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'Privacy is often described as the "right to be left alone," but that's not a value that seems terribly important in the GOP right now'

01/10/12 11:30AM

Can the GOP really nominate a candidate who opposes contraception? Really? Truly? In 2012? Jeffrey Toobin writes on the New Yorker's new politics page:Over the years the modern Republican Party has reflected both libertarian and authoritarian tendencies. Both survive, in a way. When it comes to taxes and regulation, the libertarian side of the party is ascendant. Even the rhetoric of compassionate conservatism has faded from view. But with regard to civil liberties, the G.O.P. has embraced state power with a vengeance. read more

What's missing for Jon Huntsman?

01/10/12 10:37AM

Jon Huntsman has gotten better at campaigning, Rachel argued last night, with ads like the one above that blunt frontrunner Mitt Romney's attacks. Our guest, Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post, argued that Mr. Huntsman still has a serious problem:I had a really interesting conversation today with a very prominent Republican here in New Hampshire and he was saying one of the problems with Huntsman's whole message, for instance "I served my country," is that he never closes the circle. read more

Indiana GOP advances anti-union bill

01/10/12 09:40AM

Indiana House Republicans shoved their anti-union bill through committee today in a scene that reporter Eric Bradner details for the Evansville Courier and Press:In less than six minutes and with no debate, an Indiana House committee passed a controversial “right to work” measure Tuesday morning.Majority Republicans who control the committee denied Democratic attempts to offer amendments, and allowed for no debate. read more

Morning Maddow: January 10

Morning Maddow: January 10

01/10/12 07:32AM

Voting began in Dixville Notch last night and the results are in: Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are tied for first place!And yet, almost 60% of Republican voters STILL want more choicesRon Paul walks out on another CNN interviewWolfeboro is nervous about being Romney's CrawfordNew York state changes its answer to the question, When you are in prison, where do you live?Leaders of Venezuela and Iran joke about having a nuclear bomb.  Ha ha ha?Fukushima worker is in a comaLibya has until 10 AM ET to say whether or not it's going to hand over Saif KhaddafyGonna wash that CO2 right outta my air   read more

Links cited on the 1/9 TRMS

Links cited on the 1/9 TRMS

01/10/12 12:51AM

Mary Kaye Huntsman Calls Attack Ad Featuring Her Daughter 'Disgusting' Paul analysis floats Huntsman video link; spokesman rejects 'conspiracy theory' Rick Santorum is coming for your birth control Ron Paul Signs Personhood Pledge; Personhood USA Questions Commitment US election 2012: Mitt Romney's life as a poor Mormon missionary in France questioned Mormon church obtained Vietnam draft deferrals for Romney, other missionaries Buyout Profits Keep Flowing to Romney How To Trip Mitt: Rhetorical Pitfalls for the GOP Front Runner Billionaire Adelson gives millions to Gingrich Super PAC Suffolk Un read more

Ahead on the 1/9 Maddow Show

01/09/12 07:55PM

Tonight's guests:Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington PostCecile Richards, president, Planned ParenthoodDylan Ratigan, host, msnbc's The Dylan Ratigan Show, and author of "Greedy Bastards! How we can stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and other Vampires from sucking America dry"Here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look ahead - and though you can't hear it on the video, there is, in fact, a musical theme playing along. Play the video first. When the ad ends, click the song, adjust volume, snap fingers.  read more

Gear for the on-the-go journalist

01/09/12 07:03PM

When Rachel spoke on Friday with Jo Ling Kent, campaign embed reporter assigned to Jon Huntsman for NBC News, about the Huntsman campaign in New Hampshire, they also talked about the gear she uses to file her reports from the road. The web-only extension of that interview here: read more

Rick Santorum: No right to birth control

01/09/12 05:13PM

If you think the debate over abortion in this country has gone forever, consider the one over birth control. Eight years before Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that states could not block access to birth control. The court wrote in Griswold vs. Connecticut that birth control was part of marital privacy.Nearly half a century later, birth control remains a live and disputed issue, especially in Republican politics. On Friday in New Hampshire, Senator Rick Santorum told the kids and families at the Dublin School in New Hampshire:This was the Griswold vs. read more

Indiana governor: Businesses support your right to work for less

Indiana governor: Businesses support your right to work for less

01/09/12 03:28PM

Indiana Democrats are ending their legislative boycott, which means that the Republicans may soon be able to pass their bill effectively banning union shops. Tweeting from the Indiana statehouse, Indianapolis Star reporter Mary Beth Schneider reports that Governor Mitch Daniels still won't say who funded the advertising he appears in arguing for the bill. A bit:The good news is when Indiana gets a chance to compete for new jobs, we're winning -- two thirds of the time. read more

Foreclosure defense comes to Birmingham

01/09/12 01:45PM

Reuters today looks at the future of Occupy -- occupying the election, occupying the economy, occupying culture as a persistent meme. They don't get around to occupying fracking, one of my favorites, but they do talk about foreclosure defense in the form of Occupy Our Homes:In December protesters launched Occupy Our Homes, a bid to take back foreclosed homes. Occupiers took up residence in a home in Oakland, California and one in Brooklyn, New York, that day, demanding that lenders renegotiate mortgages for the homeowners. read more

Great expectations from Rick Santorum

Great expectations from Rick Santorum

01/09/12 11:45AM

If you watch Rick Santorum work a room, as we got a chance to do in New Hampshire on Friday, you'll see that he can come off as a little prickly. One voter told him she hailed from way up in northern New Hampshire, and when he found out where exactly he said, Oh, you're not from that far north.Just a little dig, and for no good reason. Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, knows he can't win in New Hampshire, but the game for him is about exceeding expectations. He's on to South Carolina, where his Christianist politics might play well. read more