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A 'uniquely terrible' transportation bill

02/15/12 11:30AM

As a rule, the details of massive transportation bills in Congress are dull enough to make reasonable folks' eyes glaze over. But the one pending on Capitol Hill right now is not just another transportation bill.Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman, recently explained, "It hollows out our No. 1 priority, which is safety, and frankly, it hollows out the guts of the transportation efforts that we've been about for the last three years. read more

The silencing of Benton Harbor, ct'd

02/15/12 11:03AM

We've heard from the state-appointed emergency manager in Benton Harbor, Michigan, who had been using his unilateral authority to sell the city's publicly owned radio station on eBay for $5,000. The posting for the license and the equipment were removed on Saturday, after three bids, likely because any sale of the license would have to go through the usual process at the FCC. By law, the license can transfer only to a Benton Harbor nonprofit or government entity.Emergency manager Joe Harris tells us that he has interested buyers and expects to sell the station this week. read more

Romney targets Santorum's vulnerabilities

Romney targets Santorum's vulnerabilities

02/15/12 10:40AM

Mitt Romney may be struggling right now, but as Rachel noted on the show last night, we've seen these circumstances before. Sure, the former governor is trailing Rick Santorum this week, but this is hardly the first time Romney has surrendered a lead.In previous instances, he's reclaimed the frontrunner slot by tearing down his principal rival. Indeed, when it comes to Newt Gingrich, Romney spent millions to crush the former Speaker twice -- once in advance of the Iowa caucuses, and again ahead of the Florida primary. read more

Ignoring a consensus on contraception

02/15/12 10:09AM

Critics of the White House's policy on contraception access have been pretty aggressive of late, with a coordinated attack both on the policy and President Obama's compromise, but the campaign has failed miserably to persuade the public.The latest New York Times/CBS News poll included a straightforward question on this:"Do you support or oppose a recent federal requirement that private health insurance plans cover the full cost of birth control for their female patients?"Support: 66% Oppose: 26% Don't Know: 8%And what about a requirement on religiously-affiliated employers to cover contracepti read more

Xenophobic ad backfires on Michigan's Hoekstra

Xenophobic ad backfires on Michigan's Hoekstra

02/15/12 09:29AM

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a leading Republican gubernatorial candidate in Michigan, thought it'd be a good idea to run a xenophobic, borderline-racist campaign ad during the Super Bowl. As Laura reported a day later, Hoekstra insisted the commercial "has been very, very effective."Now would be a good to time to ask, "Effective for whom?"Soon after Hoekstra's ad aired, a surprising number of Republicans conceded they were uncomfortable with it. A few days later, the gubernatorial candidate scrapped the website featuring the ad.It was too late. read more

Romney's hard-to-fix 'unfavorable' problem

Romney's hard-to-fix 'unfavorable' problem

02/15/12 08:51AM

The latest New York Times/CBS News poll, released last night, doesn't offer much in the way of good news for Republicans. But for Mitt Romney, the results are especially discouraging.Across the board, American attitudes are shifting in directions the GOP won't like: President Obama's approval rating is up; he leads all of his Republican rivals in hypothetical matchups; Americans are increasingly optimistic about the economy; and the GOP "enthusiasm" advantage has disappeared entirely. read more

Congress reaches tentative payroll deal

Congress reaches tentative payroll deal

02/15/12 08:06AM

Congressional Republicans have a standard negotiating tactic, which has proven effective several times over the last year: hold the economy hostage until Democrats agree to capitulate on the major dispute of the day. The most notable example of this was last summer's debt-ceiling fiasco.But when it comes to the payroll tax break, the GOP simply couldn't play the same game -- Democrats never believed their opponents would support a middle-class tax increase in an election year, denying Republicans any leverage. read more

Morning Maddow: February 15

02/15/12 07:43AM

Congressional negotiators reach a tentative deal on extending the payroll tax cut (with 2 other items being offset by cuts).Is Newt's billionaire now also giving to Santorum? giving him more money? (I completely misread that the first time!)Ya think?Gov. Scott Walker will join Pres. Obama in Milwaukee today. read more

100 years of hot-itude

100 years of hot-itude

02/14/12 07:02PM

Fanfare! Huzzah! 100 years ago today, the great state of Arizona joined these United States. Centennial felicitations seem to be in order—how about:Happy 100th Arizona! Here's to your harsh, unforgiving climate. (and the Sun's pretty bad, too) Happy 100th Arizona! May your good luck multiply like Scottsdale strip malls! Happy 100th Birthday to Arizona, America's weird, twitchy uncle. Happy 100 Years Arizona! Or in Grand Canyon terms, happy 26 seconds! Happy 100th Arizona! Stay prickly! read more

Iran/Israel tensions escalate

Iran/Israel tensions escalate

02/14/12 07:00PM

Josh Rogin, staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine and author of the blog “The Cable,” talks with Rachel Maddow about how the covert war between Israel and... watch

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