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'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

GOP shuts down Sandra Fluke (again)

02/22/12 08:00AM

Last week, the House Oversight Committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), held a one-sided hearing on contraception access, featuring an opening panel of five conservative men -- and no one else. read more

Morning Maddow: February 22

02/22/12 07:51AM

POTUS sings the blues (and look whose mic he's using).And today his administration will propose big changes to the corporate tax code.The CFPB is taking a hard look at what, when and how banks charge customers in overdraft fees.The latest poll numbers have Romney beating Santorum in Arizona, neck-and-neck with him in Michigan.Is VA Gov. Bob McDonnell looking for wiggle room on the ultrasound bill?Two journalists, one of them American, reported killed in Syria. read more

Dog pee can't stop Santorum

Dog pee can't stop Santorum

02/21/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow shares video of Rick Santorum telling the story of being urinated on by a dog while on the campaign trail, and offers to give the candidate... watch

Ahead on the 2/21 Maddow show

02/21/12 06:34PM

Tonight's guests include:Meghan McCain, columnist for The Daily Beast, author of “Dirty Sexy Politics” and msnbc contributorSen. Bernie Sanders, (I) VermontSteve Kornacki, political news editor for SalonWhile 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.)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

02/21/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Eurozone finance ministers approved the second giant bailout for Greece overnight, but widespread doubts remain as to whether the policy will work.* Losing hearts and minds in Afghanistan: "As thousands of angry Afghans flung rocks at NATO's largest military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday, American officials sought to quell a widening furor over what they said had been the accidental incineration by U.S. read more