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Ahead on the 9/8 Maddow show

09/08/11 06:04PM

Tonight's guests:Valerie Jarrett, White House senior advisor   Jared Bernstein, former member of President Obama's economic team and former economic adviser to Vice President Biden, currently a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and msnbc contributor   Rep. John Mica, (R) Florida, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure   Rep. Steve Israel, (D) New York, chairman of the DCCCHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look ahead:  read more

The TRMS 3rd Birthday Playlist

09/08/11 05:13PM

The Rachel Maddow Show turns three today. We spent a little time today talking about segments we've loved working on -- below and after the jump, a few favorites as picked by the producers who worked on them.Happy birthday, us and you. You're a big part of what makes this so much fun. Bill Wolff: The football election metaphor.  Tricia McKinney: 3D TV. read more

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Chart: Next stop, recession

09/08/11 03:20PM

Are you feeling a recession coming on -- or the same old Great Recession dragging on? Check out David Leonhardt in the NYT today:Over the last 50 years, every time that job growth has been as meager as it has been over the last four months, the economy has been headed toward recession, in a recession or in the immediate aftermath of one. read more

Federal court upholds health reform, tells Virginia it's still in the Union

09/08/11 01:18PM

This just in:A federal appeals court turned back a challenge by Virginia to the 2010 health-care law Thursday, ruling that the state lacks standing to challenge the law’s mandate that virtually all Americans obtain health insurance or pay a fine.The court also turned back a challenge from Virginia's Liberty University, giving health reform two wins in one day. We're still reading through the decisions. The Liberty one's here (pdf) and the one filed by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's here (pdf).Mr. read more

Jim DeMint RSVP's no for POTUS speech, but he's got this video

09/08/11 12:40PM

Republican lawmakers who are skipping the president's jobs speech tonight include Representatives Joe Walsh of Illinois and Paul Broun of Georgia. Senator David Vitter of Louisiana says he's hosting a party to watch the New Orleans Saints tonight.* And then there's Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who filed his pre-sponse in YouTube form and has now presumably gone on with the rest of his day. read more

Best noon thing

09/08/11 12:00PM

Ben and Jerry's is dipping back into 1998 to bring us a delicious dish based on Pete Schweddy's amazing balls. You can get your mouth around a pint of Schweddy Balls for a limited time only. Good times. read more

Staff pick: 'Mountains Beyond Mountains'

09/08/11 11:00AM

File this under "things I wish I had read while we were covering the earthquake in Haiti." Over the holiday weekend I read "Mountains Beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder. Published in 2003. It's the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, visionary/anthropologist/humble servant who founded Partners In Health, which began its amazing work in Haiti's central plateau before branching out all over the world. I can't tell you now why I picked it up. I am not normally drawn to a subject so likely to make me feel depressed and hopeless. read more

Perry: Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, is a Ponzi scheme, is a Ponzi scheme

09/08/11 08:45AM

he fact is, we've got to be focused on how we're going to change this program. And people who are on Social Security today, men and women who are receiving those benefits today or individuals of my age that are on -- in line pretty quick to get them, they don't need to worry about anything. I think the Republican candidates are talking about ways to transition this program.And it is a monstrous lie. It is a Ponzi scheme to tell our kids that are 25 or 30 years today you're paying into a program that's going to be there. read more

Morning Maddow: September 8

09/08/11 07:46AM

Some Republicans are snubbing the President by skipping his jobs address tonight.And it sounds like the ones who will be there already don't like what he has to say.The deficit-reduction supercommittee meets today.Gore v. Obama.Spokane MLK Day bomber pleads guilty.Khaddafy says he's still in Libya. But the bigger question is: where are his surface-to-air missiles?Want to see a supernova with binoculars? read more

A two man race?

A two man race?

09/07/11 08:00PM

Republican strategist Steve Schmidt explains whether the GOP race will be dominated by Mitt Romney and Rick Perry and discusses some of the issues that could... watch

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