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Hulk, en fuego!

Hulk, en fuego!

12/30/11 11:05AM

How's this for a New Year's cleansing ritual? In Ecuador, residents build massive dummies called años viejos (old years) and then… burn them.Goodbye 2011! And take your rage-filled Hulk-ified baggage with you!Which makes me wonder…what are you, the Rachel Maddow Show viewers, doing for New Year's?And do you have any special rituals for ending the old year and ushering in the new? 2012 awaits in the comments. read more

Morning Maddow: December 30

12/30/11 07:52AM

What does it take to get Bank of America to close on a mortgage? A shaming music video.New Iowa poll numbers: Romney and Paul are neck and neck.The New York Times asks the GOP presidential candidates about how much executive power a president should wield.VA Gov. read more

Iran's platinum revolution?

Iran's platinum revolution?

12/30/11 01:18AM

I'm not sure this is what Richard Engel had in mind when he advised reading up on Iran for 2012, but my non-Hormuz Iran ready so far has been "Ahmadinejad steps into Iran's dress-code debate" followed by a bit of a trip down the rabbit hole of Iranian urban fashion.In a nutshell, hard-line Muslims in Iran want women to dress a certain way (and they have the power to arrest women they deem in violation of the legal standard), but some Iranian women, particularly young, urban women, don't appreciate being told how to dress and have their own interpretation of the legal standard. read more

Ahead on the 12/29 Maddow show

12/29/11 06:36PM

Tonight's guests include:Dave Weigel, political reporter for Slate and msnbc contributorKaren Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington PostEzra Klein, columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg and msnbc contributorSpencer Ackerman, senior reporter for's Danger Room Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:While you watch the preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. read more

Name that tune

12/29/11 04:45PM

While watching last night's segment about the Occupy Iowa Caucus movement, one video in particular caught my attention -- a familiar tune, rather -- sung with original lyrics for the protest outside Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's office in Des Moines . (Here it is again as part of last night's segment, at around 2:49.)Sound familiar? All you 80's punk kids might recognize it.In the original video, shot by the Des Moines Register, the protesters sing a second tune (starting around 1:20) that I just can't place. If you have an idea, let us know.  read more

Gov. Perry, re-meet Lawrence v. Texas

12/29/11 03:09PM

Much, if not all, of the American movement for LGBT civil rights today depends on Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas' sodomy law. From that moment on, being gay in this country could no longer be a crime. As Talking Points Memo notes today, Texas Governor Rick Perry called the anti-gay law "appropriate" (h/t @raustin31), objected to the SCOTUS ruling and campaigned against legalizing sodomy.Governor Perry got asked about Lawrence v. Texas today in Iowa. read more