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The crowded senate hearing room as the Senate State Affairs Committee debated Idaho's mandatory ultrasound bill last week.

Mandatory ultrasound measure approved by Idaho senate

03/19/12 06:35PM

The state Senate in Idaho today passed a bill mandating an ultrasound for any woman seeking an abortion. The legislation prompted a protest on the capitol steps a couple of weeks ago, and last week a senate hearing room was packed as the State Affairs Committee approved the bill, 7-2, along party lines. But today's vote in the full senate wasn't entirely along party lines. All seven Democrats in the Idaho State Senate were joined by five Republicans in voting against the bill.State Sen. James Hammond was among the five Republicans to cross party lines. read more

Ahead on the 3/19 Maddow show

03/19/12 06:00PM

Our guest list tonight will remain under wraps until our special report airs tonight at 9pm ET.  Trust us, it’ll be worth the wait.While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad below play out entirely before starting the video)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Monday's Mini-Report

Monday's Mini-Report

03/19/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Tragedy in France: "Three children and a rabbi were shot dead by a gunman at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, on Monday, and President Nicolas Sarkozy said the bullets from one of the two guns used match those in earlier attacks that killed three French soldiers."* Gaming out a confrontation: "A classified war game held this month to assess the American military's capabilities to respond to an Israeli attack on Iran forecast that the strike would lead to a wider regional war, which could draw in the United States and leave hundreds of Americans dead, accordi read more

What does Romney have against his alma mater?

Mitt Romney, Fair Harvard

03/19/12 04:49PM

For about a year now, Mitt Romney seems to have been preoccupied with the "faculty lounge" of a specific Ivy League school. The line is getting tiresome, but the former governor just can't seem to let go of it."My career was spent in the economy. I didn't learn about the economy just reading about it or hearing about it at the faculty lounge at Harvard or debating it in Congress."Some of the troubles with this are obvious. read more

Pennsylvania's Corbett takes a step backwards on voting rights.

112% wrong in Pennsylvania

03/19/12 03:48PM

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) made national news last week when he was asked about his support for a state Republican measure on forced, state-mandated, medically-unnecessary ultrasounds. "I don't know how you make anybody watch," the governor replied. read more

Crawford names his price

Crawford names his price

03/19/12 02:30PM

For quite a while, congressional Republicans have maintained, with unnerving unanimity, a simple response to Democratic budget requests: no tax increases on anyone at any time by any amount for any reason. Full stop.It came as something of a surprise, then, when Rep. read more

Instant folk art: By way of antidote

Instant folk art: By way of antidote

03/19/12 01:41PM

That other bumper sticker, the odious one, has been around awhile. We blogged a picture of one spotted in Nevada back in May 2011, and it didn't look new then.Forbes talked to a seller of one version, who says it has been on the market since President Obama took office. "We just found it on the internet, and thought it was cute," she says.This other bumper sticker, by way of a response, is starting to circulate.(H/t James Carter/Political Awareness on Facebook) read more

Abandoning the minimum wage, too

03/19/12 12:35PM

We got a good laugh the other day when the three Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Missouri got together for a debate, and none of the three knew what the federal minimum wage is. But there's another angle to this clip that's worth paying attention to.Greg Sargent noted that, in addition to the candidates' ignorance, two of the three candidates hoping to take on Sen. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

03/19/12 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:* President Obama's re-election campaign announced this morning that it raised $45 million in February. read more

Mitch Daniels is always eager to point the finger in the wrong direction.

Daniels' elusive credibility

03/19/12 10:46AM

Paul Ryan isn't the only one who mistakenly claims to have credibility on fiscal issues. There's also Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), who appears to have a remarkably short memory.Mitch Daniels' signature issues has been deficit reduction, and he said that none of the candidates, including the president, have done enough to address it."It is time for candidates to, I believe, propose specific remedies or steps to address this very survival-level issue that we're facing. read more

'His name is Trayvon Martin'

03/19/12 10:06AM

Melissa Harris-Perry did a segment over the weekend about the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, a few weeks ago, and it's well worth watching, especially if you want to get up to speed on this story. The controversy surrounding this shooting is starting to garner national attention, and for good reason.Though the incident is still under investigation, what we know at this point is gut-wrenching enough. Martin, a 17-year-old, African-American high school student with good grades, was visiting relatives in a gated community. read more

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