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Right rallies to defend Va. ultrasound bill

02/20/12 10:00AM

As controversial culture-war measures in Virginia generate national attention, conservative defenses of the far-right efforts are becoming more common.The most notable measure is a proposal to require women who wish to terminate a pregnancy to undergo a medically-unnecessary ultrasound. read more

As Santorum gains more attention, he raises the rhetorical temperature.

What Santorum considers a 'phony theology'

02/20/12 09:15AM

Like all Republican presidential candidates, Rick Santorum tends to be unrelenting in his daily criticisms of President Obama. But over the weekend, the former senator broke some new and unsettling ground.At another stop in Ohio on Saturday, Mr. Santorum waded into what he called the "phony theology" of Mr. Obama's agenda."It's about some phony ideal, some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology," he said. "But no less a theology."In later comments to reporters, Mr. read more

Romney's Trump card?

Romney's Trump card?

02/20/12 08:30AM

As recently as three weeks ago, Gallup's daily tracking poll showed Mitt Romney leading Rick Santorum by 20 points nationally. As of yesterday, Santorum had opened up an 8-point lead over Romney -- the former senator's largest lead to date.At the same time, Real Clear Politics' polling averages now have President Obama leading Romney nationwide 49.1% to 43.4%, after having been nearly tied in early February. read more

Morning Maddow: February 20

02/20/12 07:41AM

 Rick Santorum is against the government mandating that women get free amniocentesis. He's also against a lot more.That oughta help Mitt Romney in Michigan. And this oughta help in Arizona.A Koch brother speaks!I'll give you two guesses why: A North Carolina Catholic church fires a long-time employee for getting married. The state of Voter ID laws in the nation (with a handy, interactive map!).The attempt to recast fracking as a good thing.Yemen is about to elect a new president.Geekiest photo op ever?  read more

Republican caucus-goers gather in Maine.

The gap narrows in Maine

02/19/12 10:33AM

Following up on a story we've been reporting on all week, several communities in Maine hosted Republican presidential caucuses yesterday, unsure how their preferences would be tallied by the state party. read more

Ahead on the 2/17 Maddow show

02/17/12 07:19PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Schmidt, senior strategist for the McCain campaign, political analyst and msnbc contributorFred Karger, Candidate for Republican Presidential Nomination, and the first openly gay candidate for PresidentHere's executive producer Bill Wolff's preview and tonight's accompanying soundtrack. read more

Bet on us

Bet on us

02/17/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the danger of betting on anyone in the Republican... watch

The Week In Geek: Galaxy evolution edition

02/17/12 06:12PM

I've been teaching galaxy evolution for the past three weeks so I thought let you in on some of the fun.Speaking of galaxy evolution, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way has the munchies. And a taste for asteroids.Ever wonder what it's like to have synesthesia? read more

Friday's Mini-Report

02/17/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* It's important to catch would-be bad guys early: "The FBI and Capitol police arrested a man Friday who thought he was going to carry out a bombing attack on the U.S. Capitol but was in fact dealing with FBI undercover operatives for the past few months."* Quite a scene: "A small private plane carrying a load of marijuana strayed into President Obama's no-fly zone over Los Angeles on Thursday and was forced to land at Long Beach Airport after being intercepted by U.S. read more