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Ahead on the 1/4 Maddow show

01/04/12 07:52PM

Tonight's guests include:Gene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc political analystMichael Steele, former RNC chairman and msnbc contributorGene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic PolicyClick here to hear tonight's soundtrack while watching the video below -- just wait for the advertisement below to fully play out before you start playing the song.Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

The meaning of Iowa? Ask Jon Huntsman, with New Hampshire 'all to himself'

The meaning of Iowa? Ask Jon Huntsman, with New Hampshire 'all to himself'

01/04/12 04:31PM

The Monitor of Concord, New Hampshire, reports today that Jon Huntsman has the "state all to himself." Not that it's helping him much. A new poll out today has Mitt Romney steady as ever in New Hampshire at 43 percent. The daily Suffolk University/7News survey for Wednesday drops Mr. Huntsman from third place to fourth, and from 10 percent to seven percent.But candidate Huntsman is seriously out there working at it. read more

The loneliness of the long-distance Perry

The loneliness of the long-distance Perry

01/04/12 01:43PM

Three things about Rick Perry staying in the race:1) The picture he tweeted today: "And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State...Here we come South Carolina!!!"2) An expanded caption of sorts, by way of Christy Hoppe at the Dallas Morning News: "Griffin Perry just told me #RickPerry spoke with his wife this morning after a good jog cleared his head and they're onto S. Carolina."3) This report, from Robert T. Garrett at the Dallas paper:I called Perry spokesman Mark Miner. No answer. I then called Perry press person Catherine Frazier. read more

Bye-bye, Bachmann?

01/04/12 11:07AM

Michele Bachmann is about to speak to the media. Advance reports all say she's suspending her campaign. Watch and see for yourself:   read more

The front page of the Concord, New Hampshire, Monitor.

What eight votes will (and won't) get you

01/04/12 09:51AM

Sometimes a win is a win, no matter how small. Nate Silver writes today that in coming out ahead in Iowa by eight votes, Mitt Romney managed to sideline Rick Perry and avoid an outright veto by Iowa voters:The bottom line is that Mr. Romney’s chances of becoming president are a little higher than they were 24 hours ago, quite a bit higher than they were 24 days ago, and much higher than they were 24 months ago, when he was one of among dozens of potential aspirants to the nomination. If Mr. read more

Morning Maddow: January 4

01/04/12 07:49AM

Iowa recap: Romney wins by eight (votes). Surging Santorum has to campaign on a shoestring. Paul wants to keep on caucusing. Perry is reassessing. Bachmann makes history. Gingrich blows out of town. If you missed the fun, the Des Moines Register's photos are a good place to start.President Obama talks economy today in Ohio. New Hampshire lawmakers go birther.Will gay marriage come to Washington state?How the fight to gut unions in Indiana is related to Citizens United.A secret Guantanamo cell block that cost nearly $700,000 to build. read more

Tonight's clips

01/04/12 01:46AM

Obviously there was no TRMS in its usual form tonight, but I know folks are still going to be showing up looking for clips of what happened on the air. So I've taken clips of some of the more engaging discussions in tonight's coverage and put those in the show playlist at (and in a little while it'll load into the video list on the right of this blog).I'm not sure they'll all play in a row like they usually do, but at least you can get your Maddow fix until Wednesday night's show. read more

Here's what's up with Rachel tonight

01/03/12 06:03PM

msnbc's rolling live coverage of the Iowa Caucuses technically begins at 6 p.m. ET (er... now!). Arguably the coverage has been live and rolling all day, but 6 p.m. is when we stop breaking it into separate shows.So Rachel will anchor from the New York City studio, joined by Ed Schultz, Lawrence O'Donnell, Rev. read more