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You Bet Jurassic

You Bet Jurassic

12/07/11 04:04PM

So it looks like the shaggy, long-extinct woolly mammoth may be making a surprise comeback. According to this report:"Within five years, a woolly mammoth will likely be cloned, according to scientists who have just recovered well-preserved bone marrow in a mammoth thigh bone."So stuff that we thought was long gone? Maybe isn't that long gone. Can something be un-extincted? read more

Prejudice still not in the national interest

Prejudice still not in the national interest

12/07/11 03:23PM

Steve Benen does a nice job today taking apart Texas Governor Rick Perry's new anti-gay ad. Prejudice is just not in the national interest, as we can see from the cost of enforcing Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the advantages of ending it.What stands between professed social conservatives and their own professed goals? Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is on a farewell tour this week, with a series of "values" speeches about how to "Keep Mississippi Moving."Mr. read more

More Plan B over the counter? No.

More Plan B over the counter? No.

12/07/11 01:30PM

The FDA had to respond by today to a request from the manufacturer of the emergency contraceptive Plan B to make their single-pill version available to all over the counter. It has only been since 2009 that women aged 17 and older have been able to buy Plan B without a prescription.Progress has been slow, but not for medical reasons. Plan B been proven safe, many times over. No, the controversy is mostly political in nature -- and still, we've seen none of the teen sex cults that some (including a doctor with the FDA itself) said could result from the availability of emergency contraception. read more

Hillary Clinton's forgotten masterpiece

12/07/11 11:16AM

On the news of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's landmark speech yesterday about gay rights as human rights, a viewer reminds us of an early address she gave. "Beautiful!" @APitty writes, "And it mirrors her comments from Beijing the 1995 UN Conference on Women."And indeed, Ms. Clinton's 1995 speech, given when she was the First Lady, is amazing. read more

Inflatable Newt? Ron Paul reaches for a pin

12/07/11 09:41AM

Sixteen years ago this week, the U.S. House ethic panel opened an investigation into Newt Gingrich's use of tax-exempt organizations for political gain. Mr. Gingrich would go on to become the first speaker in House history to be reprimanded over ethics, with a $300,000 fine. Nearly 200 Republicans voted against him. Resigning three years later, Mr. Gingrich referred to his intraparty foes as "cannibals."Today, this week, Mr. Gingrich has emerged as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in Iowa. But what voters seem willing to forgive, his own party hasn't forgotten.E.J. read more

Morning Maddow: December 7

12/07/11 07:55AM

Police are clearing the Occupy San Francisco camp.Los Angeles city council calls for an end to corporate personhood.Newt Gingrich has a mountain of campaign debt and he might not make the Ohio primary ballot. UPDATE: the deadline for the Ohio primary ballot had been moved, so he's in better shape.Callista speaks!Romney says no to the Trump-moderated debate.The FBI is updating its definition of rape.Bashar al-Assad speaks.The War on Christmas is back.Lewis and Clark are coming to the Supreme Court. read more

Links for the 12/6 TRMS

Links for the 12/6 TRMS

12/07/11 01:41AM

Press Release – Statement from Randy Babbitt Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day Ed Schultz interviews Bobby Hull Diplobamacy Remember the Tarantino? The source of the Chris Hayes "Lambchop" nickname (9:24) Chants of 'Putin's a Thief!' Ring Out in Moscow Virtual U.S. Embassy to Iran read more

Diplobamacy

12/06/11 09:47PM

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's truly remarkable speech... "Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights."  It's worth your time. read more

'Occupy Our Homes'

'Occupy Our Homes'

12/06/11 07:14PM

In a Day of Action protesting home foreclosures, Occupy Wall Street groups around the country marched to reclaim vacant or foreclosed homes for homeless families. In the photo above, OWS marched to East New York, Brooklyn, where it toured foreclosed homes in the area and occupied a reportedly bank-owned, abandoned home, cleaned and repaired by volunteers, for a single mother of two children.(Out of curiousity, I looked up the address of the occupied house on Realtor.com and Trulia ). read more

On tonight's show

On tonight's show

12/06/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - Campaign roles, Newt's in love with Newt and we'll check up... watch

FAA chief resigns

FAA chief resigns

12/06/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on the resignation of FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt following his arrest for drunk driving. watch

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