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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

Not so fast

Not so fast

02/01/12 07:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the real story behind “self-deportation”, plus why voter... watch

The sign at Newt Gingrich's primary-night party in Florida

Wednesday's Mini-Report

02/01/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits: * Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today that U.S. military forces would end their combat role in Afghanistan as early as mid-2013. If true, that would be a major breakthrough.* Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) abandoned his earlier promises and made his state the nation's 23rd "right-to-work" state.* Encouraging economic news: "U.S. factories grew in January at the fastest pace in seven months, boosted by a rise in new orders. read more

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