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Mitch Daniels is always eager to point the finger in the wrong direction.

Daniels' elusive credibility

03/19/12 10:46AM

Paul Ryan isn't the only one who mistakenly claims to have credibility on fiscal issues. There's also Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), who appears to have a remarkably short memory.Mitch Daniels' signature issues has been deficit reduction, and he said that none of the candidates, including the president, have done enough to address it."It is time for candidates to, I believe, propose specific remedies or steps to address this very survival-level issue that we're facing. read more

'His name is Trayvon Martin'

03/19/12 10:06AM

Melissa Harris-Perry did a segment over the weekend about the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, a few weeks ago, and it's well worth watching, especially if you want to get up to speed on this story. The controversy surrounding this shooting is starting to garner national attention, and for good reason.Though the incident is still under investigation, what we know at this point is gut-wrenching enough. Martin, a 17-year-old, African-American high school student with good grades, was visiting relatives in a gated community. read more

The details Paul Ryan has forgotten

03/19/12 09:25AM

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is set to unveil his caucus' new budget plan, and to help ensure it lands on fertile soil, the far-right Republican released a video trailer for his plan late last week.For those who can't watch clips online, Ryan argues that the 2008 crash caught policymakers "by surprise," but he sees another one on the way."Let me ask you a question: what if your president, your senator and your congressman knew it was coming? read more

Santorum doubles down on porn

Santorum doubles down on porn

03/19/12 08:45AM

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum raised a few eyebrows last week, with reports that he intends to go after pornography if elected. As the former senator sees it, America is "suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography," adding that a Santorum administration would target porn distribution online, on cable television, and in hotel rooms.Because his campaign made this an issue, Santorum was pressed on this issue during a couple of Sunday-show appearances yesterday. read more

Morning Maddow: March 19

03/19/12 07:39AM

Did you hear the one about the two guys kissing at a Santorum rally in Illinois?Romney wins Puerto Rico.Now we know why Romney was nice to Santorum about Illinois delegates. He had to be.Ron Paul is running out of caucus states, but he says it's still only halftime.The Idaho Senate may vote on a mandatory ultrasound bill today.The comedy stylings of Sen. Scott Brown.Occupy Wall Street tries to retake Zuccotti Park (note: video is NSFW).The full results of the 1940 Census are about to be made public.  read more

Did Santorum win Missouri? We'll find out next month.

A 'disorderly caucus' in Missouri

03/18/12 10:16AM

When we talk about the problems with the Republican presidential nominating process, we tend to focus on the divided party's difficulties in choosing a nominee from a weak field and amidst poor voter turnout.But there's another, more organizational problem: the GOP has had a surprising amount of trouble simply hosting the primaries and caucuses themselves. read more

This Week in God

03/17/12 10:50AM

As "This Week in God" settles in on Saturday mornings, the God Machine has plenty to offer again this week.First up is a church-state case out of San Diego, where a 29-foot-high cross sits on a 14-foot pedestal on public land. The property was owned by the city, but Congress bought the space and declared it a war memorial a few years ago. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the display violates the separation of church and state, but this week, the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to overturn that ruling.The federal government is urging the U.S. read more

Cocktail Moment: Cameron's Kick

03/16/12 10:06PM

A Cameron's Kick is a classic cocktail that appears in the legendary Savoy cocktail book from the 1930s. It's one of the only good, classic scotch cocktails. As wonderful as scotch is, it doesn't always mix well. But in this, it mixes great.INGREDIENTS:1 oz. Scotch Whisky1 oz. Irish Whiskey1/2 oz. orgeat syrup1/2 oz. lemon juice PREPARATION:Shake over ice.Strain into cocktail glass.Garnish with an orange twist.  read more

The Miami County, Kansas Commission voted 3-2 last week to exclude contraceptive funding from a state family planning grant application.

Kansas, too: County turns down funding for birth control

03/16/12 09:31PM

After yesterday's post about county commissioners in New Hanover County, North Carolina, voting to reject state money for family planning, Amber Pickman wrote to tell us about a similar move in Miami County, Kansas. The Miami County Commission voted 3-2 last week to exclude about $9,000 in funding aimed at covering contraceptives from the county's state grant applications.The Louisburg Herald covered the fallout: The decision didn’t sit well with Kelly Fritz, who volunteers at the health department and spoke with Miami County commissioners last August when they first considered eliminating t read more

Ahead on the 3/16 Maddow show

03/16/12 06:41PM

Tonight's guests include:Rep. Jan Schakowsky, (D) IllinoisPaul Rieckhoff, founder and Executive Director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of AmericaLewis Black, stand-up comedian and author of “In God We Rust”While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just make sure the ad below plays out entirely before starting the song)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Moo cows, moo problems

Moo cows, moo problems

03/16/12 06:15PM

How lucky we are that conservative watchdogs are out there to protect us from "Click, Clack, Moo"?In not many pages and a kid-friendly font, "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type" tells the story of some dairy cows who find an old typewriter in the barn and teach themselves to type. ("Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Clickety clack moo.") Empowered by their new skill, the cows type a letter to the farmer asking for electric blankets because it's cold in the barn. When he refuses, the cows go on strike and refuse to give milk. read more

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