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Why Romney's pass on Medicare matters

03/15/12 09:23AM

Mitt Romney celebrated his 65th birthday this week, which made him eligible for the popular, successful Medicare program. The Republican presidential candidate's campaign wasted no time in letting reporters know a key detail: Romney isn't signing up for the health care benefit.This is, of course, his right. But Romney's decision matters because of what it tells us about his approach to the bedrock American program. read more

Jobless claims remain at four-year low

Jobless claims remain at four-year low

03/15/12 08:39AM

The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, despite occasional setbacks, including one last week.Today's report, however, was far more heartening. Initial jobless claims reached a four-year low a month ago, and returned to that level this week, beating expectations.The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits fell by 14,000 last week to 351,000, matching a four-year low, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 365,000 from 362,000. read more

House GOP plans to renege on budget deal

House GOP plans to renege on budget deal

03/15/12 08:00AM

Last summer, as part of the debt-ceiling crisis, Democrats and Republicans agreed to spending levels for the upcoming year, suggesting the budget process would go relatively smoothly in 2012. After all, with the figures already locked in, the most contentious part of the process was already addressed. As far as everyone was concerned, a deal's a deal.And then GOP officials started whispering that they didn't much like the deal anymore.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters earlier this week, "This wasn't a handshake, it was a law we passed.... read more

Morning Maddow: March 15

03/15/12 07:32AM

El Senador Puertorriqueño.The V.A. promises to get its act together on the G.I. Bill.That I'm-quitting-Goldman-Sachs Op-Ed costs the company $2 billion dollars.Evicted 101-year-old woman is about to get her house back.The politics of food stamps.Ron Paul's delegate strategy = county convention chaos. (and can this really be about "an important speaking role at the convention?")The soldier accused in Afghanistan massacre has been flown out of the country. read more

Links for the 3/14 TRMS

Links for the 3/14 TRMS

03/14/12 11:45PM

Get ready for chaos if Congress can't agree on a highway billChuck Norris robocallChuck Norris facts Gingrich Cancels Travel to Kansas, Zeros In on Alabama, Mississippi How Romneycare Saves $ The birthday Mitt Romney wants you to forget Does universal coverage improve health? The Massachusetts experience (pdf) 07/30/2009 – Mr. President, What's the Rush? One million digits of pi read more

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day!

03/14/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – we’re taking a look at election delegate strategies for this... watch

The dark art of delegate math

The dark art of delegate math

03/14/12 08:00PM

Jeffrey Berman, who served as President Obama’s national delegate director during the 2008 campaign, talks with TRMS guest host Ezra Klein about the delegate... watch

Ahead on the 3/14 Maddow show

03/14/12 06:16PM

Tonight's guests include:Jeffrey Berman, served as President Obama’s national delegate director during the 2008 campaign, author of the book “The Magic Number” about that year’s tumultuous Clark County convention in NevadaSen. read more

When Rush Limbaugh turned the tide

03/14/12 06:12PM

Two years into President Clinton's first term, Republicans swept to power in the House and Senate both. The "Republican Revolution" of 1994 was led by Newt Gingrich, at least in political terms.In this video unearthed by James Carter, the women of the 1994 Republican freshman class then met at the Heritage Foundation and made a special presentation of gratitude to another hero of theirs, Rush Limbaugh. Congresswoman Barbara Cubin of Wyoming told Limbaugh:"Talk radio, with you in the lead, is what turned the tide, Rush, and we know that. read more

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