In Newark, the nightmare of losing your home is very real. According to NJ Communities United, almost 1 in 4 mortgage-holders in New Jersey are underwater – they owe more money than their home is now worth. And in Newark alone, there have been almost 7,000 foreclosures between 2008 and 2012. A solution that has worked in other American cities may be their salvation. read more
"that the lanes were closed as political retribution has emerged as the only logical explanation" http://t.co/NPjzZg6WjS
Sen. GOP could still kill the budget deal. (The Hill) Apparently nobody was on the Senate floor for a portion of last night. (The Hill) Report: American believed to be held in Iran since 2007 was on an unapproved CIA mission. (AP) Even without Sen. Gillibrand's amendment, there are some protections for military sex assault victims in the NDAA. (AP) If you want to know Rep. Nita Lowey's pet name for Rep. Paul Ryan, click here. (NY Times) read more
Pulling the grave yard shift: Now presiding over The US Senate.
Grammar geeks, unite. Sky News reportedly sent out this alert to its followers yesterday: "Top stories: World leaders at Mandela tribute, Obama-Castro handshake and same-sex marriage date set..." read more
The Michigan state legislature yesterday finished passing a bill that requires women to buy separate coverage for abortion if they want to have coverage for it at all. The measure applies to private health insurance, and it has no exceptions for rape or incest. For that reason, opponents have been calling the new plan “rape insurance." Yesterday, a Michigan Democrat explained why. read more
Another rare respite for me: I'll be away from @maddowblog today & Friday. I'll be back on Sat with a new "This Week in God." See you then