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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 ... 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