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Hoover Dam, political metaphor

03/22/12 10:55AM

After winning the Illinois primary on Tuesday, Mitt Romney's victory speech featured an unexpected argument. The former governor was trying to argue that "government" stands in the way of American progress, which led to this observation: "We once built the interstate highway system and the Hoover Dam. Today, we can't even build a pipeline."It was probably a reference to Keystone XL, but Romney was also referring to two major, expensive taxpayer-financed infrastructure projects -- the kind of policies Republicans now oppose. read more

What's actually 'scary'

03/22/12 10:24AM

On "Meet the Press" the other day, David Gregory asked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), "Do you think that there is something of a war on women among Republicans?" Instead of rejecting the very idea out of hand, the senator implicitly conceded the reality of the situation, responding, "I think we have to fix that."On Tuesday, Rep. read more

Romney credits Bush with preventing economic collapse

Romney credits Bush with preventing economic collapse

03/22/12 09:28AM

It's pretty obvious what line from the Romney campaign generated the most attention yesterday, but there was something else the candidate himself said yesterday that should not go overlooked.Mr. Romney, in response to a question about the bank bailout, said he felt that President George W. Bush and his treasury secretary, Hank Paulson, had taken the correct steps in authorizing the Troubled Asset Relief Program, known as TARP."In that circumstance, President Bush and Hank Paulson said, 'We've got to do something to show we're not going to let the whole system go out of business,'" Mr. read more

Jobless claims figures just keep getting better

Jobless claims figures just keep getting better

03/22/12 08:43AM

The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, despite occasional setbacks, but today's report is the best we've seen in quite a while.About a month ago, initial jobless claims matched a four-year low, and as of today, they managed to get even better, exceeding expectations by dropping to the lowest level since February 2008.The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits fell by 5,000 last week to 348,000, the lowest level since February 2008, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. read more

Morning Maddow: March 22

Morning Maddow: March 22

03/22/12 07:37AM

Jeb Bush pushes Marco Rubio for Vice President.Rick Santorum gave paid speeches during his Presidential campaign.The standoff between French authorities and the school-shooting suspect ends, reportedly with the alleged shooter's death.The NNSA announces it has cleared 5 countries of weapons-grade nuclear material. (Not sure why they didn't mention Mexico).Illinois runs out of student financial aid.The U.S. suspends its search for the remains of fallen troops in North Korea.Gorgeous pictures of the wreckage of the Titanic.The next "Hope" poster? read more

Standing up to Republicans run amok

Standing up to Republicans run amok

03/21/12 08:00PM

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis talks with Rachel Maddow about the recent firebomb attack on her offices and the necessity of standing up to the radical right-wing agenda sweeping through state legislatures across the country. watch

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