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Payroll tax fight to go down to the wire

Payroll tax fight to go down to the wire

02/08/12 09:51AM

Senators were warned yesterday that if they let the payroll tax break expire at the end of the month, the burgeoning economic recovery will take a "very sharp" hit.Congressional Republicans may very well let it happen anyway.After a bitter fight in December, GOP leaders accepted a two-month extension of the payroll cut, giving policymakers a new deadline -- Feb. 29, three weeks from today -- to agree to a year-long deal. read more

Boston, we have a problem

Boston, we have a problem

02/08/12 08:00AM

After Mitt Romney scored impressive wins in Florida and Nevada last week, it looked as though the race for the Republican presidential nomination had finally come into focus. The former Massachusetts governor was not only the clear frontrunner, but he was the presumptive nominee. Talk of Romney's "inevitability" was ubiquitous.And then last night happened.Rick Santorum, a non-factor in the race since his narrow win in Iowa a month ago, pulled off an unexpected hat trick yesterday, picking up impressive wins in Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri. read more

Morning Maddow: February 8

02/08/12 07:32AM

A town in Alabama knows how to welcome home a veteran.Santorum pulls off a hat trick (even though he won zero delegates).South Carolina sues the Justice Department for blocking its Voter ID law.The House GOP proves again it's all about jobs, jobs, jobs religion.House Republicans are trying to use the STOCK act to take a whack at Rep. Nancy Pelosi.With Rep. Sue Myrick retiring, who will save us from radical Islamist interns?Bad Lip Reading does Newt Gingrich (kinda NSFW).  read more

Charles in charge

Charles in charge

02/07/12 07:55PM

Huzzah! Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.As befits a man who cast such a massive shadow over British (and world) literature, there are celebrations throughout England honoring his legacy. During his astonishingly prolific career as a novelist, journalist, social crusader and tireless defender of the downtrodden, Dickens was dedicated to making the here and now better than the here and then.And he left us with marvelous quotations, never more relevant than during a presidential campaign. read more

Power players

Power players

02/07/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the latest on tonight’s 3 primary elections, plus Rachel... watch

Ahead on the 2/7 Maddow show

02/07/12 06:39PM

Tonight's guests include:Ted Olson, lead counsel arguing against Proposition 8 in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of AppealsDahlia Lithwick, senior editor for Slate magazineChristine Quinn, New York City Council Speaker, who has fought for an Iraq War veteran ticker-tape parade in New York CityWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Be sure to let the ad below play out entirely before starting the song)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Maddow: The GOP plan for birth control

02/07/12 06:00PM

 Rachel got asked on the Today Show this morning about Americans' access to contraception -- both the GOP's hard right turn against it and the Obama administration's ruling that insurance plans must pay for birth control. The White House is signalling that it might compromise on requiring Catholic institutions to cover contraception for their employees who get insurance through work.This could mean hundreds of thousands, if not millions of American women can't get health insurance coverage for contraception. Mitt Romney wants to eliminate all federal family planning. read more

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