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Ron Johnson, contraception, and the power of the Internet

03/28/12 10:07AM

I've long been concerned about whether Ron Johnson, elected to the Senate in 2010, is really up to the job. After all, the Wisconsin Republican has argued that snow in Greenland is evidence of global cooling; he thinks "sunspot activity" is responsible for global warming; and at the height of the BP oil spill disaster, he said he'd sell his BP stock, just as soon as it was more profitable for him to do so.This week, however, Johnson broke new ground, sharing his unique perspective on contraception access. Scott Keyes asked the far-right senator about the issue, and posted this startling clip. read more

The health care debate -- and the festivities outside -- wrap up at the Supreme Court today.

Day 3 at the Supreme Court

03/28/12 08:36AM

As the legal and political world digests what transpired at the Supreme Court yesterday -- to be sure, this is no easy task -- the legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act isn't quite finished. Indeed, though yesterday offered more than its share of drama, it'd be a mistake to overlook the significance of today's proceedings.While Monday featured an argument over the Anti-Injunction Act, a relatively obscure 19th-century law on taxes, and yesterday was all about the mandate the right loved until they didn't, today will tackle "severability" and the ACA's expansion of Medicaid. read more

Morning Maddow: March 28

03/28/12 07:36AM

Romney and Paul allege dirty tricks by Santorum supporters in Missouri.The House has 4 days to pass a highway bill and can't seem to do it.The Santorum campaign claims only 5 paid staffers.The EPA announces historic pollution limits on new power plants.A federal judge acquits the Hutaree Militia of the most serious charges against them.The ever-timely NRA comes out with a concealed-carry hoodie.Somebody stole a statue of the Lorax from Dr. Seuss' house. read more

Cash-strapped Gingrich cuts staff

Cash-strapped Gingrich cuts staff

03/27/12 08:00PM

Politico's Mike Allen talks to Rachel Maddow about the breaking news that Newt Gingrich is laying off about a third of his campaign staff, replacing his manager and trimming back his campaign schedule, with a new focus on the Republican National... watch

Bryan Stevenson: 'Do we deserve to kill?'

Bryan Stevenson: 'Do we deserve to kill?'

03/27/12 08:00PM

Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, who argued before the Supreme Court against sentencing teenagers to life without parole, talks with Rachel Maddow about how children are treated in the American justice system. watch

Conservative war on women belies mandate...

Conservative war on women belies mandate objections

03/27/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow updates the news from the front lines of the Republican war on women's health and points out the contradiction that conservatives are so upset about health insurance mandates but free of compunction about mandating medical procedures as... watch

'Drift' away

'Drift' away

03/27/12 08:00PM

Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight’s show – the latest on the ACA Supreme Court proceedings, plus we’ve got lawyer Bryan Stevenson on the show, argued before the Supreme Court against life without parole for teenagers, plus the... watch

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