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Santorum, Romney moving in opposite directions

Santorum, Romney moving in opposite directions

02/14/12 09:33AM

Yesterday's Gallup daily tracking poll showed Mitt Romney's national lead over Rick Santorum dropping from 20 to 2 points since early February. As Tricia noted earlier, a New York Times/CBS News poll released this morning found Santorum taking the lead from Romney nationally, 30% to 27%.The Pew Research Center's latest survey helps bolster the trend.Rick Santorum's support among Tea Party Republicans and white evangelicals is surging, and he now has pulled into a virtual tie with Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. In polling conducted Feb. read more

Snowe, Collins break ranks on contraception coverage.

Republican divisions emerge on contraception

02/14/12 08:43AM

Last week, President Obama unveiled a compromise on contraception coverage at least in part because he'd been pushed into making a change. The White House wasn't especially concerned about criticisms from the right, but it was Democratic discomfort with the administration's policy that led Obama to look for an alternative.In the wake of Friday's announcement that accommodates religiously-affiliated employers, Dems are on the same page -- and now it's Republicans who are divided.The problem is with the GOP's proposed response to Obama's policy. Congressional Republicans, led by Sens. read more

Will the leaders lead or follow?

The payroll cut's clouded future

02/14/12 08:00AM

It certainly looked like a breakthrough. Mid-day yesterday, House Republican leaders, who'd insisted for months that the payroll tax break be fully paid for, made an unexpected reversal, abandoning their central demand.So, is it a done deal? Time to move on to the next fight? Not just yet.GOP leaders surrendered yesterday -- and incidentally, stepped all over their own Budget Day message about the deficit -- but they have not yet won over their own members. read more

Morning Maddow: February 14

02/14/12 07:42AM

Holy crap, "cashmobs" are awesome.Santorum is the Republican frontrunner in another national poll.More people are noticing Ron Paul's delegate strategy.Study finds voter rolls are full of inaccuracies.Reason #524 that Speaker John Boehner is bad at his job.No Sharia law in South Carolina!Uzbekistan cancels Valentine's Day.NASA pulls the plug on its last mainframe computer. read more

Chock-full of news

Chock-full of news

02/13/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – we’ve got former White House director of the Office of... watch

Ahead on the 2/13 Maddow show

02/13/12 06:42PM

Tonight's guests include:Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget, under President Obama, currently vice chairman of global banking at CitigroupE.J. Dionne, columnist at the Washington Post, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and msnbc contributorRep. read more

Gulf of Mexico, rebranding challenge winners

Gulf of Mexico, rebranding challenge winners

02/13/12 06:24PM

Thanks to all who participated in our Rename the Gulf of Mexico challenge. Just to recap, Democratic  Mississippi representative Steve Holland was so steamed over the way Republicans' wasted time on symbolic posturing that he proposed renaming the Gulf of Mexico the Gulf of America. As a joke. Also---as a joke—we said, go ahead, re-name the Gulf of Mexico. read more

Monday's Mini-Report

02/13/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Greece erupted yesterday, with protestors burning dozens of buildings in Athens, but the Greek Parliament nevertheless approved another round of austerity measures in order to receive a European bailout.Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy* Violence rages on in Syria, where government forces have "resumed their bombardment of the embattled city of Homs for a 10th day after the authorities in Damascus rejected efforts by the Arab League to seek a United Nations peacekeeping mission for Syria and to deepen the ostracism of Pres read more