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Ahead on the 4/3 Maddow show

04/03/12 06:37PM

Happy Primary Tuesday! Tonight's guests include:John Harwood, CNBC chief Washington correspondent, political writer for the New York TimesSteve Kornacki, senior writer for Salon and msnbc political analystStephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for the Obama 2012 campaignDan Bice, columnist for the Milwaukee Journal-SentinelSenior show... read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

04/03/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Brutal tornadoes hit the Dallas area this afternoon, some strong enough to throw 18-wheel trailers into the air like toys.* Local police in Wisconsin have made an arrest in the bombing of a Planned Parenthood office. The homemade explosive device went off Sunday, but did not cause any injuries.* QE3? read more

Putting single payer in the mix

04/03/12 04:17PM

Following up on an earlier item, President Obama spoke at length about the economy today, but he also fielded a question from the AP about health care and the Supreme Court. After talking a bit about post-New Deal precedent, Obama addressed the goals of reform in general."...I think most health care economists who have looked at this have... read more

View from Wisconsin

View from Wisconsin

04/03/12 03:33PM

They're voting today in Wisconsin, though not necessarily on the stuff the state really cares about. If you're in Wisconsin, the recall of Gov. Walker is the whole deal. The latest NBC/Marist poll (pdf) shows 37 percent of likely voters say they're more* closely following the Republican presidential primary, compared to 51 percent... read more

A rousing rejection of Republican radicalism

04/03/12 03:29PM

Almost exactly a year ago, President Obama delivered a high-profile speech on the nation's fiscal future, and used the opportunity to condemn the House Republican budget plan in no uncertain terms. Republicans responded with apoplexy -- Obama hurt their feelings by rejecting their governing philosophy. They can accuse him of being a radical... read more

Equality of opportunity

04/03/12 01:57PM

When Republicans consider the bigger picture and talk about the relationship between the government, the populace, and the economy, it's uncommon to hear them characterize a dispute between "equality of opportunity" and "equality of outcome."The latter, GOP leaders like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney argue, is what Democrats... read more

Mississippi State Senator Hob Bryan

Mississippi anti-abortion bill 'obviously unconstitutional'

04/03/12 01:06PM

All session, Mississippi Republicans have been working a pair of conservative bills that would almost surely give them trouble in the courts. With time running out, and with concerns about future court challenges, Mississippi Republicans have handed those bills over to the minority Democrats for a final say.One bill is an anti-immigration... read more

GOP objects to Obama's Supreme Court comments

04/03/12 12:31PM

At a White House event yesterday, a reporter asked President Obama about the health care case at the Supreme Court, and he addressed the matter publicly for the first time since last week's arguments. If you missed it, here's the clip.The comments were provocative, but hardly shocking. read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

04/03/12 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:* In case there were any doubts about the practical end of the GOP's presidential nominating race, the Republican National Committee will begin this week raising money jointly with... read more

Sandra Fluke and Sen. Olympia Snowe at the Women's Campaign Fund Parties of Your Choice Gala.

Snowe answers her own question

04/03/12 11:31AM

As she wraps up her final year on Capitol Hill, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), to her credit, doesn't mind calling out her own party -- at least on contraception access.Just a few years ago, Snowe recalled, she stood with President Barack Obama as he signed the Fair Pay Act named after Ledbetter. The political debate today "comes to... read more

A different kind of enthusiasm gap

04/03/12 11:09AM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) talked on Friday to National Review, a leading conservative publication, and fielded a pretty straightforward question, "So, why Romney?"Rubio responded with a lengthy, 325-word answer, which spanned 16 sentences. And in that 325-word, 16-sentence response, the high-profile senator, who may very well end up as... read more

Christie backs ALEC agenda in New Jersey

Christie backs ALEC agenda in New Jersey

04/03/12 10:23AM

Chances are, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is largely unknown to most of the public. Perhaps it's time that changes.Paul Krugman recently highlighted the "corporate-backed organization" that has "managed to keep a low profile even as it exerts vast influence" in state legislatures, most notably with... read more

A swing and a miss from Romney on immigration

A swing and a miss from Romney on immigration

04/03/12 09:24AM

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is starting to worry about the damage Republicans have done with Latino voters. Romney aides are reportedly "concerned" that the GOP "is turning away the increasingly powerful constituency."The fears are well grounded; Romney and other... read more

The importance of a pride flag in Afghanistan

The importance of a pride flag in Afghanistan

04/03/12 08:41AM

Thanks to the extraordinary progress on gay rights in the U.S. military in recent years, images that were once hard to imagine are now becoming more common.In December, for example, we saw a lesbian couple marking a time-honored Navy homecoming tradition with a celebrated "first kiss." Rather than being embarrassed by the display, the... read more