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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

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