with a grain of salt

03/14/12 01:00PM

Much of the political world gasped this week when the latest New York Times/CBS News poll found President Obama's approval rating down sharply over the last month, dropping from 50% to 41% for no apparent reason. Though the same poll still showed Obama leading the Republican field, the nine-point drop in support was one of the largest drops... read more

The IPRC of the University of Hawaii tracks the debris daily. Here, we see the debris cloud from March 14, 2012.

Watching the beach for reminders of Japan

03/14/12 12:27PM

Just over a year ago, Japan experienced one of the worst tragedies in modern history: the terrible 8.9-magnitude earthquake, followed by a devastating tsunami that took the lives of thousands, injured even more, and destroyed coastal towns. Japan is still dealing with the aftermath -- a 12-mile "exclusion zone" around the Fukushima... read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

03/14/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* A new national poll from the Pew Research Center shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney in a hypothetical matchup by 12 points. read more

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