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Gingrich intends to stick around for a long while.

Friday's campaign round-up

03/09/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* With comments that will delight the Mitt Romney campaign, Newt Gingrich told an Alabama radio station this morning, "I'm going to be all the way to Tampa. read more

But are the grits the right height?

03/09/12 10:49AM

Campaigning in Mississippi yesterday, Mitt Romney did his very best to convince local Republicans they can relate to a patrician millionaire from Massachusetts, perhaps best known for supporting a government health care mandate and getting rich through mass layoffs."I am learning to say y'all and I like grits," he said. "Strange things are happening to me."Strange, indeed. read more

Obama appears to have good reason to smile.

'The wind is coming back'

03/09/12 10:26AM

Zeke Miller ran a report the other day, arguing that President Obama has gotten "his groove back," having "regained a bit of the swagger -- and the charisma -- that seemed to slip away as the exuberance of the campaign was replaced by the complex, draining business of governing."How much have the president's political fortunes improved? read more

Jobs picture continues to improve, economy adds 227K

Jobs picture continues to improve, economy adds 227K

03/09/12 08:49AM

Most estimates in advance of today's new jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggested the economy added about 210,000 jobs in February. As it turns out, we did even better than that.The U.S. economy added 227,000 jobs last month, while the overall unemployment rate remained steady at 8.3%. read more

House GOP leaders are still struggling to lead their caucus.

'Playing with fire' on 2013 budget

03/09/12 08:00AM

Congressional Democrats and Republicans have been expected to have plenty of arguments in 2012, but the budget process was expected to go relatively smoothly. So much for that idea.Just seven months ago, the parties agreed to spending levels for the upcoming year, as part of the debt-ceiling negotiations. With those figures already locked in, the most contentious part of the budget was already addressed. read more

Morning Maddow: March 9

03/09/12 07:45AM

The Arizona Senate approves a bill protecting doctors who don't disclose information that might lead a pregnant woman to choose abortion.The Senate rejects the Keystone XL pipeline.Mitt Romney's high cost per vote.Registering to vote by smartphone.Well that settles it: Sen. Inhofe invokes Genesis to refute climate change.Meet the Congressman who wants to repeal health reform, Medicaid and the Child Health Insurance Program.The Space Shuttle flies again. read more

Ahead on the 3/8 Maddow show

03/08/12 09:18PM

Tonight's guests include:Frank Rich, writer-at-large for New York MagazineGovernor Martin O’Malley, (D) MarylandWhile 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)Senior show producer Cory Gnazzo shars a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Higgs event

Challenge: (Physicists)x = LOL. Solve for x.

03/08/12 08:00PM

Yesterday my colleague Nazanin Rafsanjani sent around a New York Times story about the search for the theoretical Higgs boson, aka the "God Particle." Teams of physicists are trying to find out why particles have mass by smashing atoms into each other inside particle accelerators. They hope that by breaking them into measurable bits, one MIGHT turn out to be the Higgs boson, which is theorized to bestow mass upon other particles. Still with me? Anyway, Nazanin flagged one bit of the story in particular (get it? read more

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