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Measuring the mark of 'Citizens United'

Measuring the mark of 'Citizens United'

01/16/12 07:00PM

Dan Rather, host of “Dan Rather Reports” on HDNet, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate money into elections has changed political campaigns in 2012. watch

Ahead on the 1/16 Maddow show

01/16/12 06:14PM

Tonight's guests include:Dan Rather, host of “Dan Rather Reports” on HDNetRev. David Bullock, Michigan state director of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, senior pastor at Greater St. Matthew Baptist ChurchDavid Fagan, chairman of the Lunchpail Republicans, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show. While you watch, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. read more

The Memphis sanitation workers' strike

Union rights as civil rights

01/16/12 05:00PM

People can and do argue about whether Martin Luther King, Jr., would have supported this or that contemporary political cause. One thing we can be quite sure of is that in his day, Dr. King supported union rights. He was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968, when he was in town for a labor strike by the city's sanitation workers.Arnie Alpert writes today in New Hampshire's Concord Monitor:King spoke out consistently against "right-to-work" laws like the one adopted in last year's legislative session and vetoed by Gov. John Lynch. read more

Let's portend

Let's portend

01/16/12 04:10PM

With its eye ever on the horizon, the BBC asked its viewers to prognosticate the future 100 years from now.Among their bold predictions:*We will have the ability to communicate through thought transmission.*Thanks to DNA and robotic engineering, we will have created incredibly intelligent humans who are immortal.*We will be able to control the weather*One single worldwide currency*Deserts will become tropical forests*Space elevators will make space travel cheap and easy* California will lead the break-up of the U.S.Sounds….busy.Now it’s your turn, TRMS viewers---what are your predictions for 2 read more

Best noon thing

Best noon thing

01/16/12 12:45PM

This unexpected discovery in Egypt of the first tomb of a non-royal female provides tremendous scope for imagination. She was a singer, the daughter of a lecture priest from the Temple of Karnak and her tomb was found during a routine cleaning. I confess I don't know much of anything about ancient Egyptian history or society (other than this), but now I kind of want to see the movie of this woman's life. read more

Setting out from San Diego.

Heading for Congress, Occupiers kicked off the bus

01/16/12 10:11AM

Occupy Congress happens tomorrow, with Occupiers from around the country making the trek to Washington, D.C., for a day of protests and visiting with their elected officials. One group, Occupy San Diego, ran into trouble when their Greyhound bus driver gave them the boot in Amarillo, Texas. The story made the local news, in the report below.The OB Rag, out of Ocean Beach, California, had been following their trip with posts from Eugene Davidovich, whose photo is above. He writes that the bus driver challenged them about how they'd managed to buy tickets. read more

Morning Maddow: January 16

Morning Maddow: January 16

01/16/12 07:45AM

MLK 2.0.Look who got VIP treatment from a controversial mortgage lender.Jon Huntsman bows to the inevitable.Remember that emergency meeting of social conservatives looking to coalesce around a not-Romney? Guess who they're backing.Ron Paul has an optics problem.The Obama Administration responds to SOPA.Wisconsin activists get ready to turn in all those Walker recall signatures.  read more

Ships that pass in the pixels

01/14/12 03:29AM

 Way at the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City is the riverfront neighborhood of Battery Park City. Battery Park City is served by a tiny, hyperlocal newspaper called The Battery Park City Broadsheet - an extra large, four-page fold out that looks like this. (pdf)There isn't a lot of space on those pages, but every edition includes a "Riverwatch" photo of a ship on the Hudson River or in New York Harbor, as well as the "Arrivals & Departures" schedule (scroll down to the top of page 4 of the pdf above) for the cruise ships that dock up in midtown. read more

Ahead on the 1/13 Maddow show

01/13/12 07:05PM

Ezra Klein, columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg and msnbc polictical analystFrank Phillips, State House bureau chief for the Boston GlobeExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:(While watching the preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack.) read more

Put your pants on, Shreveport

Put your pants on, Shreveport

01/13/12 04:07PM

A commissioner in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, has about had it with people wearing their pajamas around town. Commissioner Michael Williams is pushing for an ordinance that would ban PJs in public, after he saw unexpected parts of someone wearing low-slung pajamas at the Walmart."Pajamas are designed to be worn in the bedroom at night," Mr. Williams tells the local Shreveport Times.The people of Shreveport, some of them anyway, see it differently. One man tells the Times he's an American who pays his bills, so he doesn't see what the issue should be with PJs in public. read more

Chart: You're missing $9,000

Chart: You're missing $9,000

01/13/12 01:54PM

The next time you look around and wonder why your wages seem so stuck, consider this from White House economic adviser Alan Krueger's talk about income inequality yesterday:"If in the first decade of the 2000s the income of the median household had grown at the same rate as it did in the 1990s, middle class households would have an extra $8,900 a year to spend on their mortgages, rent, cars, food, and clothing, or to add to their savings."We're living in an era when wages have tended to fall. read more

The Week in Geek, viscous syrup miracle edition

01/13/12 12:32PM

What happens to syrup when you pour it on an ever-decreasing moving belt? Fluid dynamics, FTW! I dare you not to think about this next time you have pancakes.If you liked that, you'll really love this tumblr (only the title is NSFW).You may know why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears, but do you know how they fly in the rain?What happens when you take a mathematician to dinner at an Italian restaurant? Bonus: match the equation to the pasta.Still have your appendix? Prof. Bill Parker has a theory that it could save your life.Astronomers predict what a sunset might look like on planet HD209458b. read more

Animals doing people things

01/13/12 11:41AM

Crows are evil.  You will never convince me otherwise.  They are portents of the end times and I wouldn't be surprised if they and not Cerberus guard the gates to the underworld.  That said, this is pretty awesome. read more

Letter: Labor GOP, Occupiers have different goals, same motive

01/13/12 11:00AM

In Indiana, a new PAC called the Indiana Lunchpail Republicans intends to run against anti-union Republicans. Commenter John writes:After reading the linked announcement, I have to say I can sympathize/empathize with the message/idea of the Lunchpail Republicans. Which essentially comes down to, the republican establishment has abandoned traditional republican/conservative ideals and positions. They feel disenfranchised by the pro-corporation/anti-worker bias in their elected officials.They are not alone, I've been trying to figure out exactly when I began to feel that the Rep. read more