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The Friday Awesome

07/29/11 03:00PM

Given the week we've just had, I think I speak for the room when I say, bring on the dancing baby hippo. And while you're at it, throw in some cartoon dancing hippos as well. Ahhhh, the flabby genius....Pitiless march of time alert: MTV turns 30 years old MondayFun fact---MTV actually stands for Music Television and often featured short clips of popular performers known as "videos." (Got a favorite? Post it in comments. Same as it ever was, same as it ever was…)I like this one too. read more

The blue line is where we thought we were. The red line is where we are.

Chart: Toward a Greater Great Recession

07/29/11 02:41PM

Washington, D.C., has been wrestling for weeks now with how to cut government spending -- a key sector of the economy.Meanwhile, as you know from living in the rest of the world, the real problem is the economy. New government figures show that the Great Recession was greater than we thought. The recovery is nowhere. And good luck finding meaningful talk about a public stimulus to get the economy moving again. read more

These people own the Green Bay Packers

These people own the Green Bay Packers

07/29/11 01:05PM

The publicly owned Green Bay Packers hosted their annual shareholders meeting yesterday. Jennifer Meyer of Green Bay sends these pictures and writes:In addition to the usual presentation of financial reports, earnings statements, expansion plans, etc., a Packer shareholder is entertained with pep talks, displaying of the Super Bowl ring, and a performance by Dan Lauria as Vince Lombardi!  You've never seen a shareholder's meeting like this... read more

From Adam Jentleson, an aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Maybe the Tea Party's happy now

07/29/11 12:36PM

We're back to the Balanced Budget Amendment, the same one Senator John McCain told his fellow Republicans cannot pass. In an effort to get his debt-ceiling bill through the House, at least, Speaker John Boehner is now adding stipulations for a second increase in the debt ceiling.NBC News reports that those stipulations include that new spending cuts be greater than $1.6 trillion, and that the Balanced Budget Amendment has already gone to the states. read more

Brands with the best "Buzz"

You are what you buy (or maybe you buy what you are)

07/29/11 10:25AM

Twice a year, the brand tracking group YouGov BrandIndex publishes its "list of the US brands with the most Buzz." To calculate a brand's Buzz score, the group asks survey subjects, "If you've heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative?"Subway, Ford and Lowe's had the three highest Buzz scores this year.YouGov BrandIndex (not a fan of spaces?) also breaks down the results by several demographic categories, including political party affiliation.Soooo, some obvious differences here, huh-- where Democrats and Re read more

His speech to the nation on Monday.

'The most insane situation I've ever seen'

07/29/11 09:42AM

It's not clear yet whether House Republicans are going to back up and try again on Speaker John Boehner's debt-ceiling bill, which didn't have enough support as of last night and so didn't get the vote it was scheduled for. Last night was weird, even for people who've been around the Capitol for awhile. John Stanton of Roll Call tweeted, "This is by far the most insane situation I've ever seen folks in all my years on capitol hill."That puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's remarks in a little more context. You'd expect the minority party to jump on a failure by the majority. read more

Morning Maddow: July 29

Morning Maddow: July 29

07/29/11 08:02AM

House GOP to regroup after Boehner's debt-ceiling bill fails to come to a vote.One of the sticking points for conservatives: college aid for needy students.Rick Perry is all about states rights unless that's good for gay marriage.A look into Rosa Parks' papers reveals she had many stories to tell.Oh, Orly Taitz.The military leader of Libya's rebels is killed. read more

Bachmann raising money off promise to tank economy if she possibly can

Bachmann raising money off promise to tank economy if she possibly can

07/28/11 08:07PM

Republicans in the House are desperately whipping votes tonight for Speaker John Boehner's plan for raising the debt ceiling. They're trying to hold the vote tonight.Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) is still a definite no -- there's money in it for her presidential campaign, to which she welcomes any "emergency contribution." read more

What happens now?

What happens now?

07/28/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the latest on the movement of Speaker John Boehner's debt... watch