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Obama gets a boost from women, bests Romney on favorability

Obama gets a boost from women, bests Romney on favorability

04/10/12 09:30AM

The top-line results in the new Washington Post/ABC News poll suggest the conventional wisdom is largely correct: President Obama leads Mitt Romney by seven points, 51% to 44%, and Americans are feeling slightly better about Obama, the economy, and the nation's direction.But there are some other tidbits that jump out if one digs through the... read more

President Obama delivers remarks at an event observing 2011 LGBT Pride month in the White House.

Obama campaign rejects anti-gay ballot measures

04/10/12 08:00AM

Officially, President Obama and his team have not yet announced their support for same-sex marriage. They appear, however, to be inching closer to shifting positions.A few weeks ago, the Obama campaign announced its formal opposition to a ballot measure in North Carolina that would ban same-sex marriage. read more

Morning Maddow: April 10

04/10/12 07:50AM

President Obama is campaigning on pushing for the Buffett Rule today (My mistake: the Buffett Rule speech is not a campaign event).Will health reform increase or decrease the deficit? Depends on which report you read.The anatomy of a false political story gone viral.The push to register Christians to vote in Florida.The federal government will... read more

Anything goes

Anything goes

04/09/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Monday's show - state Republican parties are going broke, plus North Korea in the news again, and we've got the latest on the 2012 election and more context on our major... watch

Ahead on the 4/9 Maddow show

04/09/12 06:02PM

Tonight's guests include:Jon Ralston, host of "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and columnist for the Las Vegas SunSteve Kornacki, senior writer for Salon and msnbc political analystWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before... read more

Monday's Mini-Report

04/09/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* A brutal crime in Oklahoma: "A Tulsa, Oklahoma, judge has ordered that Jake England and Alvin Watts -- the two men arrested in connection with Friday's shooting spree that left three dead and two wounded -- each be held on a $9.16 million bond."* Syrian violence spreads: "Conflict in Syria... read more

Congressional Birthers just can't help themselves

04/09/12 04:33PM

It's been nearly a full year since the White House, hoping to end the borderline-racist garbage once and for all, released President Obama's "long form" birth certificate. And yet, Republican members of Congress can't quite let go of this strain of madness.Last month it was Rep. Cliff Stearns (R) of Florida. This month... read more

The RNC's war on metaphors

04/09/12 03:59PM

When Republican officials aren't relying on denial when explaining away the "war on women," they rely on an old standby: questioning their opponents' patriotism."I find it offensive that the Democratic National Committee is using a term like that to describe policy differences," said Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the... read more

Gingrich still loves Pinochet's pension "reforms."

About that 'Chilean model'

04/09/12 02:29PM

When it comes to entitlement "reforms," lately we tend to think of Republican efforts to end Medicare's guaranteed benefit and replace it with a private voucher scheme. It's worth noting, however, that the GOP hasn't given up on privatizing Social Security, either.On "Fox News Sunday," for example, Newt... read more

Obama and Reagan vs. the GOP

04/09/12 01:22PM

Eight months ago, Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times headlined, "Stop Coddling the Super-Rich," a group that included, of course, the author of the piece. read more

Monday's campaign round-up

04/09/12 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:* With Rick Santorum leaving the campaign trail to tend to an ailing daughter, Mitt Romney has temporarily pulled his anti-Santorum attack ads in Pennsylvania.* The Santorum campaign,... read more