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Cairoglyphics

Cairoglyphics

11/30/11 03:52PM

On Monday, just before Egypt held its historic general elections, Rachel told you about how the Egyptians use (just say it, kinda goofy) symbols to represent its political parties and candidates on the ballot.Many of our Twitter followers seemed smitten with the idea.So what would your personal glyph be? And what would be an apt icon for some of our current (or even historical) political figures? (Off the top of my head, I'm thinking Romney-- yo-yo) Let's get visual, everybody. Please share in the comments. read more

What really big government looks like in Ohio

What really big government looks like in Ohio

11/30/11 12:59PM

Republicans in the Ohio State Senate say they're ready to move the so-called "heartbeat bill," which would make it illegal to end a pregnancy once a heartbeat is detectable. As the Plain Dealer puts it, the bill "outlaws abortions for women before they even know they are pregnant," and would make Ohio the most anti-choice state in the country.Ohio has seen a string of legislation recently designed to cut off women's access to this constitutionally protected right. In June, Ohio joined the states (pdf) that restrict access for public employees. read more

Occupy Voter Registration

11/30/11 11:15AM

Ray Lutz, a former Democratic candidate for Congress and Occupy San Diego organizer, was arrested this week for setting up a voter registration table in San Diego's Civic Center plaza. The police who took him away said Mr. Lutz was trespassing.From East County Magazine:“When they interrupt someone who is doing lawful voter registration, this is going too far,” Jess Durfee, chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, told ECM. read more

'Life imprisonment. Think about that for a minute.'

11/30/11 10:12AM

Unless you were watching C-Span2 Tuesday, you may not have noticed that the Senate voted to keep a controversial provision in the defense spending bill that would allow indefinite detention of any terrorism suspect, including American citizens.This would make it possible for the government to keep you locked up for the rest of your life without ever seeing the inside of a courtroom. So much for the idea that everyone deserves their day in court.Supporters of the provision argue that such extraordinary measures are necessary in the fight against terrorism. read more

And Barney Frank wins.

11/30/11 09:31AM

In his three decades as member of the U.S. Congress, Representative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) has been one of the few lawmakers who has articulated the need to cut the defense budget. Along with that, Mr. Frank has argued against cuts in entitlement programs and for a tax system in which the wealthy pay their share.Now, just as he announces that he will not run again, Barney Frank finds himself in the crazy position of winning. It's all about the consequences of the Super Committee fail.ere's the situation. read more

Morning Maddow: November 30

11/30/11 07:49AM

Police dismantle Occupy encampments in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.Explain to me again how Newt Gingrich is not a lobbyist?Sec. Clinton's historic visit to Myanmar.A court challenge to same-sex marriage in New York.So, what's wrong with her?Early results from the Egyptian election come in, while the protesters in Tahrir call the whole election a sham.A massive strike by public workers in the UK today.Who's funnier? Grover Norquist or Rep. Allen West?  read more

Ahead on the 11/29 Maddow show

11/29/11 06:48PM

Tonight's guests include:Rep. Barney Frank, (D) Massachusetts, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee   Steve Schmidt, msnbc contributor and former McCain campaign senior strategist Here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a preview of tonight's stories:  read more

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