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Not so fast

02/01/12 07:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the real story behind “self-deportation”, plus why voter... watch

The sign at Newt Gingrich's primary-night party in Florida

Wednesday's Mini-Report

02/01/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits: * Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today that U.S. military forces would end their combat role in Afghanistan as early as mid-2013. If true, that would be a major breakthrough.* Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) abandoned his earlier promises and made his state the nation's 23rd "right-to-work" state.* Encouraging economic news: "U.S. factories grew in January at the fastest pace in seven months, boosted by a rise in new orders. read more

Vitter boasts about Komen move

Vitter boasts about Komen move

02/01/12 04:37PM

What can make the politics of Komen for the Cure's Planned Parenthood decision look worse? Have a scandal-plagued, right-wing senator take credit for the decision.Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) ... read more

A not-so-subtle shot

A not-so-subtle shot

02/01/12 03:26PM

President Obama traveled to Virginia today to talk up his mortgage refinancing plan, and included an interesting phrase."Now, the truth is, it will take more time than any of us would like for the housing market to recover from this crisis. Home prices started a pretty steady decline about five years ago now. And government certainly can't fix the entire problem on its own. But it is wrong for anyone to suggest that the only option for struggling, responsible homeowners is to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom. read more

Groundhog in Toronto

The groundhog and the introvert

02/01/12 02:04PM

Tomorrow, humble, placid groundhogs will be rousted from their quiet underground lairs and forced into the bright lights of a noisy, hyper-social world.Introverts? If this story makes you want to hug a groundhog and say, "I feel you, brother! Your burrow is my cubicle," you should check out Susan Cain's new book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. In it, Cain strikes a blow for such antique concepts as privacy, introspection and working alone. read more

Putting the 'Buffett Rule' to the test

Putting the 'Buffett Rule' to the test

02/01/12 01:33PM

Seven members of the Senate Democratic caucus, led by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), formally introduced the "Paying a Fair Share Act" this morning. It sets up an important election-year fight over the "Buffett Rule."Sahil Kapur has the latest from Capitol Hill:Whitehouse's office said it's still waiting for an official score but expects the legislation to produce tens of billions of dollars in deficit reduction. read more

The lessons out of Oregon

The lessons out of Oregon

02/01/12 12:34PM

For campaign watchers, Florida's Republican presidential primary was the big draw yesterday, but there was another noteworthy race on the other side of the country: a U.S. House special election in Oregon's 1st congressional district.Just two weeks ago, the National Republican Congressional Committee took an interest in the race, airing attack ads against Democratic candidate Suzanne Bonamici. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

02/01/12 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:* Floridians saw thousands of television ads as part of the state's Republican presidential primary. How many of the spots were positive Mitt Romney ads? Less than 0.1%. Wow.* Newt Gingrich, who led briefly in Florida a week ago before facing a barrage of attack ads, did not call Romney to congratulate him last night.* Romney will get Secret Service protection this week. read more

Theocracy on the move in Indiana

Theocracy on the move in Indiana

02/01/12 10:52AM

Indiana's Republican-controlled Senate yesterday passed a bill that would allow for the teaching of creationism in schools. The bill's sponsor, Republican State Senator Dennis Kruse, tells the Indianapolis Star that he knows the Supreme Court ruled that unconstitutional back in 1987, but so what? "This is a different Supreme Court," he tells the paper. read more

Romney rejects concern for the 'very poor'

Romney rejects concern for the 'very poor'

02/01/12 10:08AM

Just two weeks ago, Mitt Romney told voters in South Carolina, "I'm concerned about the poor in this country." This morning, Romney reversed course and said the exact opposite."I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich, they're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the very heart of America, the 90%, 95% of Americans right now who are struggling and I'll continue to take that message across the nation. "You can focus on the rich, that's not my focus. read more

Komen abandons Planned Parenthood

02/01/12 09:16AM

When the nation's most prominent breast-cancer organization abandons Planned Parenthood, it's a stunning development for women's health.In a decision that is inflaming passions on both sides of the abortion debate, the world's largest breast cancer organization, Susan G. read more

The GOP's ongoing turnout problem

The GOP's ongoing turnout problem

02/01/12 08:31AM

There can be little doubt that Mitt Romney dominated in Florida's Republican presidential primary, but there were a few tidbits in the exit polls that stood out, including this one:This has to be discouraging for the former governor and his campaign. read more

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