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Ahead on the 3/27 Maddow show

03/27/12 07:30PM

Tonight's guests include:Dahlia Lithwick, legal correspondent and senior editor for SlateBryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, argued before the Supreme Court against life without parole for teenagersWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before starting the song)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Rachel on the road

03/27/12 06:11PM

If you follow Rachel Maddow's extracurriculars, this is going to be a busy, and maybe a little confusing, month. I'm going to try to offer highlights from the "Drift" book tour but it's becoming increasingly apparent that I'm going to miss some items. And obviously there's going to be a lot of redundancy anyway, so I'm not too hung up on catching every single thing. read more

What do these two things have in common?

What do these two things have in common?

03/27/12 05:39PM

Andrea Mitchell Reports is in Cuba, and so is "Drift: the Unmooring of American Military Power."  If you want both in your very own home, you can catch Andrea's superb show weekdays at 1pm ET on msnbc and, as of today, you can buy "Drift" here and here and at your local bookstore. read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

03/27/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* International incident: "Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took aim at Mitt Romney on Tuesday, telling the GOP frontrunner to 'look at his watch,' and dismissing his comments that Russia was an enemy of the United States."* Legislating: "The House on Tuesday afternoon approved the final, Senate-passed version of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, sending the non-controversial bill aimed at helping small companies raise capital to the White House for President Obama's signature."* For the second straight day, the House GOP leadership is struggling to read more

Santorum, Gingrich open to VP slot

Santorum, Gingrich open to VP slot

03/27/12 04:47PM

In every presidential campaign, candidates in both parties are invariably asked whether they'd consider joining their party's ticket as vice president. The stock answer is generally the smart one: "I'm running for president, not vice president. I'm the best person for the job and I fully intend to be my party's nominee."When a candidate isn't taking this line or something close to it, as a rule, it's a strong hint that he or she believes the nominating race is effectively over. read more

Reading the tea leaves at the Supreme Court

03/27/12 01:50PM

Remember yesterday, when pretty much every legal expert agreed the Supreme Court wouldn't strike down the Affordable Care Act? When those who watch the high court closely explained it would take a radical departure from a century's worth of precedent for the Obama administration to lose this case?As of this afternoon, no one's saying that anymore.Here's NBC's Pete Williams reporting from the Supreme Court, arguing that it's "very doubtful" a majority of the justices will uphold the law.To be sure, I wasn't in the room, so I can't speak to this morning's arguments in any real detail. read more

Giving up on creating a health care plan makes Mitch McConnell smile.

Repeal and replace with ... nothing

03/27/12 12:37PM

Even before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law two years ago, congressional Republicans adopted a simple, three-word, poll-tested phrase: "repeal and replace." The GOP would repeal the moderate reform law, which is based on a model Republicans used to support, and replace it with something new.Shortly after the 2010 midterms, Republicans still paid some lip service to the idea, but 15 months after taking the House majority, the GOP plan to reform the nation's health care system -- the "replace" part of the equation -- doesn't exist. read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

03/27/12 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:* Relying on data from Smart Media Group, NBC's First Read reports that Mitt Romney and his super PAC have a 10-to-1 advertising advantage over Rick Santorum and his super PAC in Wisconsin. The primary in the Badger State is a week from today.* When will Newt Gingrich end his failing presidential campaign? As of this morning, the former Speaker said he'll step aside if Romney has a majority of delegates after the Utah primary in late June. read more

Will GOP freshman Landry, Labrador, and others shift their party's 2012 economic message?

The economic pivot: from assigning blame to taking credit

03/27/12 10:14AM

For more than three years, congressional Republicans have been eager, if not desperate, to push a simple message: the economy stinks and the public should blame President Obama.With the economy improving, however, some GOP lawmakers suddenly have a very different idea in mind for an election-year message.In a break with party leaders, some House Republicans want the GOP to take credit for the improvement in the economy that has occurred under their majority.It's an economic argument that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has thus far rejected, despite the fact that the unemployment rate has fallen read more

The importance of Romney's accidental candor

The importance of Romney's accidental candor

03/27/12 09:21AM

Mitt Romney tends to avoid policy specifics, leading critics to argue that the Republican frontrunner is afraid of what voters would think if he offered a detailed agenda before the election.In an interview with the Weekly Standard, Romney effectively admitted that his critics are right."One of the things I found in a short campaign against Ted Kennedy was that when I said, for instance, that I wanted to eliminate the Department of Education, that was used to suggest I don't care about education," Romney recalled. read more

Santorum envisions an Obama-driven dystopia

03/27/12 08:41AM

If the Santorum campaign hoped to put together a video that would get people talking, its latest effort worked like a charm. This minute-long clip is so wildly, albeit inadvertently, entertaining, I've watched it at least 10 times.The point of the video is, well, to scare the bejesus out of voters. read more