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Ahead on the 7/14 Maddow Show

07/14/11 07:43PM

Tonight's guests:Rep. Barney Frank, (D) Massachusetts, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee Bill Moyers, broadcast journalist and author of "Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues"And here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at what we'll cover:  read more

Muzzle Tov

Muzzle Tov

07/14/11 05:36PM

Rising to a crescendo in her assault on President Obama's handling of the debt ceiling mishegoss, Michele Bachmann told Fox News that the president had lots of chutzpah. Regrettably, that wonderfully expressive Yiddish word came out as CHOOTS-pah. Oy. Today, Majority Report's Sam Seder offerered this hilarious take on candidates trying to appeal to Jewish voters.  In future, before appropriating other gems from the Yiddish lexicon, Rep. read more

Governor Mark Dayton speaks to the Minnesota National Guard in May.

#Minnesota gov: I'll trade a budget deal for a jobs bill

07/14/11 03:34PM

Maybe it was the threat of people not being able to buy beer and cigarettes, but Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, said today that he'll accept Republican lawmakers' offer for a state budget so the government shutdown can end. Governor Dayton, a Democrat, said he'll take their proposal from June 30 on three conditions.One, Republicans have to drop their demands for policy changes like restrictions on abortion and a voter ID law. Two, they have to give up on cutting 15 percent of the workforce at all state government agencies. read more

'Words of wisdom [and] encouragement' from Betty Ford

07/14/11 12:43PM

Former First Lady Betty Ford returned to Michigan yesterday, where she'll be buried today next to her husband, the late former Republican President Gerald Ford.A couple of weeks ago on the show, during a segment about the Equal Rights Amendment, we played a clip from 1975 of President Ford talking about his support for ERA.Here's the raw tape of that clip, where you'll see, President Ford turns the microphone over to his wife for a bit: read more

Rick Perry sued over prayer event he insists is not political

07/14/11 11:44AM

 The Freedom from Religion Foundation suspects there might be something wrong about Texas Governor Rick Perry using his office to call the nation to prayer. Governor Perry is organizing a day of fasting and praying next month, called the Response, with the help of the some of the jaw-dropping folks you'll see in the clip above. He announced the event in an official state press release.Now Freedom from Religion has sued Governor Perry. read more

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Come for the ladies?

07/14/11 11:00AM

Even in the week of the Women's World Cup, of Team USA goalie Hope Solo's amazing save in a penalty kick shootout, of Abby Wambach's unbelievable header that tied up the game with Brazil, even in the week where women's athletic accomplishments have been received with incredible enthusiasm, women athletes still have to fight for respect. The latest example: Apparently Tennis Canada thought "the ladies" would draw in bigger audiences to watch the Rogers Cup (the Canadian Open) rather than say, intense professional tennis matches between world-class athletes. read more

Political metaphor happens: John Boehner, 'Mr. Own Goal'

07/14/11 09:51AM

The most important thing that has happened in Washington all week might be this: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke telling Congress that the economy may need another round of stimulus. All the arguing over the debt ceiling, the breakdown of talks and of deals and of leadership, amounts to a political problem. The fact that we're in the worst jobs market since World War II is an actual problem.And one of the three major political leaders in Washington right now, House Speaker John Boehner, can't get his own party to pass a message bill about light bulbs. read more

Morning Maddow: le Quatorze Juillet

07/14/11 08:03AM

Ron Paul's first campaign ad.The AARP jumps into the fight to protect social security.Voter turnout was high in Wisconsin recall primaries.House Democrats try to expose a coordinated campaign of excessive voter ID laws.House Republicans vote the NRA's way.Really? The back of the bus?.- .-- . ... --- -- . read more

Fuji-Q Highland amusement park world's steepest roller coaster "Takabisha" with a free falling angle of 121 degrees

Vicarious exhilaration for the cube-bound of the day

07/14/11 04:16AM

I had seen headlines recently about the world's new steepest roller coaster in Japan (press day was last week), but now there's rider-eye-view video that conveys the experience pretty well. The portion in the photo below starts around 1:15 in the video. Use headphones for the bonus wind-in-the-microphone natural sound.   read more

The party of no, illustrated

The party of no, illustrated

07/13/11 09:21PM

Last night's most asked-after graphic was the chart referenced in the above clip, seen below in its native format from a recent Economist/YouGov poll. I wonder how much this graph changes depending on what issue is in the news. I'm only thinking anecdotally but I remember a lot of progressives being really frustrated with compromise during the health reform debate. read more

Manatee mayhem: This aggression will not stand!

Manatee mayhem: This aggression will not stand!

07/13/11 08:18PM

Just look at him. Roaming OUR waters like he owns the place. Twelve hundred  pounds of soft, smug entitlement. Manatees. Face it, it’s us …or them.Luckily, some tea partiers in Florida are making a stand against these freeloading punks. Reports the St. Petersburg Times:“A Citrus County tea party group has announced that it's fighting new restrictions on boating and other human activities in Kings Bay that have been proposed by the U.S. read more

Burrito party

Burrito party

07/13/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the debt ceiling debacle continues, what the Tea party means... watch