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News and newsmakers

02/22/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the latest on the ultrasound bill in Virginia, plus an... watch

Ahead on the 2/22 Maddow show

02/22/12 06:12PM

Tonight's guests include:Del. David Englin, (D) VirginiaHouse Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) CaliforniaWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad below play out entirely before starting the song) read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

02/22/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Brutal violence in Syria: "Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces rained rockets and bombs down on opposition-held neighborhoods of the city of Homs on Wednesday, reducing buildings to rubble and killing more than 80 people, including two Western journalists."* Afghan riots: "Armed with rocks, bricks, pistols and wooden sticks, protesters angry over the burning of Korans at the largest American base in Afghanistan this week took to the streets in sometimes lethal demonstrations in a half dozen provinces Wednesday that left at least seven dead and many more in read more

Geithner unveiled the administration's tax-reform blueprint at a briefing today.

Obama plan cuts corporate tax rate

02/22/12 04:35PM

At first blush, headlines such as "Obama Unveils Plan to Cut Corporate Tax Rate" seem out of place. Isn't it more likely that Republicans would push for a corporate tax cut? With all of President Obama's recent economic populism, does this signal a move to the right?Not really, no. read more

Romney tries again on tax policy

02/22/12 03:50PM

A few days before the New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney officially unveiled his tax plan, which was immediately labeled "Bush Tax Cuts on steroids." In an unexpected twist, Romney, by scrapping existing tax breaks for working families, actually proposed raising taxes on the bottom 20%, while offering the wealthy another windfall.The left was disgusted, but the right wasn't impressed either, dismissing Romney's tax agenda as too "timid." So, calling a mulligan, the Romney campaign presented a brand new tax plan today.Former Massachusetts Gov. read more

Virginia Governor McDonnell backs away from transvaginal ultrasound bill

Virginia Governor McDonnell backs away from transvaginal ultrasound bill

02/22/12 02:58PM

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell -- and Republican vice presidential hopeful -- is giving up on requiring medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds in a bill he previously said he would support. He released this statement moments ago:Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state. No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition to another medical procedure.For this reason, I have recommended to the General Assembly a series of amendments to this bill. read more

Chris Christie on tax fairness: 'Shut up'

Chris Christie on tax fairness: 'Shut up'

02/22/12 12:30PM

Piers Morgan asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) last night about Warren Buffett's calls for tax fairness, and not surprisingly, the Republican governor didn't seem especially receptive to the idea."Yeah, well he should just write a check and shut up," Christie said. "Really. And just contribute. I mean, you know, the fact of the matter is that I'm tired of hearing about it. If he wants to give the government more money, he's got the ability to write a check. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

02/22/12 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:* With less than a week to go, a new NBC News/Marist poll shows Mitt Romney leading Rick Santorum in Michigan by two points, but in general election match-ups, both trail President Obama in the state by wide margins.* In Arizona, the NBC News/Marist poll also shows Romney with a 16-point lead over Santorum, but only a five-point lead over Obama in the general election.* The latest Time/CNN/ORC poll, however, shows a much closer primary race in Ar read more

Serious satire: 'It is the purpose of the General Assembly to assert an invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of the men of this state'

02/22/12 11:04AM

The Republican march against adult Americans' right to make their own decisions about really private matters remains so unbelievable that parody has become a legitimate legislative response. Oklahoma got the "Every Sperm Is Sacred" protest amendment. Virginia got a measure to require prostate exams for Viagra prescriptions.And now Georgia State Representative Yasmin Neal has a bill that would ban vasectomies. After a Republican lawmaker introduced a bill taking away women's reproductive rights, Neal decided that fair is fair. read more

Romney occasionally forgets what side he's on

02/22/12 10:55AM

Mitt Romney accidentally told the truth again yesterday. At a campaign event in Michigan, the former governor rejected the principal economic message espoused by congressional Republicans the last several years. (video via ThinkProgress)over and over again, that the economy is "getting better" on Obama's watch.That's not exactly helpful to the Republican Party's election-year message.What's more, in September, Romney temporarily switched sides on economic orthodoxy.Asked to explain his critique of President Obama's economic views on msnbc ... read more

'Secular' is not a dirty word

'Secular' is not a dirty word

02/22/12 09:39AM

Campaigning in Michigan yesterday, Mitt Romney used a line of attack against President Obama that I don't recall hearing from him before.Mitt Romney attacked President Obama's "secular agenda" during a town hall in which he drew contrasts between himself and GOP rival Rick Santorum and defended his stance on conservative social issues for voters still making up their minds before next week's primary."You expect the president of the United States to be sensitive to that freedom and protect it and, unfortunately, perhaps because of the people the president hangs around with, and their agenda, th read more

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