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Morning Maddow: January 4

01/04/12 07:49AM

Iowa recap: Romney wins by eight (votes). Surging Santorum has to campaign on a shoestring. Paul wants to keep on caucusing. Perry is reassessing. Bachmann makes history. Gingrich blows out of town. If you missed the fun, the Des Moines Register's photos are a good place to start.President Obama talks economy today in Ohio. New Hampshire lawmakers go birther.Will gay marriage come to Washington state?How the fight to gut unions in Indiana is related to Citizens United.A secret Guantanamo cell block that cost nearly $700,000 to build. read more

Tonight's clips

01/04/12 01:46AM

Obviously there was no TRMS in its usual form tonight, but I know folks are still going to be showing up looking for clips of what happened on the air. So I've taken clips of some of the more engaging discussions in tonight's coverage and put those in the show playlist at (and in a little while it'll load into the video list on the right of this blog).I'm not sure they'll all play in a row like they usually do, but at least you can get your Maddow fix until Wednesday night's show. read more

Here's what's up with Rachel tonight

01/03/12 06:03PM

msnbc's rolling live coverage of the Iowa Caucuses technically begins at 6 p.m. ET (er... now!). Arguably the coverage has been live and rolling all day, but 6 p.m. is when we stop breaking it into separate shows.So Rachel will anchor from the New York City studio, joined by Ed Schultz, Lawrence O'Donnell, Rev. read more

Occupy the NDAA

Occupy the NDAA

01/03/12 03:53PM

The New York City General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street is gathering today in our neighborhood. Andy Dallos sends the pics above and below from outside 30 Rock. The NYCGA writes:January 3rd will be a spontaneous show of people power in reaction to Obama's treasonous signing of the National Defense Authorization Act. read more

Romney on health reform, then and now

01/03/12 02:10PM

James Carter posts this interview with Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, which he dates to 2006. Governor Romney talks about health reform in his state:What we're really doing here is saying, you know what? The free market does work. If we let people buy private health insurance plans and insist that if they can afford to do so, they do it, we can get government out of the business of handing out free care. read more

The second-biggest town in Sioux County, Iowa.

Where second place is really great

01/03/12 01:13PM

Last night on the show, we talked about the Iowa caucuses' history of picking not winners but losers -- if you do too badly as a candidate, you'll tend to drop out. Iowa does some of the first real winnowing of the field.Over at Patchwork Nation, Dante Chinni focuses on one spot in northwestern Iowa, Sioux County, where it has historically been better to come in second. He writes:ake a look at who has come in second in Sioux in the last three contested Iowa caucuses: 1996, Sen. Robert Dole; 2000, Texas Gov. George Bush; and 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain. read more

Up next: Indiana anti-union bill

Up next: Indiana anti-union bill

01/03/12 11:13AM

On Wednesday morning, national Republican politics will shift away from Iowa and toward New Hampshire and South Carolina for the primaries there. But at the local level, where Republican politics have been turning into Republican policy, at least part of the game moves to Indiana.The Indiana state legislature opens its session tomorrow, with the Republican majority sounding in a hurry to pass a law that effectively bans union shops. From the New York Times:The leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature say that when the legislative session opens on Wednesday, their No. read more

Santorum: 'Your blood will boil'

Santorum: 'Your blood will boil'

01/03/12 09:19AM

Rick Santorum sent a fundraiser last night with the subject line "Your blood will boil." He wrote:What an amazing week it has been in Iowa with every poll showing momentum continuing to trend our way. I am humbled by the enthusiasm and support – but I need your help.Because of this dramatic political shift, my opponents are frantically using every tool they have to attack me. The media, of course, is glad to highlight them in order to raise their credibility. One robocall asked thousands of Iowans to call my personal cell phone after accusing me of being a liberal. read more

Morning Maddow: January 3

01/03/12 07:49AM

Defense Secretary Panetta to offer a strategy for cutting the Pentagon budget.Virginia is the next state to have a go at voter identification laws.America's water infrastructure is leaky.Some states can't (or won't) keep up with federal regulations, threatening their federal highway funding.Maine legislature gets a new Native American representative.Mom reunites with the child she gave up for adoption... 77 years ago.World's first hybrid sharks discovered off Australia.A cool reason to stay up late tonight (or get up early tomorrow). read more

Fancy a Wager, luv?

Fancy a Wager, luv?

01/02/12 07:12PM

Americans are so far inside this year's presidential elections, it probably wouldn't hurt to take a step back.So let's cross the Atlantic for a minute, and see what the English bookmakers are thinking:Here are today's odds for ultimately winning the November election from Ladbrokes:Barack Obama 11-8 Mitt Romney 2-1 Ron Paul 16-1 Newt Gingrich 16-1 Rick Santorum 33-1 Hillary Clinton 40-1 Rick Perry 40-1 Jon Huntsman 40-1 Michele Bachmann 100-1 Gary Johnson 200-1And at William Hill:Barack Obama 5-4 Mitt Romney 6-4 Ron Paul 16-1 Newt Gingrich 16-1 Jon Huntsman 40-1 Rick Santorum 50-1 Rick Per read more

What are the consequences of Iowa?

What are the consequences of Iowa?

01/02/12 07:00PM

Nate Silver, author of Five Thirty Eight electoral politics blog at the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about the predictive value of the Iowa Caucuses and how subsequent state primaries test the candidates differently and have their own... watch