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Obama, Congress moving in different directions

Obama, Congress moving in different directions

02/10/12 09:32AM

Since we discussed Congress' dwindling public support in the latest Gallup poll, it's only fair to note the same pollster shows an uptick in President Obama's approval rating. In Gallup's latest tracking poll, Obama's support has reached 49%. read more

Romney distorts his contraception record

02/10/12 08:43AM

Like many of President Obama's critics, Mitt Romney has invested quite a bit of energy lately going after the administration on contraception coverage. The attacks have been a little awkward for the former governor because, not too long ago, Romney and Obama were largely in agreement on the issue.This inconvenient detail has not gone unnoticed, and on Fox News yesterday, Neil Cavuto broached the subject. Romney replied, "Actually the legislation in our state that related to providing contraception and sterilization, those kinds of things in insurance, occurred before I was governor. read more

Mr. Bachus will apparently need a good lawyer.

Culture of corruption, redux

02/10/12 08:00AM

Congress' approval rating has already dropped to near-comical depths; new ethics allegations against a powerful House Republican probably won't help matters.CBS's "60 Minutes" ran a widely-noticed segment recently on the practice of federal lawmakers making investment decisions based on inside information that the public does not have. It was especially unflattering for Rep. read more

Morning Maddow: February 10

02/10/12 07:34AM

ABC News: White House to announce "accomodation" for religious organizations on contraception rule.Three state attorneys general threaten to sue the Obama administration over the contraception coverage mandate.How Catholic bishops prepared for the battle over birth control. And who's really upset about birth control if not Catholics?Santorum on women in combat and "emotions".Romney huddles with conservatives to try to reconnect.Meet the men behind Romney.That thing about the Florida delegates? Still up in the air.Dating tips from CPAC.  read more

Ahead on the 2/9 Maddow show

02/09/12 06:57PM

Tonight's guests include:Rep. Jan Schakowsky, (D) Illinois, chief deputy whip, member of the Health Subcommittee, and helped pass the Affordable Care ActEric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General and member of the Federal Financial Crimes task forceCharlie Dooley, St. Louis County Executive, Vietnam veteran and supporter of the first Iraq Veterans Parade in the U.S.While we wait for the video preview to load, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack.Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

02/09/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* President Obama spoke earlier today on the newly-announced housing settlement with banks.* For more on the new policy, I found pieces from Sarah Halzack and Sarah Kliff, Matt Yglesias, and Felix Salmon helpful. read more

Romney backs welfare drug-testing

02/09/12 04:36PM

y own view it's a great idea. People who are receiving welfare benefits, government benefits, we should make sure they are not using the money for drugs. I think it's an excellent idea."He's not the only one on the right who thinks so. Republican officials in several states have become fans of expanded drug testing, and in perhaps the most notorious instance, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) pushed through an ambitious drug-testing program, only to see it fail miserably.It's not just the states, either. Sen. read more

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