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Warren takes center stage in Obama campaign video

03/24/12 10:01AM

President Obama's re-election campaign unveiled a new video this morning, which has a similar look and feel to the recent "The Road We've Traveled" documentary, but features a different message and messenger.Note, for example, that aside from some brief narration at the beginning, the only voice in this video is Elizabeth Warren's, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts. read more

Katniss for Senate, 2016 (A 'Hunger Games' primer)

Katniss for Senate, 2016 (A 'Hunger Games' primer)

03/23/12 10:02PM

Full disclosure: I am a total "Hunger Games" newbie—I haven't read any of the books, and only had a vague notion of what it's about. Nonetheless, I just got back from seeing the new movie amid a good sized crowd on 42nd Street and here are a few impressions. Don't worry, I won't give away anything.For a blockbuster-y sci-fi teen fantasy, "Hunger Games" is fairly grim business. Life and death issues are dealt with in a snark free environment, for once. Any laughter heard was of the, why-aren't-there-any-laughs-in-this? nervous variety.Teenagers—adapt or die. read more

Callista Gingrich's book, "Sweet Land of Liberty."

A different kind of 'youth vote'

03/23/12 08:43PM

Searching for the elusive youth vote, Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign will dispatch Callista Gingrich to her home state of Wisconsin next week, making appearances at four elementary schools "to rally support for her husband."According to an official campaign release, students at two of those elementary schools will get to hear Mrs. Gingrich read from her book, "Sweet Land of Liberty."Mrs. read more

Count the reasons

Count the reasons

03/23/12 08:00PM

Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight’s show – President Obama makes his first public statement about the case of Trayvon Martin’s death... watch

Ahead on the 3/23 Maddow show

03/23/12 07:41PM

Tonight's guests include:Bob Herbert, senior distinguished fellow at Demos and a contributor to, former columnist for The New York TimesMark Segraves, lead reporter for the WTOP Investigative Unit in Washington, DC and host of “Ask the Governor”While 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 video)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Gingrich still hung up on algae

03/23/12 05:03PM

About three weeks ago, congressional Republicans decided to launch a big push, mocking President Obama for supporting biofuels -- and referencing algae -- as part of a larger focus on renewable energy. Once reporters noticed that GOP officials agreed with Obama, and sought identical investments in the same technology, the party quickly backed off.Well, most of the party did, anyway.Here's what Newt Gingrich told Fox News' Sean Hannity this week, complaining about the president and energy policy: "He is losing the argument over expensive gasoline. read more

The Obama campaign's new website

Team Obama embraces 'Obamacare' label

03/23/12 04:24PM

When President Obama signed his landmark health care reform measure into law two years ago today, there was no shortage of debate surrounding the package, and not all of it was policy focused. For example, what were we supposed to call it?These major pillars of American public life need good names. We all know what Social Security is. We all know what Medicare is. read more

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XI

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XI

03/23/12 03:38PM

It was heartening that Mitt Romney's habitual dishonesty generated far more attention than usual this week, but the scrutiny doesn't appear to have discouraged the Republican frontrunner, who had an incredibly mendacious week.Indeed, Jamelle Bouie noted the other day, Romney "is running against policies that haven't happened and an Obama that doesn't exist. Exaggeration is normal in politics, but this goes beyond garden-variety embellishment."To help drive the point home, take a look at the 11th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt's mendacity. read more

Romney should read Paul Ryan's budget plan

Romney should read Paul Ryan's budget plan

03/23/12 01:35PM

Mitt Romney's allergy to honesty has come into sharper focus this week, but even by his standards, the comments Romney made on a Wisconsin radio show this morning were astounding.Romney said the plan introduced by House Budget Committee chairman Ryan (R-Janesville) "does not balance the budget on the backs of the poor and the elderly ... It instead preserves Medicare and preserves Social Security."Look, this really isn't complicated. Paul Ryan's budget plan is simply brutal towards the poor and working families. read more