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Ahead on the 2/8 Maddow show

02/08/12 06:28PM

Tonight's guests include:Tim Pawlenty, former Republican presidential candidate, has now endorsed Mitt Romney for Republican presidential candidate, and former governor of MinnesotaChris Hayes, host of “Up with Chris Hayes” on msnbcDoug Wilson, assistant Secretary of DefenseWhile we wait for tonight's video to load, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack.  read more

Very ape and very nice

Very ape and very nice

02/08/12 06:00PM

A fascinating article in Wired makes the case that some animals that were once highly aggressive, blood-thirsty creatures (like bonobos and dogs and foxes and macaques) have, over time, become mellow, cooperative, Lebowskian dudes.Chalk it up to self- domestication. Not to be confused with self-deportation, self-domestication happens when some species discover that their key to long-term survival is not by clawing everything in sight but in mutual cooperation, trust and respect. Consider the Tonkean macaque."They live in cohesive social groups and fight rarely. read more

Wednesday's Mini-Report

02/08/12 05:32PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* As the crisis in Syria intensifies, msnbc ran this report this afternoon:Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy* A deal for a new bailout in Greece is not yet complete, but Prime Ninister Lucas Papademos is reportedly close to finishing an agreement.* Congressional Republicans are so committed to pretending to be outraged about contraception coverage they're pushing legislative remedies.* There is some irony to the conservative push: we learned today that teen-pregnancy rates have reached a 30-year low, thanks in large part to read more

Romney's CPAC '08 message

Romney's CPAC '08 message

02/08/12 05:01PM

As the Conservative Political Action Conference gets underway in Washington tomorrow, it's worth remembering that Mitt Romney ended his 2008 campaign exactly four years ago yesterday during his CPAC speech.Looking back, the former governor had a rather provocative explanation as to why he felt the need to withdraw from the race for the Republican nomination."If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and frankly I'd be making it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win. read more

What a difference 11 years makes

What a difference 11 years makes

02/08/12 04:06PM

Republican lawmakers' manufactured outrage over contraception coverage would be easier to believe if so many GOP officials weren't already on record agreeing with the Obama administration.We talked yesterday about the similarities between Mitt Romney's 2005 position and that of the White House this year, but Igor Volsky moves the ball forward today with an even better example.The Obama measure closely resembles state laws providing equity in insurance coverage for contraception in six states and actually offers far more conscience protections than previous Congressional efforts to expand women read more

Why jobs may be Romney's weakest issue

Why jobs may be Romney's weakest issue

02/08/12 02:18PM

From the outset, Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign has said it's his experience as a "job creator" that makes him a strong candidate. In many ways, the spin has it backwards: jobs are arguably Romney's weakest issue.In recent months, thanks in large part to his Republican rivals, Romney's private sector background has become a major point of contention. read more

The depths of Hannity's imagination

02/08/12 01:16PM

On his program last night, Fox News' Sean Hannity talked with Republican pollster Frank Luntz about President Obama's re-election prospects, and as part of the discussion, the host shared a unique insight into the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last May.becoming a popular conspiracy theory in conservative circles, but it's deeply silly. read more

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