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Ahead on the 3/5 Maddow show

03/05/12 05:40PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Kornacki, senior writer for SalonConnie Schultz, syndicated columnistLilly Ledbetter, author of “Grace and Grit”, filed an equal-pay lawsuit against Goodyear and helped pass the “Lilly Ledbetter” Act for equal-pay legislationWhile we wait for tonight's video preview to load, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad below play out entirely before starting the song.)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Monday's Mini-Report

03/05/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Russian election: "A day after claiming an overwhelming victory in Russia's presidential elections, Vladimir V. read more

All is not well in House GOP Land.

A leadership team divided against itself

03/05/12 04:21PM

About a month ago, we learned that "behind-the-scenes fighting" between the offices of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Speaker John Boehner had grown so intense, senior aides had to organize a "truce."The fact that such a step was even necessary seems rather bizarre -- the Speaker's office and Majority Leader's office, as a rule, should not be at war with one another -- and reinforces the perception that House Republicans aren't exactly ready for prime time when it comes to governing in the midst of trying times.As it turns out, however, Cantor aides haven't just been engaged in an read more

Let's go to the tape

03/05/12 03:18PM

A few months ago, Mitt Romney sat down with Fox News' Bret Baier, who asked the former governor about his support for a health care mandate. read more

Limbaugh's controversy enters its second week.

Limbaugh 'apology' doesn't end controversy

03/05/12 02:00PM

Controversies over offensive remarks generally follow a trajectory: someone says something outrageous, which is followed by pushback, then defensiveness, and eventually, regret from the offender. Rush Limbaugh very likely thought he was following the usual arc when, on late Saturday afternoon, he issued an odd "apology" for his attacks against Sandra Fluke.But the story clearly has not run its course, at least not yet.And then there were nine. AOL Corp. read more

Draw your own conclusions

Draw your own conclusions

03/05/12 01:09PM

Kudos to the socially progressive folks at Archie comics who have sold out an issue chronicling the marriage of Archie's gay friend Kevin despite the usual conservative poutrage.Now the Archie creators are about to release a new issue (#635) dealing with the Occupy movement — in this case, the economically divided town of Riverdale.So the question is, does Archie choose hot 99-percenter Betty and her paradigm-shifting momentum or gorgeous one-percenter Veronica with her vast connections and bankroll?Right now, we are all Archie. TRMS'ers, please weigh in. read more

When in doubt, Romney relies on fear

03/05/12 12:40PM

President Obama spoke over the weekend at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, and spent a fair amount of time addressing "the issue that is such a focus for all of us today: Iran's nuclear program."The relevant portion of the speech begins at about the 18:53 mark in this clip. Though Obama warned against the "loose talk of war," which only serves to benefit the Iranian government, the president also said Israel, the U.S. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

03/05/12 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:* There have been quite a few polls out of Ohio released over the last few days, but the most recent I've seen comes from Quinnipiac, which shows Mitt Romney up by three over Rick Santorum, 34% to 31%.* With several new endorsements from high-profile GOP figures, it appears that the Republican Party establishment has finally resigned itself to a Romney nomination.* Newt Gingrich isn't likely to have a very good day tomorrow, but he's almost certa read more

Only one of these two has focused on campaign infrastructure.

Rick Santorum's amateur hour

03/05/12 11:26AM

Of all the Super Tuesday contests tomorrow, Ohio's Republican primary is arguably the highest-profile race, and the results will garner the most attention. Polls show Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum running neck and neck.But even if Santorum fares well tomorrow in Ohio, his campaign's logistical and organizational weaknesses will apparently cost him dearly.Rick Santorum was already known as starting from a deficit, delegate-wise, in Ohio. read more

George Will eyes "constructive defeat" in the 2012 presidential race.

The '96 strategy

03/05/12 10:40AM

Last week, Rachel talked to Salon's Steve Kornacki about the 2012 campaign, and he noted that there may come a point at which congressional Republicans stop thinking about the presidential campaign, and start thinking about their own re-election prospects.No one in the party would ever talk about this publicly, but there may come a point at which GOP officials believe President Obama is going to win re-election. The next question, of course, is what Republicans would do if they grudgingly accept this premise. read more

GOP process takes a 'corrosive' toll

GOP process takes a 'corrosive' toll

03/05/12 10:12AM

The new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll is chock full of interesting data, but Mark Murray flags the results that are likely to cause the most heartburn among Republicans.Four in 10 of all adults say the GOP nominating process has given them a less favorable impression of the Republican Party, versus just slightly more than one in 10 with a more favorable opinion. read more

'Three steps backwards for Virginia women'

'Three steps backwards for Virginia women'

03/05/12 09:45AM

The picture above shows how Virginia State Police greeted protesters for reproductive equality this weekend. On Saturday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, 31 people were arrested for marching to the Capitol and sitting down on the steps, where they were faced officers in riot gear.Blue Virginia has video, updates, etc., and posts this statement from Democratic Delegate Scott Surovell:Women fought for decades to achieve equality with men and the right to control their personal medical decisions. read more

Profiles in courage -- or lack thereof

Profiles in courage -- or lack thereof

03/05/12 09:08AM

Before Rush Limbaugh "apologized" for his attacks on Sandra Fluke, Mitt Romney was asked on Friday for his perspective on the controversy. It didn't go well.Mitt Romney steered clear of the Rush Limbaugh controversy until Friday evening, even avoiding a CNN reporter earlier in the day, when he addressed the issue after an event in Cleveland."I'll just say this which is it's not the language I would have used," Romney said.That's not much of an answer. read more

GOP sees Obama gas-price conspiracy

GOP sees Obama gas-price conspiracy

03/05/12 08:44AM

Last summer, with gas prices rising, several leading Republicans came up with a curious accusation: President Obama was causing pain at the pump deliberately, as part of some undefined environmental agenda. This odd line was pushed by Haley Barbour and the Koch brothers, among others.In the ensuing months, prices came back down, and the talking point went away. read more