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02/17/12 01:08PM

A genius figures out how to get a gorilla's attention and get great video. Enjoy.Update: I am an idiot. Of course those are orangutans. (h/t: Wired)*Central time. read more

Friday's campaign round-up

02/17/12 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:* As discussed on the show last night, the Maine Republican Party is re-canvassing counties and municipalities to recount vote totals, and Washington County will still hold its caucus... read more

Issa adds insult to injury

Issa adds insult to injury

02/17/12 11:29AM

In case House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) anti-contraception hearing wasn't quite offensive enough yesterday, the Republican congressman added insult to injury last night by equating his opposition to birth control to Dr. Martin Luther King's fight for civil rights. (via Alex Seitz-Wald)In what universe... read more

Will the GOP take Limbaugh's culture-war advice?

The wrong 'war' at the wrong time

02/17/12 10:56AM

In nearly every instance, the political world operates on a hair trigger -- rapid-response teams, which used to be limited to campaigns, now exist year round, operating in both parties on a 24-7 basis.It's worth noting, then, just how quiet the political world was, at least initially, when the Obama administration announced that American... read more

Michael Grimm's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month

Michael Grimm's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month

02/17/12 10:12AM

I've noted a couple of instances in which Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) has struggled with the basics of health care policy, but as it turns out, those are the least of the congressman's problems.One might think a former FBI agent and U.S. Marine would be the last person to find himself in the midst of uncomfortable ethical reports. But... read more

Lin's 'biggest anomaly'?

Lin's 'biggest anomaly'?

02/17/12 09:32AM

I have a hunch New York Times columnist David Brooks, upon further reflection, might regret writing this lede to his latest piece.Jeremy Lin is anomalous in all sorts of ways. He's a Harvard grad in the N.B.A., an Asian-American man in professional sports. But we shouldn't neglect the biggest anomaly. He's a religious person in... read more

Romney digs deeper against auto-industry rescue

02/17/12 08:45AM

Mitt Romney has earned a well-deserved reputation for taking both sides of several dozen issues. As a rule, however, the Republican presidential hopeful tries to take these positions one at a time.Romney's position on President Obama's rescue of the American automotive industry is a little more complicated. On the one hand, Romney... read more

'A Terri Schiavo moment'

'A Terri Schiavo moment'

02/17/12 08:01AM

Seven years ago, there was an unexpected political hullabaloo surrounding Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who'd been in a vegetative state for 15 years. When there was a disagreement among family members about her fate, it touched off a national controversy and unprecedented intervention from Washington.Indeed, Congress took steps to prolong... read more

Morning Maddow: February 17

02/17/12 07:36AM

Santorum says his billionaire's joke about aspirin between the knees was 'in bad taste.' Meanwhile, Foster Friess thinks that the younguns who were offended just didn't get why it was funny.If you were curious about the NH Rep who said there's a link between the pill and prostate cancer, here's where she got that... read more

Ahead on the 2/16 Maddow show

02/16/12 06:47PM

Tonight's guests include:Elizabeth Warren, (D) Massachusetts Senate candidate, chair of TARP Congressional Oversight panel, helped create Consumer Financial Protection BureauChris Gardner, Washington County, Maine  GOP Committee ChairmanWhile we wait for tonigh'ts video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure... read more

Bass Ball

02/16/12 06:32PM

Even though Republicans will be flocking into Tampa for the big convention August 27 through 30, it is still very much in doubt whether they will have a clear presidential contender by then.What's not in doubt is that the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team -- they dropped the Devil a while back — will have a funky new mascot, DJ Kitty.No telling... read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

02/16/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* By an overwhelming margin, the United Nations General Assembly condemned Syria this afternoon. The resolution, however, was nonbinding.* According to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, "initial three-way talks between the United States, Afghanistan and the Taliban have begun."* Marriage equality has now... read more

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