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Ahead on the 8/10 Maddow show

08/10/11 07:30PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Benen, contributing writer to Washington Monthly   Forrest Wilder, staff writer for the Texas ObserverExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Draft dodgers

Draft dodgers

08/10/11 07:10PM

Arguments over hypersexualization and general sexism in comic books is so perennial we don't really have to cover that ground here, but as the de facto MaddowBlog Wonder Woman correspondent I thought this latest twist in the argument was worth sharing.In brief: The cover for the relaunch of Justic League of America was revealed to include Wonder Woman in her former (more familiar) no-pants costume.This obviously sparked some controversy because shortly thereafter, Comics Alliance shared a reader parody in which the pants were removed from all of the male members of the League, and Wonder Woman read more

Hey we have a new Poet Laureate

Hey we have a new Poet Laureate

08/10/11 05:01PM

Every year, the librarian of Congress* selects a poet laureate to serve a one-year term. Today we learned that the 2011-12 term will be served by Philip Levine, who has apparently already won every other honor possible, so I don't imagine this appointment is very surprising to people in the poetry community. read more

President Truman signs the 1947 National Security Bill creating the National Military Establishment; two years later the NME would be replaced by the Department of Defense.

Happy birthday Defense Department!

08/10/11 04:16PM

 Today is the Department of Defense's 62nd birthday, to which we say mazel tov!  On August 10, 1949, DoD was born into a world in which wars were cold and the entire gross domestic product of the United States was less than the department's current budget: In 1949, the National Security Bill streamlined the defense agencies of the U.S. government. The 1949 bill replaced the National Military Establishment with the Department of Defense. read more

Best noon thing

08/10/11 12:56PM

Bill Wolff sent this around the office today with the following subject line: Real or fake? The consensus so far is real with a hefty dose of how the heck does he do that?  read more

What now, Wisconsin?

08/10/11 11:02AM

Now that Republicans' lead in the Wisconsin state Senate has shrunk to a razor-thin one seat, Sen. Jon Erpenbach predicts things are about to be very different. The key? A Republican state Senator named Dale Schultz. Today, the Wisconsin State Journal editorial board agrees that compromise, rather than strong-arming may be in the Wisconsin Senate's future. read more

Unions and the middle class go hand-in-hand

Unions and the middle class go hand-in-hand

08/10/11 10:41AM

The most asked about graphic element from last night's show was the chart shown in Rachel's introduction to her interview with Barbara Ehrenreich, showing the relationship between union membership and the middle class share of income in America.The source of the chart is this report from the Center for American Progress, published just as this year's new union membership numbers were released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. read more

Morning Maddow: August 10

08/10/11 07:49AM

Democrats pick up 2 state senate seats in Wisconsin, but it's not enough to win control.Boehner: if the GOP budget had passed, we would not have been downgraded.Paul Ryan is raising money to defend his budget in Iowa.Democratic Senators Murray, Kerry and Baucus named to deficit panel.Ai Wei Wei is tweeting again, even though it might get him in trouble.Whole Foods gets into a kerfuffle over Ramadan. read more

Ahead on the 8/9 Maddow Show

08/09/11 08:03PM

Tonight's guests:State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, (D) WisconsinEugene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc political analystCharles Benson, reporter for WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, WisconsinBarbara Ehrenreich, journalist and author of "Nickel and Dimed"...and possibly more depending on how the results come on from tonight's Wisconsin recall elections.Here's execuctive producer Bill Wolff with a look ahead (note his mention of midnight updates):   read more

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