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Mitt Romney heard plenty of stories from his father.

Romney's risible 'recollections'

02/28/12 08:00AM

Mitt Romney has spent the last couple of weeks desperately trying to prove to Michigan Republicans he has deep, meaningful roots to the state, as evidenced by his love of the state's tree heights. read more

Newt Gingrich, San Francisco values, and the Union Square transvestite

02/27/12 11:59PM

One of Newt Gingrich's favorite ad hominem word bombs is "San Francisco values," assuming that the mere mention of that Gomorrah by the Bay will inflame the Republican faithful.In a burst of civic pride, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Joe Garofoli and Carla Marinucci pressed Mr. Gingrich as to what exactly the phrase "San Francisco values" actually means.Though they probably weren't expecting a lengthy anecdote about Mr. Gingrich's encounter with a six foot two inch transvestite in Union Square, it's a nice bonus all the same. read more

Anything goes

Anything goes

02/27/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the challenge to stay true in the Republican presidential... watch

Ahead on the 2/27 Maddow show

02/27/12 06:00PM

Tonight's guests include:Michael Moore, Academy Award winning filmmaker, author of “Here Comes Trouble”Frank Rich, writer-at-large for New York MagazineWhile watching the video preview below, 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:Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy read more

Monday's Mini-Report

02/27/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* In Afghanistan, two U.S. officers were shot and killed inside the Interior Ministry building over the weekend. The violence is believed to be related to the American military's burning of Korans at a NATO military base.* A shooting at suburban Cleveland high school today left one student dead and four injured. read more

Global warming isn't a campfire ghost story.

Understanding carbon emissions

02/27/12 04:55PM

Dave Weigel heard Rick Santorum speak in Davison, Michigan, over the weekend, and apparently this was one of the Republican's "blockbuster" lines:"CO2 is a pollutant? Tell that to the plants."Santorum liked this phrasing so much, he apparently used it three times. (Either that, or Dave accidentally hit "paste" a little too often.)In either case, the line comes up relatively frequently on the right. In 2010, a Republican senator argued, in all seriousness, "Without carbon, my trees would die."In 2009, Rep. read more

Detroit revving its engine

02/27/12 03:45PM

Republican predictions about the failure of the Obama administration's auto-industry policy keep looking worse.Auto sales are growing so fast that Detroit can barely keep up.Three years after the U.S. auto industry nearly collapsed, sales of cars and trucks are surging. Sales could exceed 14 million this year, above last year's 12.8 million.The result: Carmakers are adding shifts and hiring thousands of workers around the country. Carmakers and parts companies added more than 38,000 jobs last year, reaching a total of 717,000. read more

Romney slams Santorum for agreeing with him

Romney slams Santorum for agreeing with him

02/27/12 02:45PM

In last week's debate for the Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney put Rick Santorum on the defense over several issues, but at the top of the list was the former senator's vote for No Child Left Behind. Santorum expressed some regret for the vote, but said politics is a "team sport," and he was trying to support the Republican administration at the time.The response drew boos from the audience.Just as important, it also drew ridicule from Romney. read more