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Primarily primaries

Primarily primaries

04/03/12 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Tuesday’s show – we’ve got the latest results on the primary elections in... watch

Ahead on the 4/3 Maddow show

04/03/12 06:37PM

Happy Primary Tuesday! Tonight's guests include:John Harwood, CNBC chief Washington correspondent, political writer for the New York TimesSteve Kornacki, senior writer for Salon and msnbc political analystStephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for the Obama 2012 campaignDan Bice, columnist for the Milwaukee Journal-SentinelSenior show producer Cory Gnazzo shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

04/03/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Brutal tornadoes hit the Dallas area this afternoon, some strong enough to throw 18-wheel trailers into the air like toys.* Local police in Wisconsin have made an arrest in the bombing of a Planned Parenthood office. The homemade explosive device went off Sunday, but did not cause any injuries.* QE3? read more

Putting single payer in the mix

04/03/12 04:17PM

Following up on an earlier item, President Obama spoke at length about the economy today, but he also fielded a question from the AP about health care and the Supreme Court. After talking a bit about post-New Deal precedent, Obama addressed the goals of reform in general."...I think most health care economists who have looked at this have acknowledged, is there are basically two ways to cover people with preexisting conditions or assure that people can always get coverage even when they had bad illnesses. read more

View from Wisconsin

View from Wisconsin

04/03/12 03:33PM

They're voting today in Wisconsin, though not necessarily on the stuff the state really cares about. If you're in Wisconsin, the recall of Gov. Walker is the whole deal. The latest NBC/Marist poll (pdf) shows 37 percent of likely voters say they're more* closely following the Republican presidential primary, compared to 51 percent for the recall of Scott Walker.*Word added. read more

A rousing rejection of Republican radicalism

04/03/12 03:29PM

Almost exactly a year ago, President Obama delivered a high-profile speech on the nation's fiscal future, and used the opportunity to condemn the House Republican budget plan in no uncertain terms. Republicans responded with apoplexy -- Obama hurt their feelings by rejecting their governing philosophy. They can accuse him of being a radical socialist, but if the president responds with a broadside against a plan that eliminates Medicare, he's a big meanie.If last year's response chastened Obama, it certainly wasn't evident this afternoon. read more

Equality of opportunity

04/03/12 01:57PM

When Republicans consider the bigger picture and talk about the relationship between the government, the populace, and the economy, it's uncommon to hear them characterize a dispute between "equality of opportunity" and "equality of outcome."The latter, GOP leaders like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney argue, is what Democrats want: everyone ends up with the same resources, regardless of how hard they work or the value of their labor. read more