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Obama sells America on Medicare cuts

07/22/11 11:11AM

Eleven days before the economic End of Days (and zero days before the actual one,  judging by the heat), President Obama took to the pages of USA Today to make his case for "going big" on a debt ceiling deal -- and for big cuts in spending:...I've also said that I'm willing to cut historic amounts of spending in order to reduce our long-term deficits. I'm willing to cut spending on domestic programs to the lowest level in half a century. I'm willing to cut defense spending by hundreds of billions of dollars. read more

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Explosion at Norway prime minister's office

07/22/11 10:01AM

We're just getting in the first reports and pictures from a blast at the government building that houses the prime minister's office at about 9:44 a.m. Eastern. (10:30 AM UPDATE from msnbc. Several reported injured, one known fatality, PM Jens Stoltenberg not injured.)11:50 AM UPDATE: New York Times report from Oslo/tons of video // 2:50 PM UPDATE Details on the shootings at the Labor Party youth camp at Utoya.   read more

Morning Maddow: July 22

07/22/11 07:21AM

Mitt Romney is having fun with photo ops.On the first official day of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, House Republicans try to water it down.Tim Pawlenty says he likes hockey fights? Here's one.Same-sex couples in New York City will find out today if they won the marriage lottery.The execution of a man in Georgia is recorded on video.The suspect in the MLK day attempted bombing in Spokane took pictures of himself along the parade route.Meet Gamera, the all-terrain tortoise. read more

Lucian Freud, 1922-2011

Lucian Freud, 1922-2011

07/21/11 10:16PM

Lucian Freud, one of the greatest painters anywhere, in any era, has died at age 88.Freud's lovely, ominous, sad, defiantly unsentimental portraits were somehow both startlingly modern and timeless. He managed to flatter his subjects by not flattering them. And while his art contemporaries surfed the waves of multiple –isms, Freud’s straightforward, people first approach may have made him the most radical of them all. read more

Hazy, heat lamps and humid

Hazy, heat lamps and humid

07/21/11 08:37PM

The high temperature in Chicago today was a balmy 101. One of the hottest days of summer, so far. And for workers striking outside the Park Hyatt hotel, the mercury reached even higher than that, when someone turned on the heat lamps. You know, the kind meant for winter. Or food.Hotel officials seem to be claiming it was all a silly mistake and handed out water to the picketers after the lamps were turned off. The timing of the turning off and the handing out? That all happened not long after management learned the media would soon be arriving. read more

This isn't a playground

This isn't a playground

07/21/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the states begin their foray into the debt ceiling debate,... watch

Heat, don't fail me now

07/21/11 06:34PM

Since it’s hot pretty much everywhere in the U.S —really nasty, sticky, is-that-smell-me? hot--- renowned meteorologist Rush Limbaugh helpfully asserts that the triple digit heat index is a liberal conspiracy designed to make everyone feel extra squishy. And really, how can anyone argue with that?Nodding in sweaty concurrence, the shadowy authorities at the Message Control Center issued further instructions in this secret, fake directive to their conservative minions.  read more

Ahead on the 7/21 Maddow Show

07/21/11 06:31PM

Tonight's guests include:Rep. Barney Frank, (D) Massachusetts, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee   Eugene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc political analyst   State Rep. Armond Budish, (D) Ohio, Democratic minority leaderHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at what to expect tonight:   read more