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Best noon thing

09/08/11 12:00PM

Ben and Jerry's is dipping back into 1998 to bring us a delicious dish based on Pete Schweddy's amazing balls. You can get your mouth around a pint of Schweddy Balls for a limited time only. Good times. read more

Staff pick: 'Mountains Beyond Mountains'

09/08/11 11:00AM

File this under "things I wish I had read while we were covering the earthquake in Haiti." Over the holiday weekend I read "Mountains Beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder. Published in 2003. It's the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, visionary/anthropologist/humble servant who founded Partners In Health, which began its amazing work in Haiti's central plateau before branching out all over the world. I can't tell you now why I picked it up. I am not normally drawn to a subject so likely to make me feel depressed and hopeless. read more

Perry: Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, is a Ponzi scheme, is a Ponzi scheme

09/08/11 08:45AM

he fact is, we've got to be focused on how we're going to change this program. And people who are on Social Security today, men and women who are receiving those benefits today or individuals of my age that are on -- in line pretty quick to get them, they don't need to worry about anything. I think the Republican candidates are talking about ways to transition this program.And it is a monstrous lie. It is a Ponzi scheme to tell our kids that are 25 or 30 years today you're paying into a program that's going to be there. read more

Morning Maddow: September 8

09/08/11 07:46AM

Some Republicans are snubbing the President by skipping his jobs address tonight.And it sounds like the ones who will be there already don't like what he has to say.The deficit-reduction supercommittee meets today.Gore v. Obama.Spokane MLK Day bomber pleads guilty.Khaddafy says he's still in Libya. But the bigger question is: where are his surface-to-air missiles?Want to see a supernova with binoculars? read more

A two man race?

A two man race?

09/07/11 08:00PM

Republican strategist Steve Schmidt explains whether the GOP race will be dominated by Mitt Romney and Rick Perry and discusses some of the issues that could negatively affect the candidates. watch

Post-game show tonight

Post-game show tonight

09/07/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's coverage of the NBC News-Politico Republican Candidates debate and post-debate show featuring MSNBC primetime anchors, contributors and guest analysts. watch

The more Mitt Romney changes, the more he stays the same

09/07/11 07:04PM

Tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern right here on msnbc, eight Republicans running for the honor of being their party's presidential nominee will debate for the fourth time this year.  What you won't hear from the moderators or the commentators or even the candidates is much about the location of the event -- the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. read more

Just in time for 9-11, Texas apocalyptarians

09/07/11 03:32PM

Whatever you're planning for the 10th anniversary of 9-11, these folks are getting ready for America's "last days." The Dallas preacher behind the new "Twilight's Last Gleaming" sermons has a book coming out with a foreword by Mike Huckabee in January, so we're good at least through then.Kyle Mantyla's got the goods over at Right Wing Watch. read more

Georgia sets new date to kill Troy Davis

Georgia sets new date to kill Troy Davis

09/07/11 02:05PM

I admit that I don't know as much as I should about the Troy Davis case. I know, as you might, that 20 years ago, Davis was convicted quickly and sentenced to die in Georgia for the killing of off-duty policeman Mark MacPhail two years earlier. I understand also that a significant movement believes that Mr. Davis may be as he maintains: innocent.As noted in this article about Mr. Davis' brief 2007 stay of execution, most of the witnesses have recanted or contradicted their earlier testimony (and some alleged that they were coerced into giving it). read more