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Why a flat tax fails

Why a flat tax fails

10/20/11 08:00PM

Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about why flat tax proposals are a poor solution... watch

Ahead on the 10/20 Maddow show

10/20/11 07:57PM

Tonight's guests:Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondentPaul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, columnist for the New York TimesAnd here's senior producer Cory Gnazzo with a brief preview of the stories: read more

The death of ...

The death of ...

10/20/11 06:18PM

TRMS has long been fascinated by the various ways that you can spell the anglicized name of the now-deceased "Brotherly Leader" and "Guide of the Revolution" (as he liked to refer to himself).Even his death today failed to yield a consensus on exactly who was killed in Sirte, LibyaTo NBC News? He was Moammar Khaddafy.  To the Associated Press? Moammar Gadhafi. To the BBC? Muammar Gaddafi.And in Washington...House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), called him Muammar Qadhafi.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), called him Moammar Qaddafi.Sen. read more

Biden makes the case for the Libyan mission

10/20/11 05:53PM

Speaking today at an event in Plymouth, N.H., Vice President Joe Biden discussed the death of Moammar Gadhafi:You kind of see in what just happened in Libya. Now, I don't know, when I got off the plane, I was talking to the national security council to determine whether or not we in fact had proof that the TNC, this outfit, the rebels, and the government now, the acting government of Libya, had killed Khaddafy. I don't know the answer to that. I can't confirm that personally now. But look how that all came about.For years and years we've been talking about burden sharing in NATO. read more

Gov. Walker: Don't worry about voter ID law

10/20/11 04:36PM

The League of Women Voters sued the state of Wisconsin today over a new law that makes it harder to vote. Wisconsin voters will have to start showing state-approved photo IDs in order to cast a ballot.In response to the suit, Governor Scott Walker issued a four-sentence statement. This is sentence one:There are more photo ID’s currently issued than there are registered voters in Wisconsin.  If I remember correctly, logic class had a name for that particular brand of reasoning. Shout-out for naming it.UPDATE: You all are amazing. Round two of our logic class is now up and ready for your brains. read more

Our little show in Los Angeles

Our little show in Los Angeles

10/20/11 03:05PM

With Rachel in Los Angeles this week, our edit meetings have turned into a rally-around-the-conference-call deal. Just now, Julia and Bill sent over pictures so we can see what it looks like on the other side of the phone line. read more

Massachusetts: 'Show I.D. to Vote' sign was illegal

10/20/11 01:48PM

Last week on the show, we brought you the story of the Massachusetts conservatives who'd set up shop in a polling place with a sign saying "Show I.D. to Vote." Massachusetts doesn't require you to show I.D. at the polls. "Show I.D. to Vote" is the name of the conservatives' group, which would like to make it harder to vote.At the time, no one complained about their sign. Now the state says displaying that sign was illegal. read more

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What's scary about Libya now

10/20/11 12:21PM

Geoff Porter knows Libya. He's the head of North Africa Risk Consulting, "a political risk firm." Translation: Porter explains North Africa to clients with a serious need to understand what's happening there. This morning, he sends over a note about the death of Moammar Khaddafy, including the prospects for the rebel forces now known as the National Transitional Council, or NTC.It's a little technical, and totally worth it. I'll excerpt one part here and then put the whole note after the jump. Porter writes:Clearly, Qadhafi's death will have a positive impact on Libya's security environment. read more

Every Wall Street shell game must have a ringer

10/20/11 10:15AM

My biggest problem in trying to figure out Occupy Wall Street was trying to figure out Occupy Wall Street.Like Will, prior to going there myself, I struggled with the idea that OWS protesters simply refusing to leave Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan could change what they said they sought to change. read more

Charts: Just don't get older, OK?

Charts: Just don't get older, OK?

10/20/11 09:00AM

It used to be that the plan for getting old comfortably in America had three pillars -- your pension, your savings and Social Security.Pensions: As Rachel explained last night on the show, pensions are on their way out. They're being replaced by 401k's, in which ordinary workers get tax breaks for gambling their money on Wall Street, to Wall Street's advantage.Savings: Americans have essentially stopped saving money. read more