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Santorum considers staying 'with what we have'

03/23/12 12:35PM

Rick Santorum prides himself on speaking without prepared texts -- he recently recommended criminalizing Teleprompters -- but once in a while, we're reminded of the dangers of off-the-cuff rhetoric. Take the former senator's appearance in Texas yesterday, for example.For those who can't watch clips online, Santorum, in reference to Mitt Romney, told voters, "You win by giving people a choice. You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who's just going to be a little different than the person in there. read more

Friday's campaign round-up

03/23/12 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:* As Tricia noted earlier, polls show Rick Santorum looking strong in Louisiana in advance of tomorrow's primary, but depending on the margin, delegate distribution may not give Santorum the boost he needs.* Though Santorum's options appear limited after Louisiana, he appears quite likely to win his home state of Pennsylvania, though its primary is not until April 24.* A couple of weeks after losing a Democratic primary in his home state of Ohio, read more

The Week in Geek: Video Extravaganza Edition

03/23/12 11:32AM

How to use lasers to see around corners.Beware the brinicle of DEATH. (WITH VIDEO)Bacteria live on the underside of glaciers even if no one else can, or wants to.A case study in ocean acidification next to Mount Vesuvius. (WITH VIDEO)Evidence for water on Mars is stronger than ever. If only we had funding to keep looking...Gorgeous time-lapse of the heavens from the International Space Station. (WITH VIDEO)NASA's Cassini space probe gets a breath of fresh air around Saturn.How to find a moon around a planet around another star. read more

Don't blame the hoodie

03/23/12 10:55AM

Fox News' coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting has generated quite a bit of criticism, but matters took a turn for the worse this morning on "Fox & Friends." TPM posted this clip.Media Matters has a full transcript, but the quote from Geraldo Rivera is almost hard to believe:"I believe that George Zimmerman, the overzealous neighborhood watch captain should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law and if he is criminally liable, he should be prosecuted. But I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. read more

Political metaphor waits to happen, dirt path edition

Political metaphor waits to happen, dirt path edition

03/23/12 10:44AM

I took a reporting trip to Greensboro, North Carolina, this week, where I noticed something odd at the airport. See that path in the dirt? In technical terms, it's a "desire path," a kind of DIY sidewalk made by people deciding they'd rather go that way.You see desire paths everywhere -- across parks and campuses and between strip malls. If you're driving along a highway and there's a worn place in the grass by the road where a sidewalk might be, that's a desire path created by people walking. A desire path shows where people really want to go, not where officials say they should. read more

The House's IPAB mistake

03/23/12 08:40AM

Congressional Republicans insist they're deeply concerned about reducing health care costs and restraining spending, especially as it relates to the nation's long-term fiscal challenges and the integrity of Medicare. read more

DeMint's seal of approval

DeMint's seal of approval

03/23/12 08:01AM

At first blush, it would appear that Jeb Bush's newly-announced support for Mitt Romney was the week's biggest endorsement. After all, the backing of the former Florida governor sends an unmistakable signal that the Republican establishment has concluded there will be no White Knight, so it's time to grudgingly accept Romney as the party's nominee.But Bush's backing isn't quite as interesting as Sen. read more

Morning Maddow: March 23

03/23/12 07:42AM

Sen. Jim DeMint kinda sorta encourages the others to get out of Romney's way.Ann Romney tries to get us to replace the image of the Etch a Sketch with Mitt Romney the singing cowboy.Santorum is poised to do very well in Louisiana tomorrow. Or not?How the NRA fueled Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.A South Carolina legislator wants to repeal his state's "Stand Your Ground" law.A massive anti-nuclear protest in Vermont.Ssgt. Robert Bales to be charged with murder today. read more

Correcting a map from last night's show

03/22/12 09:25PM

Last night Rachel talked about her forthcoming book, Drift. In that segment, we showed the wrong map. When Rachel was talking about Palomares, Spain where the U.S. accidentally dropped four atomic bombs in 1966, we showed a map of Palomares del Rio, Spain instead of Palomares. Sorry for the confusion! For the record, it was Palomares, Spain seen here: read more