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Thousands of rubber ducks are dumped into the Chicago River as part of the annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby.

Rubber ducky, you're the one

08/12/11 12:24PM

Everyone else on the internets might want to comment on the Bert and Ernie "will they or won't they?" marriage thesis. However, I know of some things much closer to Ernie's heart - and they are just so darned cute!The Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby helps raise money for the Illinois Special Olympics.More photos here.h/t WBEZ City Room via NPR Fresh Air read more

Economic crisis, thy name is jobs

Economic crisis, thy name is jobs

08/12/11 08:45AM

For as long as the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been counting these things, there has never been a worse time to be unemployed if you don't want to stay that way.  The unemployed are staying unemployed for longer than ever before.  That's why you're seeing such high rates of unemployment across the country.  High unemployment is due to persistent unemployment:What is the Congressional super-committee on the debt and deficit going to do about jobs? The answer is: nothing."  Not because the people on the committee are bad people, but because that's not the committee's job. read more

Morning Maddow: August 12

08/12/11 07:43AM

The Postal Service wants to lay off 20 percent of its workforce.MoJo on how Congress wants to keep businesses from getting taxed by states, too.Is Elizabeth Warren making her move for a Senate seat?The Wisconsin recalls aren't over yet.The Defense Department releases the names of the 30 Americans killed in a chopper crash in Afghanistan.The "Ground Zero Mosque" is back as a campaign issue. read more

8/11

8/11

08/11/11 08:35PM

In one month, on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in New York will be formally dedicated in a ceremony for victims’ families.The memorial will be then be open to the public, starting September 12th.If you want to visit, you can reserve a visitor's pass here. (The memorial is free, but passes for specific times are issued to control the crowds.) read more

Good times ahead

Good times ahead

08/11/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - updates on the GOP presidential field along with Gov. Rick... watch

Peter King's latest target? Hollywood

Peter King's latest target? Hollywood

08/11/11 07:28PM

Perhaps Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is feeling a bit hearing-impaired. The Republican congressman who attracted a lot of attention (and heat) for his trilogy of Very Important Hearings™ on Muslim-American "radicalization" yesterday called for an investigation into a movie that no one has seen:(Rep. King) said too much information already has leaked out about the Navy SEALs’ raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan in May, and Pentagon officials have cautioned against discussing details of the mission. Mr. read more

Mitt Romney back in his days working at Bain Capital

Corporations are people, my friends

08/11/11 05:55PM

If you are curious about the veracity of Mitt Romney's statement, I highly recommend the informative arecorporationspeople.com.There will be further analysis (even more than one word!) of the matter tonight on The Rachel Maddow Show. Meanwhile, enjoy this photo of Romney (center) back in his days at Bain Capital.How would you help ol' Mitt understand the difference between corporations and people? Comment away!  read more

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