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Ahead on the 10/3 Maddow show

10/03/11 06:51PM

Tonight's guests include:Jane Mayer, staff writer for the New Yorker   Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and The Blind Side. His latest book Boomerang: Travels In The New Third World is out todayExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Cantor to Obama: Nope

10/03/11 03:47PM

So much for that American Jobs Act thing:Needling the president, Cantor noted that the bill has yet to garner unified support among Democrats."I think from a purely practical standpoint, the president’s got some whipping to do on his own side of the aisle," the majority leader said.Asked directly if the bill was dead as a comprehensive package, Cantor replied, "Yes."It's worth remembering that Americans say they like the particulars of President Obama's jobs proposal quite a lot -- especially the tax breaks for working families, money for teachers and first responders, and infrastructure. read more

From a gallery of Governor Perry's hunting trips

Rick Perry, America and a place called that

10/03/11 01:00PM

"N*ggerhead" was once the name of a mountain. More than one, actually. One can search and discover hundreds of American hills, creeks, canyons, bays, valleys, springs, lakes, ponds, knobs and gulches with variations on "n*gger" in their histories. Americans could, once upon a time, purchase "N*ggerhead"-branded items: soap, oysters, tobacco, golf tees, shrimp, pistols and (sigh) even watermelon. Also, it seems, you could lease a hunting ranch in West Texas that went by that name. read more

Greetings from Throckmorton, Texas

10/03/11 10:50AM

 I went looking today for YouTube clips from the ill-named hunting lease used by Texas Governor Rick Perry's family in Throckmorton County. If you've got any, please holler. Meanwhile, a taste of life in the small county seat:Throckmorton, Texas, celebrated its Sequicentennial on October 4, 2008. One of the key events of the day was the Homecoming Parade. Floats were entered into the parade by the Ash family, the cheerleaders, the elementary school kids, the ranches, and many others. read more

Map: Making voting harder

Map: Making voting harder

10/03/11 09:51AM

Since Republicans gained control of so many state legislatures in 2010, they've been working to pass laws that make voting harder. We've been asking on the show whether they've made voting hard enough, in enough places, to change the landscape in 2012.Now, from the Brennan Center for Justice, comes the beginning of an answer:The states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012 – 63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.In those states, minority, student and poor voters are most likely to feel the pinch from the new rules. read more

Morning Maddow: October 3

10/03/11 07:38AM

A new study counts the cost to minority and poor voters of the Republican-led voting law changes.Rick Perry, a hunting camp and a rock. And the response.AP takes on Rick Perry's luring of subprime lenders to Texas with tax breaks.Bloomberg News investigates the Koch Brothers.Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested.Cheney wants an apology.The CIA contractor who shot 2 men in Pakistan is in trouble again... over a parking spot.It's Nobel prize week! First up: medicine. And don't forget the Ig Nobel prizes. read more

The French 75

09/30/11 09:56PM

Recipe:1/2 oz. lemon juice1/2 oz. simple syrup (sugar* and water mixed in equal parts)1 1/2 oz. booze (Some people make it with gin, other people make it with cognac. It's traditional and therefore more correct to make it with gin, but certain cable television news hosts prefer it with cognac.)Shake that up with ice.Strain into a champagne glassTop with champagne.Lemon twist.Fin.*Rachel explained that her simple syrup was brown because it's Demerara syrup. Demerara sugar is raw sugar that hasn't had the molasses refined out of it. read more