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Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking

Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking

01/09/12 09:59AM

Stephen Hawking was given a few years to live when he was 21. He turned 70 yesterday.Until just a few years ago, Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge. A most prestigious positions previously held by Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage, and Paul Dirac.I crossed paths with Hawking several times during my studies in England. The University of Cambridge is a funny place for those of us that study the Universe. read more

Morning Maddow: January 9

01/09/12 07:44AM

Paging Darrell Issa.... oh, this happened under Bush. Never mind.Mitt Romney is just like us--trying to figure out who should get his multi-million-dollar estate.Billionaire casino mogul backs Gingrich's Super PAC.The Pauls just don't want to talk about those newsletters.Where the "Occupy" movement may be heading.Iran sentences an American to death for spying.20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, a look at how the threat of loose nukes was avoided.Meanwhile, Iran announces a second nuclear site has begun enriching uranium.The U.S. expels Venezuela's consul in Miami. read more

Links for the 1/6 TRMS

Links for the 1/6 TRMS

01/07/12 12:04AM

Unemployment near three-year low Payrolls in U.S. Climb 200,000; Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.5% Unemployment rate falls to 8.5 pct., hiring surges Under Obama, a Record Decline in Government Jobs CNN South Carolina poll Jan. 4-5 (pdf) @GovernorPerry - Rick Perry - Just relaxing a bit @ Red's Range before we leave for New Hampshire! Another Crowd Confronts Santorum Rick Santorum's God And Gays Message Falls Flat In New Hamsphire Could Typo Rewrite Caucus History? Huckabee drops out of presidential race read more

Ahead on the 1/6 Maddow Show

01/06/12 07:01PM

Tonight's guests:Chris Matthews, host, msnbc's HardballJo Ling Kent, campaign embed reporter, NBC NewsFelice Belmar, editor, Concord MonitorBuddy Roemer, Republican presidential candidateHere's a special New Hampshire edition preview video: read more

Welcome to New Hampshire!

Welcome to New Hampshire!

01/06/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow, TRMS executive producer Bill Wolff, and TRMS producer Laura Conaway drive from the airport in Manchester, N.H., ready to engage the state in full primary fever. watch

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Trip the light fan-traffic

01/06/12 05:25PM

Last Friday, Melissa mentioned that one of the new laws taking effect with the start of the new year is that bicycles and motorcycles in Illinois are allowed to run red lights after stopping for a reasonable amount of time.The reason a law like this isn't completely ridiculous might not be immediately obvious to everyone - particularly if you don't ride a motorcycle or bicycle on the street - plus, there's an interesting explanation that even those who have to deal with the problem often aren't aware of.Everyone who drives is already familiar with trip lights, right? read more

What does he know???

New Hampshire primate

01/06/12 04:01PM

In this corrupt, post-Citizens United world of multi-billion dollar influence peddling, who can we rely upon to give us unbiased predictions about our elections- the political parties, the cable news punditocracy, the pollsters?Or Grandpa, a wise old spider monkey at the Staten Island Zoo?According to the New York Daily News:"On Monday, the day before the showdown in the Granite State, The News will have Grandpa pick a banana from a bunch. read more

Political baby

01/06/12 03:56PM

This is probably not the most important thing that has happened today while we're reporting in New Hampshire, but it certainly the cutest and the sweetest and the most wonderful.We'll see you at 9 Eastern, live from Manchester, New Hampshire, land of seven jillion Mitt Romney signs. read more

Late night pickle backs with Jimmy Fallon

01/06/12 11:30AM

If you couldn't stay awake late enough to see Rachel last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, fear not! His crack web staff already have the clips up.Random pickle back story: I tended bar for several years in the late 1990s. Nothing fancy; in fact, quite the opposite of fancy. Fancy mixology wasn't really trendy then, and my bar wasn't really trendy in that way anyway. If anything was trendy, it was sweet drinks made of flavored liqueurs with obscene or suggestive names (think Sex on the Beach). read more