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Targeting the existence of public schools

02/21/12 10:46AM

About a year ago, when Rick Santorum's presidential campaign was still in its infancy, he included an interesting target in a list of societal enemies: public education."Just call them what they are," Santorum said. "Public schools? That's a nice way of putting it. These are government-run schools."The former... read more

'You can't spend more than you take in'

'You can't spend more than you take in'

02/21/12 10:15AM

Rep. Connie Mack IV, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Florida, recently shared his thoughts on fiscal conservatism at the Conservative Political Action Conference: "You can't spend more than you take in."Given his personal circumstances, it's an odd maxim for Mack to base his campaign on.Congressman Connie Mack has made... read more

Santorum points to his elusive thinking cap.

The 'anti-science' side of the political divide

02/21/12 09:20AM

Rick Santorum made the transition yesterday from theology, pre-natal care, and WWII, to rhetoric that's arguably even more ridiculous: accusing his opponents of being "anti-science."Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum charged on Monday that President Barack Obama and Democrats were "anti-science" because they... read more

The 'massive investment' Romney got from Congress

02/21/12 08:00AM

We talked yesterday about why the 2002 Olympic games, run by Mitt Romney, has become an awkward political story for the Republican presidential hopeful. To help drive the point home, consider this clip, uncovered by the estimable James Carter, of Romney discussing the role of taxpayer money to support the games.facts are unambiguous: the 2002... read more

Morning Maddow: February 21

02/21/12 07:46AM

Mitt Romney is burning through his campaign cash.A handy one-stop-shopping guide to candidate and Super PAC January fundraising. Or you could look at campaign expenditures the way Dave Weigel does.The economics of birth control.What does this Indiana lawmaker have against the Girl Scouts?The U.S. commander in Afghanistan apologizes for Quran &... read more

Links for the 2/20 TRMS

Links for the 2/20 TRMS

02/20/12 09:02PM

As Rachel mentioned on the air tonight, here is the Facebook page for Richmond's Welcome Home Our Military Parade.Here's tonight's full list: read more

Ahead on the 2/20 Maddow show

02/20/12 07:30PM

Tonight's guests include:Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and legal correspondent for Slate magazineMichael Moore, Academy Award winning filmmaker, author of “Here Comes Trouble” and native MichiganderWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out... read more

Santorum: Privacy ruined everything

02/20/12 06:03PM

Our pal James Carter digs this up from a speech given by Republican frontrunner Rick Santorum back in 2003:All the rights in the Constitution, which are individually based rights, according to our founders were not there for the individual’s gain, but the reason we established those rights was for the common good. The right to privacy is not the... read more

Monday's Mini-Report

02/20/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* A Eurozone rescue package for Greece is nearly complete, but some hurdles remain.* As Syrian tanks and troops prepare for a ground assault on Homs, the Red Cross hopes to broker a cease-fire to allow emergency aid in.* A deadly crash: "Four Air Force Special Operators on a spy mission over east Africa... read more

Nazi officers parading in Paris, 1940.

Santorum overlooks Godwin's law

02/20/12 04:20PM

Rick Santorum has a certain affinity for World War II analogies, but this one calls for some additional explanation.Santorum sees the situation as so dire that during a Lincoln Day Dinner in Mason, Ohio on Friday, he likened the election to World War II and urged voters in the state to model themselves after the Greatest Generation of the 1940s... read more

This Feb. 20, 1962 photo made available by NASA shows astronaut John Glenn during his space flight in the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft, weightless and traveling at 17,500 mph. The image was made by an automatic sequence motion picture camera. (AP...

"Boy, that was a real fireball of a ride."

02/20/12 03:36PM

Fifty years ago today John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth and return safely to the surface.According to NASA:"In 4 hours and 56 minutes, John Glenn circled the globe three times, reaching speeds of more than 17,000 miles per hour. The successful mission concluded with a splashdown and recovery in the Atlantic Ocean, 800... read more

Justice Dept backs equal benefits for gay couples in military

Justice Dept backs equal benefits for gay couples in military

02/20/12 02:20PM

This news came late last week, but it'd be a shame if it got lost in the shuffle.The Obama administration on Friday said it would not defend the constitutionality of statutes blocking same-sex military spouses from receiving marriage benefits -- including rights to visitation in military hospitals, survivor benefits, and burial together in... read more

Silent protest outside, Virginia House puts off ultrasound vote

Silent protest outside, Virginia House puts off ultrasound vote

02/20/12 01:14PM

What appears to be a crowd of several hundred people gathered today at the Virginia state capitol. Standing silently in the cold, they lined the walkway used by the legislators who have been voting on -- and voting away -- women's rights in Virginia.From their Facebook page:The Capitol ground rules say that we cannot assemble, hold signs,... read more

Romney's gold-plated resume

02/20/12 12:35PM

Mitt Romney was in Utah over the weekend for a celebration of sorts: it was the 10th anniversary of the Olympic games he helped lead. This is, of course, a story Romney and his presidential campaign are eager to tell, because it reinforces the "turnaround artist" narrative -- the Salt Lake City games were in trouble; Romney came in and... read more

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