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Tuesday's campaign round-up

04/10/12 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:* After a brief respite, Rick Santorum is resuming his campaign schedule today, including attending an American Heartland Conversation on Faith, Family and American Values at a bible college in Lancaster.* According to the Pew Research Center, nearly three-quarters of Republican voters already assume Mitt Romney will be the GOP's presidential nominee.* In Maine, the latest statewide poll shows former Gov. read more

Michigan running in very small circles

Michigan running in very small circles

04/10/12 11:13AM

A group trying for the second time to recall Michigan Governor Rick Snyder got the language on its petitions approved yesterday. Barring a successful appeal, Michigan Rising can then start gathering signatures. They need about 800,000, and they got about 500,000 last time. As Michigan Rising explains it, you have to get the signatures inside a 90-day window, with a 180-day deadline -- Michigan recalls are not easily done.A second group of activists are challenging Governor Snyder's emergency manager law, with a petition drive to put it up for a citizens' repeal. read more

'Owning the place' isn't enough

04/10/12 10:53AM

A few years ago, with the economy still very much in crisis mode, many congressional Democrats moved to pass bankruptcy reform provisions such as "cramdown" measures. When it failed, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) was incredibly frustrated, and was willing to say so in unusually candid terms.""Congress isn't afraid of bankers," adds Roger Beverage, the president and CEO of the Oklahoma Bankers Association. "They don't think we'll do anything to kick them out of office. We are trying to change that perception."As far as I can tell, this isn't a parody or an attempt at satire. read more

Another name off the VP short list?

Another name off the VP short list?

04/10/12 10:13AM

Those Republicans hoping to make Mitt Romney's VP short list have a delicate dance to pull off -- they want to express interest in the position, without looking desperate. The unwritten rules for potential running mates is to feign passive disinterest, saying noncommittal things like "I have no intention of being the running mate" or "I'm happy with the job I already have."Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and South Carolina Gov. read more

Obama gets a boost from women, bests Romney on favorability

Obama gets a boost from women, bests Romney on favorability

04/10/12 09:30AM

The top-line results in the new Washington Post/ABC News poll suggest the conventional wisdom is largely correct: President Obama leads Mitt Romney by seven points, 51% to 44%, and Americans are feeling slightly better about Obama, the economy, and the nation's direction.But there are some other tidbits that jump out if one digs through the numbers a bit more. read more

President Obama delivers remarks at an event observing 2011 LGBT Pride month in the White House.

Obama campaign rejects anti-gay ballot measures

04/10/12 08:00AM

Officially, President Obama and his team have not yet announced their support for same-sex marriage. They appear, however, to be inching closer to shifting positions.A few weeks ago, the Obama campaign announced its formal opposition to a ballot measure in North Carolina that would ban same-sex marriage. read more

Morning Maddow: April 10

04/10/12 07:50AM

President Obama is campaigning on pushing for the Buffett Rule today (My mistake: the Buffett Rule speech is not a campaign event).Will health reform increase or decrease the deficit? Depends on which report you read.The anatomy of a false political story gone viral.The push to register Christians to vote in Florida.The federal government will propose new mortgage rules today.Wealth counseling for the super-rich but sad.I need this. read more

Anything goes

Anything goes

04/09/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Monday's show - state Republican parties are going broke, plus North Korea in the news again, and we've got the latest on the 2012 election and more context on our major... watch

Ahead on the 4/9 Maddow show

04/09/12 06:02PM

Tonight's guests include:Jon Ralston, host of "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and columnist for the Las Vegas SunSteve Kornacki, senior writer for Salon and msnbc political analystWhile 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 song)Executive producer Bill Wolff brings you the preview, from a very sunny Southern California:  read more

Monday's Mini-Report

04/09/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* A brutal crime in Oklahoma: "A Tulsa, Oklahoma, judge has ordered that Jake England and Alvin Watts -- the two men arrested in connection with Friday's shooting spree that left three dead and two wounded -- each be held on a $9.16 million bond."* Syrian violence spreads: "Conflict in Syria burst over the borders into neighboring Lebanon and Turkey on Monday, with one Lebanese cameraman killed and at least four people, two Syrian and two Turkish, injured in fighting on the Syrian-Turkish border."* All eyes on North Korea:* The case is not going to a grand jury: " read more

Congressional Birthers just can't help themselves

04/09/12 04:33PM

It's been nearly a full year since the White House, hoping to end the borderline-racist garbage once and for all, released President Obama's "long form" birth certificate. And yet, Republican members of Congress can't quite let go of this strain of madness.Last month it was Rep. Cliff Stearns (R) of Florida. This month it's Rep. read more

The RNC's war on metaphors

04/09/12 03:59PM

When Republican officials aren't relying on denial when explaining away the "war on women," they rely on an old standby: questioning their opponents' patriotism."I find it offensive that the Democratic National Committee is using a term like that to describe policy differences," said Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee. "It's not only bad, but it's downright pathetic they would use a term like 'war' when there are millions of Americans who actually have engaged in a real war. read more