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Romney doesn't know how to fake foreign policy acumen

03/27/12 08:00AM

A couple of years ago, as debate over the New START nuclear treaty was intensifying, Mitt Romney decided to weigh in on the debate with an op-ed, hoping to demonstrate some acumen on international affairs. It didn't go well. Fred Kaplan wrote at the time, "In 35 years of following debates over nuclear arms control, I have never seen anything quite as shabby, misleading and -- let's not mince words -- thoroughly ignorant as Mitt Romney's attack on the New START treaty."Sen. read more

Morning Maddow: March 27

03/27/12 07:42AM

President Obama clarifies yesterday's "hot mic" remarks.But "I will transmit this information to Vladimir" is already a thing.The Obama administration allows a federal employee's same-sex spouse to get health insurance.Newt Gingrich begins charging for photos at campaign events.Buzzfeed introduces us to "Conservative Teen" magazine.NY Times poll: support for the war in Afghanistan drops sharply.NASA launches 5-rocket extravaganza.  read more

Links for the 3/26 TRMS

Links for the 3/26 TRMS

03/27/12 12:20AM

Romney backed a *federal* individual health care mandate in 1994You Say Tax, I Say PenaltyEmergency Scream-out for JUSTICE & Press Conference for Trayvon Martin and Ramarley GrahamPolice: Zimmerman says Trayvon decked him with one blow then began hammering his headNewt Gingrich loses his print reportersGingrich delays this week's NC campaign appearanceRNC rule means hurdle for Gingrich convention strategy Rick Santorum Will Face More Ballot, Delegate Problems Stag Party read more

'Drift' tour takes shape

'Drift' tour takes shape

03/26/12 08:00PM

On the eve of the release of her book, "Drift," Rachel Maddow shares some of her tour date appointments, including an appearance with David Letterman and two... watch

Ahead on the 2/26 Maddow show

03/26/12 07:00PM

Tonight's guests include:Dahlia Lithwick, legal correspondent and senior editor for SlateSen. Charles Schumer, (D) New York and member of the Senate Judiciary CommitteeFrank Rich, writer-at-large for New York MagazineWhile 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.)Senior show producer Cory Gnazzo shares a preivew of tonight's show:Here's the Frank Rich piece Cory referred to above. read more

Monday's Mini-Report

03/26/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* President Obama, in Seoul for a summit on nuclear security, is warning North Korea not to follow through on a planned long-range missile test next month, while urging China to help ratchet up international pressure on North Korea.* Over the weekend, Obama also made his first visit to the peninsula's demilitarized zone, looking into North Korea through binoculars.* Trayvon Martin's mother believes local officials are trying to demonize her deceased son by leaking embarrassing information about his past.* Sen. read more

Still creating their own reality

Still creating their own reality

03/26/12 04:57PM

Here's a tip for politicians seeking major public offices: don't consider "grunt work" to be synonymous with "getting the facts straight."In Ohio, state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) is running against incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) in one of the year's most closely-watched U.S. Senate races, and the conservative Republican candidate is pushing the claim that Brown is responsible for a policy agenda that moves Ohio jobs to China.The Cleveland Plain Dealer has asked Mandel to back up the claim, and the Republican has so far struggled to provide any evidence. read more

Day 1 at the Supreme Court

03/26/12 03:49PM

The Supreme Court kicked off the first day of arguments in the case against the Affordable Care Act this morning -- it's the first three-day hearing in 45 years -- but today was arguably the least interesting day. At issue was not the individual mandate that conservatives loved until President Obama decided he agreed with them, but rather, an 1867 law about taxes called the Anti-Injunction Act.The underlying concept is pretty straightforward: before a tax can be challenged in court, it has to be collected first. read more