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The accelerating U.S. auto industry

The accelerating U.S. auto industry

02/02/12 01:24PM

President Obama stopped by the Washington Auto Show the other day, and seemed quite pleased to declare, "The U.S. auto industry is back." The president added, "On this, they were wrong -- about literally every aspect of the debate -- and Obama was right. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

02/02/12 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:* A new Las Vegas Review-Journal poll shows Mitt Romney cruising to an easy victory in the Nevada caucuses. read more

Letters: The joke/not-joke of 'self-deportation'

02/02/12 11:40AM

A bunch of you wrote in after last night's segment featuring This American Life, Mitt Romney and "self-deportation." @JH Hill writes:I get the satire of HALTO, but although Romney et al may have heard of self-deportation from Daniel D. Portado, I can tell you (from my 20+ years as an immigration court Spanish interpreter) that I have heard the term 'self-deport' or 'self-deportation' quite a few times. read more

Romney dabbles in foreign policy

Romney dabbles in foreign policy

02/02/12 10:47AM

A few months ago, Mitt Romney expressed outrage over the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Yesterday, after the Pentagon said the U.S. would withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan next year -- ahead of schedule -- the former governor was incensed all over again."The president's mistakes, some of them are calculated based on a philosophy that's hard to understand. Some you just scratch your head and say, how can you be so misguided and so naive? Today, his Secretary of Defense unleashed such a policy. read more

The story behind Komen's cut-off

The story behind Komen's cut-off

02/02/12 10:06AM

Komen for the Cure announced an end this week to its grants to Planned Parenthood for screening and education programs. By way of a defense, the nation's most prominent breast-cancer organization said it had adopted new funding standards: organizations facing investigations by local, state, or federal authorities would be cut off.Since Rep. read more

House GOP eyes 'welfare integrity'

House GOP eyes 'welfare integrity'

02/02/12 09:14AM

It's not every day that lawmakers in Washington discuss strip clubs -- at least not on the legislative floor.House Republicans don't want Uncle Sam paying for any more lap dances.A bill that GOP leaders are bringing to the House floor Wednesday would require states to prevent welfare recipients from accessing or spending their benefits at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores.Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. read more

Jobless claims continue to improve

Jobless claims continue to improve

02/02/12 08:37AM

The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, though there have been setbacks. Last week, for example, was a step in the wrong direction.This week's report, however, was a little more heartening.U.S. jobless claims dropped by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000 in the week ended Jan. 28, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had estimated claims would drop to 370,000. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up by 2,000 to 379,000. read more

'What's wrong with this guy?'

'What's wrong with this guy?'

02/02/12 08:00AM

Mitt Romney suffered another self-inflicted wound yesterday, telling a national television audience, "I'm not concerned about the very poor." As First Read noted, everyone makes gaffes, "but in politics, what becomes damaging is when a verbal gaffe fits a pre-existing narrative."This one certainly fit the bill. read more

Morning Maddow: February 2

02/02/12 07:34AM

Washington state is one step closer to same-sex marriage.The Payroll Tax Conference committee meetings are going about as you'd expect.Fox News: the Gingrich campaign plans to try to take some of Romney's Florida delegates.Santorum: drugs should cost a lot.Wisconsin releases the names of all of the Scott Walker petition signers.The U.S. will shift the military mission in Afghanistan from combat to training next year.NASA shows us the dark side of the moon. read more

Your Florida Rorschach test

Your Florida Rorschach test

02/02/12 12:46AM

Rachel mentioned tonight her appreciation for Buzzfeed's rendering of the Florida Republican primary results map as a giraffe:Maybe it's the pink, but I see a flamingo with a Gainesville eyeball:What do you see in this lobe of land? If your wobbley MS Paint skills are up to it, find the source image here and upload your work to us and I'll follow-up tomorrow to show off the best results. read more

Links for the 2/1 TRMS

Links for the 2/1 TRMS

02/01/12 11:57PM

 Mitt Romney's Mexican Roots; His Father Was Born In Mexico, Could Choose Dual Citizenship Recall Election Claims Arizona Anti-Immigration Champion@DanielDPortado - Daniel D. Portado - LATINOS! I want you to vote for Mitt Romney today in Florida, then I want you to get on your little lanchas and SELF DEPORT! @MexicanMitt - Mexican Mitt Romney - I AM THE JUAN PERCENT Florida GOP Voters Older, Less White Than Other Early StatesShould most illegal immigrants working in the United States be...Recall Election Claims Arizona Anti-Immigration ChampionEx-Sen. read more

Ahead on the 2/1 Maddow show

02/01/12 07:02PM

Tonight's guests include:Lalo Alcaraz, satirist, cartoonist and editor-in-chief of Pocho.com, and creator of the term “self-deportation”Steve Schmidt, former senior strategist for the McCain-Palin campaign and msnbc political analystState Rep. Scott Pelath, (D) IndianaWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to our soundtrack.Senior show producer Cory Gnazzo shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Virginia is for probing?

Virginia is for probing?

02/01/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on an amendment that would require digital rectal exams of men seeking erection medicine to Virginia's bill requiring women seeking an... watch

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