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Reagan loved his jelly beans, and Santorum loves his Reagan.

Taking Reagan adulation a little too far

03/30/12 08:00AM

Jed Lewison wrote yesterday that Rick Santorum is "so desperate for gravitas," he chose to deliver "a foreign policy speech at a jelly bean store" so voters might connect the former senator to Ronald Reagan. I thought Jed was kidding.He wasn't. This is actually part of Santorum's new strategy to get people to take him seriously.Mr. Santorum spoke before a crowd of 300 people at the Jelly Belly Candy Company , a most unlikely setting for what was billed as "a major foreign policy speech." But there was a connection. read more

Morning Maddow: March 30

03/30/12 07:36AM

Health reform's fate will be decided today, although we won't know what it is.The Scott Walker recall is officially a go today.Herman Cain's smoking man Mark Block has caught the attention of the FBI.Life on the lam with Osama bin Laden.Child witnesses to Afghan murders say the soldier accused of killing was not alone.A rare frog spotted for the first time since 1949.The self-driving car is here!  read more

On tonight's show

On tonight's show

03/29/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show. Mitt Romney is displeased with the improving economy, Ohio... watch

Ahead on the 3/29 Maddow Show

03/29/12 06:42PM

Tonight's guests:Dan Dicker, a CNBC contributor and the author "Oil's Endless Bid." He's an energy analyst with more than 25 years oil trading experience.Walter Dellinger, former acting solicitor general of the Office of Legal CounselSenator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of OhioHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at tonight's stories (ADDING: And here is the music to play while you watch to make sure you're in the right mindset while you watch):  read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

03/29/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* No visible injuries: "Surveillance video footage of George Zimmerman being led from a police car shortly after he fatally teenager Trayvon Martin does not appear to show any injuries or bloodstains."* The region's diplomatic agenda: "Turkey's prime minister arrived in Iran on Thursday for talks dominated by the violence engulfing Syria, while U.N. read more

Plenty of 'limiting principles' to go around

03/29/12 04:55PM

We talked yesterday about the Supreme Court's consideration of the Affordable Care Act, and the conservative justice's search for a "limiting principle." By way of a follow-up, it's worth noting that if the right is still looking for one, there are plenty of options.To briefly recap -- yesterday's post may not have been entirely clear -- conservatives are worried about a slippery slope. read more

House approves radical GOP budget plan

House approves radical GOP budget plan

03/29/12 03:48PM

A year ago, House Republicans linked arms, stepped off the cliff, and voted en masse for Paul Ryan's right-wing budget plan. GOP leaders demanded the support of nervous lawmakers, many of whom feared the party was overreaching just a few months into their term, and more than 98% of the caucus went along, as ordered.The blowback was far more intense than Republicans expected, especially given the fact that GOP lawmakers had voted to eliminate Medicare and replace it with a private voucher scheme.A year later, it's happened again. read more

Wisconsin's recall count is in

Wisconsin's recall count is in

03/29/12 03:26PM

 Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board meets tomorrow to decide whether to schedule recalls for Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. The GAB staff write today that they'll be "recommending the Board find there are a sufficient number of signatures to order recall elections."From the numbers they post, it's not even close. Recall organizers needed 540,280 valid signatures to put Walker and Kleefisch up for a vote either in May or June, depending on possible primaries. read more