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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

Romney campaigns against student aid in Ohio.

Alienating students, too

03/06/12 10:04AM

When it comes to alienating key voting constituencies, Republicans are on a roll. The GOP has already gone out of its way to push Latino voters away, and seems to operating under the assumption that women no longer vote at all.Yesterday, Mitt Romney, the likely Republican presidential nominee, decided to alienate students, too.The high school senior who stood up at Mitt Romney's town hall meeting here today was worried about how he and his family would pay for college, and wanted to hear what the candidate would do about rising college costs if elected. He didn't realize that Mr. read more

Covering gas prices -- in 2008

03/06/12 09:28AM

With gas prices on the rise, Fox News has been pretty aggressive in trying to convince its audience that President Obama deserves the blame for pain at the pump. With that in mind, Media Matters put together a fascinating item that took a stroll down memory lane.In the early summer of 2008, when the average price of a gallon of gas in the U.S. read more

In Bob McDonnell's Virginia

In Bob McDonnell's Virginia

03/06/12 08:58AM

It's not entirely clear who's running the majority Republican Party in Virginia, the Richmond Style Weekly writes this week. Basic tasks like passing a budget are now in some jeopardy, state Senator John Watkins tells the paper. "Some of us warned about this very thing: social issues overcoming the practical aspects of governing," he says.Whoever's running Virginia, they're delivering it to new, uncomfortable places. On Saturday, Style Weekly photographer Scott Elmquist took the picture above, of a four-year-old girl on the Capitol steps where police in riot gear stand guard. read more

Another Romney surrogate undercuts campaign

Another Romney surrogate undercuts campaign

03/06/12 08:38AM

Former first lady Barbara Bush has not only endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, she's taken an active role in giving him a Super Tuesday boost, recording robocalls on behalf of the former governor.But like a surprising number of high-profile Romney supporters, Bush isn't sticking to the campaign script.The 2012 presidential campaign may have eight months to go, but former first lady Barbara Bush has already given it a bad review."I think it's been the worst campaign I've ever seen in my life," she said Monday at Southern Methodist University during a conference on the influence of th read more

Limbaugh loses favor with those who pay his bills

Limbaugh loses favor with those who pay his bills

03/06/12 08:00AM

During his lengthy career in broadcasting, Rush Limbaugh has ignored the boundaries of decency on countless occasions, but he's never lost so many sponsors, so quickly, as he has over the last week.Six days after the right-wing host's verbal assault on Sandra Fluke, Limbaugh no doubt enjoys the condemnations and attention, but can't be pleased with the reactions from those who pay his bills.Many thought Limbaugh's initial apology was inadequate, and their outrage helped compel advertisers to pull their commercials from Limbaugh's program.Two more national advertisers -- online giant AOL and ta read more

Morning Maddow: March 6

03/06/12 07:44AM

If you have an iPad, you also have a ukeleleNBC's guide to Super TuesdayNot even Newt Gingrich is voting for Newt Gingrich todayThe Ron Paul Super Tuesday parallel campaignHas the GOP given up its White House dreams to focus on the hill?By election day in November, unemployment may be down to a nice round numberThis robot cheetah had a better morning jog than youDrop in bird numbers around Fukushima plant double what it was around ChernobylRIP Toola the otter read more

Links for the 3/5 TRMS

Links for the 3/5 TRMS

03/05/12 11:58PM

McDonnell Talks Super Tuesday  Rachel Maddow and my lesson in civilityLimbaugh advertisers head for the exits; tax advice firm, AOL are latest to pull ads Rush Limbaugh: Radio Stations Drop Show As Sandra Fluke Controversy Rages On Petition seeks to oust Limbaugh from AFN radio A Statement from Rush Limbaugh Blames the Left for Calling Sandra Fluke a 'Slut' Rush Limbaugh apologizes again, but advertisers continue to sever ties We Are All Georgians Heated clash led to Eric Cantor aide Brad Dayspring exit read more

A MaddowBlog exclusive 'Drift' excerpt

A MaddowBlog exclusive 'Drift' excerpt

03/05/12 10:04PM

As promised, here is another excerpt from Rachel Maddow's soon-to-be-released "Drift." This one is exclusive to the MaddowBlog. You won't find it anywhere else. For this one, we take you to Chapter 8:An excerpt from Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Rachel Maddow. On sale March 27th, 2012.The houbara bustard is not a particularly large or regal bird. read more

The meaning of 'Monkees'

03/05/12 07:31PM

Last week, we were fortunate to have Peter Tork of the Monkees visit for a talk about the passing of his bandmate, Davy Jones, and the meaning of the Monkees -- the group and the show. Afterward, Peter sent us this:When The Monkees first aired, it was the first time on network television (in the days when there were only three networks) that a group of young adults was presented as being in charge of their own lives, without a "wiser" senior adult figure directing or advising them. read more

The Monday after

The Monday after

03/05/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the nominating process presents major problems for Republican presidential candidates, plus the latest on Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments and Mitt Romney’s... watch

Sprawl, the opposite.

Stop right there: The City 2.0

03/05/12 05:54PM

The TED prize is given annually to an individual TED thinks is worth $100,000 and a wish to change the world. In past years, recipients have included former President Bill Clinton, writer Karen Armstrong and environmentalist Sylvia Earle.This year, for the first time, the TED prize is going not to an individual, but to an idea, The City 2.0. Essentially, TED's idea is that we on planet Earth should work with what we already have, rather than expanding and developing more land:The City 2.0 is the city of the future ... read more