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03/22/12 07:01PM

In addition to making it easier to sneak creationism into our public schools, this week lawmakers in the great state of Tennessee also made the bold decision to protect The Ten Commandments.Says AP:"The House has voted to allow public buildings to display such "historically significant documents" as the Ten Commandments, the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence. The chamber voted 93-0 in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesborough on Monday with minimal debate. read more

Ahead on the 3/22 Maddow show

03/22/12 06:36PM

Tonight's guests include:Scott Helman, co-author of "The Real Romney" and staff writer at The Boston GlobeRichard Carmona, (D) Arizona senatorial candidate, former Surgeon General under Pres. George W. Bush, currently petitioning against the Arizona contraception billRev. C. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance, pastor of Northminster Church in Monroe, LA, updates at @WeltonGaddy While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

03/22/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Following a no-confidence vote from the Sanford city commission, Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. has "temporarily" stepped down from his post. read more

The one who actually needs to apologize

03/22/12 04:43PM

Sam Stein noted yesterday that Mitt Romney, on the campaign trail, told voters it "just broke my heart" when he saw President Obama "go around the world apologizing for America."Romney's lying. He knows he's lying. And yet he keeps telling this lie anyway.This particular lie is troubling because of how old it is. In Romney's campaign kick-off speech last June, he told supporters, "President Obama sees a different America, and he's taken us in a different direction. read more

Drilling down into the truth

03/22/12 03:56PM

When it comes to energy policy, "all of the above" used to encapsulate the Republican approach. The GOP didn't just want nuclear, drilling, reneweables, etc. -- the party said it wanted all of them.That was four years ago. Now that President Obama agrees with them and has now endorsed "all of the above," Republicans have decided they don't like their position anymore, and now want an energy policy based on drilling, drilling, and more drilling. read more

House GOPer accidentally tells the truth about Solyndra

House GOPer accidentally tells the truth about Solyndra

03/22/12 03:03PM

Since there is no Solyndra "controversy," political observers have been left to speculate as to why congressional Republicans have pretended to take this seriously. The widely-held assumption has been that the GOP is simply playing a little political game, in the hopes of embarrassing the president ahead of the 2012 election.This week, a prominent House Republican effectively admitted this assumption is correct.Dave Roberts had this interesting report yesterday, referencing a subscriber-only piece from E&E. read more

GOP senator bucks party on Planned Parenthood funding

03/22/12 02:02PM

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican from Texas, talked to msnbc's Chuck Todd this morning, and went through a series of predictable GOP talking points -- right up until the end of the interview.Hutchison complained that President Obama isn't drilling enough; she suggested the administration somehow wants the U.S. to be more dependent on foreign oil; and she argued that the Blunt Amendment wasn't really about restricting access to contraception. read more

Could the Ryan plan fail in the House?

03/22/12 01:36PM

The House Budget Committee approved Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) right-wing budget plan yesterday, but just barely. After Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) voted against it -- they said it was insufficiently conservative -- the final committee tally was 19 to 18.It will only get more difficult going forward.For Democrats, the Ryan agenda is ridiculous. read more

Remember when Romney liked higher gas prices?

03/22/12 12:30PM

After having ignored energy policy for much of the campaign, Mitt Romney has suddenly discovered a deep interest in the issue, and even argued this week, "There's no question that when ran for office, he said he wanted to see gasoline prices go up."That's not true -- honesty isn't Romney forte -- but it does raise a broader question about the former governor and gas prices. read more

Thursday's campaign round-up

03/22/12 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:* If Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee, he shouldn't expect to win one of his home states -- PPP shows President Obama leading Romney in Massachusetts by 23 points.* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) doesn't want to be Romney's running mate. Since he was unlikely to get an invitation, the announcement seems unnecessary.* Gallup's latest poll shows Congress' approval rating soaring ... from 10% to 12%.* In Connecticut's open U.S. read more

Rove picks the wrong fight over OBL killing

03/22/12 11:25AM

In November, Karl Rove's attack operation, Crossroads GPS, took a Bill Clinton quote out of context in order to launch a wildly misleading criticism of President Obama on taxes.Today, Rove took another Bill Clinton quote out of context to launch another wildly misleading criticism of President Obama, this time on counter-terrorism.Here's what Rove wrote in his new Wall Street Journal column:As for the killing of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Obama did what virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation. read more

Hoover Dam, political metaphor

03/22/12 10:55AM

After winning the Illinois primary on Tuesday, Mitt Romney's victory speech featured an unexpected argument. The former governor was trying to argue that "government" stands in the way of American progress, which led to this observation: "We once built the interstate highway system and the Hoover Dam. Today, we can't even build a pipeline."It was probably a reference to Keystone XL, but Romney was also referring to two major, expensive taxpayer-financed infrastructure projects -- the kind of policies Republicans now oppose. read more