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The Romney campaign manages to win and look weak at the same time.

So much for Super Tuesday clarity

03/07/12 08:00AM

Going into Super Tuesday, it was hardly unreasonable to think the fight for the Republican presidential nomination would effectively be over this morning. So much for that idea.Mitt Romney, outspending Rick Santorum four-to-one in Super Tuesday states, had just put together a string of wins in Arizona, Michigan, and Washington, and looked well positioned to win as many as nine of the 11 states voting yesterday. read more

Morning Maddow: March 7

03/07/12 07:14AM

Mitt Romney appears to have maybe apparently won Ohio? Republicans mad at Obama's lack of pens and parties.The politics behind Eric Cantor's JOBS (J-O-B-s?) bill - the one that caused his aide to get into a near "physical altercation" and quit.Dennis Kucinich loses the Democratic primary to Marcy Kaptur. Might run in Washington.Remember this guy? He'll be running against Kaptur in the fall. read more

The bust is yet to come

The bust is yet to come

03/06/12 07:01PM

As Steve Benen so ably pointed out, despite all the outrage surrounding Rush Limbaugh and his offensive comments, the Missouri Legislature still wants to honor Mr. Limbaugh with a bronze bust in the rotunda of the state capitol building in Jefferson City, as part of the Hall of Great Missourians.If this initiative succeeds, who will be there with him?Well, for one, jazz genius Charlie Parker. And paradigm-altering entertainer Josephine Baker. And baseball legend Buck O'Neil. And ragtime colossus Scott Joplin. read more

Super Tuesday coverage starts at 6pm ET

03/06/12 05:54PM

Don't forget Rachel takes the center seat for all-night-long live coverage of Super Tuesday primaries. Chris Matthews, Lawrence O'Donnell, Ed Schultz, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Steve Schmidt will join the panel.We can also expect to hear from Alex Wagner, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Howard Dean, filmmaker Michael Moore and more.As was the case last time, there won't be a podcast, but I'll try to add clips for the night's coverage to the playlist here.  read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

03/06/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Resuming talks: "The global powers dealing with Iran's disputed nuclear program said Tuesday that they had accepted its offer to resume negotiations broken off in stalemate more than a year ago."* President Obama, not surprisingly, is still urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to resort to military action against Iran.* Torture in Syria: "A video aired by a British television station purporting to show Syrian patients being tortured in hospital appears to support increasingly grave allegations pointing to crimes against humanity, the U.N. read more

Romney struggles with the basics in Iran

03/06/12 03:30PM

At the most recent debate for the Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney wanted to show off his understanding of international affairs, and told the audience that Syria is Iran's "key ally" and Iranians' "route to the sea."Iran, of course, has 1,520 miles of its own coastline -- and doesn't share a border with Syria. In trying to demonstrate his foreign policy acumen, most notably regarding Iran, Romney helped prove he hasn't even looked at a map of the region in a while.And yet, the former governor continues to feign expertise on the subject matter. read more

Obama comments on Limbaugh controversy

03/06/12 02:41PM

President Obama held his first press conference in a few months this afternoon, and while the bulk of the discussion was focused on Iran and international affairs, two reporters inquired about the controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh's recent misogynistic remarks.The president didn't want to address the decisions of advertisers that are fleeing Limbaugh's program, or the sincerity of the host's so-called "apology," but Obama was willing to talk about what prompted him to reach out directly to Sandra Fluke.In short, the president explained that his reaction was driven by thoughts of his own da read more

Republican Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman (C) talks with Mark Dziedzic (L) and Jeff Dziedzic inside the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 4, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.

White, male and heteronormative (On, Wisconsin!)

03/06/12 01:28PM

Last night, we were excited to have Lilly Ledbetter on the show. Ledbetter is the living embodiment of equal pay for equal work. She spent her working life as an exemplary staffer in an Alabama Goodyear tire factory, only to discover that for years she'd been paid 40 percent less than her male colleagues.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Ledbetter was entitled to nothing, because she had not filed a complaint within 180 days of the discrimination beginning. She managed to get the change in Congress that she couldn't in the courts. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill signed into law by President Obama.

But equal pay for equal work is not a done deal. In Wisconsin, the Republican legislature has sent Governor Walker a bill that strikes the enforcement from the state's Equal Pay Enforcement Act. If you read the bill, you'll see that it's about deleting; it adds nothing and takes away the protections the state had offered beyond the Lilly Ledbetter law. All it needs now is Scott Walker's signature. 

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Algae just isn't as funny as Gingrich thinks it is.

What Gingrich considers 'Cloud Cuckoo Land'

03/06/12 01:15PM

Campaigning in Tennessee yesterday, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich decided to revisit a subject most in his party had already given up on."Algae," Gingrich confirmed. "I think this is a 'Saturday Night Live' skit. You don't often get presidential speeches that could literally be delivered on 'Saturday Night Live' and you wouldn't realize it was a fake. read more

Driving Latino voters to Obama

Driving Latino voters to Obama

03/06/12 12:32PM

We talked a couple of weeks ago about the ways in which Republican presidential candidates, most notably Mitt Romney, have alienated Latino voters. A new national Fox News Latino poll helps quantify matters a bit.In a head-to-head match-up against , none of the Republican candidates polled higher than 14 percent among Latinos.Additionally, 73 percent said they approved of the job the president has been doing, well above Gallup's national average of 45 percent. read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

03/06/12 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:* The final two polls out of Ohio show a very competitive Republican presidential primary. Though most of the recent polls show Mitt Romney with a slight edge over Rick Santorum, CNN now shows the two tied at 32% each, while a Suffolk poll shows Santorum ahead, 37% to 33%.* Speaking of Ohio, let's not forget another marquee match-up today: as a result of redistricting, Democratic Reps. read more

Murkowski's second thoughts

Murkowski's second thoughts

03/06/12 11:32AM

When the Senate narrowly defeated the anti-contraception Blunt Amendment last week, only one Republican, Maine's Olympia Snowe, voted against it. There was some talk that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) might also break ranks on this -- since winning a write-in election in 2010, the Alaskan has been less inclined to toe the party line -- but she voted with her party anyway.Apparently, she now regrets it. The Anchorage Daily News' Julia O'Malley sat down with Murkowski, who talked at length about her second thoughts.What Murkowski told me I already suspected. She's a moderate. read more

Their "grand bargain" talks failed, but talk of a larger debt-reduction compromise continues.

Grand bargain, redux?

03/06/12 10:51AM

Last year, as part of the fiasco surrounding Republicans' debt-ceiling hostage crisis, President Obama offered House Speaker John Boehner (R) an overly-generous "grand bargain." Though some of the details are murky, by all accounts, the Democratic president offered Republicans a $4 trillion deal on debt reduction, which included GOP-friendly entitlement "reforms," in exchange for modest increases in tax revenue.Presented with a ridiculously sweet deal on what is ostensibly the party's top priority, Republicans rejected the offer out of hand. read more