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12/27/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show – the reasons behind Ron Paul’s popularity, plus why so few GOP... watch

Never on a Friday in Samoa

Never on a Friday in Samoa

12/27/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on a peculiar switch in the calendar for Samoa as they move to the other side of the International Date Line and lose a Friday in order... watch

Ahead on the 12/27 Maddow show

12/27/11 06:17PM

Tonight's guests include:David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University and former political writer for the Des Moines Register Anita Kumar, Virginia politics and government reporter for the Washington PostJosh Rogin, staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine and author of the blog “The Cable”Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: If you want to enjoy tonight's soundtrack in tandem with the preview, check it out here. read more



12/27/11 04:28PM

I spent the day after Christmas in a house with a television perpetually tuned to the Game Show Network, when what to my wondering eyes did appear but a familiar face. I thought, "How do I know the one on the right?" Then I realized she was familiar because of the relentless television coverage of the John-Edwards-campaign-trail-affair scandal.Yes, the blonde woman on the right is Rielle Hunter. I quickly snapped some pix of the screen, thinking I had a great scoop. Then of course a quick Google showed me I was late to yet another party. read more

Newt Gingrich, health reform visionary

12/27/11 01:33PM

Today's find from Andrew Kaczynski shows Newt Gingrich again extolling the virtues of the individual mandate. "I think you’ve got to require everybody to either have insurance or to post a bond," Mr. Gingrich told a crowd at a health clinic in Bellevue, Nebraska, in 2008. "The fastest-growing section of the uninsured is people over $75,00 income who are making a calculated gamble that if they get sick, you’ll take care of them. read more

Best noon thing

12/27/11 12:04PM

From the New York Times today, the story of how a city saved the last "civic organist" in the United States. Click on the video above. Worth paying for? read more

Global searches for "panettone."

Map: Italian Christmas cake

12/27/11 11:30AM

In my Italian neighborhood, we have panettone everywhere. The Christmas cake sits in large red or blue boxes by the cash register, or hangs from the ceiling in the deli. What you'd do if you were looking for panettone in Wyoming or the far north of Canada, I dunno. I mean, I know the lengths I'd go to for a regional treat like a decent gumbo, but panettone in the near Arctic Circle? God bless 'em.(Map: Floating Sheep) read more

The Ron Paul newsletters, line by line

12/27/11 09:54AM

MORE HAITIANS?" lobbed into your Twitter stream. You can't really hide the ugliness of that, any more than you hide from it.@RP_Newletter has not quite 1,400 followers at present, which makes you still ahead of the curve.(h/t @DLoesch and @Daroswene) read more

Morning Maddow: December 27

12/27/11 07:53AM

Newt Gingrich didn't make the Virginia primary ballot after all.CNN digs up some dirt on Gingrich's first divorce.The Justice Department blocks South Carolina's new voter ID law.Guess who got named the Governor of the Year?What's a cash-strapped Sheriff to do? Sell the naming rights to a law-enforcement chopper.Infrastructure!"Anonymous" claims to have hacked a security think-tank for Christmas.A crazy-awesome cold war secret is revealed. read more