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Prop 8 opponents cheer the ruling outside the 9th Circuit.

Appeals court strikes down California's Prop 8

02/07/12 01:13PM

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a major legal victory for marriage equality this afternoon.A federal appeals court has declared California's voter-approved Proposition 8 unconstitutional, NBC News is reporting.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Tuesday that a lower court judge interpreted the U.S. read more

President Obama at the 2010 White House Science Fair

Celebrating science

02/07/12 12:30PM

A few months after his inauguration, President Obama was showing so much passion for science and scientific integrity that one observer characterized him as "almost strident" on the issue. I've always thought that was the wrong phrase.The description put a negative spin on what I consider to be one of the president's more endearing qualities -- I can't think of a modern president who speaks as often and as enthusiastically about science as Obama.Indeed, a couple of years ago, the president announced that, from now on, there will be an annual White House Science Fair. read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

02/07/12 12:02PM

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:* How can we tell Mitt Romney expects to do poorly tonight? His campaign released a memo this morning saying the results don't really mean anything.* In a bit of a surprise, former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D) announced this morning that he won't seek a comeback bid in Nebraska this year.* How racist was Pete Hoekstra's (R) Senate ad in Michigan? read more

Karen Handel, Komen part ways

Karen Handel, Komen part ways

02/07/12 11:16AM

Komen for the Cure is still trying to recover from last week's credibility-killing fiasco involving Planned Parenthood grants, and to that end, there's been a major shake-up within the organization.Karen Handel announced her resignation as vice president for public policy in a letter to Komen officials Tuesday.Handel said in her letter that she had supported cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood.As part of her departure, Handel "openly acknowledge" her role in the Planned Parenthood decision, which is curious given her comments to NBC's Andrea Mitchell last week, when she said she wasn't read more

When Obama and Romney agreed on contraception

When Obama and Romney agreed on contraception

02/07/12 10:05AM

For months, Republican presidential candidates have been eager, if not desperate, to accuse President Obama of waging a "war on religion." Rick Perry got the ball rolling quite a while ago, but his more successful rivals have picked up on the same line.The problem for the GOP candidates has been substantive: they knew they wanted to accuse Obama of being hostile towards faith communities, but they couldn't explain why. read more

Optimism has a well known liberal bias

02/07/12 09:28AM

Following up on a segment from last night's show, if yesterday was any indication, it might be a while before the right stops complaining about Chrysler's Super Bowl ad.Karl Rove seems to be leading the charge, telling Fox News he was "offended" by the commercial, adding, "This is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics." The complaints were part of a larger "conservative outcry" in response to the spot.the right was wrong about the policy. read more

Santorum's day in the sun?

Santorum's day in the sun?

02/07/12 08:01AM

They lack the high-profile drama of January's contests, but Republicans in three states will weigh in today as part of the GOP's presidential nominating process. Minnesota and Colorado will hold their caucuses today, and Missouri will host a non-binding primary (a separate caucus for choosing delegates will be held next month).So, do today's contests matter? They're clearly not generating the same kind of attention as the other recent races -- Tricia mentioned earlier that these three aren't exactly Super Tuesday -- but they still have the potential to influence the larger race. read more

Morning Maddow: February 7

02/07/12 07:48AM

Pres. Obama ties himself to a Super PAC.Payroll Tax extension fight part 473.The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on California's Prop. 8 today.Wall Street Journal on why Sen. Marco Rubio is holding up confirmation of Latin American diplomats.Today's Republican contests are no Super Tuesday.It's ticker-tape parade day in New York City, but not for these guys.Mother Jones gets an eye-opening House GOP memo on race and abortion. read more

Ahead on the 2/6 Maddow show

02/06/12 06:40PM

Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historianCelinda Lake, Democratic pollster, president of Lake Research PartnersJosh Rogin, Foreign Policy magazine correspondent and writer of “The Cable” blogWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack.Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Monday's Mini-Report

02/06/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* As the United States closes its embassy in Syria, msnbc had this report earlier today:Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy* Also note the extent to which Western and Arab countries were outraged by the Russia/China veto of a U.N. read more

A tale of two recoveries

A tale of two recoveries

02/06/12 04:53PM

As many on the right struggle to respond to encouraging economic news, several Republican officials have crafted yet another talking point to consider: the nascent, fragile recovery isn't as strong as the one we saw in 1983 and 1984.Several members compared the current economic recovery unfavorably to the rebound from recession during the Reagan administration. In January 1984, as Reagan was preparing to run for reelection, the unemployment rate fell to 8 percent, marking an even more marked decline from a jobless rate of 10.4 percent a year earlier.Rep. read more

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