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How does Romney argue the economy is getting worse? It's simple: he doesn't.

Left with no choice, Romney pivots on economy

03/21/12 09:24AM

Did you catch Mitt Romney's victory speech in Illinois last night? Echoing the themes -- and at times, the literal phrasing -- of his economic speech at the University of Chicago on Monday, the former governor spoke at length about his vague appreciation for "freedom."Romney did not, however, do what he spent 2011 doing: he didn't accuse President Obama of making the economy "worse."This is not an accident. read more

What is wrong with Cliff Stearns?

What is wrong with Cliff Stearns?

03/21/12 08:34AM

We learned last week that Rep. Cliff Stearns (R), at a town-hall meeting in his Florida district, questions the legitimacy of President Obama's birth certificate. Yesterday, he made matters much worse.At the town-hall meeting, it seemed at least plausible to me that the far-right Republican was simply humoring a strange constituent. read more

Romney cruises in Illinois, but slog continues

Romney cruises in Illinois, but slog continues

03/21/12 08:00AM

Looking back over the last couple of months, Mitt Romney's most notable success stories usually come with a "yes, but." Did he win in New Hampshire? Yes, but Romney's practically a local. Did he score victories in Ohio and Michigan? Yes, but the margins were unimpressive and narrow. Did he crush the competition in Virginia? Yes, but no one else was on the ballot.Fortunately for Romney, his win in Illinois is largely "yes, but" free. read more

Morning Maddow: March 21

03/21/12 07:43AM

Romney wins Illinois (but Santorum gets some delegates, too).Cantor's guy beats the Tea Party's guy in Illinois.The Gingrich campaign is in debt.Somebody firebombed the office of a Texas State Senator (a Democrat).A high-ranking GOP congressman confirms he's a birther.French police are in an armed standoff with the suspected killer of Jewish school children. read more

Bruce Springsteen advises young musicians

03/21/12 01:24AM

Ok, so the Maddow Show was a little light on the Maddow tonight and you're looking around for something to fill the void until Wednesday's show. May I recommend you take an hour to enjoy Bruce Springsteen's acclaimed keynote address at this year's SXSW festival? It me took a few days to finally get around to watching it, but I'm glad I held onto the link. NPR is hosting the full video and also the audio-only. Scroll down to the end and they've embedded the songs he references. NOTE: Bruce is not above the use of the occasional F-bomb. Hide yer kids. read more

Illinois and more

Illinois and more

03/20/12 08:00PM

Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight’s show – the latest on tonight’s Illinois Republican Primary election, plus other updates on the... watch

Ahead on the 3/20 Maddow show

03/20/12 06:50PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Schmidt, senior strategist for the McCain-Palin campaign and msnbc political analystJohn Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and political writer for The New York TimesAndrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on msnbcWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad below play out entirely before starting the video)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

03/20/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* At least 43 reported deaths in Iraq: "As Iraq prepares to showcase itself to the world next week with a highly anticipated gathering of Arab leaders, a string of suicide attacks and car bombings on Tuesday morning offered a bloody reminder that insurgent violence still wreaks havoc with the country's tenuous stability."* Mexican earthquake: "A strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit Mexico on Tuesday, shaking central and southern parts of the country ... read more

The opposite of seriousness

The opposite of seriousness

03/20/12 04:42PM

Paul Krugman likes to joke about the phenomenon of the Very Serious Person. The VSP is one of those Washington insiders that the political establishment respects and listens to, despite the fact that the person is (a) nearly always wrong; (b) habitually dishonest; or (c) both.House Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is the quintessential Very Serious Person. read more

Forget what you've heard from the GOP about spending and regulations

Forget what you've heard from the GOP about spending and regulations

03/20/12 03:30PM

Mitt Romney's economic speech in Chicago yesterday and the Paul Ryan's new House Republican budget have something important in common: they offer a vision that's at odds with reality.To hear these leading Republicans tell it, President Obama has strangled the domestic economy with countless regulations and runaway binge spending. We know that first point is completely wrong -- not only do regulations not hurt the economy, but the number of regulations has gone down, not up, under Obama.But about the second point? Everyone knows Obama has increased spending, right? Wrong. read more