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More good bills would mean more signing ceremonies.

Republicans for signing ceremonies

03/08/12 01:35PM

President Obama's first two years in office were marked not only be a series of high-profile legislative successes, but also the custom that comes with them: signing ceremonies. The White House was only too pleased to invite the media and large crowds to see the president sign all kinds of bills into law: health care reform, Wall Street reform, DADT repeal, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, etc.Since the start of the 112th Congress, these signing ceremonies have dwindled dramatically. read more

Today in hyperbole: If it's Sandra Fluke and liberals, Sharia law must be at hand

Today in hyperbole: If it's Sandra Fluke and liberals, Sharia law must be at hand

03/08/12 12:49PM

So, just to recap, Georgetown law school student Sandra Fluke testified before Congress on behalf of a gay friend who required prescription birth control to halt the growth of ovarian cysts. As a result, radio host Rush Limbaugh branded Fluke a slut and a prostitute on national radio and said she should be required to make sex tapes so that he could watch.Surely this is as bad as it gets, yes? Oh no.Today, we get an editorial from the American Thinker, written, shockingly, by a man. Compared to this, Alice in Wonderland was a gritty, POV documentary. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

03/08/12 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 the Alabama and Mississippi Republican presidential primaries turning out to be more important than expected, the Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich super PACs are already buying airtime in both states.* The Romney campaign raised $11.5 million in February, but only has $7.3 million left in the bank.* Gingrich has decided to give up on competing in Kansas, which will hold its presidential caucus on Saturday, and where Santorum is expected to d read more

Romney changes course on minimum wage

03/08/12 11:26AM

When it comes to the Republican presidential race, one of the more notable surprises of the last few months came shortly before the New Hampshire primary. Mitt Romney was asked a simple question about raising the minimum wage.The response sounded more like a previous version of Romney than the current iteration: "My view has been to allow the minimum wage to rise with the or with another index so that it adjusts automatically over time. I already indicated that when I was governor of Massachusetts, and that's my view."Well, it was his view. read more

Two years later, this has been neither repealed nor replaced.

So much for 'repeal and replace'

03/08/12 10:45AM

Shortly after the Affordable Care Act became law two years ago, congressional Republicans adopted a simple, three-word, poll-tested phrase: "repeal and replace." The GOP would repeal the moderate reform law, which is based on a model Republicans used to support, and replace it with something new.Whatever happened to that? It's a funny story, actually.The "replace" part of the slogan is clearly in trouble. Fourteen months after Republicans took over the House, GOP legislation to reform the nation's health care system is nowhere to be found. read more

One more week for the Gingrich campaign?

Why Gingrich's 'must win' declaration matters

03/08/12 10:00AM

It's hardly a secret that Rick Santorum wants and needs Newt Gingrich to exit the Republican presidential race. The longer the former Speaker stays in, the easier it is for Mitt Romney to lead the pack and win the GOP nomination.Gingrich continues to insist he isn't going anywhere, despite his awful Super Tuesday performance everywhere except his home state, but his campaign seemed to lay down an important marker yesterday. Gingrich's campaign spokesman told NBC News that wins in both Alabama and Mississippi next week are essential.The spokesperson, R.C. read more

The fiendishly clever White House

The fiendishly clever White House

03/08/12 09:13AM

After losing dozens of advertisers, Rush Limbaugh has largely decided to direct his attention away from Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke -- indeed, the host seems to have picked a new target -- but some of Limbaugh's allies aren't quite ready to move on.Fox News host Eric Bolling speculated on Tuesday that Sandra Fluke, the law student who has become famous for being attacked by Rush Limbaugh, was part of an elaborate White House plan to distract voters from the economy. President Obama and his "allies in the press" were "trying to pull a fast one on you," he said. read more

Jobless claims tick higher

Jobless claims tick higher

03/08/12 08:40AM

The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, though there have been occasional setbacks. Today's report appears to be one of them.Though still low by recent standards, filings went up over the last week, a little more than expected.Jobless claims in the U.S. rose to the highest level in five weeks, climbing by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had estimated claims would rise to 355,000 in the week ended March 3. read more

What Bachmann thinks 'isn't far-fetched'

What Bachmann thinks 'isn't far-fetched'

03/08/12 08:00AM

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) is by no means the only member of Congress willing to believe bizarre ideas, but even among her strange colleagues, the right-wing Minnesotan tends to be the most outlandish of the bunch.This week, for example, Bachmann appeared on Glenn Beck's website, complaining about comments from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who recently explained to lawmakers that contraception access helps lower medical costs overall. read more

Morning Maddow, March 8

03/08/12 07:47AM

Speaker Boehner to Republicans: Pleeeeeeease vote for my highway bill. Pretty please?Report: a heck of a lot of Texans could be disenfranchised under Texas' new Voter I.D. law.Also in Texas, healthcare for low-income women gets caught in the crossfire of the war on Planned Parenthood.Santorum's Southern strategy. And why next Tuesday is do or die for Gingrich. And Ron Paul pins his hopes on Hawaii and a convention floor fight.How the new G.I. Bill is failing veterans.The first climate-change-induced human migration?It's International Women's Day. read more

Paint Misbehavin' (We Love Wisconsin edition)

Paint Misbehavin' (We Love Wisconsin edition)

03/08/12 01:03AM

Round One: Wisconsin Republicans were so skeeved out by a planned art show celebrating the massive protests against Governor Scott Walker's policies, that they managed to shut it down.For good measure, they reportedly threatened to withdraw funding for the University of Wisconsin-Extension's School for Workers, which was hosting the show.Said a spokesman for Republican Representative Steve Nass, "We just said, 'Look, you can't be running events celebrating the protests, which were heavily aimed at Republicans, and then expect that Republicans are going to smile nicely and sit down and try and read more

Weary Wednesday = Superb Show

Weary Wednesday = Superb Show

03/07/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – what last night’s voting numbers say about the Republican... watch