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Callista Gingrich's book, "Sweet Land of Liberty."

A different kind of 'youth vote'

03/23/12 08:43PM

Searching for the elusive youth vote, Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign will dispatch Callista Gingrich to her home state of Wisconsin next week, making appearances at four elementary schools "to rally support for her husband."According to an official campaign release, students at two of those elementary schools will get to hear Mrs. Gingrich read from her book, "Sweet Land of Liberty."Mrs. read more

Count the reasons

Count the reasons

03/23/12 08:00PM

Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight’s show – President Obama makes his first public statement about the case of Trayvon Martin’s death... watch

Ahead on the 3/23 Maddow show

03/23/12 07:41PM

Tonight's guests include:Bob Herbert, senior distinguished fellow at Demos and a contributor to, former columnist for The New York TimesMark Segraves, lead reporter for the WTOP Investigative Unit in Washington, DC and host of “Ask the Governor”While 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 video)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Gingrich still hung up on algae

03/23/12 05:03PM

About three weeks ago, congressional Republicans decided to launch a big push, mocking President Obama for supporting biofuels -- and referencing algae -- as part of a larger focus on renewable energy. Once reporters noticed that GOP officials agreed with Obama, and sought identical investments in the same technology, the party quickly backed off.Well, most of the party did, anyway.Here's what Newt Gingrich told Fox News' Sean Hannity this week, complaining about the president and energy policy: "He is losing the argument over expensive gasoline. read more

The Obama campaign's new website

Team Obama embraces 'Obamacare' label

03/23/12 04:24PM

When President Obama signed his landmark health care reform measure into law two years ago today, there was no shortage of debate surrounding the package, and not all of it was policy focused. For example, what were we supposed to call it?These major pillars of American public life need good names. We all know what Social Security is. We all know what Medicare is. read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XI

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XI

03/23/12 03:38PM

It was heartening that Mitt Romney's habitual dishonesty generated far more attention than usual this week, but the scrutiny doesn't appear to have discouraged the Republican frontrunner, who had an incredibly mendacious week.Indeed, Jamelle Bouie noted the other day, Romney "is running against policies that haven't happened and an Obama that doesn't exist. Exaggeration is normal in politics, but this goes beyond garden-variety embellishment."To help drive the point home, take a look at the 11th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt's mendacity. read more

Romney should read Paul Ryan's budget plan

Romney should read Paul Ryan's budget plan

03/23/12 01:35PM

Mitt Romney's allergy to honesty has come into sharper focus this week, but even by his standards, the comments Romney made on a Wisconsin radio show this morning were astounding.Romney said the plan introduced by House Budget Committee chairman Ryan (R-Janesville) "does not balance the budget on the backs of the poor and the elderly ... It instead preserves Medicare and preserves Social Security."Look, this really isn't complicated. Paul Ryan's budget plan is simply brutal towards the poor and working families. read more

Santorum considers staying 'with what we have'

03/23/12 12:35PM

Rick Santorum prides himself on speaking without prepared texts -- he recently recommended criminalizing Teleprompters -- but once in a while, we're reminded of the dangers of off-the-cuff rhetoric. Take the former senator's appearance in Texas yesterday, for example.For those who can't watch clips online, Santorum, in reference to Mitt Romney, told voters, "You win by giving people a choice. You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who's just going to be a little different than the person in there. read more

Friday's campaign round-up

03/23/12 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 Tricia noted earlier, polls show Rick Santorum looking strong in Louisiana in advance of tomorrow's primary, but depending on the margin, delegate distribution may not give Santorum the boost he needs.* Though Santorum's options appear limited after Louisiana, he appears quite likely to win his home state of Pennsylvania, though its primary is not until April 24.* A couple of weeks after losing a Democratic primary in his home state of Ohio, read more